Last season, things did not go the way Vikings fans envisioned, especially after Minnesota signed QB Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million deal. What was envisioned, a Super Bowl contending team, and what actually happened are two different things.
The Vikings(8-7-1) missed the playoffs in 2018 after making the NFC title game in 2017, and while statistically speaking Cousins(4298 yards, 30 touchdowns) had a decent season, he did not do make things happen when the team needed him the most, which included losing to the Bears at home with the playoffs on the line in the season finale.
Even though the Vikings did not have the success they wanted, Minnesota’s star WR Stefon Diggs still has confidence in Cousins.
“I feel like it’s the big picture. Everybody wants things to happen so fast,” Diggs said on Wednesday. “But Kirk was only here six months or something like that. As far as going into his second year and getting comfortable, I remember at one point I was with Teddy [Bridgewater], and it took a while to get adjusted. I was new to the league, and he was young, too.
“As far as having a veteran quarterback that has been around the game, I trust him. Going into his second year, I look forward to building the relationship and just moving forward. We kind of have a bad taste in our mouths from last year. Of course, we had high goals like everybody else. Things didn’t go that way. Going into the new year, we have the same goals, but we just have to handle it differently.”
I think it’s safe to say that we don’t know what Cousins is at this point. Some believe he is good but not good enough to win a title, while others believe he is good enough to put Minnesota over the top. To Diggs’ point, we do have to give Cousins more than one year to prove his worth, but if things don’t go right for Minnesota this season, Vikings fans won’t be very patient.