Kirk Cousins Is Really Starting to Let His Hair Down off the Field

Kirk Cousins Is Really Starting to Let His Hair Down
Kirk Cousins wearing Christian Darrisaw's chain.

You wanted a different version of Kirk Cousins in 2022 — and you’re getting it.

As his Minnesota Vikings stand with a 3-1 record through four games atop the NFC North, the 34-year-old passer is letting his hair down, especially “off the field.”

A series of kooky behaviors in the last week illustrate Cousins’ relaxed demeanor inside a new gridiron system pioneered by first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell. And while Cousins’ individual numbers aren’t rip-roaring, his team is winning, and that’s what most folks desire.

Here are some examples.

The Different-but-New Elbow Dance

Internet Pokes Fun at Kirk Cousins for Game-Winning Drive
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) talks with New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Versus the New Orleans Saints in London, Cousins did this little dance. Nobody really knows what it is or means, but it is new, nevertheless.

The Kirk Dance
Kirk Cousins’ New Dance

Some internet savants decided it was a new “dad dance.” Perhaps.

Regardless, Cousins broke out the elbow dance amid a successful drive for the Vikings, which helped his team down New Orleans en route to a 3-1 record.

The International Griddy

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Kirk Cousins

When Cousins was new to the Vikings, he christened the Dead Arm Dance after a rushing touchdown. You might remember it.

Dead Arm Dance -- Kirk Cousins
Dead Arm Dance

He also fired up a Griddy jig in 2020 at Detroit, emulating teammate Justin Jefferson who popularized the dance as a rookie. But now Cousins, along with Jefferson, has taken the dance international, griddy-ing out of London in plain view.

Wearing a Humongous Chain

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Nov 18, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports.

Thought we were done? Not quite. On the way home from London, Cousins was spotted wearing a chain the size of Jupiter, a jewelry piece belonging to left tackle Christian Darrisaw.

Cousins said to reporters about wearing the chain, “I had never actually put a chain on, so that was my first experience of what that feels like. Honestly, it was very empowering. It felt pretty good to have that chain on.”

Poking Fun at Christian Darrisaw’s Snoring

Christian Darrisaw
Image Courtesy of @christomasson on Twitter.

After rocking the chain, Vikings players evidently tried to sleep on the way back from Europe, but Darrisaw’s snoring was reportedly vicious.

According to Kevin Seifert of ESPN, Cousins insisted Darrisaw was “sawing logs” during the flight home, preventing himself and others from getting shuteye. Darrisaw is quickly morphing into one of the best left tackles in the world, but Cousins couldn’t resist a little shade toward his teammate.

The Crime Dog

McGruff the Crime Dogg

Finally, showing his age, Cousins decided the aforementioned Darrisaw has a new nickname — the Crime dog, homage to the drug-fearing pet from the 1990s.

Fred McGriff, also nicknamed Crime Dog, was a five-time MLB All-Star, a World Series champion, and played in the majors for 19 years. Unless Darrisaw is a student of MLB history, there is no way he’d understand Cousins’ reference.

The carefree version of Cousins and his teammates take on the Chicago Bears in Week 5 and are seven-point favorites to win.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).