Mothman wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:31 am
It's an opinion based on observation. I'm not in the locker room but I've watched enough football to know what leadership from that position looks like on the field, over time, and how teams respond to it. If you object to the word leadership
than let's just stick with intangibles
. Cousins clearly doesn't bring that extra X factor that elite QBs bring to the table.
Intangibles might be one thing, but questioning leadership is another. Unless you're in the locker room or you're seeing reports I'm not sure how you can make that call.
The pressure of a playoff game makes a difference so I'll stand by that opinion.
So you're telling me that the team will rally behind him in a regular season game when behind by a large deficit but quit on him if they are getting beat by a large margin in the playoffs? Again, that just doesnt add up. The playoffs are when guys jack their effort level up that much more. If anything, you'd see them quit on him during the regular season, not when you're entire season is on the line in the playoffs. Which resorts back to leadership and this is where I think you're drastically underestimated his leadership. You dont rally your team back from a 20-0 deficit if you arent a leader. You blame others, complain, get frustrated, etc.
And sure the pressure of a playoff game is a lot higher but did that pressure phase him in overtime vs. the Saints (on the road no less)??
They still are that type of team. Cousins is a journeyman. He's better than most players who fit that description but he's not an extraordinary or colorful player. He's a reliably skilled NFL starter.
They are not
that type of team anymore. How can you be that type of team when you have a defense that's holding onto the word average by a thread? And now have Griffen, Joseph and Rhodes all in danger of being cut, Waynes, Alexander, Harris and Weatherly all set to be free agents, etc. Even if we resign some, we arent going back to being a top defense in the NFL. Rhodes and Joseph are no longer performing at a high level. Griff has maybe another year, 2 max at performing well.
Also, a journeyman is someone who bounces from team to team, primarily in a backup role and gets a starting shot here and there. Cousins in no way, shape or form is a journeyman. That's Case Keenum, Fitzpatrick, McCown, Matt Moore, etc.
One of the key points I've been trying to make here is that the "the right time to take a QB" is when the right QB is available. I don't care if the team already has a good starter or a greater need. If they think a young QB has the right stuff, grab him.
And I agree with you but I also dont think running to a guy like Tannehill is a smart idea either.
The trade didnt work out but I always said I understood why he made the move.
We all understood why
he made the move for Bradford. That doesn't mean it was a smart move.
Every season fans rationalize all the ways in which the Vikes are close, in which Spielman's moves have been understandable, etc. and every season the Vikings come up short. We see similar shortcomings and unresolved issues year after year after year. We can always hope but at this point, it's a stretch to think they're going to win a Super Bowl with Cousins, Spielman and Zimmer. Sure, I could be wrong but the history of all 3 in the NFL says that's extremely unlikely to happen.
If the Vikes are smart, a year from now all 3 will be replaced.
I guess we'll have to wait and see....