Gus Frerotte was successful as the Minnesota Vikings’ starting quarterback last season before a back injury sent him to the sideline.
Now, he wants the opportunity to start again.
Frerotte went 8-3 as a starter for the Vikings, but he was injured during a Week 14 victory over the Detroit Lions. He led Minnesota this season in completions (178), passing yards (2,157), touchdowns (12) and interceptions (15).
But when the Vikings went to the playoffs after winning the NFC North with a 10-6 record, Tarvaris Jackson got the nod against the Philadelphia Eagles after filling in admirably for Frerotte down the stretch. Jackson went 15-of-25 passing for 164 yards and no touchdowns with one interception in the 26-14 first-round loss to the Eagles.
Frerotte talked to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about wanting to start again in ’09.
- “I was only in the offense for six months, so I should get a lot better with another year under my belt,” he said. “I think I’ve earned the right to be a starter. It wasn’t handed to me. I went in and played well and gave everything I had to the team.”
- “We have the pieces there,” Frerotte said. “We just have to see what happens. I think every year teams lose key players. It’s whether you can keep those core guys around and keep adding little pieces here and there.”