Turner says the move was partly the result of Frerotte's struggles from the previous season. "People say the change was a hasty decision, but some decisions you might've been working on for a year," he says. "Last October or November most people evaluating the situation felt I stayed way too long with Gus. He hasn't played with the same confidence that he did in 1996, and we needed more consistency."
During Sunday's salty postgame address Turner told his players to stop blaming their tough early schedule—and one another—for their struggles. "It's personal now," he told them. "It's a team game, but for us to get out of this, every guy has to look in the mirror and say, 'What do I have to do to help us win?' Don't kid yourselves that it's Denver or Seattle or San Francisco. It's us."
An hour later the locker room was empty as Turner recounted his words, slapping his right hand against his knee for emphasis. At that moment he looked like anything but a pushover.