Here's What the Vikings' New Head Coach Thinks of Kirk Cousins

Larry Rupp
Here's what the new Minnesota Vikings' head coach Kevin O'Connell thinks of quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Here's what the new Minnesota Vikings' head coach Kevin O'Connell thinks of quarterback Kirk Cousins. / Stephen Maturen/GettyImages

The Minnesota Vikings are hoping that new head coach Kevin O'Connell can turn things around with the roster he has in front of him. The team has made the playoffs just twice over the last six years, yet O'Connell remains high on starting quarterback Kirk Cousins and his ability to get the job done.

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O'Connell reportedly conveyed a firm belief in Cousins during the interviewing process in Minnesota. He was one of a number of candidates that expressed that thought, actually. That has to be comforting to hear given Cousins comes with a cap hit of $45 million for the 2022 NFL season.

This shouldn't come as a major shock given O'Connell spent the 2017 season as Cousins' quarterback coach in Washington. The former Los Angeles Rams' offensive coordinator comes to Minnesota knowing how Captain Kirk plays and what exactly he brings to the table every Sunday.

Cousins ended up making the Pro Bowl this season after completing 66.3% of his pass attempts for 4,221 yards and 33 touchdowns (7 interceptions). His statistics continue to rank in the middle of the pack amongst QBs, which justifies his 33-29-1 record as a Viking and 59-59-2 record overall.

The Vikings seem to have no choice but to let it ride with Cousins in 2022 and then take it from there. The 10-year pro will aim to guide the franchise to its first NFC North title since 2017 surrounded by dynamic weapons like wide receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook.

Minnesota currently has odds set at +3300 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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