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Minnesota Vikings to continue with quarterback Josh Dobbs despite recent turnovers

The quarterback has six turnovers in the last two games, both losses

EAGAN, Minnesota. — The Minnesota Vikings They will start with the quarterback Josh Dobbs for at least one more week, the coach reported Kevin O’Connell on Wednesday.

Josh Dobbs Sunday’s game will begin against Las Vegas Raiders despite committing six turnovers in the last two games, both losses. O’Connell spent the bye week reviewing Dobbs’ four games and considered turning to the reserve Nick Mullens or the third quarterback, Jaren Hall. However, in the end he decided to more aggressively adjust the scheme of the Vikings to exploit Dobbs’ abilities.

“We’ve been in a process of trying to give him clarity on what we’re doing offensively and then we’re learning a lot from each other as we move forward,” O’Connell shared. “That’s why I love having him here: his work ethic, spending a lot of time with him, getting to know him and continuing to delve deeper into what helps him be the best version of himself. That’s what I know and what we’re proud of.” ”.

Joshua Dobbs has had two bad games with six turnovers that influenced both Vikings losses. getty

“So, whether schematically or fundamentally, what are we asking you to do in what situation or phase of the game? That’s where we can all continue to raise our ability to help each other, but, more importantly, raise the ability of Josh to maintain success.

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Speaking to reporters later, Dobbs noted that the upcoming changes to the team’s offense Vikings It will be “just adjustments,” but he made it clear that he and O’Connell had several conversations, including a one-on-one video session, during the bye week to help fit him into the plan.

“I think you can always speculate too much based on past performance, both good and bad,” Dobbs reflected. “There’s no reason to screw it up, man. We just have to do what we’re good at, protect the ball and make the routine plays. If we do that, we’ll play well. It’s very simple.”

Los Vikings They built their offense this season around the veteran pocket passer Kirk Cousinswho was tied for the lead in the NFL in touchdown passes (18) and was second in passing yards (2,331) when he suffered a season-ending rupture of his right Achilles tendon in Week 8. Mullens was on injured reserve at the time due to a back injury, which led to Vikings to acquire Dobbs from the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 31 to serve as Hall’s backup.

When Hall suffered a concussion in the first quarter of his first start, Dobbs replaced him and Dobbs played most of the team’s final four games. Vikings. He led them to victory in the first two, but his turnovers played a major role in the losses that followed.

Kevin O’Connell He wasn’t specific about the schematic adjustments he’s made, but they likely include less reliance on the timing-based passing routes that Cousins ​​honed over two years of practice in O’Connell’s offense. Regardless of the details, the scheme will undoubtedly benefit from the receiver’s return Justin Jeffersonwho missed seven games due to a right hamstring injury.

2023-12-07 01:01:23
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