Dirty Hit on Vikings Quarterback Josh Dobbs: What Exactly Happened?
Head coach criticized for risky play call that led to quarterback's injury; officials under fire for missed penalty on dirty hit.
The play call from head coach Kevin O'Connell was questionable at best. Having quarterback Josh Dobbs take a quick toss from tight end T.J. Hockenson in a short-yardage situation seemed unnecessary and risky. Dobbs ended up getting hit and fumbling the ball, which only added to the frustration. It's understandable why this decision was criticized in the aftermath of the Vikings' loss to the Denver Broncos.
Upon closer examination, the Vikings have a valid reason to be upset with the officials. Dobbs appeared to be the victim of a dirty hit from Broncos safety Kareem Jackson, and it should have resulted in a penalty. The collision was a clear helmet-to-helmet hit, and Jackson lowered the crown of his helmet to deliver the blow. This was a missed call by the officials, and it's no wonder that the NFL is reviewing Jackson's actions for potential discipline.
It's worth noting that this isn't the first time Jackson has been involved in controversy for his physical play on the field. He was previously suspended for an illegal tackle, and the hit on Dobbs came on his first drive back from suspension. The concussion spotter made Dobbs undergo a medical check after the hit, but he was quickly cleared and returned to the game.
Dobbs, for his part, didn't dwell on the missed penalty and instead focused on taking care of the football in that situation. If the penalty had been called, the Vikings would have retained possession around midfield. However, as O'Connell pointed out, the officials didn't throw the flag, and the Vikings had to move on from the missed call.