Josh Dobbs ‘Is A Competitor’ – Kevin O’ Connell
The tale of Josh Dobbs in Minnesota may be coming to an end as the Vikings scramble for quarterback solutions.
The journeyman found himself starting shortly after joining Minnesota following injuries to Kirk Cousins, Jaren Hall and Nick Mullins.
Josh Dobbs quickly grabbed headlines by spearheading dramatic wins against Atlanta and New Orleans in his first two games. However, the Vikings have come back down to earth recently with two consecutive defeats.
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Monday’s 12 – 10 loss to the Bears highlighted why Josh Dobbs has never solidified himself as a starter for anybody. He threw four interceptions on the night. Otherwise, Dobbs finished with 22-of-32 passes for 185 yards and a 17-yard touchdown pass.
In the past two defeats, Dobbs has thrown six interceptions and thrown just two touchdown passes. He’s tied with Jared Goff for the most turnovers since Week 11.
With Hall and Mullins approaching fitness and a bye week to evaluate, head coach Kevin O’ Connell will decide who start at quarterback moving forward.
“It started to get to the point where I was trying to think almost what would give us a spark, maybe throughout the game, we’ve got the sudden change on that turnover, and then Josh took us down the field for a touchdown,” O’Connell said.
“As much as the turnovers absolutely cripple you, offensively, I still thought Josh battled, no flinch, and just kept playing and competing to try to help us win. I really credit him doing that, it’s hard to do on a night where you’ve turned the football over. This guy’s a competitor.”
“Look, I think what Josh Dobbs has really done coming in here on short notice and really going 2-2 in a stretch where a lot of people might have thought Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson being out, the deck’s stacked against us,” O’Connell said.
“That’s not the way that this team thinks, it’s not the way we operate, it’s not the way I operate, we’re trying to go out and win every football game we play. And we’re going to evaluate what we’ve been able to do, things we need to get better at, and we’ll take a look at what that looks like.”