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Thursday, April 13, 2006

The reasons Gus isn't in Miami

It would have been so convenient if Gus Frerotte had decided that backing up Daunte Culpepper was something he could do.

He has, after all, done it before in Minnesota and when the Dolphins brought Culpepper to Miami, it would have meant Frerotte assumed the same role with an opportunity to play in Culpepper's absence.

That absence, by the way, is almost assured at some point this season because knee injuries such as Culpepper's take a full two years to heal. So even if Culpepper is ready for the opener, he may well experience swelling or some sort of setback that will force him to the bench at some point in 2006.

So Gus would've been a perfect fit. Except Gus acted kind of like his Disney football-playing namesake Gus the mule. He showed his stubborn side and that's the reason he's in St. Louis today.

At least that's the picture you get of Gus from Nick Saban who implied Thursday that Frerotte made something of an emotional, rather than a logical, financial decision when he left.

"He would have gotten as much or more here than where he went," Saban said. "His number to be a backup quarterback was exorbitant for any team to have to assume. We offered him at least as good or better deal than what he got where he went. It was his choice to go there. It was a little more difficult for him to come back because he had been the starter here.

"It was our plan to bring him back and get him to come back.''

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gus sucks!!!! Good riddance ...

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was never a Gus fan but Gus didn't suck. As a backup, he was competent and had he stayed we'd be in a much better position. Whatever his reasons for leaving (and I hope it wasn't as poor as 'because of his ego'), he's gone now and no point trying to figure it out. Chances are better he'll be the one regretting it.

11:45 AM  
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9:56 AM  
Blogger John Dolfan said...

I couldnt believe that amount of denial Gus was engaging in when he said he thought he had had a good season and how much of the credit for the improvement from 4 to 9 wins belongs to him. Nice try, but wake up and smell the coffee

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would guess Scott Linehan was the driving force behind Gus's decision to sign with the Rams.

The two have now been paired together on three consecutive teams.

Gus is obviously comfortable in Linehan's system while Linehan has clearly displayed his confidence in Gus.

9:50 AM  

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