Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has struggled in 2019, and for the first three weeks of the season, the Vikings had more rushing yards than passing yards, which is fascinating when you consider how pass-happy the league has become.
At this point of the season, the eight-year veteran has thrown only three touchdowns to go along with two interceptions, and last week after the Vikings’ loss to the Bears, Minnesota’s star wide receiver Adam Thielen was critical of Cousins.
“At some point, you’re not going to be able to run the ball for 180 yards, even with the best running back in the NFL,” Thielen told reporters, according to the The Athletic. “That’s when you have to be able to throw the ball. … You have to be able to hit the deep balls.”
However, even with all of his struggles, Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski still believes Cousins has not lost his confidence. When asked if he thinks Cousins has lost some confidence, Stefanski had this to say.
“I think playing that position, you’re going to have some peaks and valleys,” Stefanski said on Thursday. “And I think he’s smart enough and has been doing this long enough to know that there’s success to be had and a couple times you’re going to want a different result. I don’t get that sense from him. I think he’s really pouring everything he has into this week’s game plan.”
Obviously, the Vikings expected a lot out of Cousins when they signed him to a three-year, $84 million deal in 2018, but in reality, Cousins has been a slightly above average QB throughout his career. He is currently 36-39-2 as a starter and is 10-9-1 with Minnesota.
At the end of the day, the Vikings are stuck with Cousins for the foreseeable future, and after 20 games, it’s not looking good.