New Minnesota Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell discusses outlook for QB Kirk Cousins
The Minnesota Vikings have a new head coach, introducing Kevin O’Connell at a press conference Thursday. O’Connell made his rise through the NFL as an offensive assistant, previously serving as an OC for the Washington Football team and the Los Angeles Rams.
With a new regime taking over, questions about whether or not Kirk Cousins will remain the starting QB were tossed about at the press conference. Cousins most recently led Minnesota to an 8-9 record in 2021 with over 4,200 yards and 33 touchdowns against just 7 interceptions.
According to O’Connell, he is “excited” to work with the former Spartan and the various weapons on the offensive side of the ball at Minnesota:
“I know he’s under contract and I’m excited to coach him,” said O’Connell during his press conference. “I’ve already started thinking about how we’re going to build those systems for him.
“It takes all 11 to move the football on offense – to run it, to throw it, to score points in the red zone – but I’m anticipating Kirk being a part of what we do.”
“I’m anticipating Kirk being a part of what we do.” – Kevin O’Connell on @KirkCousins8 pic.twitter.com/8rBUjO9oyK
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) February 17, 2022
Though Cousins is not without his critics, he has been mostly productive during his time with the Vikings. In 4 seasons for Minnesota, Cousins has completed 68.3% of his passes with averages of 4,000 yards passing and 31 touchdowns per year. It will be interesting to see how he looks in O’Connell’s offense.