Minnesota quarterback Gus Frerotte has expressed his disappointment several times in the Vikings' decision to return him to backup status following his recovery from a fracture in his lower back. This week, he took his sentiments a step further by telling Michael Silver of Yahoo.com that he was the Vikings' best option and should have started Sunday's 26-14 loss to Philadelphia.
Here's the relevant quote:
"I just don't know what to think right now. 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."
Many people around the Vikings are expecting Frerotte to retire or otherwise effect his departure from the team. He'll join Brad Johnson, Kelly Holcomb and Brooks Bollinger as veteran quarterbacks who have left the team -- either by their choice or the Vikings' -- after being acquired by coach Brad Childress over the past three years.
Continuing around the NFC North on this fine Tuesday:
- Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will interview for Denver's head coaching job on Wednesday, reports my colleague Bill Williamson of ESPN.com. Frazier also is expected to visit with Detroit officials this week.
- Miami assistant head coach Todd Bowles is "very interested" in the Lions job, Bowles told David Birkett of the Oakland Press.
- Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette suggests the Packers will change their entire defensive scheme this offseason following the departure of most defensive coaches Monday.
- The Packers have never experienced this level of staff upheaval from a sitting head coach, reports Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Former San Francisco coach Mike Nolan might be the leading candidate to replace fired defensive coordinator Bob Sanders, writes Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel.
- The Bears have offered their defensive line job to former Lions coach Rod Marinelli, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
- David Haugh of the Tribune suggests Arizona's Kurt Warner as the Bears' next quarterback. Warner is a pending free agent.