Cousins is the Vikings’ quarterback for the next two years, so get over it

(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

After his first season with the Minnesota Vikings didn’t go according to plan, some are wondering if the team’s current quarterback is the right fit moving forward.

In his very first season with the Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 4,298 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Cousins is just the fourth passer in Vikings franchise history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and 4,000 yards in a single season.

If he were on any other team, people would be complaining about how Minnesota didn’t do enough to help their quarterback. But since Cousins signed a big-money contract last March and the Vikings were saddled with the expectations of winning a Super Bowl in 2018, his impressive year is being perceived as a failure.

Some are even wondering if Minnesota adding him as their starting quarterback last offseason was the right decision. Even if people don’t believe that signing Cousins was the correct choice for the Vikings to make, it’s not like the team can hop in a Delorean and change their decision.

Those who are already fed up with Minnesota’s current starting quarterback need to face the music and stop hoping for unrealistic solutions for their lack of happiness.

Case Keenum is not coming back, Teddy Bridgewater is not about to return to the Vikings’ locker room, and the team is not going to use an early-round draft pick on a quarterback. None of this is happening, so those hoping for any of these outcomes are just wasting their time.

Minnesota signed Cousins to a three-year contract and he will continue to be their starter under center at least until his deal ends in 2021. The Vikings would be incredibly dumb to not roll with him as their starting quarterback anyways considering how much money they have invested in his services.

With the recent additions to their coaching staff, Minnesota is taking the necessary steps to help Cousins achieve even more success in 2019. Let’s see what happens when the veteran quarterback is able to work with some of the brightest offensive minds in the NFL before declaring him as a failure for the Vikings.

But even if Minnesota doesn’t improve with Cousins under center next season, the team still won’t show him the door in 2020.

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The Vikings signed up for a three-year experiment last March and they have at least two more seasons to figure out how to best utilize the guy they believed was the best fit for their roster.