Cousins "Did Not Come Up Big In Big Games"

Kirk Cousins "has a lot to prove" this season, columnist Jim Souhan says

Ferrall On The Bench
August 13, 2019 - 8:40 am
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Kirk Cousins, in many ways, had a monster season in 2018. He completed a career-high 70.1 percent of his passes for 4,298 yards, a career-high 30 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. Yet, the Vikings went from NFC Championship to 8-7-1.

How?

“I was in favor of the signing,” Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan said on Ferrall on the Bench. “His numbers are spectacular, he always completed 70 percent of his passes, throws for 4,000 yards, he has great arm talent, he can throw every pass in the book – but we didn’t see that last year. He performed really well early, and when things got tough and he needed to make up for some deficiencies in the offensive line, it did not go well.”

Cousins averaged just 201.8 passing yards over the final five games of the season, during which Minnesota went 2-3.

“He did not come up big in big games,” Souhan said. “He had the screaming match with Adam Thielen, who’s one of the best guys you’ll ever meet and should not be used as a scapegoat on the sideline. Cousins looked terrible in the last month of the season. Some of it was on the offensive line, but some of it was on him, too. He has a lot to prove here.

"I will give him credit,” Souhan continued. “He came out a couple weeks ago and said that. He said, ‘I know my stats look good, I know I’m going to be judged by winning and losing, I got to make that happen.’ He’s absolutely right. For what he’s making, and the fact that they brought him into a good team, he’s got to win games.”

Cousins will have numerous weapons at his disposal, including Thielen, Stefon Diggs and running back Dalvin Cook, who has missed 17 games in his first two seasons. 

“It’s all health,” Souhan said of Cook. “If he’s healthy, he will have a monster season. They want to use him a lot. They want to run the ball more. They want to use more two-tight end sets, which will make them less predictable, with will also help them in the running game. They want to get the ball to him in the flat, they want to get the ball to him down the field – he should be an absolute monster if he’s healthy.”

Click below to listen to Souhan’s interview in its entirety.