Kirk Cousins didn’t really catch the headlines in 2020 but was one of the most underrated players last season. However, the Vikings failed to make the playoffs, and after they drafted QB Kellen Mond in the 3rd of the draft, questions arose around Cousins’ future. But HC Rick Spielman put rest to all the speculation.
Cousins may not have made the Pro Bowl, but he was definitely one of the most efficient players last season. Cousins is coming off a strong 2020 that saw him complete 67.6 percent of his throws for 4,265 yards with a career-high 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while playing all 16 games.
Highest-graded 4th Q QBs in 2020:
💥 Tom Brady – 90.3
💥 Kirk Cousins – 89.0 pic.twitter.com/6l3qIBkjgV
— PFF (@PFF) February 12, 2021
The Vikings are just the 9th team in NFL history to feature a 1,500-yard rusher (Dalvin Cook) and a 30-TD passer (Kirk Cousins).
Each of the other 8 won at least 10 games (including the 2020 Titans).
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— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 26, 2020
Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman didn’t call quarterback Kirk Cousins before using a third-round pick on Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond. Kirk Cousins’ contract with the Vikings lasts through the end of the 2022 season. And should Cousins hit free agency, he may not return to Minnesota.
Rick Spielman says that Kirk Cousins is “Our QB”
“I spoke to him Saturday morning and talked to his agent and just let him know that we want to make sure we have competition behind him, that there’s no doubt that Kirk’s our quarterback going forward, and that we want to create competition to see who’s going to be the backup,” Spielman recently told PFT PM.
“Kirk was great. He understands. He knows he’s our guy, his agent knows he’s our guy. Right now, we’re just focusing on getting ready for this season coming up.”
“We wanted to create competition with all our young quarterbacks, with Nate Stanley, with Jake Browning, and now with Kellen Mond,” Spielman said. “To have those guys come in and compete and just see where it takes us.”
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“You’re always kind of looking at your roster and where it may be two or three years down the road, but that’s hard to predict as much as you roster plan,” Spielman said. “Every rookie that we draft, we’re hoping that regardless of the position that they’re going to be here, whatever role they end up carving out, they end up helping the Minnesota Vikings whether it be in the backup role, starter role, special teams role.
“He was a player that we thought had tremendous upside.”@Vikings GM Rick Spielman on what led to them selecting QB @TheKellenMond in the NFL Draft.
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— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) May 6, 2021
We’re just trying to put the best 53 players together and trying to bring in young competition every year to compete with the guys that are currently on our roster. You’re always looking down the road, but you don’t know that until you get everything in the building and start working with these guys and let’s just see where we’re at down the road.”
Cousins led the team to a 10-6 record in 2019, and a playoff victory against a loaded New Orleans Saints team. And now Cousins and Spielman will hope they can lead the team back to the postseason in 2021.