The 2023 season has been a whirlwind for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs. He was on the Cleveland Browns during training camp, competing for a backup job behind Deshaun Watson. When the team opted to go in a different direction, he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
There, he had less than two weeks to learn a brand new offense, as he was going to be the starter until Kyler Murray was ready to return to the lineup. Joshua Dobbs kept the team competitive throughout his time as the starter, before ceding to rookie Clayton Tune in Week 9.
But, Joshua Dobbs’ time as a starter wasn’t ending there. After seeing Kirk Cousins suffer a season-ending Achilles injury, the Vikings made a move for him ahead of the NFL Trade Deadline. It was a move that very likely could save their season.
Joshua Dobbs arrived in Minnesota, set to backup rookie Jaren Hall until he could learn yet another offense on the fly. He wasn’t afforded that time, as Hall suffered a concussion in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons, pressing the newly acquired quarterback into the lineup without a single practice.
The lack of practice didn’t phase him, as Joshua Dobbs stepped right into the lineup and produced. He was named the starter after that, helping the team defeat the New Orleans Saints in Week 10 for their fifth win in a row.
While that winning streak was snapped on Sunday Night Football in Week 11 by the Denver Broncos, Joshua Dobbs still has a chance to make history. According to Doug Clawson of CBS Sports, he could become the first quarterback in NFL history to start a playoff game in the same season they started at least one game for multiple franchises.
That would be quite a feat for Joshua Dobbs, who has been on the move a lot in his career. He signed with the Browns after playing last season with the Tennessee Titans, as the Vikings are his seventh team since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now 6-5, the Vikings are still in a great spot to make the postseason in the NFC. Only five teams have a better record, as they are in a position to snag one of the Wild Card Spots. The NFC North title isn’t out of reach yet either, as two meetings with the division-leading Detroit Lions in the last three weeks of the season will present them an opportunity to make up ground.