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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mailvox: the QB carousel

A number of people have asked me for my reaction to the Kirk Cousins signing by the Vikings. My three primary thoughts:
  • Good, this is exactly what the Vikings obviously had in mind once it became clear that they weren't going to ride with Case Keenum in 2018. Neither Bradford nor Bridgewater were ever a possible option, despite whatever nice things about them were being said by various Vikings figures.
  • The price was actually a little better than I'd expected. I was thinking they'd have to cough up the $30M/year to nail down the deal. The Vikes have loads of cap room, and the QB is where you want to spend it if you can get a good one.
  • Spielman is going all in after the Super Bowl this year. Teams have a small window of opportunity, usually from one to three years where they can be considered legitimate Super Bowl contenders. The Vikings had an unexpected shot in 2017, but they were outcoached in the NFC championship game and Nick Foles seriously outplayed Case Keenum. Considering how the Eagles and Rams have both improved their rosters, the Vikes clearly could not stand pat.
I have zero concerns - zero - about Cousins's losing record. Teams lose games, not quarterbacks. Cousins is 29, a top-six quarterback over the last three seasons, and he's now got a much better team around him. Nothing against Keenum, who is very likable and played about as well as he possibly could have in 2017, but is not capable of winning a game on his own the way an elite quarterback occasionally must.

If Cousins just runs the scheme, with our skill players and behind our solid O-line, he’ll have over 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. Put that opposite our defense and we’re serious contenders.
- Vikings staffer

I wanted the Vikings to lock Keenum up inexpensively as an top-notch long-term #2 after he won his fourth game of the season. But once that didn't happen, I did NOT want them to sign him to the kind of big money he got in Denver as their long-term starter, simply because he is not good enough to be an elite starter. If you watch a quarterback for an entire season, you get a pretty good grasp of what their limits are, and Keenum is a tough, smart, low-turnover game manager. If your defense controls the other offense, he will not lose the game for you. And that's a great thing.

The problem, of course, is that if the defense can't control the other offense, he will not win the shootout. We saw that against Carolina before we saw it against Philadelphia. We very nearly saw it in the second half against New Orleans. And that's the $8 million difference between Cousins and Keenum.

Sometimes the obvious move is the smart move. So, the Vikings did the right thing.

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18 Comments:

Blogger James Dixon March 14, 2018 6:15 AM  

I haven't watched the Redskins so I have no idea just how good Cousins actually is. I agree that Keenum wasn't a top tier QB. He's a mid-level QB who can win with a good team. That's no knock on him as 80% or more of the quarterbacks in the league fall into that category.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) March 14, 2018 7:06 AM  

Top 6?

Blogger VD March 14, 2018 7:21 AM  

He's not top five, he's definitely top ten. Look at the last three seasons. Completion percentage, yards, rating, it's all very good and in the top ten every year.

Blogger Dave March 14, 2018 7:22 AM  

It was a good move for the Vikings. Strike while the iron is hot as you said, and Cousins was the only free agent QB that improved their odds to win a championship. He is also very durable unlike Bradford and Bridgewater.

Vikings new OC DeFilippo, as he should, had a big influence in signing Cousins. DeFilippo does get recognition for his work with Wentz and Foles as Eagles QB Coach. Also Carr when he was in Oakland.

Of course, the Eagles also had a head coach and OC in Pederson and Frank Reich, who both played QB in the NFL. How much of the success of Wentz and Foles should be credited to DeFelippo rather than Pederson and Reich? We'll never know exactly, but maybe now we'll get some idea seeing how Cousins performs with DeFelippo as OC.

We'll probably be seeing ya at the season opener Thursday Night Kickoff game, particularly now that Fox has the TNF package.

Blogger Jimmy Glover March 14, 2018 8:14 AM  

This is a good signing. I had nothing against Bridgewater or Bradford, but as I commented at the time, I wasn't excited about Bradford. He is a serviceable QB, with no real lows. But he has no highs either, and is not a QB personality. Teams seem to take on the QB's personality. Think Brady, Brees, and Peyton Manning.

