StumpHunter wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:43 pm
So again, instead of pointing to his successes, he is defended by someone making excuses for the failures.
But that is exactly where you are wrong. You always want to make it out to be "Cousins' failure". And I've said time and time again, this is a TEAM game. Just because the Vikings lose, that doesnt just jump to being Kirk Cousins fault. You constantly associate team records with their QBs. Has there been games where Cousins could've probably won it for them since he's been here? Sure. But I can also say the same thing regarding many other areas of this team. Like I dont know how you expect Kirk Cousins to keep up with New Orleans' 52 points. Hell, I dont even know how Mahomes could keep up. But that game will forever be tied to Kirk Cousins record. Or his record in prime time no less.
Is that truly a fair assessment? Or the close losses vs. Tennessee, Seattle and Dallas.
When Bradbury snaps a ball a mile past Cousins to bury us in a 3rd and long and take away any chance we did have.....
Or Mattison misses a giant hole to seal the game....
Or the defense folds like a lawn chair on the final drive vs. Dallas....
..... I'm not sure why you think those are "excuses"?? Those are GAME CHANGING mistakes.
Ya know, if we're driving down the field vs. a team, the game is tight, we need to score or get into FG range and Cousins makes a terrible throw right to a DB for a pick, yeah that's 100% on him. Because that is indeed a GAME CHANGING mistake too. Or if it's 3rd down and he holds the ball forever and takes a sack, yeah thats on him. How he played all game vs. Atlanta and Indy this year, yeah definitely on him (even though we had some serious OL issues vs. Indy).
But I'm not just going to jump to pointing my finger at Cousins when it really wasnt him that blew it for us at the end of the game. I'm just not. I'm going to be fair and level headed about this.
I've said this before and I will say it again, if Nick Foles can win a SB, I dont see why Kirk Cousins couldn't
. But it was almost like the Keenum year was an illusion for Vikings fans. It gave us too much hope for the following year when really, guys were another year older on defense, new OC, tougher schedule, etc. Maybe the Vikings just werent quite good enough yet. Maybe Zim couldnt shake off that defensive choke job vs. Philly. I'm not really sure. But I do know that nothing has gone quite right in multiple areas since 2017.
-We bring Cousins in a year too late IMO.
-We then pair him with an OC that was completely clueless and flat out ignored that we had Dalvin and Latavius. Went with a super pass heavy approach to the point where I think it honestly scarred Zim for life. Zero balance there.
-Our defense was also past the "elite" peek and slowly trending down the hill
-Flip is fired with 3 games left but too little too late.
-One of the most underrated but key losses of Joe Berger happens and nobody attempts to replace him.
-Tony Sparano passes away
-Everson goes AWOL and the air gets sucked out of us vs. Buffalo and it was all downhill from there.
.....the end result, 8-8 because we did have enough talent to win games but just too much going wrong in one year
-Cousins is now a year in and more comfortable
-We now have an OC that brought back balance to the offense and played to Kirks strengths
-We draft Bradbury who gave our OL a boost his rookie year
-We stay fairly healthy most of the year
-Defense is still slowly trending downhill
-But overall, we have a solid balance of offense and defense. Not elite in either facet. But solid
....the end result, 10-6 and a wild card berth where they knock off an NFC favorite on the road. No surprises here with a fairly smooth offseason/regular season.
-Cousins is now on his 3rd OC in 3 years. But adapted well given the minimal change in scheme. However they leaned much heavier on the run
-Many aging veteran defenders are let go or younger guys like Waynes walk due to being overpaid in FA.
-Diggs throws a fit over the scheme change and gets traded
-Pierce opts out
-Hunter needs serious surgery and doesnt even play a game
-Barr out for the year
-Stupid Ngakoue trade
-Kendricks misses the last third of the season
....end result, 7-9 and out of the playoffs. It's almost like you can predict what's going to happen just by the events that have gone on each year. I wouldnt be surprised one bit if the Vikings are back in the playoffs this year. But if you break down the 2017 year, everything went nearly exactly how you'd want it to. Kirk Cousins isnt the one to blame here. If Cousins was sitting on the #1 defense in the NFL and had a coordinator that adapted to his strengths and balanced the offense like Keenum did, he would've been very deep into the playoffs and possibly even further. This is why I say that year was an illusion because nothing has gone that "right" since 2017. And just as we got the offense to turn a corner somewhat last year, the defense goes into the dumpster.
If anything, this points to coaching and stubbornness on Zims part. Being so set in his ways that nobody can tell him any different. Zim can be a playoff coach all day. But I dont know if Zim can be a SB coach. Because if they were to ever reach the SB, he'd get dominated due to him being behind the times and playing like it's 1975 still. Good defense and establishing the run. That will be the motto until the day Zim is gone. That to him is more important that protecting your pure pocket passing QB. I almost wish the offense had a bad year last year, because given they did what they did, Zim even came out and said "I thought we did well on offense last year". Yeah to the point where he does nothing but address the defense in the offseason and do nothing with this OL outside of trading for a below average lineman. I called this a while back. That I was worried that Zim would be so adamant about fixing his defense that the offense will be ignored. I hope they change my mind come draft day. But if not, I truly feel bad for Kirk Cousins, because you flat out are NOT putting him in a position to win.