D-Day For Tice -- Part II

In a year that has been dominated by sequels at the movie box office, Mike Tice is facing his own sequel of sorts -- Gus Or Daunte II.

Last week, VU was told that Mike Tice would make his decision of selecting a starting quarterback on Friday, but wouldn't tell the media about the decision until shortly before game time.

Following the Vikings' 35-7 hammering on Sunday, it was confirmed that Gus Frerotte was informed Friday (although some said after Saturday's practice walk-through) that he would be the starter.

After Frerotte's shockingly strong performance, something of a quasi-QB controversy has broken out. Not that Gus should remain the starter, but should he start this week at Atlanta to give Daunte Culeppper three full weeks to heal and be 100 percent following the bye week.

This time, Tice probably won't be so elusive. When the team practices today, Tice will evaluate the process of Culpepper and likely render a decision as early as after today's practice or tomorrow. Again, whether the media is informed now or later remains Tice's call. He can be as forthcoming as he wants or adopt Denny Green's bunker mentality if he thinks it will help his team.

At this point, it looks like the Vikings are leaning toward giving Frerotte another start. Offensive Scott Linehan said benching Culpepper to heal for two more weeks was a logical plan of action, but both Culpepper and Frerotte have indicated they expect -- and want -- Daunte to start.

Get your garbage-bag size popcorn and mop-bucket size soda -- surprisingly both listed as "medium" size at the candy counter -- and enjoy the sequel. The show is about to begin ... again.

WEDNESDAY NOTES
* VU has been told to look for Onterrio Smith to see more time in the backfield and perhaps get a full drive or two with just him in the backfield vs. Atlanta. While Smith's time has increased each week, his workload has been part of a platoon in every drive.
* The agent for Byron Chamberlain said Tuesday at least six teams have called to inquire about the recently-released Vikings tight end. Chamberlain is reported to be pretty bitter about the release, a team source told VU.
* The Vikings' seven straight wins is the longest current streak of its kind in the NFL.

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