No change at QB

Gus Frerotte has struggled since the first couple of weeks of the season, even admitting his first-half performance was "rocky," but Coach Nick Saban still isn't ready to make a change at quarterback. And that's why Frerotte again will be in the starting lineup Sunday against New England.

There had been calls for Saban to bench Frerotte and go with Sage Rosenfels after the Kansas City game when Frerotte struggled and Rosenfels threw a 77-yard touchdown pass on his only play of the game in mop-up duty.

And the anti-Frerotte sentiment appeared again after his mediocre performance against Atlanta, which included his crucial interception at the Falcons 6-yard line late in the game.

Still, Saban refuses to budge.

Frerotte finished the Atlanta game 13-of-22 passing for 103 yards and no touchdowns, but worse he wasn't able to get the Dolphins to convert any of the third-down opportunities.

"I guess we will always have hopes that the backup quarterback will solve all of our problems," Saban said Monday when asked about the quarterback situation. "Nobody here is disappointed in Sage. You have heard me say that time and time again.

"I think it is a slippery slope when you start (changing quarterbacks) because now you really create a lot of chemistry issues. What if that doesn't work out well? What do you go back to? Where do you go next? We evaluate what everybody is doing and we are going to make the decision based on who is going to give us the best opportunity we feel to win."

As Saban pointed out, it's not as though everybody around Frerotte has been flawless, and against Atlanta both Chris Chambers and Ronnie Brown dropped easy passes, and Randy McMichael couldn't come up with a pass in the end zone that was thrown too high but wasn't uncatchable.

Still, Saban is maintaining confidence in his offense.

"I think there is a lot of potential there," Saban said of his receiving corps. "We have good enough receivers that they can be a little more productive. We just have to tie it together and be more consistent in what we are doing and execute better. We can't drop balls -- none."

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If there was any good news to come out of the Atlanta game, it's that the Dolphins escaped without any significant injuries. In fact, no injury at all was report in the press box during the game.


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