Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins has become an $84 Million game manager (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Kirk Cousins Has Become $84 Million Game Manager

Kirk Cousins stinks and the Minnesota Vikings are screwed. I don’t think there is any other way to put it. The Vikings can only go as far as Cousins can take them. The problem is, it’s not very far. The Vikings know what Kirk Cousins is. He’s an $84 million game manager and they’re stuck with him for 30 more regular season weeks.

The Vikings now have a formula to follow. They’re 1-1 on the season. In Week 1 against the Falcons, Cousins threw the ball 10 times. Against the Packers, Cousins threw the ball 32 times. Guess which game they won? Yeah, the first one. Cousins finished the Packers game 14-32 and 2 interceptions. The Vikings have a formula. Run the ball with Dalvin Cook and play defense. When the Vikings get behind, they’re in trouble.

For a quarterback that’s on an $84 million contract, you would think that Cousins would have to be an upgrade over Teddy Bridgewater or Case Keenum. Hell, even just be average? The fact is he really hasn’t been. Cousins has arguably been the worst quarterback in football this year. The Vikings are one of two teams that are averaging more rushing yards than passing yards. Dalvin Cook is the heart beat of the offense. Not Cousins.

The Vikings are stuck with Cousins through 2020. The Vikings should have never signed him in the first place. It’s why the Redskins let him walk. They knew what they had. Cousins has a 5-26 record against teams with a winning record. Cousins road record is 13-24-2. In primetime games on Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night, Cousins is 7-25. In 18 games with the Vikings, Cousins hasn’t led the team to a single gamewinning drive. ZERO.

What more is there to see? The Vikings are a talented roster. Minnesota went to the NFC Championship game with Case Keenum. This team has done nothing except regress with Kirk Cousins. Best case, Cousins is average. Hell, he even admits he’s average. That’s not worth $84 million in guaranteed money. Cousins has proven he is nothing more than a game manager. You can only go so far with one of those. It’s called Alex Smith.

The Vikings don’t have any choice but to draft a quarterback next year. The question is how high they will be drafting? Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, and Jake Fromm are in the first round discussion coming into the season. Joe Burrow and Jacob Eason are emerging as well. The Vikings might be stuck with Cousins but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t look to replace him. I’ve seen enough of Cousins. He’s an $84 million game manager and that’s not enough to win in 2019.