3 reasons why Kirk Cousins deserves to be in the MVP race

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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

His progression

During his time with the Redskins, Kirk Cousins had some impressive statistical seasons, but his team was never really able to accomplish much. Many believed Washington’s lack of success during Cousins’ tenure had to do with the lack of weapons the quarterback had to utilize.

So when he signed with the Vikings in 2018, most assumed he would be able to take his game to another level with guys like Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Dalvin Cook, and Kyle Rudolph in his offense.

But after Minnesota’s first season with Cousins didn’t go as planned, the team went out and brought in an elite offensive mind that could potentially get the most out of the quarterback in current offensive advisor Gary Kubiak.

With Kubiak and Kevin Stefanski leading things for the Vikings’ offense this year, Cousins actually has made great strides in his evolution as a passer.

He’s always been an accurate quarterback, but this season he’s also been a smarter quarterback. For the most part, Cousins hasn’t tried to do too much or force the ball into triple coverage. If a throw isn’t there or he’s being chased down, he’s been much better at tossing the ball out of bounds to give his offense another chance during games this year.

Due to his smarter decisions this season, Cousins currently has single-season career-best marks in touchdown percentage (6.6), interception percentage (0.9), yards per attempt (8.6), and passer rating (114.8).

Making Stefanski the offensive coordinator and bringing in Kubiak to be his tag-team partner has turned out to be one of the best decisions made by Minnesota in the last year and it’s resulted in Cousins currently playing at an MVP level.