For my money Good Morning Football on the NFL Network is about as good of a football show as you can find. It’s informative and fun without ever taking itself too seriously. You get great football takes, without all of the shouting and nonsense that usually flows through other morning sports shows.
After Nate Burleson departed GMFB for a larger role with CBS the cast has rotated through several former NFL players in Burleson’s spot. This week, another former Vikings’ wide receiver gets his second stint as fill in. It’s none other than Hall of Famer Cris Carter.
When the crew went to give out their GMFB game balls on Monday morning Carter sent his to the often criticized signal-caller of the purple, Kirk Cousins. Carter, who admittedly has not been a huge supporter of Cousins in the past, admitted he was wrong in assuming Cousins was just a game manager and gushed over his stats and accomplishments since week 9 of last season. “I don’t know where we’d be without him…dude is playing some football!” Carter stated before awarding Cousins his game ball.
You can see all of Carter’s comments here by skipping ahead to the 3:27 mark
Cousins, who has been polarizing since arriving in Minnesota and signing the league’s first ever fully guaranteed contract, is certainly worthy of both the honor and Carter’s words. Cousins’ play has been outstanding the entire year and the man led two game winning worthy drives on Sunday alone!
With a defense that took a few games to gel, and an offensive line that still isn’t where it needs to be, Kirk deserves every bit of the credit he’s getting right now. This is the guy Viking fans hoped they would see the moment he signed his first contract.
If the coaching staff can fix some of their game management issues and the line can pull it together you have to believe that the sky is the ceiling for Cousins this season.
Also, since we’re already talking about GMFB, here is Peter Schrager trying to understand what it’s like to be a Viking’s fan.