Bradford was Alex Smith. Neither is the one you want in the two minute drill. Cousins may be a gun slinger, but he will go down swinging.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 14, 2018 8:20 AM  

Vikings should have drafted Lamar Jackson, all wrist flick and upside galore. I say that as a Packers fan who deeply cares about the competition, it's love man.

Blogger James Dixon March 14, 2018 8:24 AM  

> I wasn't excited about Bradford. He is a serviceable QB, with no real lows. But he has no highs either, and is not a QB personality.

Bradford was more than serviceable. At his best he's probably better than Cousins. His problem is that he spends more time on IR than he does playing. Bridgewater looks OK, but on par with Keenum.

Anonymous Anonymous March 14, 2018 8:47 AM  

I went to high school with Cousins. He's a good guy, all the best to him.

Blogger Ben Cohen March 14, 2018 9:13 AM  

The Giants are looking to get rid of Manning. Would that have been a good addition to the Vikings? He's a decent manager qb who's good under pressure.

Blogger VD March 14, 2018 9:26 AM  

The Giants are looking to get rid of Manning. Would that have been a good addition to the Vikings? He's a decent manager qb who's good under pressure.

No, he's too old. Brees is the only old QB who made any sense. That's why they never talked to McCown either.

Blogger Hammerli280 March 14, 2018 9:43 AM  

As a fan of the DC Perpetual Losers (they don't deserve to be called "Redskins", the Redskins were a good team), this is an excellent move...for the Vikings. Cousins is an extremely good QB playing for an exceptionally bad team. In particular, playing behind an offensive line that would shame a good college team. Give him some decent protection and he'll deliver the goods.

As for the DCPLs...well, I hope they got a draft pick or two. But that club won't get well until Dan Snyder stops trying to be his own General Manager. He doesn't have the football knowledge for it, and has squandered enormous amounts of salary cap on second-rate players.

Blogger Jimmy Glover March 14, 2018 9:54 AM  

Bradford was more than serviceable. At his best he's probably better than Cousins. His problem is that he spends more time on IR than he does playing. Bridgewater looks OK, but on par with Keenum.

Not stat wise.

Bradford has a career Completion Percentage of 62.5, and a QB of 85.1.

Cousins has CP of 65.5, nad QB of 93.7.

And the fact he can't stay on the field is a problem. As trent dilfer says, the best ability is availability.

Blogger Orthodox March 14, 2018 11:00 AM  

This is a great move.

Blogger James Dixon March 14, 2018 12:34 PM  

> Not stat wise.

I'm pretty sure I said "at his best".

> And the fact he can't stay on the field is a problem.

Isn't that what I said?

Blogger SammyBoy March 14, 2018 3:49 PM  

"Teams lose games, not quarterbacks."

Exhibit A -- Dan Marino. 46 NFL QB records currently held, formerly held, or currently tied with others. No Super Bowls. Team winning percentage as QB -- 66%.

Blogger Gordon Scott March 14, 2018 4:28 PM  

What you are all missing is this: Where were the Russian wet teams when Bradford and Bridgewater were hurt? There's a reason that the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl during the life of Putin, and have not been to the Super Bowl since he rose to power.

I'm sorry to have to point this out to you, Vox, but Vlad ain't having it.

Blogger Rambam March 14, 2018 7:09 PM  

Gives Vikes a chance to get back to playoffs. Packers win division with Rodgers & Jimmy Graham.

Blogger Michael Kingswood March 14, 2018 8:52 PM  

I'm a lifelong Redskins fan. Their behavior wrt Cousins - stringing him along, refusing to pay him what he's been worth, and now trading him for...seriously??? - has been nothing short of baffling in its downright stupidity.

But then, what else could I expect from a Dan Snyder team? You'd think we Skins fans would have learned over the last 20 years. But still we hope the stupidity will cease.

Almost makes me glad the NFL decided to take a knee, so I don't have to torture myself anymore.

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