Hello, Vikings fans! It’s time once again for another episode of the “Two Old Bloggers” podcast. Your hosts, Darren Campbell and Dave Stefano, are back with an in-depth analysis of the latest happenings in the world of the Minnesota Vikings. The central theme of this week’s episode is the burning question on every Vikings fan’s mind: “What will the Vikings do at quarterback?”
The Joshua Dobbs Dilemma
Our current man behind center, Joshua Dobbs, had a night that could be best described as forgettable against the Chicago Bears. His underwhelming performance has been labeled with adjectives like “terrible,” “horrible,” and “awful.” However, Darren and Dave are quick to point out that Dobbs wasn’t the only one on the field struggling that day.
From wide receivers dropping passes to an offensive line that was missing in action when it came to pass protection, Dobbs was far from the only culprit in the loss. Yet, the quarterback often takes the lion’s share of the blame, and in his post-game press conference, head coach Kevin O’Connell’s comments did nothing to dispel the growing speculation around Dobbs’ position.
However, Darren and Dave argue that benching Dobbs based on one poor game might be an overreaction. They delve into the mechanics of the game, the role of the supporting team, and the overall dynamics, asserting that a single game, however poor it may be, shouldn’t dictate such a drastic shift. There is still a feeling coming out of Egan that O’Connell will stick with Dobbs moving forward.
The Hunt for the Next Quarterback
But what if Dobbs were to be benched? Who would replace him? The two likely candidates are Jaren Hall and Nick Mullens, both of whom come with their own unique skill sets and baggage.
Jaren Hall, a 5th-round draft pick, has shown glimpses of potential during his limited time on the field. However, his recent injury and lack of experience raise questions about his readiness to be thrust into the spotlight. Darren and Dave weigh the pros and cons of choosing Hall, suggesting that with a playoff spot still in the balance, turning to Hall might not be the most strategic decision.
Mullens, on the other hand, is a more traditional drop-back passer. He doesn’t offer the dual-threat mobility that Dobbs and Hall provide, but he may be a better decision-maker and less likely to turn over the ball. Mullens also offers the advantage of having thrown for over 5,000 yards in his career and having 16-17 starts in the NFL under his belt.
However, it’s worth noting that Mullens has also had his fair share of turnovers. His touchdown to interception ratio is not very good, although some of this can be attributed to a less-than-stellar 49ers team in 2018. The question remains, will his experience and more traditional style be enough to steady the Viking’s shaky quarterback situation?
Dissecting Kevin O’Connell’s Leadership
This episode wasn’t just about the quarterback situation. Darren and Dave also took the opportunity to discuss Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. They examined his leadership style, his triumphs, and areas where he could improve, particularly focusing on his late-game strategies and play-calling.
While O’Connell has faced criticism, particularly for his conservative approach in the red zone, Darren and Dave commend him for the positive culture he has fostered within the team. They highlight his ability to hold the team together through a challenging season and his decisive approach in addressing issues as strong points of his leadership.
Quick Hitters: A Variety of Vikings Topics
In the ‘Quick Hitters’ segment of the episode, Darren and Dave covered a broad range of topics. They discussed Jordan Addison’s performance, the team’s playoff chances, and the key injuries impacting the squad.
They expressed optimism about Addison’s future, suggesting that his challenging rookie year would serve as a catalyst for his growth as a professional player. They debated the win-or-lose argument, emphasizing the importance of striving for wins, regardless of the potential advantages of a higher draft position.
As the episode drew to a close, Darren and Dave acknowledged the disappointment felt by many fans following the recent loss against the Bears. However, they urged fans to keep things in perspective. Despite the setbacks, the Vikings are still in the race for the playoffs, and that’s a reason to keep the faith.
Join us next week as we continue to dissect the Vikings’ quarterback situation whether it is Dobbs, Mullens, or Hall, delve into team strategies, preview the Vikings at the Las Vegas Raiders, and discuss all the latest happenings in Vikings Land. We’ll be keeping a close eye on practice reports, coach interviews, and any other news that could shed light on the Vikings’ plans.
Grab your favorite beverage and tune in for another exciting round of Two Old Bloggers as we continue to explore the deep, deep questions that concern your Minnesota Vikings. Until then, keep the faith and remember: SKOL!