Even Vikings GM doubts how far Kirk Cousins can take them

Kirk Cousins is often maligned by Vikings fans but even Minnesota’s GM doesn’t appear to have faith in what his quarterback is capable of. 

Among NFL fans — even Minnesota Vikings fans themselves — Kirk Cousins is often a punching bag in the football world. Despite his statistical output that would objectively say he’s a good quarterback, the veteran Michigan State product is the poster child for a signal-caller that isn’t good enough to get a team over the hump, but just good enough to get a team into playoff contention.

One would hope, however, that the Minnesota front office would have a bit more faith than that in Cousins, though, especially considering the fact that the club has him locked into a fully guaranteed contract until the end of the 2023 season.

But if you listen to what new Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah had to say about his team’s quarterback, that very well may not be the case.

Vikings: New GM shows little faith in Kirk Cousins

After one OTA practice this offseason, Adofo-Mensah spoke with Jori Epstein of USA Today and, though he didn’t outwardly bash Cousins, he certainly did not speak favorably about the 33-year-old signal-caller.

“I’ll be frank, the one asset where you get nervous about not burning it down is quarterback,” Adofo-Mensah said. He continued that they had a “good quarterback” but did not have a Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes in the building before saying it was “very unlikely” to have a quarterback who can win a team a Super Bowl.

Again, at no point did the new GM go out of his way to insult the ability of Cousins, but the way he spoke on the subject did more than enough to insinuate that he doesn’t believe that Kirk Cousins is the quarterback that can lead the Vikings to holding up the Lombardi Trophy.

That’s a popular sentiment among fans as well, but it’s a bit more jarring to hear a high-ranking member of the front office say as much.

Regardless of it’s that the feeling, though, Minnesota is tied to Cousins for at least two more seasons, for better or worse. And if you can read between the lines on Adofo-Mensah’s comments, it might be for the worse.