Posted: Wednesday December 20, 2006 1:46PM; Updated: Wednesday December 20, 2006 2:34PM
Despite Gus Frerotte's 9-7 record as the starter, Miami handed its offense to Daunte Culpepper, a switch that hasn't paid off.
Silver: When you found out that you'd almost been benched, were you shocked?
Frerotte: Not really. I knew it was a possibility because it happened to me in Denver in the last game of the 2000 season. Mike Shanahan took me out late in the game against the 49ers and played Jarious Jackson, and I missed a $500,000 playing time (percentage) incentive by one play.
Silver: Please tell me that didn't actually happen.
Frerotte: It did. It sucked. Five-hundred-thousand dollars is a big deal. We appealed it to the league, because he had taken me out for no reason. But when I asked Mike to get involved [with the appeal], he said it was out of his hands. And I lost. So I never got the money.
Silver: Didn't Mike try to get you to come back to the Broncos as Jake Plummer's backup in '05?
Frerotte: Yeah. I really like Mike as a person. But I know that when it comes to business, it's totally a business with him. So even though I like him, and it was nice to be wanted, I don't think I'd ever go back down that road.
Silver: Because of your relationship with Scott, do you think that when you signed with the Rams Marc [Bulger] felt threatened?
Frerotte: Maybe. It was a little tense at first, and at one point we were both home in the Pittsburgh area and I called him up and asked if he wanted to play golf. During our round I told him, "Look, I'm not here to take your job. I signed here to be your backup. At this stage of my career I'm cool with that." I really wanted us to be friends, especially since we come from the same area. It's turned out great. We've become good friends, and Annie and his girlfriend get along really well, too. He and Annie really connect, actually. Her nickname for him is 'Ultra.'
Frerotte: He's not ultra-special. He's not ultra-cool. He just likes a liquid called 'Ultra.'
Silver: Ah, weekends were made for it. Even if, as I'm told, it is one step removed from water.