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    Week 3: Minnesota Vikings Used: BAL, HOU
  2. Vinatieri is mulling retirement after today’s game

    On the first missed extra point I saw him plant super wide and just duck hook it left. I was wondering what that is all about unless he is injured. It is one of the more bizarre plant legs I’ve seen. Might he have a case of the yips? Doesn’t seem to be a leg strength issue. Perhaps it can be solved. It’s weird for something mentally to appear to be affecting a guy who has had ice in his veins for all of his career.
  3. 5000 yards or bust! 2019 version

    Learned from the best. Hahaha
  4. 5000 yards or bust! 2019 version

    Week 3: Lamar Jackson At some point it’ll get better. Right? Right.......?
  5. 5000 yards or bust! 2019 version

    Don’t worry; the week I pick him he’ll throw for 98 yards.
  6. 2019 3 Strikes and You're Out Survivor Game

    Week 3: San Francisco, Tampa, Minnesota Vikings
  7. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    Sure he was paid to be something. He just might not be (isn’t?). So, here we are. Heaping more pressure on him will do nothing to make the situation better. The o-line was horrendous yesterday in pass protection, allowing 22 pressures on 35 drop backs. Kirk isn’t good under pressure. I don’t think many quarterbacks are. Cousins is especially susceptible to getting rattled. We can lament the fact or grind and find a way.
  8. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    https://twitter.com/nfloncbs/status/1173351003393073152?s=21 Watch this play by Mahomes. Then watch the entire game. His protection is unreal. I can’t tell you when I’ve seen such a clean pocket for Cousins. Almost always seems to be collapsing. This is not to excuse his decision making, just don’t think it’s solely on his shoulders. So, it’s up to Cousins and the coaches to figure it out and put him in better positions. I think zone run/passing out of the shotgun might help Cousins. Might allow him to see the field and pressure more and not get so flustered in a congested pocket. The play action is nice in theory, but when the middle of the pocket gets collapsed or the bootleg consistently is well defended, you have to try something different. We shall see if Kubiak/Stefanski/Cousins can adjust. This is where great coaches figure out a way. Back when I was in college studying finance, I took in a presentation by a plant manager at McCormick. He said if one of his employees fails or is a “D or C” employee it is his responsibility to manage them to become an A or B employee. This is accomplished by finding out how they work and what motivates them. No two people are the same and therein lies the issue with coaching/managing people. Bad managers think it’s my way or the highway. Well, good luck finding perfect fits for your system. A lot of times you have to deal with what you’ve got and that’s where great managers thrive and mediocre managers fail. Unfortunately, it’s a rarity to have the meta-cognitive ability to figure this all out. It takes hard work and persistence rather than letting your reptile brain take over and stubbornly demand that everyone conform to your idea of reality. I have hope given what we’ve seen from Stefanski that he can be great.
  9. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    I’m an optimist . I also believe in neuroplasticity and the capacity for people to dig deep and find ways to be successful. George Dyson, of the eponymous Dyson vacuum company failed on like 1,000 prototypes before creating a successful product. Kurt Warner was bagging groceries. OK, one example!!!!!! But I prefer to have hope over despair. Never give up, never surrender.
  10. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    Just re-watched the game. Kirk made some terrible decisions. Also made some pretty good throws. I actually think Cousins has a chance to improve. It will come down to coaching, finding a mentor, and psychological work. I’m sticking with momentum being a huge issue for Cousins. Every time he would dig out of a hole something would happen. Dropped pass by Diggs, absurd penalties, questionable play calling. What I think Cousins needs is emotional support. He’s too hard on himself. Everyone says he’s making $84mm therefore he should be superhuman. It does not suppress the fact that he’s a human being. So, what this type of person needs is, I think, unconditional support. Yelling at him. Blaming him for everything will break him. So it’s a choice, do they want to lift him up? Or fall back on the easy route and say he makes xx$ and therefore “should” be this or that. This is what great coaches and mentors do. Figure out how to work with people. If if you told me we’d be down 21 in Lambeau in the first quarter and we didn’t roll over and quit and made it a close game. I’d be happy. Mistakes were made, but they are fixable. It’s a choice if the coaches see it for the way it is.
  11. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    I think great quarterbacks find a way. But this is pretty absurd. Unfortunately, we need someone with better pocket presence and steely nerves to handle the pocket issues. Cousins may be a momentum quarterback and there were several times where the momentum could have turned in his favor. 1) The called back touchdown due to Cook’s pick 2) The dropped ball by Diggs on the crossing route - yes, I realize it was behind him, but he made that play all day for Keenum. Cousins appears to be shook. That’s what happens with pressure, a relatively immobile quarterback, and mediocre pocket presence. So, where do we go? I do think the interception in the end zone is pretty uncharacteristic of Cousins. That said, it’s inexcusable. He even saw it earlier and then decided to throw the pass after patting the ball. I’m also on the bus of why didn’t we just keep running. We were wearing them out. It’s also a bit of an indictment on Stefanski using the rollout on that play. That play was a disaster every time during the game. Why go away from what was working? Im disenchanted by Cousins at this point, but he is what we have to roll with for now. He’ll have to dig deep and ask himself if he’s capable of overcoming. Of rising above the pressure. It’ll be up to the coaching staff to put him in great positions and shore up the pressure and counteract it through play design - maybe more shotgun zone combo run/pass? We can loathe the position we’re in, but it denies that we have to deal with what we got. I think we can. This is where great teams figure out a way and mediocre teams fold. We’ll find out which soon enough. It was in Lambeau and we had many opportunities to lock this game up. It’s not the end of the world, but we must keep grinding.
  12. Watching Keenum, Bradford, and Bridgewater in 2018-19

    Not sure. Wouldn’t mind just rolling with Keemun or Bridgewater until we figure it out. The way our run game is constructed we just need someone who isn’t broken. Kirk appears broken. Hopefully that is hyperbole. He looks like a quarterback that played behind a bad offensive line and lost confidence. That’s not me making excuses for him, he just looks like a shook QB now. Start Keenum/Bridgewater maybe try harder with Sloter? Hard for me to see any of these guys playing as bad as Cousins did today.
  13. Watching Keenum, Bradford, and Bridgewater in 2018-19

    Sad to say I think keeping Bridgewater or Keemun while grooming another QB would’ve been a better option than Cousins. I liked the Cousins signing at the time, but I think either of those guys would be better at this point.
  14. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    There is no helping you. Best of luck in life.
  15. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    He played poorly. Made incredibly bad decisions. Got happy feet. Got it? See. I don’t need to throw it in people’s face. Everyone can acknowledge he played bad today. It’s obvious. You just enjoy throwing their support in people’s faces. It does nothing for the community here. If you said, “Kirk is looking inaccurate today. Making bad decisions. Perhaps we need to look at replacement options.” It wouldn’t be inflammatory. Instead you’re picking on people. Just stop it man. The internet provides a fertile environment for people to be unkind. Childlike. Devoid of civil discourse. Just be civil. That’s all I am asking. I’m not asking you to censor yourself. Just be nice man.