Chip Scoggins: Tarkenton, Moon, Gannon: Ex-Minnesota QBs have their say about Dobbs

 

Rosenfels went through a slightly similar experience when he was traded from Washington to Miami early in his career and then played in a preseason game a few days later. “More than anything,” he said, “I was just trying to really think about the formations. I had every advantage possible. The other team played like three defenses [in the preseason]. This is completely different.” The quarterbacks agreed that Dobbs` nomadic career likely helped. He’s proven to be adaptable, and some things in football are universal. “If he’s been in the league seven years and been on seven teams there’s a good chance there is some carryover,” Gannon said. Said Rosenfels: “You know what plays work. You know how protections work. When you build up all that knowledge and you can decipher the language, it is possible to [play on short notice] the longer you’re in the league. But every team has its own nuances.” O’Connell did a masterful job of helping Dobbs navigate those nuances. Dobbs said he asked coaches and teammates for assistance when he was unsure of something. The former quarterbacks I spoke with were particularly impressed with Dobbs’ handling of the basic mechanics in managing the offense. He had only one exchange hiccup with center Garrett Bradbury, and the offense didn’t commit any delay-of-game or false-start penalties with Dobbs in the game. That’s remarkable given the lack of chemistry and familiarity with the new signal-caller. “He did a good job of just operating and functioning within the system,” Gannon said. Dobbs’ resilience after a tough start is what grabbed Hall of Famer Warren Moon’s attention more than anything. Dobbs got sacked for a safety on his first possession and he lost two fumbles. “Some guys would have given up at that point,” Moon said. “He just kept battling.” Dobbs settled into a rhythm and made critical, game-changing plays as a runner and passer in the second half. The winning touchdown drive covered 75 yards over 11 plays in a two-minute drill. Dobbs’ scramble on fourth-and-7 qualified as a mic-drop moment. “That’s what I love about the kid — he’s just a battler,” Moon said. “To be thrust in there and be in the heat of the battle and not get off to a good start and still find the wherewithal to make those gut-check plays, just a great performance

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