Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was straight honest after a terrible performance against the Atlanta Falcons as he acknowledged that he will get replaced if he continues to throw interceptions. On Sunday, Cousins three interceptions against Atlanta as the Falcons won 40-23 to claim their first victory of the season and improve to 1-5.
For the first time in his career, 32-year-old Cousins threw three interceptions in the first half. When asked if he considered a quarterback change at halftime, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer simply replied: "No."
Cousins job is still secure but he knows he will have to quickly improve if he wants to continue as the team's starting quarterback. "The reality is if the pace I'm on in terms of the interceptions, if that were to continue, I won't finish the season," Cousins said after the game, per ESPN.
"I won't -- you know what I mean? There's a little bit of, you got to improve. Whether it's them telling me, 'Hey, we gotta improve,' or them pulling me; we got to get better. That's what the rest of the season will be about for me, is trying to protect the football as best I can.
Because when you turn the ball over, it really hurts your chances to win. I know that. I just need to improve as we look ahead to the rest of the season."
Cousins details his three interceptions
Cousins threw an interception on the opening drive of the game and the Vikings never rely recovered after the Falcons took an early 7-0 lead.
"I thought the first one was the worst one, if you will," Cousins said of his three interceptions. "First play of the game, and the coverage was not confusing. It was just a zone drop, and I simply forced the football into coverage, tried to do too much.
That's a mistake I may have made in Year 1, but I'm disappointed that I would do that now. The second one, third down, saw Cover 2, felt them squeeze Adam [Thielen], doubled Adam, and wanted to replace the squeeze with throwing it to Justin, and the cloud corner jumped it and made a good play.
The third one, was just trying to work the bender to [Chad] Beebe. My arm got hit, and obviously it went up in the air and was intercepted." Cousins, who signed a two-year extension worth $66 million this past offseason, has thrown 10 interceptions so far this season.