Zimmer on Cousins: ‘He’s come in here and taken charge as a leader’

Since the departure of Brett Favre after the 2010 season, the Minnesota Vikings have been trying to find a quarterback. They tried with Christian Ponder, Donovan McNabb, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford, and Case Keenum, but none of those guys could get the Vikings to where they wanted to go, which is the Super Bowl.

In the offseason, Minnesota made a run at free agent QB Kirk Cousins, and ultimately the Vikings were able to sign him to a three-year, $84 million deal. At this point, Cousins is second in the NFL in passing yards, and after today’s victory over the Cardinals, he has the Vikings tied for first in the NFC North at 3-2.

According to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, Cousins is the leader that Minnesota has been looking for at the quarterback position.

“It wasn’t a few years ago. There was a while I thought Teddy [Bridgewater] was going to be my guy for the rest of my coaching career and he would still be here, and I’d be fired,” Zimmer said after the Vikings victory over Cardinals.

“Then I thought Sam [Bradford] was going to be the guy. Then I thought Case [Keenum] was going to be the guy. In the offseason, we did a study on really those four guys. I knew Kirk from playing against him. The thing that I love about this guy is his passion for the game, his intensity that he has. He’s come in here and taken charge as a leader. When Rick [Spielman], and myself, Flip [John DeFilippo], George Paton, we sat in there, and we evaluated all the quarterbacks, and we came out with a consensus, and that was the one we wanted to go with, and everybody was all in.”

The Cousins’ signing will be a success if the Vikings can get to the Super Bowl, and at this point, the NFC is wide open, which should give the Vikings some hope that they could finally get back to a Super Bowl.