It might not be the comparison people want to hear, but Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is very similar to former NFL signal-caller, Alex Smith.
Before eventually signing with the Minnesota Vikings in March of 2018, Kirk Cousins was replaced by the Washington Football Team a few weeks earlier when they made a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire quarterback Alex Smith.
Washington had just spent three seasons with Cousins as their starting signal-caller, and instead of giving him a long-term contract, they decided to trade for someone who had already put together an NFL career that was similar to the current Vikings quarterback.
Prior to getting traded to Washington, Smith just had a 2017 season for the Chiefs in which he completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 4,042 yards, 26 touchdowns, and five interceptions for a 104.7 passer rating. If those aren’t Cousins-esque numbers, then what are?
And in what sounds like something that would happen to Cousins after putting up those stats, the end of Smith’s impressive 2017 campaign with Kansas City came in the form of a heartbreaking loss in the first round of the playoffs.
Oftentimes, we look to the past to try and figure out which current players in the NFL compare to those who laced up their cleats before them. For Cousins, one doesn’t have to look very far as his career in the league has gone very similarly to Smith’s.
So what are some of the top reasons why a close comparison for the current Minnesota quarterback is the guy who replaced him in Washington?