Vikings Territory Breakdown: Cousins Talks to the Scribes, and more Purple News
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke last week and once again proved to be a master of allocution when faced with the media's questions. He demonstrated his agility behind a microphone, avoiding the rush of media inquiries and a deft touch in saying much without ever giving away any team secrets or providing a stark inspection of what lies behind his winning smile. It's great if you're a young fan wanting to hear from the star quarterback, but it's frustrating for members of the media trying to get the story and inside the QB’s head.
Kirk is adept at providing plenty of verbiage without really revealing much (not unlike this article), yet Joe Oberle, senior writer for Vikingsterritory.com and purplePTSD.com and Mark Craig from the Star Tribune and Startribune.com will be here to break it down and mine it for every essential morsel. In fact, Kirk offered a glimpse of his duties under new head coach Kevin O’Connell’s offense, comparing to his time with flashcards “trying to memorize plays and terms and formations and protections and just the rules around all those things so it becomes instinctual” to an eighth-grader cramming for a quiz. A very Kirkian response in my opinion.
But he is primed to do the work. As is Adam Thielen, who said the following of KOC’s playbook on the Pat McAfee show: "It's wild, it's the most learning I've ever had to do." Well, they better get cramming on the new offense or the defense, newly liberated from Mike Zimmer’s clutches, will surpass them in effectiveness this season (not to be confused with ineffectiveness). To be sure, both units have a lot of classwork to do before training camp this season, so they must get the head spinning over with during OTAs.
Mark Craig has been out at TCO for OTAs and will be on hand at the VT Breakdown podcast to give us a report. The lads will also talk about the latest Vikings news, including wideout Dede Westrbrook coming in for a workout, the signing of wide receiver Albert Wilson to a one-year contract, Kellon Mond’s dad comments on his son in Zim’s doghouse (captured by the Pioneer Press’s Chris Tomasson) and the untimely and tragic death of former Vikings CB Jeff Gladney.
Tune in to the podcast for all the latest Purple Updates and we promise to answer each other’s questions with the same finesse and panache as our favorite Purple QB, Kirk Cousins.
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