On Tuesday, we learned who was going to start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings when they travel to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in a Saturday matinee matchup in Week 15. Now, we know the rest of the quarterback pecking order as well.
Head Coach Kevin O’Connell announced on Thursday that rookie Jaren Hall will serve as the backup to Nick Mullens, meaning that Josh Dobbs. . .who had started the past four games for the Vikings. . .will be inactive on Saturday and serve as the “emergency” quarterback that can only go into the game if both Mullens and Hall are injured and unable to play.
Hall got the start for the Vikings back in Week 9 in the wake of the season-ending Achilles injury suffered by Kirk Cousins. He went 5/6 for 78 yards in two drives and had the Vikings on the verge of scoring when he suffered a concussion on a scramble play, putting him on the sidelines and putting Dobbs in charge of the offense. Hall has been the third quarterback for the past few weeks, but now will serve as the primary backup.
Mullens had been slated to be Cousins’ backup when the season started, but he was on injured reserve when Cousins got injured, giving Hall the starting opportunity against Atlanta. He appears to be back to full strength, and he’ll get his first start as a member of the Vikings on Saturday.
What do you think of the decision to make Jaren Hall the #2 quarterback ahead of Josh Dobbs, folks?