Allen: Cousins Wasn't Going To Make Vikings Team To Beat

Minnesota underachieved last season – and Jared Allen saw it coming

Reiter Than You
March 15, 2019 - 10:01 am

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The Minnesota Vikings were one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL last season – and Jared Allen saw it coming.

One year after advancing to the NFC Championship with Case Keenum, the Vikings signed Kirk Cousins to a three-year $84 million contract. 

That’s a lot of money for a guy who had only started one playoff game in his career.

“It wasn’t like Kirk came in with a stellar playoff record from Washington,” Allen said on Reiter Than You. “I understand every team is looking for that staple at quarterback, but I honestly thought the Vikings were set up to do what they did based on the fact that you had Case Keenum take you to the NFC Championship. You get throttled by the Eagles, and sometimes a beating like that can expose you, where people lose that fear, like, ‘Oh, okay, we can get after this defense now.’ But honestly, my gut was that going out and getting Cousins wasn’t going to make them the team to beat.”

They weren’t. The Vikings started 1-2-1, finished 8-7-1 and missed the playoffs, as offensive coordinator John DeFilippo didn’t make it through the season. Cousins threw for 4,298 yards and 30 touchdowns, but the Vikings lost four of their final seven games.

“The only upside was making a Super Bowl,” said Allen, who played for the Vikings from 2008-13. “That’s a lot of pressure to put on a guy in his first year. Not only does he have this massive, fully guaranteed contract, but now the guy before you – who came in as a backup – took them to the NFC Championship. That’s some big shoes to fill. I just didn’t know how that was going to play out.”