Frerotte Winning His Miami Camp Battle

Not surprisingly, former Vikings backup quarterback Gus Frerotte appears to have the lead in his training-camp battle with A.J. Feeley in Miami. Frerotte has a good relationship with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who also left Minnesota for the Dolphins in the offseason.

Time is running out for A.J. Feeley to catch Gus Frerotte in the battle to become Miami's starting quarterback.

Frerotte clearly outplayed Feeley for the second consecutive preseason game in last Saturday's 27-17 loss at Jacksonville.

Frerotte completed six of 14 passes for 51 yards and led Miami to its only first-half score, a 30-yard field goal from kicker Olindo Mare midway through the second quarter, before being relieved by Feeley. Feeley failed to help get Miami on the scoreboard in six series, throwing one interception, being called for intentional grounding and having a poor handoff exchange with Lamar Gordon that eventually led to a lost fumble.

"It was one of those things where it wasn't going your way," said Feeley, who completed six of 13 passes for 60 yards. "We were third-and-long a lot. I tried to force it down the field a little bit, end up backfiring on us. We put ourselves in bad situations.

"We just couldn't get much going. You get frustrated a little because we were getting things going at times."

Frerotte built on an 11-of-17 performance in a 27-24 loss to Chicago in Miami's preseason opener by continuing to show a better mastery of the Dolphins offense. Frerotte is playing in the same system used the past two seasons in Minnesota by new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

"I felt comfortable," Frerotte said. "We missed a few big throws. We were close. Jacksonville played the kind of defense that enabled us to get the running game going a little bit. It was nice to see that. It (The preseason) only been three weeks or so and it feels like a year in training camp, but we have to keep learning from each other."

Dolphins coach Nick Saban wasn't critical of Feeley's performance, but he only offered praise for Frerotte in his post-game news conference.

"Gus did a good job in game management and controlling," Saban said. "We moved the ball but we never really got it in the end zone ... We certainly stopped ourselves far too much in terms of how we execute what we do on a consistent basis."

Saban has yet to name a starter for the team's regular-season opener September 11 against Denver, but the play of both quarterbacks in Saturday's preseason game against Pittsburgh could prompt him to publicly make a decision.

Asked whether he felt the starting position already has been decided, Feeley said, "You have to ask (Saban). It's a matter of keep on grinding away, doing your job."


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