Frerotte to Start For Vikes
The winless Minnesota Vikings are benching Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback in favor of veteran Gus Frerotte.
Coach Brad Childress has been a staunch supporter of Jackson throughout the young quarterback's tenure with the team but left open the possibility Monday of making the move.
The Vikings have begun the season with losses to the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts.
Many people around the league regard the Vikings as a championship-ready team at most positions except quarterback. They have a usually sound defense, a superb offensive line and tailback Adrian Peterson. They added speedy wide receiver Bernard Berrian. What they need is a quarterback who is a threat in the passing game. Jackson wasn't getting it done, so now Childress and the Vikings turn to Frerotte.
Childress announced the move today.
Through two games this season, Jackson has completed 30 of 59 passes for 308 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. His passer rating of 64.8 puts him 26th in the league. The Vikings rank 24th in the league in passing and 22nd in scoring even though Peterson is the NFL's leading rusher.
Jackson suffered a knee injury during the preseason but was in the lineup for the opener. In three NFL seasons, Jackson has made 16 starts in 18 games and has a passer rating of 68.5.
Frerotte, 37, is in his 15th NFL season and is on his second career stint with the Vikings. He started two games for them in 2003. He has thrown for 19,134 yards and 102 touchdowns for the Redskins, Lions, Broncos, Bengals, Vikings, Dolphins and Rams. Frerotte made three starts for St. Louis last season. He is yet to throw a pass for the Vikings this season.
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