There are 31 franchises that have filled the seas with Piranha ... motivated to
eat from the bones of this Viking Nation ... however the greatest threat to this
franchise lies within our history. All you need to do is to Look as the
span of starts under Favre & Rodgers, or under Aikman of the Cowboy's 90's
& it is clear to see that this franchise has had nothing by
comparison. It is because we buy into the seeds of discontent like
starving vultures too eager to poke holes into our own hull.
If memory fails you just consider our time with Case Keenum. Troy Aikman,
among a host of other experts tell us that Case is in no way an elite
quarterback. He sinks our ship in the championship game for only sporting
back up pay and we are on to our next project. The issue here is that
everyone heard that statement and just about everyone carried the mail.
Sure, it may have been true but we collectively are our own worst enemies.
As Julius Caesar returned from the battlefield, with the vanquished following
him within his
procession in chains, there was a voice whispering into his ear.
The message was that all glory was fleeting. That statement roughly translates today as
a reminder to
mind your P's & Q's as you never really know who might be your boss or your
new leader tomorrow. What also is contained within that message is the
keys to unravel anything & everything great, like the proverbial snake
amongst the tree of forbidden fruit.
How else can you begin to explain the number of quarterbacks Cris Carter had
under center within his career. Painful as that statement is ... that is
our history (except for the Daunte ... a very flawed athletic
Today, we have to do more than wonder about this franchises sports beat. Some might meekly dart
& dagger amongst the hornets nests ... traveling daily within the maze of this
franchise ... trying best not to upset the cart. Others may be lurking
about awaiting the chance to sharpen their edge(s) unto Brutus. Others, like
Syd, might have paid dearly, investing his life, investing & awaiting that
special moment ... all the while helping to provide those special whispers ... to keep Caesar
on track amongst disaster after disaster. Then, there are the sinister ...
planting their seeds of discontent ... day after day ... helping us trudge threw the maze
heavy snows unto our journey. It is then that we see that we've missed the objective
of these weavers. However, what we can count on is that a man will
betray himself in his own words every time.
How many times have we seen Kirk Cousin's walk to that podium ... naked &
alone ... with no preface. A preface that goes something like this.
"Are we all just ANTS at a picnic, or are we here to do our best to guide this
franchise unto it's success? Now go ahead & ask your questions ...followed
by ... two more
The preface is both simple & direct. It asks the question, are you here to
help? Or are you here to achieve some other unforeseen objective?
This franchise is so desperate for success, but apparently they are either
afraid or unwilling to ask the most important questions that must be asked.
In any conversation, it is not acceptable for only one side to be
able to ask questions where the other side can only be allowed to give
answers. In other words, on the surface, you believe that you are
controlling the format where in fact you control nothing until the franchise
asks its own questions.
It is for this reason that after last weeks fiasco in Greenway that I am now
fully 100% committed to Kirk Cousins as this franchises leader but not in the
way that we are "cattle caged" into being. In other words, I
refuse to carry the mail for anything but my sworn & dieing allegiance to
this franchise. Will I become blind to unacceptable actions? No! But
Again, the Piranha will no longer be allowed to prey upon the Viking
faithful. My eyes are open.
So I ask you, why is it that we cannot give the proper response to a question.
know ... "I don't know, because maybe know one knows the answer to that question
however I've devoted my life trying to investigate the answer to questions just
like that ... In other words, I may not know ... but I'll either find out or I
will eventually find
out the answer". Why is that direct answer being taken as some sort
of weakness. "You
know, I don't think that anyone has an answer for that question but allow me to
express my thoughts, or better yet, allow me not to disclose my thoughts as that
might tip-off or help my competition". When did these types of
responses become taboo & considered evasive? Is the truth too
hard to face?
Regardless, without countering & having the opportunity of having the media
answering this franchises questions, they expose a player like Kirk Cousins to a
very unbalanced world where there is no way he can win. The world has been
allowed to tilt from WIN-WIN to LOSE-LOSE. Only when we all stand with
Kirk Cousins, born flawed & naked just like you, will we have the
opportunity of achieving the objective.
