Gus Frerotte Named Starter after Vikings Pull Tarvaris Jackson
The Vikings have had enough with the inconsistent play of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. After an 0-2 start to a season laden with high expectations, Minnesota head coach Brad Childress has yanked Jackson as the starter and replaced him with the seasoned Gus Frerotte.
The Vikings' poor start is not all to blame on Jackson, but he certainly hasn't helped his case any, completing just over 50 percent of his passes for a total of 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception to go along with a lost fumble.
Frerotte has spent most of his time in the NFL as a backup, but has a knack for taking over for injured starters and taking the team to greener pastures. In 1999, he started for Detroit in place of the injured Charlie Batch in the playoffs. In 2000, he took over for the injured Brian Greise in Denver and led the Broncos to the playoffs, where they lost in the first round.
Frerotte began his career as a seventh round pick in Washington and backed up Heath Shuler as a rookie. After Shuler was injured that year, Frerotte took over the next year and started four seasons for the Redskins, earning one trip to the Pro Bowl. His latest gig as a starter was in 2005 with the Miami Dolphins, where he had a 9-7 record with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Minnesota faces Carolina (2-0) on Sunday in the Metrodome. The Panthers will be no easy opponent for the Vikings, with Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith returning to the team after a two-game suspension. Frerotte will have his hands full with a defensive line and linebacker corps that have been ferocious in Carolina's two victories thus far.
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