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Kirk Cousins doesn’t want to be ‘.500 quarterback’

Kirk Cousins’ initial year in Minnesota after signing a totally guaranteed $84 million deal with the Vikings didn’t cover off by any stretch.
The quarterback hit many career private drops in 2018 — completions (425), attempts (606), comp. Percentage (70.1) and passing TDs (30) — although the Vikings were horribly average (8-7-1) and Cousins, though hot in spurts, saw his production slow down the stretch.
Cousins is well conscious of his perceived flaws when it matters most and informed reporters Wednesday about the second evening of Vikings mandatory minicamp that he is intent of shooting his game and, by virtuehis team to the next level.
“I feel another level, really, is all about winning,” Cousins said. “I am pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far and I do not think that’s where you wish to be, and that is not why you are brought in or people or excited about you.
“If I do not play well, if I do not have gaudy numbers but we win several playoff games this season, the narrative will be I went to the next level and I may not walk off the field everyday feeling as I did but if we win, that is the lifetime span of a quarterback is you are in the following level. If I have my best year yet in 2019 but we’re 8-8, I did not go into another level. That is the reality of it”
Cousins is actually below average as a beginner; his teams have a 34-37-2 record from the 73 games where he’s started. The more damning statistic for the 84 million man is this, however: zero playoff victories.
The signal-caller was designed to remedy that in 2018, linking a piled Vikings squad that a year before had made the NFC title game with journeyman Case Keenum below centre. Instead, Minnesota got off to 1-2-1 start and never got over two matches over .500.
At a win-and-you’re-in finale at home against the Chicago Bears, Cousins and the Vikings put a egg that was handsome. Cousins threw for just 132 passing yards and one score on 33 attempts as Minnesota fell to Chicago by 2 touchdowns.
In the offseason, Minnesota revived its coaching staff, including former Broncos coach Gary Kubiak as an offensive advisor to set offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, who took over in December after first-year Vikes OC John DeFilippo was fired.
Not much is different with Stefanski in charge and Kubiak in the building, except for a few terminology. Nevertheless, the new Vikings offensive coordinator feels Cousins will prosper more this year due to his comfortability at the new locale.
“Having one year under his belt round his teammates is a big deal and there’s so much that goes into understanding the nuances of every one of your recipients and your tight ends and understanding how they come out of channels,” Stefanski said. “This was something that we definitely tried to hasten the process last year. There is just so much you can certainly do this. I believe it’s really helpful that he walks out on this practice field and has an inventory of knowledge of each of his recipients particularly.”
There are lots of ideas that Cousins must dispel this season in Minnesota, not least of which will be the league-wide perception that he does not appear at the big moments, that when the pressure is high he’s, like he said,”a .500 quarterback.” Cousins is off to a fantastic start. Approval and awareness are the very first steps on the road.

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