It’s easy to be blunt when you are credited in an article as “one general manager,” and a mystery man used the cloak of darkness to take a shot at former Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs.
A National Football League general manager was granted that anonymity by Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, who issued a scouting notebook on Thursday ripping on Dobbs and former Pittsburgh quarterback Nate Peterman.
After receiving some Senior Bowl hype with Mike Mayock calling him a possible second-round pick, Dobbs slid to the third day of the NFL Draft. There, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the fourth round at pick No. 135 overall. ESPN’s Todd McShay even said that Dobbs could sneak into the end of the first round. Peterman, meanwhile, went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bills.
(Ironically, Peterman played at Tennessee with Dobbs for two seasons before his transfer to Pitt.)
In Miller’s notebook, the GM said, “It means trust the tape. Neither of those guys was any good on Saturday. We’re smarter than you guys give us credit for.”
That could someday be proven false by Dobbs, who has a chance to be the heir apparent someday for veteran Ben Roethlisberger for one of football’s hallowed franchises.
Dobbs played in 37 games over four seasons in Knoxville. He completed 61.5 percent of his passes, throwing for 53 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He also rushed for 32 more scores over his career. As a senior, he set Tennessee records for touchdowns and points.
Tennessee finished 9-4 with Dobbs at the helm for entire junior and senior seasons. To his credit, he also went 3-0 in bowl games, helping the Vols past Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl as a sophomore, past Northwestern in the Outback Bowl as a junior and then beat Nebraska in the Music CIty Bowl as a senior.