The Minnesota Vikings are contemplating a shift at quarterback following two lackluster performances by newcomer Josh Dobbs, signaling a potential disconnect with the rest of the offensive unit. In the aftermath of an embarrassing 12-10 loss to the Chicago Bears on November 27, Minnesota’s receivers candidly acknowledged accountability for the subpar showing, underscoring the end of the honeymoon period with Dobbs, whose performance resulted in four interceptions during the game.
Rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison, who was targeted 10 times, displayed visible frustration at his locker post-game. Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reported that Justin Jefferson and Dobbs consoled the young receiver, who took responsibility for a second-quarter pass that led to an interception after tipping off his hands. Head coach Kevin O’Connell pointed out that Addison needed to improve his positioning, suggesting that Dobbs rushed the pass.
Speaking about the play, Addison acknowledged the fast-paced nature of the ball but emphasized his need to make the catch. K.J. Osborn, a fourth-year wide receiver, was asked if Dobbs’ inexperience in the Vikings’ offense was catching up to the team. Osborn acknowledged the challenges faced by Dobbs, who is still acclimating to the intricacies of the team’s offensive system.
Veteran Brandon Powell, despite having a notable 28-yard gain, expressed the view that the Bears’ defensive backs were subpar, asserting that the Vikings’ offense failed to meet its standards rather than being thwarted by the opposition.
In the fourth quarter, down 9-3, Dobbs attempted a deep pass to Addison, who caught the ball well out of bounds. O’Connell labeled it a “foul ball,” attributing it to Dobbs, but Addison took responsibility for not giving himself a better chance to make a play.
Addison, currently third among rookie receivers with 686 yards and leading in touchdown catches, expressed disappointment in his recent performances, emphasizing the need to elevate his game.
Tight end T.J. Hockenson, the Vikings’ leading pass-catcher, voiced frustration with the team’s failure to execute on Monday night. Hockenson, with 80 receptions for 786 yards and five touchdowns, highlighted the team’s struggle to find rhythm and stressed the importance of ending the game on their terms rather than letting the defense dictate the outcome. As the Vikings face a bye week, Hockenson believes it will be crucial for rookies like Addison to regroup and adjust to the demands of an extended NFL season.