Sure, you could say that Kirk Cousins needs to be man enough to handle all this
adversity on his own. Where only Rick Spielman & Head Coach Mike
Zimmer are made to stick out their necks like Thanksgiving Turkey's for the
feast that will come but this will stand no longer. My neck is now first
in line as this history has made me quite weary of having to deal with the sea
of Piranha. Sure you could say that Kirk Cousins, along with his
compensation, needs to become the duck ... to have the water poured
down his back but that fish don't fly anymore. Mention his compensation at
your peril & only when you first relay how much your are overpaid for your incompetence
Now consider Kirk Cousins
situation & identify the character that he would emulate in the movie "Idiocracy"!
If you said, he's the guy that gets nailed in the privates throughout the movie
you'd begin to understand how we've all carried the mail for the Piranha over
these 58 years. We'd be the idiots. We should also be ashamed of
ourselves for allowing this to happen. For you ... and yes my finger is
pointing directly at you ... we've allowed those crafty devils the opportunity
of destroying Kirk Cousins. There is nothing ... crafted by & within
the sports beat that can be used as an excuse to protect you from what you are
... Piranha, or at the very least ... the carriers of that mail.
So how Outstanding was Kirk Cousins versus the Vegas Raiders. Well, let's
begin with what I was most unhappy:
- Kirk Cousins did not take that fraction of a second,
to consider he was throwing an un-catch-able ball to CJ Ham on the slant
early in the game. Your coaches ingrain within you the idea that every
ball that you throw must whistle ... where once released, the receiver is
now responsible, however Coach Bill Walsh, working with
Steve Young said, what you've just did, over & over again, was great ...
now can you throw a catch-able ball. What Coach Walsh clearly
meant was to be successful 100% of the time you need to take was you've been
given (time) to impart your judgment into your throw. Something off
that throw on Ham's slant and he might be still running.
- Kirk Cousins had a batted ball at the line of scrimmage.
This isn't the first time that it happened but the issue is frequency due to
lack of polish. We can all expect the
number of batted balls at the line of scrimmage will only increase having to
face the elite teams. Somehow we need to apply the polish to get it cleaned up in time.
- From my perspective, it was clear that Kirk Cousins
was at as close to the breaking point in regard to his overall performance
where he clearly needed to do something spectacular to get out of the dog
house. Kirk Cousins restraint today was beyond brilliant & you can
take your Piranha-Like "Game Manager" label & stick it where
the sun doesn't shine. His first touchdown to Thielen was a thing of
beauty to watch however his greatest accomplishment of the day was to not
fall into the trap of trying to chase his own tail or tale thereby chasing
the ghost that do not exist. You will now hear the Piranha's-Gang
state that Kirk Cousins statistically is the worst quarterback in the league
where the truth is that he's the most dangerous highly accurate quarterback
on the planet. It's not like he's faced three consecutive cream puffs
(less maybe Washington) like the Cowboys. My hat is off to Kirk
Cousins as today you've clearly demonstrated the most important required
characteristic ... LEADERSHIP. The word DISCIPLINE is not a negative
word as its definition is to have control of ones body, mind &
soul. Kirk Cousins discipline over himself exhibited his unquestioned
leadership versus the Raiders.
- Kirk Cousins executed a flawless lob to his receiver
thereby accepting the premise rather than internally fighting the
concept. Execution of the flawless screen's is the final piece in Kirk
Cousins puzzle. The moment that Kirk Cousins believes that the
execution of the screen is the most important play in his arsenal is the
moment he achieves his goals. It's not what you've mastered that makes
you a champion ... it is mastering the things that either you don't believe
in or in the things that you haven't master that brings on all that success.
- He's footwork in the pocket was a marvel to
watch. I don't know if Fran Tarkenton was in attendance on Sunday but
Kirk's mind control over his feet into avoiding the rush so that he could set
his foundation to get the ball downfield was major piece in his growth
development. Adhering to Tarkenton's
advise was much more important than even Kirk Cousins attempts to run it
himself. Your proof was clearly seen near the goal line where Kirk
took several hits on just one run. Movement & Shuffling buys time
& it opens downfield receivers.
These are only a few observations into Kirk Cousins
growth and how impressed that I've become with him. Kirk Cousins will
stand alone no more.
Ants at a picnic!
The Viking Ghost Writer
Date: September 23, 2019