After his terrible performance on Monday, benching quarterback Josh Dobbs before their next game doesn't seem like something the Minnesota Vikings are ruling out.
Before Monday, a Minnesota Vikings quarterback throwing four interceptions in a game was something that hadn't been seen in almost a decade.
In a loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night, Josh Dobbs became the first Vikings signal-caller since Matt Cassel in 2014 to throw at least four interceptions in a single game.
Dobbs' performance had a large impact on Minnesota's record falling to 6-6 on Monday night, and now, with only five games left on their schedule, the team has to decide if they want to give him another chance to be their starter in the middle of a push to the playoffs.
Minnesota Vikings don't rule out making a quarterback change before next game
Luckily, the Vikings have a little extra time to make a decision about Dobbs since they have a bye next week. Minnesota's next game will be on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 14.
Following Monday's game, Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell was asked if the team is going to make a quarterback change before facing the Raiders in two weeks.
Here's what O'Connell had to say.
"We're going to take a look [and] really evaluate the inventory of plays we have of Josh... We got [Jaren Hall] back, available to us, and Nick Mullens is available as well.
We'll take a look at everything. We've got a lot of work to do during the bye."
If Minnesota wasn't thinking about a possible quarterback change, one would assume that O'Connell would have provided less of a broad answer. But after the performance Dobbs had on Monday, it's hard to blame the Vikings for thinking about other options at the position moving forward.
The first two weeks with Dobbs under center for Minnesota were definitely a lot of fun. But the Vikings' last two games with him as their starter have been a much different story, and with a playoff berth on the line, the team can't afford to suffer too many more losses.
During their bye, the Vikings have to figure out what they believe will lead them to the highest amount of wins in the final five weeks of the season, and if that includes making a quarterback change, then that is something that has to be done.