Former Vikings QB blames Kirk Cousins for Minnesota being ‘average’

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels has been sharing his opinions on Kirk Cousins since the recent dismissal of Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman.

In the four seasons since the Minnesota Vikings decided to sign Kirk Cousins to a three-year, fully-guaranteed $84 million contract in 2018, the team has won 51.5 percent of their games (33-31-1). That percentage ranks 15th in the NFL during the last four years.

With the Vikings ranking 15th in the league in winning percentage, and the fact that there are a total of 32 teams in the NFL, it’s completely fair to label Minnesota’s performance since 2018 as average.

On Monday, the Vikings made the decision to fire head coach Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman with the hopes to find a new regime that will get them away from being a franchise that consistently hovers around .500 football during each season.

Former Minnesota Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels blames Kirk Cousins for team’s lack of success since 2018

The moves to get rid of Zimmer and Spielman have been viewed as a necessary step to get Minnesota heading in the right direction. But a former Vikings quarterback believes someone else is more deserving of the blame for the team’s underachievements in the last four seasons.

Sage Rosenfels spent 12 years in the NFL and three of them were as a member of the Vikings. Most notably, he was a part of Minnesota’s 2009 team that made it all the way to the NFC Championship.

Now, Rosenfels didn’t name Cousins as the guy who caused the Vikings to be “consistently average,” since 2018. But it’s pretty obvious who he is talking about.

Rosenfels also believes that whoever Minnesota brings in to be the team’s new head coach and general manager, they’re going to want to trade Cousins before the start of the 2022 season.

While many agree with Rosenfels about the new Vikings regime likely wanting to trade Cousins this year, don’t expect it to be anything like when the Houston Texans basically paid the Cleveland Browns to take Brock Osweiler off of their hands in 2017.

NFL teams are always in need of a quarterback and it will be no different this offseason with teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, and Carolina Panthers all possibly willing to give up assets to acquire a veteran passer like Cousins.

We’ll see what happens with Cousins this offseason. But one thing is for sure, if Minnesota ends up trading him, Rosenfels isn’t going to be sad.

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