Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
Josh Dobb's Highlights
The Los Angeles Rams finished their final preseason game last night on a shallow note against the New Orleans Saints. They were beaten 28-0 by the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in a game where the quarterback play for the first three quarters was disheartening.
On the very first possession, Rams backup quarterback Brandon Allen had a successful drive with moving the ball down the field with excellent running from rookie running back Nick Holley. The Rams seemed to have their way with Saints defense until the Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen dialed up the blitz. Allen made a costly errant throw as he tried to force the ball to Holley. Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone, leaped and made an incredible interception as he came down securing both feet inbounds. From that point, the wheels started to go flat on the Rams offense.
Allen (Dennis), seemed too exposed the Rams young offensive line by sending blitzes straight up the middle disrupting the Rams offense. They would get after Allen forcing him out the pocket either by sacking him or causing him to get rid of the ball. Allen played up to the 11 minute mark of the third quarter, as his numbers were not that impressive. He ended up seven of 12 for 57 yards, and an interception. Rookie UDFA Luis Perez, played the remainder of the game as he went eight for 15 for 43 yards and an interception.
A lesson learned from the game against the Saints with reserve players on the field; it shows that Rams need to search for a backup quarterback. How about Josh Dobbs, from the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Dobbs selected in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played collegiately at the University of Tennessee where he was teammates with currently Rams rookie running back John Kelly.
The six-foot-three, 220 pounds Dobbs, with 4.64 40-yard speed, left Volunteers program as the school's fifth-leading passer. He also was the starting quarterback for the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl. One statistic that was a green light on Dobbs was he had a passing rating of 105.0 while under pressure. That's a stat that displays he doesn't panic when pressured and usually makes the right decision.
Rams couldn't find any answers to the Saints pressure, and Dobbs may have put a hurting on their defense had he played. The Rams have the opportunity to trade for another young quarterback that has a high football IQ, he's mobile, a pocket passer, and also can beat the defense with his feet.
Dobbs started the Steelers final preseason game last night against the Carolina Panthers in a game he would shine. He showcased his talent when a snap went through his hands he calmly ran back picked up the ball scrambled to the left, pump faked and ran nine yards to pick up the first down. One other play, the red zone was signaled in, he made the read took off to the end zone after shaking one defender and dove in for the touchdown.
Dobbs played in three of the four Steelers pre-season games as he accumulated great stats passing as he was 29 of 43 for 313 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He wasn't sacked in any of his game as he used his legs rushing the ball ten times for 73 yards and one touchdown.
The Rams final preseason stats for all quarterbacks combines were 65 of 111 for 386 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions with 13 sacks. Dobbs nearly passed for the yards with less than half of the attempts thrown.
The Steelers currently have four quarterbacks, starter Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs, and rookie Mason Rudolph. They are seriously looking to move one of the four, and it will come down to Jones or Dobbs. Rudolph is going to be the Steelers future, they are holding onto him to Roethlisberger predecessor.
Dobbs could be a perfect fit in this Sean McVay offense, a coach who loves the read option and play-action passing. Les Snead, let's go and pull the trigger on this player, forbid if anything was to happen to Jared Goff, I'm ready to admit it won't look pretty with our current backups.
Just food for thought, it was noted that if football doesn't work out for Dobbs, he plans to build airplanes for a living.