The Arizona Cardinals have had a steady backup quarterback for most of the last 10 years. Coaches have found a quarterback they trust to be the backup and have kept them around.
Based on three games of work for Josh Dobbs, he has probably established him as the long-term backup option moving forward as long as Jonathan Gannon is the head coach.
The Cardinals signed Drew Stanton in 2013 and, after he filled in for Carson Palmer in 2014, leading the Cardinals to five wins in eight games, head coach Bruce Arians trusted him completely.
He was with the Cardinals the entire time Arians was head coach.
After a year of Brett Hundley and then Christ Streveler, the Cardinals found Colt McCoy, who in 2021, won two of three starts when Kyler Murray was hurt.
That earned him a two-year contract and he would have continued to be the backup if Kliff Kingsbury had not been fired last offseason.
The Cardinals went out of their way to get Dobbs and he has been solid. His job will soon be ending, as he will slide into a backup’s role once Kyler Murray is activated from PUP, but his time on the Cardinals will likely continue.
“I think he’s played winning football for his since he has been here,” Gannon told reporters Monday. “I think you guys will continue to see his improvement as he gets more comfortable.
“He’s pretty comfortable right now. He’s making a bunch of plays for us. He’s got good command in the huddle. He never has any flinch, which I love about him. He’s doing a good job.”
He probably hasn’t done enough to warrant teams seeking him out for a starting job, so, considering his age (28 years old), his steady play and his demeanor and command of his teammates, he seems like he will be the Cardinals’ backup for as long as Gannon is here.