7 of the most ludicrous myths about Vikings QB Kirk Cousins

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Vikings QB legends fared much better than Cousins

This one is especially comical.

Kirk Cousins is pegged as a mediocre quarterback or an “8-8 guy.” He has started 100 career starts at the quarterback position as of Week 13 in 2020. His quarterback record is 50-48-2 (.510). If you believe a quarterback’s record is an individual stat, all the power to you. It’s a strange one because 52 players comprise a football team, but we assign one player (1.9% of the team) a “record.”

In any event, Cousins is frequently compared to Vikings passers of yesteryear. Through 100 career starts, Fran Tarkenton’s quarterback record was 40-56-4 (.420). In Daunte Culpepper’s first 100 starts, his team was 41-59 (.410). Therefore, if we use the quarterback record as a metric, well, Cousins is far outpacing Tarkenton and Culpepper.

This is the spot that the quarterback-record people generally assert that the Vikings, as a whole, were not very good when Tarkenton was young. Boom, quarterback record is no longer a fair metric.