The Minnesota Vikings had a lot of questions that needed to be answered during their bye week, not the least of which was who would be the starter at the game’s most important position. While we don’t have the answer to that question quite yet, it doesn’t appear we’ll have to wait a whole lot longer for it.
Vikings OC Wes Phillips said that the plan for the team is to name a starter tomorrow ahead of game against the Raiders. Did say that staff thinks it’s essential to adapt to skillset of personnel down the stretch.— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) December 5, 2023
In his press conference today, offensive coordinator Wes Phillips said the team plans to name their starter tomorrow in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The team currently has three options at quarterback. The lean might seem to be toward Josh Dobbs, who has started the last three games for the Vikings. Dobbs, who the Vikings acquired at the trading deadline, stepped in for Jaren Hall after Hall was concussed in the first quarter of his first NFL start and led the team to wins over Atlanta and New Orleans. The last two games haven’t gone as smoothly, with the Vikings losing to Denver and Chicago, while turning the ball over seven times. Dobbs has been responsible for six of those seven turnovers with five interceptions and a lost fumble.
Hall could also be an option, given that the team thought highly enough of him to hand him the keys after Kirk Cousins got hurt and Nick Mullens was on injured reserve. Hall looked like he had a decent command of the offense in that game against Atlanta until he was forced to the sidelines, and the team might want to look at him to see if he’s a potential long-term option.
Mullens is the third option that the Vikings could turn to. He was acquired by the Vikings in a trade last season and had served as the primary backup to Cousins until he went on injured reserve with a back issue in Week 5. Now Mullens is back, and depending on how the coaching staff thinks his skill set translates, could be viable for the Vikings to look at.
Whoever the Vikings start at quarterback will have Justin Jefferson to throw to again. Jefferson, who went on injured reserve the same week that Mullens did, has finally recovered from his hamstring injury and will be back in the huddle for the first time since mid-October. The Vikings have gone 5-2 in Jefferson’s absence, but it certainly will be nice to have him back.
Who do you think the Vikings will turn to this Sunday, folks?