Was Dobbins' missing OTAs a big deal?
Tim Dobbins was back in Houston on Tuesday.
After missing all 10 days of the Texans’ Organized Team Activities (OTAs) over the past few weeks, Dobbins arrived to Houston and was at the first day of the team’s mandatory minicamp.
“I had obligations with my family,” Dobbins said when asked why he missed OTAs. Those obligations included renovating his house.
And Dobbins said he definitely missed some things while not at OTAs.
“I’m pretty sure I let some of the guys down, but at the same time, I’m hoping they understand that I’m here and when I’m here, I’m giving them 110 percent of everything I have,” Dobbins said. “There’s nothing left in the tank. I don’t want them to have that doubt that I’m not going to be a part of this team or give all my effort.”
Dobbins was one of just two players who didn’t show up to OTAs – the other was Ed Reed, who was rehabbing privately after an offseason hip surgery.
When Dobbins talked to the media following practice, he said he hadn’t yet talked to head coach Gary Kubiak.
“I already know how he feels about the whole situation and I feel disappointed in myself but (there) was nothing I could do about it,” he said. “It was something I had to do for my family.”
Dobbins said if he had the opportunity to do everything over, he wouldn’t change anything. “I would do it all the same way,” he said.
Dobbins showed up for a couple days to workout with teammates before OTAs began. He saw Kubiak then and the head coach told him he was disappointed that Dobbins wouldn’t be at OTAs but that it was his decision.
Kubiak, when asked about Dobbins repeatedly during OTAs, said nothing more than that the workouts were voluntary. He didn’t have much to say about Dobbins on Tuesday morning either.
“I’ve barely seen him yet today,” Kubiak said. “Glad to have him back. Glad he’s here. We’ve got a lot of work to do and he had a lot of catching up to do and he was on top of his stuff today.”
Dobbins, who is entering his eighth season in the NFL, has played under Kubiak in Houston for the past two seasons. He signed a one-year deal this offseason to remain a Texan. He said the contract, which is worth just under $1 million, wasn’t the reason he wasn’t at OTAs.
“It wasn’t no statement,” Dobbins said. “I have nothing against this franchise, this organization. I appreciate the contract they gave me. As a person, you always want more though, but it’s definitely nothing like that at all.”
Dobbins, while an inside linebacker, has made his mark with the Texans as a special teams player. Brian Cushing is returning from an injury. And the other inside linebacker appears to be Darryl Sharpton, who finished last season on IR. Dobbins actually started five games last season and might have been able to challenge for a starting role. But Dobbins said his main duty with the team is special teams.
“My first goal here on this team is special teams and I hope they know I know how to do that,” Dobbins said. “As far as being a starter or a backup, I feel like that’s second-nature. I feel like my role on this team is special teams. It’d be a positive thing or a plus thing on defense for me to play but I don’t have control of that.”