Another year in the same offense could work wonders for the Minnesota Vikings quarterback.
Putting up impressive stats has never been a struggle for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Even before he signed with the Vikings in 2018, Cousins was lighting up the stat sheet each week as the starting signal-caller for the Washington Redskins.
However, something came to an end in 2019 for Cousins. For the first time since 2014, the veteran quarterback didn’t finish a season with at least 4,000 passing yards.
Cousins ended up throwing for 3,603 yards in 2019 with Minnesota, but it was arguably the most efficient year of his NFL career.
Could the Minnesota Vikings quarterback put up big-time numbers in 2020?
Despite his statistics taking a dip last season from what he typically puts up, there are still some who believe the Vikings quarterback could be in for an impressive campaign in 2020.
On Monday, the New York Post’s Jeremy Layton released his list of players around the league who he believes could experience a regression or an improvement during the upcoming season. Luckily, for Cousins, he was part of the group who could see an improvement in their performance in 2020.
The Minnesota quarterback attempted under 450 passes last season (down from 606 in 2018) and Layton admitted that while Gary Kubiak’s offenses have been known to favor the rushing attack in the past, he thinks the Vikings’ rebuilt secondary is what could actually be something that results in Cousins’ numbers going up in 2020.
Layton believes the inexperience of Minnesota’s current group of corners could result in the team playing in fewer defensive-friendly games and their quarterback’s arm might be needed more frequently to keep up with the opposing offense.
If this ends up being the case more often than not in 2020, it should not excite the Vikings. Minnesota is not built to be a team to come from behind each week. Mike Zimmer’s brand of football consists of playing solid defense and controlling the clock with the running game and the play-action passing attack.
If the Vikings end up getting into a bunch of shootouts next season, it’s not going to sit very well with Zimmer and he’s going to let his team hear about it.
If they win these games, then there won’t be a whole lot of complaining. But Minnesota hasn’t really ever displayed the ability to compete in a shootout-style of a game during Zimmer’s tenure as the team’s head coach.