Almost near the halfway point of June, there hasn't been a lack of storylines throughout the league. From Carson Wentz's four-year extension to Dak Prescott reportedly seeking a new deal in neighborhood of $34 million a year, signal-callers are always the position that will grab the most headlines.
The most important position in all of sports, there's always going to be a high demand for them because of the scarcity associated with it. Offseason training activities are always where we hear the cliche quotes from around the league.
Whether that's "I'm in the best shape of my life" or "I feel the best that I've ever felt", it remains constant on repeatedly hearing the phrases from many players throughout the league.
One quote said on Wednesday caught my attention though. Not because it was once again another manufactured saying, but it was a player admitting a fault of his and not being scared about expressing it through the media.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins mentioned that he was a ".500 QB" and that "that's not where I want to be". These types of quotes are rarely expressed through the media, but it's rare to see a player candid about a stigma that has followed him throughout his career.
A player admitting their faults through the media is an area that's not seen often and it goes to speak of the self awareness that has been happening around the league more often to date.
With a host of weapons on the perimeter in Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, Dalvin Cook and the newest addition of second-round tight end Irv Smith, Jr. a lot is to be expected of Cousins this year now entering his second year in Minnesota.
Cousins had plenty to say about this as well.
"If I don’t play well, if I don’t have gaudy statistics but we win multiple playoff games this year, the narrative will be I went to the next level. I may not walk off the field every day feeling like I did, but if we win, that’s the life of the quarterback, is you are then at the next level. If I have my best year yet in 2019 but we’re eight and eight, I didn’t go to the next level.
That’s the reality of it, and I’m going to do all that I can, control what I can control. I think one thing that I can do beyond just playing the best I can is to start really coaching and leading other people so that I can never walk off the field saying, ‘Hey, I did my part but so and so didn’t.’ That’s can’t happen as an NFL quarterback, you have to be bringing others along so that isn’t a point you’re making at the end of a practice or a game. That’s really what it’s all about." (Vikings.com)
With five primetime games, he will have ample opportunities to prove that he learned from being self aware at the podium this offseason.