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Frerotte Feels He Was the Best Chance for the Vikings to Win

From: Pro Football

So despite declaring in September that Gus Frerotte would be the Vikings’ starting quarterback for the rest of the year, coach Brad Childress decided after Frerotte was injured late in the year that the team would ride Tarvaris until the conclusion of the season.

Per Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports (via the Minneapolis Star Tribune), Childress told Frerotte that a “gut feeling” drove the decision to keep Frerotte on the sidelines after the 37-year-old signal-caller’s broken back had healed.

“I just don’t know what to think right now,” Frerotte told Silver after Sunday’s game. “It was a very frustrating experience, because I felt like I should’ve been the one playing. That might sound selfish, but I think I would’ve given us the best chance to win. I’m going home to St. Louis [on Monday] to be with my family and figure out where things stand, but the way things played out at the end really makes me question things.”

Citing unnamed team sources, Silver reports that Jackson had a “deer-in-the-headlights” vibe all afternoon against the Eagles, and that the team’s sideline was in “total disarray.”

Writes Silver of the overall performance of the players in purple: “I have a new nickname for that large block of Vikings season-ticket holders (45 percent) that elected not to purchase playoff tickets: visionaries.”

Bottom line? While it remains unclear whether Jackson will be the starter in 2009, Frerotte’s name can be scratched from the list. There’s simply no way that Childress will re-embrace Frerotte based on his decision to, you know, speak the accurate truth.

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