Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is apologizing to Vikings’ wide receiver Adam Thielen for a number of misses during their Week 4 loss to the Chicago Bears, according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.
Thielen was a guest this week on Cousins’ weekly show “Under Center with Kirk Cousins” that airs on KFAN, which is the Vikings flagship radio station, in a conversation moderated by Minnesota Hall of Fame broadcaster Mark Rosen that brought up comments Thielen made after the game in which the wideout pointed out the need to complete deep-ball passes and execute plays in the passing game when the running game is lacking.
Cousins didn’t take offense.
“No, like he said, it’s reality,” Cousins said. “I really want to apologize to him because there’s too many opportunities where we could have hit him on Sunday, and postgame when I talk to the media, I always say until I watch the film, it’s hard for me to really give you a straight answer. Well, now it’s Tuesday night. I’ve watched the film. And the reality is there were opportunities for him.”
One play in particular, has stood out more than any other during the Week 4 tilt, when Cousins overthrew Thielen on a 3rd and 10 play towards the end of the 1st quarter in a play that likely would have resulted in a touchdown.
“He’s shown — No. 19’s shown — that he will make that play, and he’ll probably finish that play in the end zone and pull away from the defender,” Cousins said. “Adam’s not just a really good player or one of the best players on the Vikings. He’s one of the best players in the NFL, one of the best players in the world, period, regardless of position. We want to, we need to — and when I saw ‘we,’ really I mean I need to — get him more opportunities, get him the football.
“There’s a couple as I go back and watch it, a dagger, a corner post, a fade throw in the end zone where I can make it easier on him, give him opportunities. Yes, was the Bears’ front seven really good? Yes. Did they make plays on the back end occasionally? Yes. But I didn’t help things with giving him more opportunities. If we run the ball successfully, if we run the ball more consistently, so be it. But when we do take our shots or we have our chances, we’ve got to hit them. The reality was I didn’t, we didn’t, and that’s where I think you’re frustrated after a game, and you’re looking to improve going into the next week.”
“I look forward to giving him and Stefon [Diggs] more opportunities in the weeks ahead,” Cousins said.
Theilen went on to clarify his post-game comments.
“First of all, I think it’s interesting how media or fans take things that you say and make it what they want it to be,” Thielen said. “I don’t think I could say anything more generic that any offense would say. You can’t be one-dimensional in this league. It’s very, very, very difficult to win. If you listen to defensive coordinators talk, they want to make the offense one-dimensional, and that’s how they want to win.
“You have to hit deep balls, No. 1, because otherwise corners sit on you. You have to be able to run the football when you need to, and you have to be able to throw the football because like Kirk said, some games are going to dictate that you have to throw the ball to win, some games are going to dictate that you have to run the ball to win, and it doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you are doing the things you need to do to win. It was as general as I could’ve got, but obviously people will find a way to twist it and make controversy and try to split your team. We’re not going to let that happen.”
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