QB Gus Frerotte - Free Agent

6-2, 228Born: 7-31-1971College: TulsaDrafted: Round 7, pick

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2008 Week 3 vs CAR (16 / 28 / 204 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / -2 / 0 rush)

Frerotte's best series throwing the football came on the drive that gave the Vikings a 17-10 lead. On a third and seven play with the ball on the Vikings 23 yard line, the Minnesota quarterback eluded the Carolina pass rush and connected with WR Bernard Berrian on a deep pass that went for a gain of 48 yards. Two plays later, Frerotte fired a strike to TE Visanthe Shiancoe who turned the completion into a 34 yard touchdown pass. Later in the game, he led the Minnesota offense on a time consuming, 19 play drive that ended with a Ryan Longwell field goal that put the Vikings up by two scores.

2008 Week 4 vs TEN (25 / 43 / 266 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

In the first half, with the game still close and the threat of Adrian Peterson on the ground, Frerotte was able to work the passing game efficiently, if unspectacularly. He rarely sought to throw the ball deep and was content to keep to high-percentage passes. When he did throw the ball deep he tended to be on target, but his receivers had difficulty making the catches. The most striking example was a dropped pass by wide receiver Bernard Berrian late in the second quarter where Frerotte laid the ball right in his hands and a 44 yard touchdown would have resulted had Berrian not bobbled the ball away. In the second half, however, as the Vikings were increasingly forced to pass and the Titans were able to pay less attention to Adrian Peterson, bring more pressure and drop more men into coverage, Frerotte found it much more difficult to continue his early success. This slide in production culminated in a bad fourth quarter interception deep in his own end on an overthrow to the Titans' Nick Harper. On the following, and final series, Frerotte was replaced by Tarvaris Jackson due to an injury to his non-throwing hand.

2008 Week 5 vs NO (19 / 36 / 222 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

Frerotte was far from special on Monday night, but he led the Vikings to victory when it mattered. He made a few big passes and was able to make the Saints pay for stacking up against Adrian Peterson. He was not incredibly accurate, but he was able to stick in the pocket in tough times and make a few key plays.

2008 Week 6 vs DET (18 / 33 / 296 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Frerotte faced a very aggressive pass rush and had difficulty establishing a rhythm early. However he remained calm and kept making enough passes to complement his running game, by looking for focusing on the short to intermediate passing game that enabled him to pass the ball earlier. He only threw deep three times, and instead tried to deliver the ball to his receivers in stride to better enable them to gain yards after the catch. Frerotte seemed most comfortable throwing to his wide receivers, as both Bernard Berrian and Bobby Wade were targeted the most.

2008 Week 7 vs CHI (25 / 40 / 298 / 2 / 4 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Although Frerotte had an okay statistical day, he never seemed to give the Vikings a very good chance to win. Frerotte did throw for 298 yards and two touchdowns; however he had four interceptions, one which came at the end of the game as the Vikings were trying to drive for the tie. One of his brighter moments came early in the game, as he led the Vikings down the field near the end of the first quarter and connected with Visanthe Shiancoe for a 24 yard touchdown.

2008 Week 9 vs HOU (11 / 18 / 182 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)

The three touchdowns are impressive and it was a pretty good day. The interception was on a bobble by Bernard Berrian that he should have caught. Frerotte only had six attempts in the whole second half. The numbers could have been even better. He wasn't afraid to go deep and only missed on one deep route. There were a few drops and a couple deep routes that were barely out of bounds. Two of those catches could have put Frerotte well over 200 yards for the day.

2008 Week 10 vs GB (15 / 28 / 151 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Gus Frerotte had two touchdowns but three interceptions against one of the league's best pass defenses. He wasn't pressured as much as Green Bay usually applies. There were only two sacks and Frerotte did not have to take many hits. The defensive backs made it hard for Frerotte and he had three interceptions. There were no targets over twenty yards in the game. The two touchdowns were one short pass to Sidney Rice and one great play by Chester Taylor. Overall, it was not an impressive day at quarterback but it was enough for the win.

2008 Week 11 vs TB (14 / 20 / 138 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

Frerotte had a mediocre game against Tampa Bay, where he completed 14 of 20 passes for 138 yards and a four yard touchdown pass to WR Bobby Wade. Frerotte did have a fumble that he recovered and did not throw any interceptions, but he was sacked five times and converted just five of 12 on third downs, and zero of two on fourth down conversions.

