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Former Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs Loses NFL Starting Job

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It’s unclear who will start for the Arizona Cardinals when they head to Cleveland to face the Browns Sunday afternoon. But it won’t be former Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs.

Arizona coach Jonathan Gannon shared that the Cardinals are benching Dobbs after spending eight games as their starter to open the 2023 season. Gannon didn’t rule out the possibility of Arizona starter Kyler Murray returning to the field this week but said rookie Clayton Tune would start if Murray is unavailable to return.

“If it’s not Kyler, then it’s going to be Clayton Tune,” Gannon said Monday.

Dobbs completed 62% of his passes for 1,569 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions while Arizona started the season 1-7. The former Volunteer standout added 258 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.

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Arizona is making the move away from Dobbs after he completed 25-of-37 passes for 208 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding 26 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the Cardinals’ 31-24 loss at Baltimore. The road defeat marked the Cardinals’ fifth straight loss after upsetting the Cowboys in week three.

“Just watching the tape again, talking with the staff, feel like this gives us the best chance to win,” Gannon said of the decision to bench Dobbs.

Arizona traded for Dobbs shortly before the season to replace the injured Murray who continues to rehab an injury. The former Vols’ quarterback could be a potential target for a quarterback needy team at this week’s trade deadline.

If Murray isn’t yet able to return to the field, Arizona will start rookie Clayton Tune. The Cardinals drafted the University of Houston standout in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

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