Somehow, the message became lost in the mist. As it's figure head, Kirk
Cousin's bore the brunt of it all not realizing that the anger. mistrust, and
disappointment wasn't a reflection of him as a man but rather was me railing
against that vicious cycle. Before that 2018 season, what appeared before
me was a repeat of that 1972 season in which this franchise went 7-7, thereby
missing the playoffs ... with a team full of individuals destined for a
In looking at Kirk Cousins yesterday, what I saw was a man in turmoil ... which
is quite literally a place that he shouldn't be. He could get into a
street fight with just about anyone where his worst result would be in facing
himself in a showdown. The problem is he doesn't see it. There is a
gross of messages that we need to pay attention to, that literally lie at his
feet. He just needs to play free & unencumbered. The myth of the
coming savior has been shattered ... and now it's time to get down to
work. KISS - Keep it simple stupid!
To be direct, I didn't see the game live. What I had was a radio broadcast
coming from the Green Bay network ... where what was heard over & over again
was ... "I'll take that". What it meant was the screwing over of
this Viking franchise. The tape, afterwards indicated something very
different ... as it was far worse ... much more than could be heard in just
Firstly, in Kirk Cousins strip sack, you will see two Viking linemen engaged by
defensive linemen, where a Packer defensive lineman lunged toward the feet of an
engaged linemen. The result would be an "Inconceivable Tell"
where three Viking Offensive linemen were brought to the ground tripping over
one another. There is no way that this "Tell" could possibly be
missed by the officials but of course it was overlooked. What followed was
a strip sack of Kirk Cousins. Seeing three offensive linemen all
collectively falling over each other on the ground most certainly should have
drawn a flag for illegally blocking of an engaged linemen (a so called safety
issue). This was a disgrace. Instead the Packers were granted a
short field that resulting in a go-ahead 21-0 lead. To be direct, Kirk
Cousins statistical 10 interceptions of 2018 needed to be combined with all his
fumbles, as it clearly signaled his inability to contain ball & retain
"possession security" In 2019 he appears to still be on the same
page however what happened yesterday was unmistakable. Maybe the
commissioner, who was in attendance, had hard money on the Packers ... because
there was no explanation for the travesty that occurred on that field. In
short, what happened to Kirk Cousins left me with a whole new feeling that has
turned me 180 degrees from my prior views. It is now clear that Kirk
Cousins is destined for much more. Instead he was quite literally robbed
out of what should have been ....
Then later, when those 6 points were taken off the score board, one more thing became
apparent. If this same call was made against the Packers, there would have
been a riot. In other words, a call of this type, and how it was handled,
could not have been made against the home team Packers, as it literally would
have resulted in a riot. The call came from New York ... not on the
field. Can you follow me on this one. It is true that Cook made
contact with a defender however the defender initiated the contact within that 5
yard chuck distance and the ball was not in the air at the time. Cook then
continued into his route by breaking left, where his hands were not on the
defender and he was in no way blocking when the ball was in the air. The
defender looked to be covering Cook by leading into his pattern. Let me
tell you that if I'm running, and someone is directly in front of me while in
that run, my hands are going to be out in front to protect myself like shock
absorber during any potential collision. When I see linemen block, players
are pushed or leveraged out of the way, and there is generally hands grasping
onto the fronts of those shoulder pads. Grasping & leveraging clearly
did not happen when the ball was in the air. That penalty and the result
of taking away Digg's touchdown was another travesty that would have locked up
the score early in that contest at 21-14. Again, what I heard was a
collective sigh of relief followed by the words, "I'll take
As for the interception that ended the drive in the 4th quarter ... that wasn't
Kirk Cousin's fault ... it was mine. His mindset was a product of
that 1972 season. It forced him to rectify something that did not need to be
rectified as if he were chasing his own shadow. There is nothing wrong with Kirk Cousins except his one &
only flaw. That is the failure to obey the Mike Zimmer's Command #1 which
is that every drive must end in some sort of kick. Adhere to that law ...
and the Vikings lose ... the fault will lie at Coach Zimmer's feet as that can
only happen if his people failed to follow him. When Kirk Cousins fully accepts
Coach's unquestioned #1 command ... only then will he make
the correct decisions. Today he knows that he didn't need to force that
throw but he did it to pull himself out of the fire raging only within his mind
(Everyone has an opinion & they all stink). Again, there is no need
to rectify anything my son ... you have a machine at your fingertips and now you must put
that dragon inside you down. It is time to play. That's right ...
just play ... like you were in a playground full of knuckleheads. When you
chose to control possession & time ... there is no way you can lose any
game. When the field compresses, there is nothing now that can stop this
What Kirk Cousins may not realize, not being immersed within our history, is that after that 1972 season, there should
have been four straight Super Bowl appearances (except for an out of bounds
catch on a 4th & 22, followed by a an illegal push-off on December 28,
1975). What also occurred after that 72 season was an impassioned affair
with Sir Francis that still resonates today. You've got to allow that to
happen to you. It will if you do just one thing ... protect the ball ...
following it with some sort of kick.
My anger was due in part to my overactive impatience ... having to deal with
that 1972 season, part II. It's not your fault dude ... Maybe
we've both been too impatient.
The most overwhelming message, of course, is that you've never been paired with
a 700 yard rusher ... ever. It's time ... as Randy Moss said ... to rip it
up. Everything that you've done up to this point is irrelevant. Can
you see what that future, with these changes, might & could look like????
What would Tom Brady be ... if he tried to do everything on his own?
Before, your role included having no support ... no choice. It's different
now & they are hoping that you cannot see that ....
If it is a cycle ... and
it is ... then you've got to accept what is coming. Sometimes the hardest
thing to do is to accept something that you may think that you don't
deserve. The coin is irrelevant.
It was too easy for me to
come off as if bashing you into submission ... and then we are forced to remembered that
cycle. What happened yesterday in Green Bay, WI will not stand the test of
time. My anger was as much at a 7-7 "72" season as it was in having to deal
with last years 8-7-1 but in those days we had to deal with those 1972 Dolphins
& also the Pittsburgh Steelers with that rookie running back Franco Harris
... on their home turf. At the time, no one saw that these would result in
the legends of the game and now ... today ... you're apart of it.
Yesterday, was played out
for me. It was my punishment as well as my wake up call ... I'm behind
every one of you ... and that now includes Kirk Cousins ... no matter
what. We are in it. We are galvanized. The wind has shifted
& the course has changed. Go Vikes!
Post Script: If it always appears that everything written is out of
sync ... then it must contain a message ... and if it is out of sync ... what
does that say about you and your perspective. You can wait to join the
band wagon or you can choose to get on board the turmoil ,on the deck, of that
ship. This is that franchise and that is your entertainment. Go
ahead and try to rip my heart from my chest ... as the ride ... has cloaked it
into something that only a Beserker could fully understand. Try again
Cleveland as it all makes a good "Major League" story.
Absolutely nothing can compare ....
The Viking Ghost Writer
Date: September 16, 2019