2008 Week 12 vs JAX (12 / 20 / 120 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 2 / 0 rush)

Despite a comfortable victory, Frerotte did not play very well. He didn't get a ton of time by his offensive line to look downfield, but even when he did have time his passes lacked crispness and accuracy. He consistently missed wide open receivers, including Adrian Peterson for what could've been a very big gain in the flat. It was difficult to tell who the target was on his interception, since the ball appeared to be nowhere near a Viking receiver. In the third quarter, Minnesota got near the goal line on first down on one possession in particular, but Frerotte took an awful sack on the very next play that resulted in a ten yard loss. They eventually kicked a field goal on the drive. Even the biggest pass play of the day was almost a disaster. His 40 yard completion downfield to TE Visanthe Shiancoe was tipped about halfway there and nearly intercepted. At one point, Frerotte was shaken up so hard that he had to leave the game. His absence lasted only one play, however, and he returned to action without incident the rest of the way.

2008 Week 13 vs CHI (16 / 25 / 210 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)

QB Gus Frerotte was not flashy in the win but managed to get the job done. He hooked up with WR Bernard Berrian for a 99 yard touchdown score down the left sideline. The Bears defense left Berrian unguarded and he made an easy catch and score. He nearly had another touchdown to TE Jim Kleinsasser but after review the referees ruled that the tight end was done at the one yard line. In the first quarter, Frerotte was hit late by Adewale Ogunleye on third down but no flag was thrown. Frerotte went down to the ground hard and laid facedown but was then able to walk onto the sidelines. The Vikings kicked a field goal on the next play and Frerotte returned on the next series and showed no ill effects from the hit.

2008 Week 14 vs DET (7 / 10 / 70 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Frerotte injured his lower back late in the first half and did not return to the game. Prior to the injury, he was playing terribly. He had turned the ball over with two costly interceptions and had led the Vikings to just three first half points. He had very little pocket presence and failed to stand tall when there was pressure on him. The first interception was just a bad read by him, as he failed to see Ryan Nece step into the passing lane in front of Bernard Berrian. The second interception was a case of a pass being batted at the line and picked off. It was during a tackle attempt on that play that Frerotte hurt his back. He was being checked out and stretched on the sidelines and his return was deemed questionable, but he didn't make another appearance the rest of the way. It's also worth noting that Tarvaris Jackson played very well in his place the rest of the way, throwing for 100 yards and a touchdown on ten pass attempts without a turnover.

2007 Week 4 vs DAL (3 / 6 / 29 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Frerotte entered the game in relief of Bulger after the game was out of reach, completing three of six passes for 29 yards.

2007 Week 5 vs ARI (24 / 43 / 262 / 3 / 3 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Frerotte got the start for the injured starter QB Marc Bulger who is nursing broken ribs and has not been effective. Bulger was active and served as Frerotte's backup in the game. Frerotte got off to a good start by leading the Rams to three points on the first drive of the game for St. Louis. Frerotte snapped a streak of 32 possessions without a touchdown by the Rams' offense by hitting WR Drew Bennett on a 16 yard touchdown in the second quarter. But Frerotte was inconsistent in the first half going only eight for 17 for 60 yards. Frerotte would get his second touchdown pass of the game on an 11 yard pass to WR Torry Holt on the first drive of the second half. Frerotte lead them down on a seven play, seventy yard scoring drive. He had an interception in the third quarter when Holt had a pass bounce off his hands. He would make a huge mistake early in the fourth quarter when he threw a pass right to Cardinals' CB Roderick Hood in which he would take 68 yards for a touchdown. He would get his third interception of the game later in the fourth quarter on a poorly thrown deep ball. Frerotte did lead the Rams down on 70 yard drive late in the game and hit TE Randy McMichael on a 29 yard touchdown pass. He finished with very good numbers in the game, but he was inaccurate at times and did have three big interceptions in the second half.

2007 Week 6 vs BAL (19 / 36 / 208 / 0 / 5 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Frerotte was rocked all day long. He was sacked only four times but was hit hard on virtually every single passing play. It was reminiscent of, well, of the beating Bulger took before bowing out due to injury. Frerotte flirted with success in the second half, when the Rams began throwing quick passes, but in the end turnovers killed them - five of which were interceptions. Here's the thing: Frerotte is hardly at fault; he just never had time to throw. His offensive line was depleted, and he was already missing WR Isaac Bruce, when Drew Bennett left with an apparent hamstring injury. When he was able to get the ball off, his luck was just awful. Between dropped passes, tips becoming interceptions, along with a few bad throws, he just could not get his team into the end zone. He was knocked out of the game for good with about a minute left.

