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The 2018 Kirk Cousins Megathread

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1 hour ago, upriser7 said:

Cousins has been doing good job in RedZone this season but our offensive schemes near RedZone needs to get better...I felt like Packers game was slight improvement...we hardly run any slants in red zone...kinda do lot of predictable stuff 

I want to see some more fade/jump ball types and slants. Also some screens to the WRs or RB that gets them in space. Diggs is great with room to move.

We do a lot of corner endzone, back corner stuff but those seem to be getting scouted out a bit.

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1 hour ago, Vikes_Bolts1228 said:

I want to see some more fade/jump ball types and slants. Also some screens to the WRs or RB that gets them in space. Diggs is great with room to move.

We do a lot of corner endzone, back corner stuff but those seem to be getting scouted out a bit.

What are some plays to break tendency on that? Maybe something that looks like another back corner route but then a TE or RB runs a wheel route into the space vacated underneath? 

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This is a good brief summary of Cousins under pressure so far this year -

OL has given up 171 pressures (most in NFL this year and also higher than the number of pressures OL gave up in entire last season) so far this year. Cousins has been under pressure in 40.7% of drop backs(2nd highest in NFL). 

Cousins has actually been very good under pressure-

Cousins PFF grade under pressure -68.3 (5th in NFL).

Cousins passer rating under pressure - 87.1 (4th in NFL, league average is somewhere in mid 60's).

These are some pretty damn good numbers...question is whether he can sustain this for rest of the season or not considering he is facing pressure on almost 40% of dropbacks.

 

 

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In the wake of his impressive performance against the Packers, Cousins has been nominated for the FedEx Air Player of the Week, the NFL announced Tuesday. Cousins threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns and played arguably his best game of the season.

The two other passers nominated were Colts QB Andrew Luck (343 yards, three touchdowns against the Dolphins) and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (339 yards, two touchdowns against the Panthers).

https://www.vikings.com/news/lunchbreak-diggs-contract-extension-ranked-among-espn-s-top-offseason-moves?sf203097401=1

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Here is a look at the 2018 touchdowns with the most air distance, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, including two thrown by non-QBs.

No. 1. Air distance: 62.9 yards: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

Play: 75-yard TD to Stefon Diggs in Week 2 tie at Green Bay.

 

http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/288754/watch-mahomes-goff-even-obj-get-the-most-air-distance-on-td-passes

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Unveiled this season on the N.F.L.’s Next Gen Stats platform, completion probability is in the nascent stages of being unpacked for greater meaning — the frequency of improbable throws toward a particular receiver, perhaps, or a measure of a quarterback’s willingness to make dicey passes.

Swensson said any catch with a 20 percent probability or less would be considered “pretty difficult.” The chances of Rivers’s completing that pass were a scant 14.5 percent.

Still, it ranks as only the seventh-least probable completion this season. Here are the top five:

2. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins to WR Adam Thielen

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/sports/nfl-improbable-completion.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fsports&action=click&contentCollection=sports&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=11&pgtype=sectionfront

 

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1 hour ago, wcblack34 said:

TL;DR

He's not worth it. We're stuck for two more years.

He's mediocre with flashes of top 10 play.

To me, that means you have to build around him but can't rely on him doing it all.

Also, I wish Teddy never got hurt.

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2 hours ago, wcblack34 said:

TL;DR

He's not worth it. We're stuck for two more years.

He was the best option available.  He has played well for much of the season when you consider the lousy protection.  Tonight's loss against the Seahawks was on him, though, IMO.  He just didn't get the job done when the game was on the line.  We are paying him big time money.  He has to come through in situations like this.  I don't know if he has that in him or not.  About all we can do is fix the offensive line and probably get a different OC for Zim next year too.  It's just not working with DeFilippo.

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He hasn’t led a single game winning drive this year. 

Building around him would be a lot easier if he didn’t cost 28 million a year. 

Again, his replacement should be drafted this year. I’m of the opinion that with salary the way it is in the NFL for QBs, you should move on from a QB after their rookie deal unless they’re Brady or Rodgers or Brees. Take a QB in the first two rounds every other year. Always have the replacement on the roster. Pay your QB peanuts and put teams around them. That way, if you draft Kirk Cousins, you can put enough around him to mask his deficiencies. 

That’s going to be really hard to do with his elite salary and crap play. 

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