“No, I don’t think that,” the Vikings coach said Wednesday. “I don’t see that. He just needs to go play. Just play the game. That’s usually what I tell him. Just play the game. Don’t worry about consequences. Do what you do.”
As far as how the fan base views him at the moment, Cousins isn’t paying too much attention to it.
“I’m pretty naive to it,” he said. “You know ignorance is bliss. The only time I’m aware of it is when I have friends or family text me. And the texts they send me you would think somebody died. ‘Hey man, I’m thinking of you.’ Boy, it must not be good out there if that’s what they’re texting me. So I honestly don’t see it so I think that helps.”
Staying away from social media or watching sports related shows might help him for now, but when the negative reactions are coming from your coach and teammates, that’s a whole different thing. You can’t ignore that.
“My confidence is strong,” Cousins said. “I think I’m trying to be self-aware . . . and be honest and say, ‘Hey, when I mess up, I’m going to own it and point to it.’
“On the flip side, I’m not going to go up there and say, ‘I’m awesome!’ So when we have a good play, I’m not going to tell you about it. Sometimes, it can be one-sided. I’ve played a lot of football in this league, and I think you take confidence from the fact that I’ve been through this before. It’s not my first rodeo being in a tough game, a tough loss. You just move forward with confidence.”
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