We are in the final stages of the NFL offseason. There’s no draft to prepare for, no free agency around, and training camp and preseason haven’t even started yet. For that reason, it’s a wonderful time for some media workers to compile a quarterback list, even though we haven’t seen anyone play a football game since the Super Bowl in February. Kirk Cousins has traditionally never been highly appreciated in those rankings.
2 NFL QBs With The Weirdest Names ‘Emo Kirk’ And ‘Evil Kirk’
Just a week ago, there was genuine outrage over ex-NFL receiver Keishon Johnson not ranking Justin Jefferson as one of his top five WRs in the league. The superstar has stats and accolades that prove just how outstanding he is.
Another player with great numbers is Cousins but those stats are always held against him for one reason or the other.
He’s never been a darling of the media and that’s not likely to change until he goes into a deep playoff run with Hall of Fame-worthy play. Will Brinson released him QB Ranking on CBS Sports. He didn’t really rank them, he put them in levels.
Of course, Cousins was not included in the first-tier “The Big 3” that included Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Joe Burrows. He also missed out on the second “Could Join Them Next Year” with Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts, Lamar Jackson and Trevor Lawrence. All four men have shown phenomenal potential and could theoretically become members of that elite group.
Meanwhile, we’ve seen Cousins perform at a high level over the years, but none of which ever suggested top-three potential. It could be argued that he should be ranked higher than Lawrence because he’s done so over the years or Jackson because Cousins has outpaced him (in part due to injuries) over the past two years, but both have higher ceilings. is and vice versa fit the name of the cousin tier.
Tier three is “intrigue with question marks” with mind boggling players as some of them had very bad 2022 seasons. This included Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Fields, Daniel Jones, DeShawn Watson and Russell Wilson.
Stafford has always been a more boom-or-bust version of Cousins, Wilson has struggled mightily after his stellar start to the 2020 season, Watson has played six total games in at least two seasons, and Justin Fields, well, Despite his athleticism, he never played at a high level in his professional career.
The Vikings passer made the fourth tier with the aptly named “You Can Win With Them”. Joining them are Jared Goff, Dak Prescott, Geno Smith, Ryan Tannehill, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Brinson described the group: “What’s the best way to describe these guys? If everything about them goes in their favor they can take you to the playoffs, but you can’t imagine a scenario where they take you to a deep playoff run or a really strong defense/run game combo without you winning the Super Bowl or the stars just aligning.”
Cousins has shown the ability to carry a team forward, but unlike a player like Mahomes, he hasn’t done so consistently throughout the season or playoffs. However, he does offer more potential than most of the other players on the list. The weird part of the article wasn’t the ranking, it was Brinson’s explanation when he compared the trio of QBs. “The cousins, Carr and Jimmy G are all alternate timeline versions of each other – Jimmy G being the evil Kirk and Carr being the emo version that gets you somewhere in between the two.”
Evil Kirk and Emo Kirk are a weird way to describe a quarterback. This was a complete explanation of the cousins of that level.
Carr was sacked last year and has been made a scapegoat for the Raiders’ struggles. They certainly haven’t played their best football but that’s not the only reason for the disappointing season. After his release, he signed with the Saints. Garoppolo carried Kyle Shanahan’s offense at an ever-higher level. While it may be somewhat unfair, he is seen as the guy who missed Emmanuel Sanders on a brilliantly pulled deep throw and could not lead a stacked team to the Super Bowl in 2021.
Cousins has been a great player for years and deserves more than being recognized by some strange name for other people. He needs one more season of normal Cousins production to finish in the top 20 all-time in passing yards and touchdowns, and he’s coming off a season with a record eight game-winning drive (for which the entire team deserves credit). are coming His clutch play has been quietly phenomenal over the past few seasons.
The passer has put up 37,140 passing yards, 252 passing touchdowns and only 105 interceptions in his career as one of the most consistent players in the league.
Janik Eckardt is a football fan who loves numbers and statistics. The Vikings became his favorite team at the time, despite quarterback Christian Ponder. He is a walking football encyclopedia, loves watching sitcoms and classic rock is his musical genre of choice. If you like Vikings, follow them on Twitter: @JanikEckardt