Friday, June 3, 2022

Why Kirk Cousins is the Greatest Vikings QB of ALL TIME

 Top 5 Vikes QB's of ALL TIME

    When taking into consideration the top five greatest Vikings quarterbacks of all time, I must consider the three following things.

1) Talent
2) Meaningful Games
3) Longevity

#5 Wade Wilson (1987-1989)

- Wade Wilson flew under the radar as a Minnesota Vikings QB and up until doing my research, he flew under mine too. That's okay though! This guy was a bonified winner in his three-year stint with the Vikings. He made the playoffs every year, went 3-2 in those playoff games, and is one of the most underrated QBs in Vikings history. Unfortunately, I found out he lost his battle with diabetes in February of 2019. Rest easy Wade.

#4 Daunte Culpepper (1999-2005)

- Daunte Culpepper comes rolling in on the list at #4. His most iconic move was pumping his fists in a circular motion after throwing a TD pass. His best year came in 2004 when he lead the league in completions (379) and yards (4,717). Not to mention an unforgettable Vikings playoff win against the Packers in 2004, the only win in franchise history against the green and gold. Being one of two Vikings to be on the cover of Madden, and being the only Viking QB in franchise history to beat the Packers in the playoffs, Culpepper sits nicely on this list at #4. 

#3 Fran Tarkenton (1961-1966: 1972-1978)

- Fran Tarkenton had two separate stints with the Vikings, his second being better than his first. He's a hall of fame QB that many could argue is the greatest Viking QB of all time. Yes, he took us to three out of our only four Superbowls. Yes, he's played the most games at QB in Vikings history. Yes, he's our only QB to win MVP of the league. All these things are true. But let's get real, the guy was playing against mailmen and janitors. No disrespect to Tarkenton, he paved the way for guys of the future. But through the evolution of sports guys get bigger, faster, and more talented, and these next two guys on my list are simply more talented. 

#2 Brett Favre (2009-2010)

- This one might rub some people the wrong way. He didn't have the longevity that others did, but you can make the argument that Brett Favre put up one of the greatest seasons from a Vikings QB standpoint that we have ever seen. 107.2 QBR, 68.4 completion percentage, 4,202 yards, and 33 TD's. The numbers don't lie. That 2009 team was special. He lead us to an NFC Championship game that made you feel as if Brett Favre was going to bring us our first Lombardi trophy. In modern-day NFL officiating, theVikes win in a blowout due to all the cheap shots the New Orleans Saints laid on him. Unfortunately, this was back in 2009 and he was one interception throw away from leading us to our first Superbowl win in franchise history. That makes him one of the greatest to ever do it purple and gold. 

#1 Kirk Cousins (2018-present)

- Earlier I mentioned that I'd be ranking these QBs on talent, meaningful games, and longevity. CAPTAIN KIRK HAS ALL THREE. As a Viking, he's averaged a 68% completion rate, 4,096 yards passing, 31 TDs, and has a 103.8 career QBR. He's only won us one meaningful playoff game. But if the Vikings continue to keep him as our franchise QB he'll have more than enough time to lead us into multiple deep playoff runs. Talent + Meaningful Games + Longevity = Greatest Viking QB of All Time. 

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