Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins opted for an usual move this offseason as he decided to rewatch tapes not only from the previous season, "This year, I decided to go back and really watch my whole career, watch a couple other offenses to see what they have been doing, or what they did the year they had a lot of success," Cousins said.
"I do think that time looking at tape through the winter and spring, and even now as I go home through the summer after next week, I do think that it's helpful now to see what has worked in the past, what I want to make as a staple for myself as I move forward, but then also, where I have improved and where I need to improve.
"That evaluation certainly comes from your coaches, day in and day out, but there's also got to be an ability to self-evaluate and say, 'I like what I'm doing there; keep doing that,' or, 'That's not good enough -- I want to improve that.'
" Cousins determined to have a big bounce back season Last season, the Vikings finished the season 7-9. "I wanted to go back and really just study, create cutups and really build up some volume that I can pull from as we go forward," he said.
"I regret I hadn't done it earlier in my career but I did get the film set up in my house to basically have access to all of that so that all offseason, even if I'm not in the facility, I'd have access to tape.
I do think it's been a very valuable resource to have and I'm kicking myself I didn't do it sooner in my career. It was just a piece that hopefully can help me improve this coming year." Cousins agrees with Tom Bradx.
"[Brady] was quoted as saying, 'I watch myself on film, and to this day, I still don't feel like I'm that good,'" Cousins recalled. "And I really felt that sentiment. When he said it, I was in college, but I understood what he meant.
And now going back and watching my career, I would echo that sentiment. I've watched myself in '12 and '13-14 and think, 'Man, I'm such a better quarterback now. I can't believe that the coaches didn't just cut me when I did that and made that mistake.
I can't believe they were patient with me.' Because nowadays looking back, it would just be unacceptable to myself, allowing myself to play that way or make that read or make that throw or that decision."