Monday, February 16, 2009

Gus Frerotte?

Sid Hartman talks to Gus Frerotte, who thinks he deserves to come back and start for the Vikings next season.

I regularly see people point out that the Vikings were 8-3 with Frerotte as starter last season. But we could also point out that in his 11 starts, Frerotte threw 15 interceptions. We might also point out that the Vikings scored non-offensive points in five of their wins under Frerotte (in three of those wins, the non-offensive points were responsible for the margin of victory).

I don't want to dismiss the positive things Gus Frerotte did for the Vikings in 2008. He did some good things, and he played well in several Viking victories. But I think it would be a mistake for the Vikings to be satisfied with his level of quarterback play in 2009. Frerotte is average at best. To make Frerotte the starting QB in 2009 is to claim that average play at the quarterback position is all that is necessary. Sometimes, perhaps it is. And certainly sometimes, you are forced to get by with that. But if you are entering the off-season with opportunities to improve the quarterback position, to try go from an average (or below average) to a positive performance, you should.


  1. Anonymous10:08 AM

    BUT, they were 8-3. How many int would Jackson have thrown? Would we have been in the position to win? Never know, but he was 8-3.

  2. Well, Frerotte's INT % last season was 5.0, and Jackson's INT % was 1.3. But my argument isn't that Frerotte wasn't better than Jackson last season--it's that the Vikings shouldn't be satisfied with Frerotte's level of play in 2009. I don't think they should be satisfied with Jackson, either.

  3. Anonymous12:12 PM

    Are these QB's still available: (In order)

    Booty out of the talk?

  4. Anonymous12:26 PM

    I also like the idea of Garcia, and then develop Booty, or draft another in the second round or so to groom.

  5. The Viking's shouldn't be satisfied with Frerotte's level of play, but part of that was because it was his first year with the team, as well as the fact that he wasn't the clear starter all year. And we don't know how much injuries affected him.

    He isn't the answer, but I don't think Garcia, Cassel, etc. are going to do much better.

    Hasselbeck or McNabb, maybe. But otherwise, I think they should give Gus another year and wait for a real game-changing QB.

  6. Anonymous8:00 PM

    Folks, having 5% of your pass attempts intercepted is really, really, really, really bad, especially when a team's defense is good, thus meaning that those interceptions didn't occur when the qb's team was trailing by a lot of points. Frerotte can't play. End of story. Period.

  7. Anonymous2:25 PM

    No use posting the last annon said end of story. Period. Must be nice to have all the answers.

  8. Anonymous9:40 PM

    Nope, I only have one answer; that a guy who had about 15 interceptions in about 300 attempts, for a team with a good defense and running game, is a very, very, bad NFL quarterback.