VikingsVictorious wrote: ↑Thu Sep 08, 2022 11:18 am
Understand this is a lowlight reel so of course Kirk will look bad. I can't argue with any of what Warner showed and said.
The biggest complaint Warner has with Kirk is he settles for the check down pass too often. Warner is generally right in every example he shows, but that said Kirk still has an average depth of target among the higher QBs in the league. It's easy to pick out plays that didn't work and say what should have been different. It does show room for Kirk to improve and I hope he does.
First thing I thought watching this was, can the Vikings somehow entice Warner to be Kirk's spiritual QB coach?
I like the way Warner breaks things down, both in terms of the plays themselves but also in terms of the thought process behind how a QB must diagnose the play. Really insightful and while Warner makes it sound pretty straightforward, it is a lot of things to recognize and react to in quick succession all while being rushed from multiple angles. I think an analysis like this underscores why so few college QBs end up being successful in the pros regardless of their physical attributes or even college careers. There is a lot going on and if a guy can't read and execute rapidly, he's not going to succeed. Not saying I got that Cousins can't do that - there is evidence he can, but this underscores how important that ability to do that on every play is, and it is true that Cousins hasn't consistently handled that.
Another thing I got from watching this that Warner didn't point out was the QB's confidence in his offensive line. Why might Cousins be jittery on some plays or against some teams? It might be because he's not confident his blockers will protect him.
Warner also didn't mention the influence of coaching when analyzing what Cousins was doing on these plays. Warner wants Cousins to be aggressive and attempt the deeper throws. Maybe Zimmer didn't want that. For all we know Zimmer told Cousins to protect the ball and avoid taking chances, and thus you get a larger percentage of check downs.
Lastly on the mechanics, poor or inconsistent footwork is the bane of all QBs at all levels. There are very few QBs who can throw accurately and consistently with any velocity who haven't mastered their footwork. When I watch Warner's examples of Cousin's footwork in this video I agree with Warner that Cousins is setting up to make one throw, but pulls away from that throw at the last second to try to make a different throw. Could be panic, could be coaching, could be a lack of confidence or trust in his ability I suppose. Whatever it is, Cousins needs to go with his instinct if he sets his feet to make a throw. Or, if he can't trust his instinct, maybe try to retrain himself to move or scramble instead of try to throw off-balance to someone else. That might not go any better for him, but it at least gives him a chance to reset and possibly make a better throw elsewhere.
None of my comments should be read as justifying poor plays. Every QB has his share of poor plays, and nobody will be perfect all of the time. Cousins is no exception. I'm just trying to list additional factors that might contribute to or help explain those results that are beyond the control of the QB.
Thanks again for posting this Victorious.