Vikings finally have continuity under center
This should excite absolutely every Vikings fan breathing oxygen. For only the second time since the days of Warren Moon, the team will head into the 2020 season with continuity at quarterback. That is, Kirk Cousins will be the undisputed starter for the third-straight season.
About 20 years ago, Daunte Culpepper brought some semblance of permanence to the position for Minnesota. But before and after that, it has been a mishmash of signal-callers, usually aging veterans.
For now, those days are over. Cousins was inked to a three-year deal in 2018 and he was recently extended this offseason. He will likely be the quarterback of the Vikings for at least four consecutive years barring an unforeseen trade.
Even if one questions aspects of Cousins’ game, it’s probably wise to admit that letting him improve within the system is advantageous. The best example of this historically is Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints.
Brees was acquired by the Saints in 2006 and it took him four years of stuffing stat stockings before breaking through to a Lombardi Trophy. You can scoff at the comparison of Brees and Cousins–that’s fine. Yet statistically, the men are comparable.
Brees was not good enough to win a Super Bowl–until he did. Perhaps Cousins and the Vikings will follow suit.