This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
Sports media will feature several big NFL stories in its agenda this week, but there might be none louder than the mounting indictments against the Vikings and specifically Kirk Cousins after Minnesota managed to flail off the playoff path.
Despite spending a fully guaranteed $84 million on Cousins' three-year deal, the Vikings struggled through the season's second half and lost their wildcard spot to an Eagles team that was declared toast at multiple points this year. This has provoked a number of critical assessments of Cousins, with plenty of reception even for the idea that Cousins bears some ultimate culpability for Minnesota's failed ambitions. This might just be a case of lashing out in a pained state, especially since it was a Bears team playing for nothing that knocked the Vikings down for good.
After a 4-2-1 start to the year, in which Cousins threw for 14 touchdowns to three interceptions, the Vikings finished 4-5, and Cousins went on to throw just five touchdowns to four interceptions in Minnesota's four losses after the Week 10 bye. He also averaged fewer than 202 yards passing per game in the final five weeks, which might sap one's faith in the assumption that the issues might be solved with time.
The surface optics of this outcome are not good given Cousins' salary and the fact that the team went 13-3, making it to the NFC Championship Game, with Case Keenum as its primary quarterback last year. You will see some imply that Cousins