Gus Frerotte has been taking the brunt of the abuse from Vikings fans who weren’t terribly impressed by yesterday’s gift-wrapped 30-12 victory over the hapless Jaguars. The line on Gus: 12/20, 120 yards, 0 TDs, 1 pick. But the stats don’t really tell the story of Gus’s bad day – it was the overall decision-making that had the faithful throwing their snacks at the TV screen, in particular the ill-advised scrambles leading to sacks. And it turns out Brad Childress wasn’t that fond of Gus’s play either, as he conveyed during his Monday press conference:
I feel like a lot of that [Frerotte getting beat up] was self-inflicted. I think when you get out of the pocket you’ve got to throw the football away. I told him so.
Childress reportedly “told him so” in a somewhat animated “one-way” conversation. “[Childress is] the ultimate leader of this team and he’s got to tell me what to do,” Gus said afterward. Yeah – but Gus also knows that Childress doesn’t have a lot of other options. Is he really going to go back to Tarvaris Jackson in the middle of a playoff race? Or John David Booty? I don’t think so. Regardless of whatever some may feel about Gus – and right now he deserves a lot of the criticism – the fact is that he’s what we got. We either ride him into the postseason or we don’t go. If you want to hammer someone, hammer Childress for not getting a QB who would give this veteran team a chance to win now. Jeff Garcia? Chad Pennington? Who needs guys like that.