Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

Now that Kevin O’Connell is the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, his first priority will be settling the team’s quarterback position.

Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

Specifically, determining whether he and incumbent Kirk Cousins can win together.

Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

Judging by O’Connell’s initial thoughts on the matter, it looks like he and Cousins are off to a good start

Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

Speaking to the media today, the newly-minted Vikings coach said he’s “excited” to coach Cousins and plans to build the offense around him

Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

I know he’s under contract and I’m excited to coach him. We’ve already started thinking about

Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

how we’re going to build those systems for him and our other quarterbacks,” O’Connell said. “I’m anticipating Kirk being a part of what we do

Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

O’Connell didn’t really have much of a choice though. Cousins’ contract is fully guaranteed this year. The Vikings couldn’t cut him even if the two were enemies

Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins went 8-8 as a starter in 2021 as the Vikings narrowly missed the playoffs.

Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

He completed 66.3-percent of his passes for 4,221 yards and 33 touchdowns, making his third Pro Bowl in the process.

Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

But the team’s inability to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row led to head coach Mike Zimmer getting fired

Kevin O’Connell

Kirk Cousins

Now it’s going to be Kevin O’Connell’s job to make sure Kirk Cousins gives the Vikings their money’s worth.