Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings came up small in the biggest game of the year. With an opportunity to make the playoffs, Cousins and the Vikings were dominated by the Bears 24-10 at home last Sunday.
In that game, Cousins did not play his best football. He was 20/33 for only 132 yards and one touchdown. Not good enough for a guy you gave a three-year, $84 million deal to last offseason.
Including his career with Redskins, Cousins is now 5-25 against teams with winning records, and is 0-1 in the playoffs.
Today, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer discussed the play of Cousins in 2018.
Q: Are you concerned about Kirk Cousins’ performances in big games and clutch situations?
Zimmer: “I see that statistic and obviously it’s not a good statistic. Quite honestly, it’s about the football team. One guy doesn’t win games around here; one guy doesn’t lose games. I don’t take it that way. I have a lot of confidence in Kirk. I’ve talked to him, I’ve talked to some other people about how I can help him better and things that I can do moving forward and so he’s going to come out and play really good next year.”
Q: In what ways did Kirk Cousins live up to your expectations and what you would like to see him improve on?
Zimmer: “Certainly there’s a lot of things in both areas. I really don’t want to get into specifics, sit here in front of all of you and tell you what he can get better at. I’d rather talk to him about those things. As far as the things he did good, number one he came in here and was a great teammate. He studied real hard; he worked extremely hard at everything he was trying to get done. I do think there are some areas he could get better at and I’m sure he’d tell you the same thing.”
Q: Was his play this season what you expected from him?
Zimmer: I think it’s more about the combination of the team, not one particular player.
Cousins(4298 yards, 30 TD/10 INT) put up good numbers in 2018, but he has to be better in big games. Minnesota not making the playoffs is not all on Cousins, but when you pay a guy that type of money, you are expecting a huge return, especially with the Vikings coming off an NFC title game appearance in 2017.
Cousins was surrounded by a lot of talented players in Minnesota. However, in the end, he was not able to get it done.