2007 Week 12 vs SEA (20 / 32 / 161 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Frerotte came on in relief of Bulger, and promptly got sacked and fumbled. He led the Rams to the end zone in that same drive, however. As the game went on, he got worse, not better, and displayed a lack of patience in the pocket, leading to many incompletions. Completing the downward spiral, on the final play of the game with a chance to win the game, he fumbled the snap.

2007 Week 13 vs ATL (23 / 35 / 311 / 3 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Frerotte looked like the second coming of Kurt Warner (circa 2000) in the first half, scoring easily on the first drive, and finishing the half with three passing TDs, and all to different receivers. In the second he threw two interceptions and allowed the Falcons a chance to get back in the game.

2007 Week 17 vs ARI (1 / 5 / 4 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Frerotte came in late in the fourth quarter to spell Bulger. He promptly threw an interception to Cardinals linebacker Gerald Hayes, who returned it for a touchdown to put an end to any hopes of a Rams' comeback.

2006 Week 12 vs SF (1 / 3 / 27 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

When Bulger was knocked woozy near the end of the first half Frerotte took his place. His one completion in three attempts went for 27 yards to Kevin Curtis and set up a 51 yard field goal by Jeff Wilkens with :03 seconds left.

2005 Week 1 vs DEN (24 / 36 / 275 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)

Frerotte was outstanding in this game. He had great touch on his downfield passes and made very few mistakes. He was literally inches away from having made an outstanding touchdown pass to Chambers early in the game, who, on diving for the ball, barely landed out of bounds. His only interception, early in the second quarter, was his fault, but that was really his only miscue all game long.

2005 Week 2 vs NYJ (20 / 43 / 177 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

As well as Frerotte played last week, he played that poorly this week. A lot of it had to do with the inability of Chris Chambers to get any separation from defenders, leaving only Randy McMichael as a viable option. Marty Booker and David Boston likewise had trouble getting open. Much of what Miami did was dump-offs underneath, which netted them very few yards. The fact that they didn't take many shots downfield and Frerotte's completion percentage was still well below 50% is very telling. The one big shot Frerotte took downfield was nearly intercepted by David Barrett, and Frerotte was also nearly intercepted in the end zone on another occasion. Ty Law had a ball hit him in the hands for yet another near-interception, and finally on Miami's next-to-last possession, Frerotte was in fact picked off. The lack of any threat of a running game certainly didn't help him, but anyone thinking of him as waiver-wire help after last week certainly weren't thrilled to see his performance in Week 2. Frerotte lost one passing yard on a completion to RB Ronnie Brown that was called back due to penalty.

2005 Week 3 vs CAR (14 / 33 / 171 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

The preseason quarterback controversy is only a few weeks in the past and Gus Frerotte continued to solidify his case. Though his stat line looks mediocre at best, he made the plays in the first half that kept his team ahead in this game. He looked comfortable in the offense, scanning the field for open receivers and checking down to his safety valve when necessary. More importantly, he had the time to do this. He looked sharp in threading a pass between two Carolina defenders to hit Randy McMichael for a first quarter touchdown.

2005 Week 5 vs BUF (21 / 33 / 226 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)

Frerotte threw the ball well for most of the day against the league's number one rated pass defense, but he ruined his good work by throwing three interceptions. Chambers caught a 30 yard pass to get the Dolphins inside the ten, but Frerotte was intercepted by McGee two plays later when looking for Booker in the end zone. Frerotte found Booker for 52 yards in the third quarter and completed the drive with a one yard pass to TE Will Heller for the Dolphins' opening score of the game. Chambers was the intended target on both of Frerotte's other interceptions. Vincent and Clements each had a pick on poorly thrown balls. Chambers almost hauled in a pass in the first quarter which would have gone for over 40 yards and put the Dolphins in the red zone, but he juggled the ball and went out of bounds. Frerotte only found McMichael once in the game but it was for a 30 yard touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball which McMichael took in stride.

2005 Week 6 vs TB (21 / 43 / 267 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Frerotte had a tough day at the office. He finished with 267 yards through the air on 21 of 43 passing, but was sacked four times, lost two fumbles, and his only passing touchdown was called back via penalty. One of his fumbles was recovered by Tampa Bay, which they returned for a touchdown. Frerotte was pressured constantly throughout the game and missed a few big play opportunities. On the positive side, he did spread the ball around to eight different receivers, but he got no help at all from either his offensive line or the Miami rushing attack.

2005 Week 7 vs KC (11 / 29 / 125 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Frerotte did not look in control at any time against the Chiefs. He was constantly off target with his receivers. It appeared that the receivers and Frerotte studied different playbooks during the weather shortened practice week. Frerotte never got untracked and finished the game with an abysmal 37.3 quarterback rating.

