Skip to main content

Mike Zimmer wants Kirk Cousins to keep 'going for the jugular'

"I want him to keep [throwing] it like he's [throwing] it."
Kirk Cousins

The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in large part due to the aggressiveness of Kirk Cousins. But if you think that Cousins' desire to throw downfield was a fluke, Mike Zimmer has a message for you.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Zimmer told reporters that he wants Cousins to continue to throw downfield as the Vikings make their push toward the playoffs.

"I want him to keep [throwing] it like he's [throwing] it," Zimmer said. "If you throw an interception, you throw an interception. That's life. If we keep going for the jugular, that opens up a lot of other things."

The aggressive approach was on full display on Sunday when Cousins racked up 341 yards and three touchdowns. While Cousins has put up big stats before, he logged a season-high average depth of target at 11.2 yards against the Packers.

That number is a huge contrast to his season average of 7.5 yards but it didn't come without risk. Cousins threw two interceptions on the day but one was overturned on a roughing the passer penalty and the other via replay review. He also completed a laser to Adam Thielen on the final drive that had Cousins lamenting his decisions during Sunday's post-game presser.

"I don't think you want to live doing that," Cousins said. "I think we got away with it a couple times and I keep saying the words 'razor's edge' but that's a play where it's an example of it. The difference between him catching that and making the play he did to going the other way is very small."

Cousins's comments represent the balance between being aggressive and wreckless. While Cousins lit up the Packers on Sunday, he also has moments where he sinks the offense. The 2020 season is one example, where Cousins threw an NFL-high 10 interceptions in the first six games en route to a 1-5 start.

But Sunday's game was a bigger example of when things go right, helping Justin Jefferson tally 169 yards and two touchdowns.

Perhaps Cousins should consult Luke Braun of the Locked On Vikings Podcast, who created the Kirk Cousins Chaos Meter. The meter describes the perfect amount of aggressiveness which keeps the offense moving and saves everyone from "ConservaKirk" or "Chaos Kirk."

Even if Cousins doesn't feel comfortable with it, pushing the ball downfield has fueled the Vikings' over the past two weeks. If they want to make the playoffs, finding "Peak Kirk" may be their best hope.

Next Up


Charges: Minnesota elementary school teacher sexually assaulted 3 boys

The incidents were captured on video taken inside an elementary school classroom.

Police tape

Person shot by police in St. Paul Monday evening

It happened around 6:10 p.m. on the city's East Side.

Kollie Jr.

Woman killed in Moorhead identified as suspect's mother

An appeal has been issued to find the suspect's vehicle, which remains missing.


Ticket details released for 5-week run of 'Hamilton' in Minneapolis

The tour of the production has been delayed twice due to the pandemic.


Minnesota Board of Pharmacy files lawsuit against 3 THC edible retailers

The board has received 46 complaints in the past four months regarding the products.

Screen Shot 2022-12-05 at 2.53.55 PM

ATF now investigating fire at Lyndale Avenue apartment building

It was the second fire at a vacant building owned by the same landlord that was being used by squatters in the past few months.


Let the good times roll

Minnesota Roller Derby is back!


Beloved restaurant in southeastern MN to close after 40 years

A final night of celebrations is scheduled for Dec. 17.


MN town shelves ordinance allowing residents to sue abortion providers

Attorney General Keith Ellison advised the town to not go forward with the ordinance.

Spring Street Tavern

Man shot dead inside Minneapolis tavern is identified

The suspect is being held on probable cause murder.


Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer apparently doesn't know what Kirk Cousins' contract situation is

Cousins' contract ends after next season, but his head coach is currently unaware.

Kirk Cousins

There's something different about Kirk Cousins, but what is it?

Cousins' "swag" has fueled a hot start to the season.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins needs to let it fly against the Cardinals

An aggressive approach could ensure a win in the desert.

Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer needs to become 'Riverboat Zim' to save the Vikings

Zimmer's tendencies have put him on the edge of the hot seat.

Kirk Cousins

Report: Vikings planning to keep Kirk Cousins for 2022

The Vikings will still have to work out Cousins' contract.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Mike Zimmer's Kirk Cousins nightmare comes true

This was the one thing he did not want to happen.

Kirk Cousins

Who is the biggest scapegoat for the Vikings' 1-5 start?

There are plenty of fingers to point, but who is the biggest scapegoat?

Kirk Cousins

5 questions for the Vikings’ preseason finale vs. the Chiefs

Can the Vikings get ready for the regular season?