The unfolding narrative of the 2023 NFL season has brought the quarterback dilemma to the forefront for the Minnesota Vikings, particularly in evaluating the impact of Josh Dobbs amidst the team’s turbulent journey. After a challenging Monday night performance that saw Dobbs throw four interceptions in a narrow 12-10 loss to the Chicago Bears, head coach Kevin O’Connell revealed the team’s intention to utilize the upcoming bye week to determine the optimal course of action at the quarterback position.
Dobbs, acquired from the Arizona Cardinals in a late October trade, was thrust into a pivotal role in Week 9 due to rookie Jaren Hall’s concussion and veteran backup Nick Mullens’ back injury, which landed him on injured reserve. With Hall now cleared from the concussion protocol and Mullens back on the active roster, O’Connell faces the critical task of reassessing the team’s quarterback situation. “We’re going to take a look and really evaluate the inventory of plays we have of Josh,” O’Connell affirmed.
While acknowledging Dobbs’ challenging Monday night performance, O’Connell commended his resilience, emphasizing that Dobbs exhibited unwavering determination and continued to compete in an effort to secure a victory. Despite the struggles, Dobbs expressed a commitment to learning from his mistakes and building momentum for future opportunities. “I’ll be better from it. I’ll learn from every single one of them tonight, and we’ll use it to build momentum into the next opportunity,” Dobbs asserted.
However, the larger question looms regarding Dobbs’ potential for another chance on the field. Dobbs himself acknowledges this as a coaching decision, emphasizing his focus on personal improvement and contribution to the team’s success. As the Vikings grapple with turnover issues, ranking 31st in turnovers per game and 30th in turnover margin per game, the quarterback conundrum adds a layer of complexity to the team’s strategic choices as they navigate the remainder of the season.