Ever since Aaron Rodgers grew to become a full-time starter for the Inexperienced Bay Packers, each Minnesota Vikings quarterback has been evaluated in opposition to him. How can the Vikings win the division with this man? Tarvaris Jackson wasn’t gonna reduce it, nor was Christian Ponder. Brett Favre had one turncoat season for all-time and petered out the following yr. Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater received damage. Case Keenum had a profession yr on the proper time, and Kirk Cousins was measured in opposition to Rodgers as quickly as he signed that $84 million contract to switch Keenum.
Maybe the Teddy and Keenum stans maintain onto their perception that the Vikings ought to have caught with their man as a result of they each received division titles. That they had briefly stood atop Rodgers’ division. In Bridgewater’s case, he had briefly slain the king.
Regardless, the Vikings dedicated to Cousins. Rick Spielman and Co. determined to mount up and go to struggle in opposition to Rodgers with a person that irked a sizeable portion of the fanbase. And thus far, he has principally underwhelmed. Certain he’s had moments however nothing remotely near what was hoped for.
Properly, now there’s an opportunity that No. 12 doesn’t present as much as coaching camp, and Kirk freakin’ Cousins is the most effective quarterback on this division. Don’t give me that Jared Goff nonsense. We don’t know when Justin Fields will unseat Andy Dalton (lol). And we all know even much less about Jordan Love from that powerhouse *checks notes* Utah State program. Truthfully, they may go along with Blake Bortles and make this probably the most hilariously quarterbacked division in soccer. Do it, Inexperienced Bay. Do it!
So how may any of this presumably be a nasty factor for the Vikings?
The worst factor you might be within the NFL is nice sufficient to compete however not ok to win the entire thing. If Rodgers is traded, the Vikings would be the division favourite for the foreseeable future, and Kirk will doubtless put collectively good seasons for himself and the crew. However we can be left questioning if he can ship in opposition to the most effective groups within the large second irrespective of how good the common season goes.
That is the talk that the fan base and sure the group has had since he was signed. It’s solely grown louder with every passing yr. After drafting Kellen Mond? It’s change into a head-splitting scream.
This season was imagined to be the defining second within the Kirk Cousins expertise. If he can’t get it performed with all this expertise round him, what the hell is the purpose? Dial up Jeff Bezos and blast this man out of orbit. The critics had been both going to be confirmed incorrect or shut up. But when Rodgers is gone, he’s going to get it performed. They are going to be a profitable soccer crew.
When you don’t consider in Cousins, it is a worst-case situation. He makes the Vikes aggressive sufficient that the folks in cost consider that this crew is a contender, and he’s the man. On this situation, he may obtain one more extension. When you really consider Cousins won’t ever lead the Vikings to a championship irrespective of the circumstances, this case is a catastrophe. Certain it could be nice to beat up on scrub groups, however it’ll solely delay your distress. When you consider in Captain Kirk and assume he’ll lead the Vikings to a Tremendous Bowl, effectively, this text was most likely not for you.
The reality is that that is why each slides ought to be rooting for Rodgers to return. It would give us a decision. Both Kirk will stand up and be the man no person thought he may. Or he received’t and we will lastly work out a technique to transfer on quickly. But when Rodgers doesn’t come again, we may discover ourselves in a wide-open, straightforward division and a difficult-to-navigate, extraordinarily polarizing Kirk Cousins conundrum.