The reasons Gus isn't in Miami
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.''