Updated: Oct 9, 2019
The blame game all week leading up to the New York Giants game was squarely focused on the horrific performances of Kirk Cousin. While it is true Cousins looked bad during the first quarter of the 2019 NFL season, the truth is the coaching staff deserved more of the blame.
It wasn’t Kirk's fault that the offense had been purposely turned down to focus on the run. The reality is head coach Mike Zimmer dictated to his offensive coordinator a ball-control approach which was designed to keep Zimmer's aging defense off the field.
Cousins who looked terrible during the first four weeks was finally given a chance to open up the offense with down the field passes which traveled further than five yards. Targets to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs seemed to get back to their 2018 record-setting levels vs Giants. However, let's keep this win and this performance in perspective because he experienced very little pressure from the Giants defense.