2005 Week 8 vs NO (16 / 28 / 168 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / -1 / 0 rush)

Frerotte began the game quite well, completing 13 of his first 16 passes. He connected with David Boston for 54 yards on the Dolphins' second drive, and found Booker for a 20 yard gain, but his other completions were mostly for modest gains. Frerotte's one interception was on a tipped pass that was intended for Randy McMichael. Frerotte linked up with Chris Chambers at the start of the fourth quarter for a 12 yard score, the Dolphins' only touchdown of the day. Frerotte made a lot of poor throws in the game, missing open receivers by throwing wide or high.

2005 Week 9 vs ATL (13 / 22 / 103 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Frerotte completed more than half his passes (13 of 22), didn't turn the ball over, and was complemented by a running game that was consistently averaging more than five yards per carry. However, his inability to get the ball down field to receivers kept Miami from being able to move the ball. Frerotte completed only three passes of more than nine yards and didn't convert even one third down via the pass. Frerotte had the Dolphins in position to tie the game late, but he tried to force a pass into WR Chris Chambers who was double covered and it was picked off.

2005 Week 10 vs NE (25 / 47 / 360 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Frerotte completed 53.2% of his passes, with an average of 7.7 yards per passing attempt for a passer rating of 83.6. This bested his counterpart Tom Brady, but was not enough to win the game, as he could not pull off the same heroics Brady had just minutes earlier, despite his valiant attempt to do so. In the end, it was his favorite receiver, Chris Chambers, who let the ball go through his hands in the end zone for what would have been a good catch that ended his day, and kept the Dolphins out of the win column.

2005 Week 11 vs CLE (4 / 18 / 53 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Frerotte entered the game after Rosenfels had thrown two interceptions, but proved to be no more effective himself, completing just 22% of his passes, and averaging less than three yards per passing attempt. Frerotte's sprained right index finger seemed to affect his passes, and led to just a 39.6 passer rating on the afternoon.

2005 Week 12 vs OAK (18 / 31 / 261 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Frerotte completed 18 of 31 attempts for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He was victimized by a number of drops on the day. His passes were crisp and with the exception of his interception in the end zone in the first quarter, his passes were accurate.

2005 Week 13 vs BUF (12 / 28 / 115 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Frerotte was not very effective in this game and was playing with a broken finger. Nate Clements had the chance to intercept a pass for what would likely have been a touchdown, but he failed to hold on to the ball. Frerotte was sacked three times, the third of which was for a safety. Frerotte appeared to be unconscious for several seconds and may have suffered a concussion on the play. He did not return.

2005 Week 14 vs SD (14 / 22 / 229 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)

Believe it or not, one of the biggest attributes to Frerotte's performance was his ability to avoid the oncoming rush. Not that San Diego got much pressure on Frerotte anyway, but the few times they did blitz, he did a great job of not only reading the blitz and the coverage; he also did an outstanding job of avoiding tackles and buying himself some extra time. This is likely what accounted for Chris Chambers and Marty Booker running wild in the secondary and getting in behind the defenders with ease. Frerotte rewarded HC Nick Saban for sticking with him as the starter despite the heroics of backup Sage Rosenfels a week ago. Frerotte played about as well as he can at this stage of his career, and wasn't simply along for the ride. He was an integral part of why Miami won the game.

2005 Week 15 vs NYJ (8 / 16 / 76 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Frerotte continued his connection with Chris Chambers early with an eight yard touchdown to put the Dolphins up by seven with about four minutes left in the first quarter. He went into the half after completing half of his passes for 76 yards and an interception. He did not start the second half and was seen on the sideline with an ice pack wrapped around his right hand.

2005 Week 16 vs TEN (14 / 30 / 151 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)

Even though Sage Rosenfels brought the Dolphins from behind for the second time in three weeks last week, Frerotte got the start and played well. He continued his connection with Chris Chambers, finding him for two second quarter touchdowns. He also found Booker for a nice deep pass and continued to try and hit him down the field. The offense seemed to stall out in the second half once they got the lead before halftime and it affected Frerotte's numbers, completing 14 of 30 passes for 151 yards. But he only threw one interception and was efficient when he needed to be.

2005 Week 17 vs NE (22 / 35 / 239 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)

Frerotte completed 22 of his 35 passing attempts for 239 yards. He led the Dolphins on a scoring drive to start the third quarter that used up nearly five minutes of time and resulted in a field goal. With his touchdown pass to Marty Booker in the fourth quarter, Frerotte set a career high with 18 touchdown passes in a season.