Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he doesn’t regret starting Josh Freeman at QB
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier expressed no day-after regret about starting quarterback Josh Freeman, who averaged 3.58 yards per attempt in a 23-7 loss to the previously winless New York Giants.
The Associated Press
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Josh Freeman’s debut with the Minnesota Vikings was ragged, a 20-for-53 passing performance that produced no points on offense and raised more questions about how quickly he became the starting quarterback.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier expressed no day-after regret despite a 23-7 loss to the previously winless New York Giants. Freeman was the right pick to play, Frazier said, and the job is still his entering Sunday’s home game against Green Bay.
“If I had to do it over again, I don’t think I’d do it any differently, under the circumstances,” Frazier said Tuesday. “I knew exactly why we made the decision.
“I felt very confident going into the ballgame with the decision. It didn’t work out for us this time.”
The Vikings (1-5) signed Freeman, who was released by Tampa Bay, less than two weeks before the Giants game — a nationally televised debacle that had analysts, fans and even ex-players mocking and criticizing the quality of play by both teams all night.
“This is the worst sporting event ever broadcasted,” former Vikings and Seahawks guard Steve Hutchinson wrote on Twitter during the game.
Frazier said he never considered benching the 25-year-old Freeman, who passed for 190 yards — or 3.58 per attempt. The league average this season is 7.29 yards.
Of Freeman’s 33 incomplete passes, many sailed several yards from the apparent target.
“His footwork wasn’t ideal,” Frazier said. “His shoulders weren’t square all the time. So it was more technical stuff.
“But the mental part, he was sharp. He did a great job of running our offense throughout the night.”
Quinn to join Rams
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Rams have agreed to a contract with quarterback Brady Quinn, who was released by the Seahawks in August.
The Rams, who host the Seahawks on Monday night, lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee injury Sunday in a 30-15 loss at Carolina.
Kellen Clemens, a backup the past two years, will make his first start since 2011 on Monday.
Quinn, 28, was cut by the New York Jets on Monday.
Quinn was drafted in the first round by Cleveland in 2007. He played in 10 games for Kansas City last season.
• Cleveland, a team with quarterback issues, was contacted by a volunteer — 43-year-old Jeff Garcia, who hasn’t started a league game in five years.
Garcia, who was 3-7 as a starter for Cleveland in 2004, said in a radio interview, “I actually reached out to the Browns and said, ‘Hey, if you need a guy to come in, work me out, take a look.’ ”
Garcia said the team didn’t take him up on his offer.
• Four people accused of roles in an altercation caught on video after a New York Jets-New England Patriots game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., have been banned from all events at that venue, Jets officials said.
New Jersey State Police filed simple-assault and disorderly-conduct charges against the three Massachusetts residents — two are women — and Kurt Paschke of Holbrook, N.Y.
Amanda MacDowell and Jaclyn Nugent allegedly kicked and punched Paschke. He then allegedly punched Nugent in the face.
Paschke was convicted of criminally negligent homicide as a result of a 1992 stabbing outside a Sayville, N.Y., pizzeria, and was imprisoned from 1995 to early 1998, according to authorities and court records.