The year 2021 has without question been the year of quarterback controversy in the NFL. Whether it be a battle for a starting position, veteran quarterbacks wanting a trade, or quarterbacks being drafted in the first round, it seems like most teams in the NFL have had to deal with some sort of controversy in the QB role.
This holds no different for the Minnesota Vikings. It seems like there is quite the divided split when it comes to Vikings starting quarterback, Kirk Cousins. While many still thinks he needs a bit more time to develop in the role, many believe that he needs to be shown the door for not being as effective as he should have been by now. Well, it appears that the Vikings have now drafted another quarterback, but the questions is, will he be the Vikings quarterback of the future?
It was announced last week that the Vikings officially quarterback Kellen Mond to his rookie contract.
So the new question is, what does this mean for Kirk Cousins who is now entering his 4th season with the Vikings? Where will he go next? The obvious answer is that Cousins will be the starter for Minnesota in the upcoming 2021 season. While Cousins has not exactly been a top tier NFL quarterback the past few seasons while playing for the Vikings, he has been good enough to at least be a “game manager” for them. At this point in time though, the Vikings need more from Cousins in his lead role.
Vikings offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak had the following to say on the quarterback situation in Minnesota:
When specifclaly discussing Kellen Mond further, this is what Kubiak had to say:
So far, the praise of Kellen Mond seems very high in Minnesota from the offensive coordinator. It sounds like to me that if Cousins step up his game, he could very well be seeing the door by this time next year. For Cousins sake, hopefully he finds the missing pieces to the puzzle this offseason and gest it together. Otherwise, he may find himself being the perennial veteran backup making less money than he is now to close out his career.