Aaron Dobson Scratched From Two Patriots Games For ‘Mouthing Off’ To Josh McDaniels

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 | 0

Aaron Dobson

The New England Patriots desperately needed another wide receiver during their 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football (September 29, 2014), but that apparently wasn’t enough for the team to activate second year wide receiver Aaron Dobson.

Although Dobson, who is finally healthy after a serous foot injury, has never been the picture of consistency during his short tenure in the NFL, it’s become painfully obvious that the struggling Patriots offense can use all the help it can get. Dobson and Kenbrell Tompkins were healthy scratches despite the team’s need, a somewhat puzzling move.

Tonight, news came from Patriots beat writer Shalize Manza Young that Dobson was benched for ‘mouthing off’ to Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel. The same insubordination allegedly kept Dobson out of the team’s Week 3 home win over the Oakland Raiders as well.

It’s an odd situation for the team, which sits with a 2-2 record and a lot of questions to answer heading into their Week 5 showdown against the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. Longtime star quarterback Tom Brady has looked erratic so far in 2014, and Dobson, although far from the answer to all of the Patriots’ woes, would at least provide the outside presence that a hard-working but physically limited Julian Edelman or an injury-riddled Rob Gronkowski simply cannot.

McDaniels has always been known for being a strong-minded coach, especially during his short and volatile stint as head coach of the Denver Broncos. There’s been no news as to what was said between he and Dobson, but it must have been something quite terrible if a player was taken away from one of the team’s glaring holes.

Perhaps the team is no longer placing Dobson in their future plans. The mediocre opposition in their division will most likely keep them in the hunt for a playoff spot despite their flaws. But it’s clear that we’ve seen the polar opposite of the once-dominant Patriot teams of the past decade. Will Dobson return and help the team pick up its beyond-sluggish offense?

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