3 reasons why the Vikings should pick Mike Zimmer over Kirk Cousins

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Cousins is who he is and he’s not going to change

Statistically, Kirk Cousins has easily played some of the best football of his NFL career since he signed with the Vikings in 2018. However, his individual success hasn’t really translated into success for the entire team.

But it’s not like this is something new for the veteran quarterback during his pro career. During his three seasons as the starting signal-caller for the Washington Football Team, he put up some impressive numbers, but the team only won 51 percent of their games. Since Cousins’ arrival in 2018, Minnesota has won just 52 percent of their games.

What’s more likely? Cousins has had tremendous bad luck and every other aspect of his teams have resulted in a mediocre amount of success or he’s a quarterback that is going to help a franchise win about half of their matchups every season?

Cousins’ career history would suggest that he’s good enough to help a team remain competitive, but not good enough to help a team reach a high level of success.

So any thought that some sort of genius offensive head coach could come in and unlock some sort of superstar quarterback that’s hiding inside Cousins is foolish. He’s worked with several smart offensive minds over the years and they’ve all produced very similar results from the quarterback.

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Unless the Vikings don’t mind finishing in the middle of the pack every season, then their best chance of achieving more success in 2022 is by keeping the guy who has actually led their team to within one game of playing in the Super Bowl and not the guy who is the Jeff Fisher of NFL quarterbacks.