The Vikings face a quarterback dilemma during their bye week as coach Kevin O’Connell contemplates a possible change. Josh Dobbs, acquired after Kirk Cousins’ injury, unexpectedly claimed the starting role due to impressive performances in his first two starts, both victories, and the absence of Nick Mullens.
However, recent struggles, marked by turnovers in losses to the Broncos and Bears, prompt speculation about a potential switch during the bye week evaluation.
Despite all three quarterbacks being healthy, Dobbs is currently positioned to retain his starting role, according to reports by Dianna Russini and Ben Goessling.
The decision hinges on upcoming practice reps, with the return of star receiver Justin Jefferson in Week 14 adding complexity to the evaluation. O’Connell emphasizes the importance of the quarterback understanding play intent, particularly with Jefferson as a primary receiver.
With a 6-6 record, the Vikings remain in the NFC Wild-Card race despite losing Cousins for the season. The outcome of the quarterback competition holds significant stakes for the team’s stretch run.
While Dobbs seems to have an edge presently, the upcoming in-season competition will be closely monitored as the Vikings navigate the challenging decision of who will lead them into the latter part of the season.