Kevin O’Connell makes his stance  clear as he talks about Vikings’ evaluation of QB position…

Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell remains uncertain about Joshua Dobbs retaining his starting quarterback position following a disappointing performance against the Chicago Bears, where Dobbs threw four interceptions in a 12-10 loss. O’Connell expressed a need to evaluate Dobbs’ plays before deciding on a potential quarterback change.

Despite Dobbs’ struggles, he completed 22 of 32 passes for 185 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown to T.J. Hockenson. Dobbs seemed to position the Vikings for a win, but the Bears, led by Justin Fields, orchestrated a late-game comeback.

Dobbs, acknowledging the coaching decision, emphasized focusing on improving as a teammate and quarterback. His impactful debut with the Vikings, including wins against the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints, contrasts with recent challenges, leading to two consecutive losses and a total of six turnovers since Week 11.

The return of rookie QB Jaren Hall, who Dobbs replaced due to injury, and the availability of veteran backup Nick Mullens provide O’Connell with additional options. While O’Connell considered inserting Mullens during the game, he ultimately stuck with Dobbs, praising the latter’s resilience despite turnovers.

Dobbs’ transient success in previous organizations like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, and Arizona Cardinals raises questions about his long-term consistency. Nevertheless, Dobbs remains determined, expressing a commitment to continue making plays for the team.

The Vikings, now at 6-6, face uncertainty heading into the bye week, holding the No. 7 seed in the NFC. O’Connell must decide between Hall, Mullens, or giving Dobbs another opportunity as they prepare for Week 14 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The potential return of injured star Justin Jefferson adds a layer of complexity to the decision-making process.

O’Connell credits Dobbs for his performance in challenging circumstances but acknowledges the need for evaluation and improvement. The decision on Dobbs’ future as the starting quarterback will likely be determined during the bye week, shaping the final chapter of Dobbs’ feel-good story with the Vikings.



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