Do the Vikings need a better backup quarterback in 2020?

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Sean Mannion
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Sean Mannion /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 29: Sean Mannion #4 of the Minnesota Vikings claps on the sidelines in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Sean Mannion /

Current QB situation in Minnesota

The current situation for the Vikings is very clear. They have doubled down on Kirk Cousins to get them over the hump and they’ve invested a lot in the quarterback going forward.

This security at the position is welcome and deserved given Cousins’ tremendous 2019 campaign. He overcame some early jitters to become one of the most efficient players at the position last season.

Last year, Cousins eventually threw for 3,603 yards, 26 touchdowns, and six interceptions with a 69.1 percent completion percentage. This was quality production in a run-first offense and he also secured his first postseason victory during a memorable wild card matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

It’s clear Minnesota’s decision-makers have now bet their own future on Cousins, so they will be hoping he can continue his ability to play through pain. Most teams have an experienced backup quarterback or a rookie learning his trade in this day and age, but that cannot be said of the Vikings.

Sean Mannion is your stereotypical backup NFL quarterback. But he has not seen the field much during his career and whether he would cope with being thrust into the spotlight remains to be seen.

In his only start of the 2019 season against the Chicago Bears, Mannion went 12-for-21 for 126 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. Hardly a standout audition for anyone looking to replace Cousins if he gets hurt.

Mannion was a cheap option to bring back, which is what the Vikings need right now with their salary cap deficiencies. That might be good financially, but Minnesota needs more at the position or face a potential disaster to their chances.