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    Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    Backup QB Boller aims to eliminate mistakes
    By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
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    ST. LOUIS (AP)—If Kyle Boller is auditioning for a new deal with the St. Louis Rams, he has yet to impress.

    The backup quarterback is getting extended playing opportunity, perhaps the rest of the season, given that Marc Bulger(notes) is on crutches with a fractured left shin bone. But Boller realizes the game-changing mistakes that have marred his play must be weeded out.

    Boller threw two interceptions last week, including one on a tipped pass that was returned for the go-ahead touchdown in last weekend’s 27-17 loss to the Seahawks, and is responsible for seven turnovers in only 14 quarters. His other pick Sunday was in the end zone, negating a scoring opportunity.

    “I wish a ball would pop 10 feet in the air and hit the guy in stride for a touchdown,” Boller said Wednesday. “That’s the way it goes. You have to protect the ball but I’m still going to go out there and try to make plays.”

    Boller, who landed with a one-year free agent contract after sitting out 2008 with a shoulder injury in Baltimore, isn’t going to change. Despite the mounting mistakes, he said there’s no way he’ll go conservative this weekend at Chicago when he makes his second straight start.

    “I’m not going to play scared, that’s when you do turn the ball over,” he said. “I don’t foresee that being a problem.”

    The Rams (1-10) pretty much have to count on Boller improving, since rookie Keith Null is the only other quarterback on the roster. Coach Steve Spagnuolo doesn’t believe Null, a sixth-round pick, is ready and would just as soon he not play this season.

    “I’m sure if you ask Kyle, certainly the second one, he’d like to have a better throw,” Spagnuolo said of the interceptions by Seattle. “I know Kyle would like to have both of them back.”

    The coach has been able to say that a lot. Four of Boller’s turnovers have been returned for touchdowns, and two came in the red zone.

    Of course, it’s not all the quarterback’s fault. The Rams have been inexperienced at wide receiver all season and the offensive line was minus three starters much of the game against Seattle. Boller was constantly on the run and was sacked four times, so he’s had to work through more than the usual soreness.

    “Sometimes your best throws are when you get hit and you lay on the ground and hopefully they’re applauding when you play at home,” Boller said. “It was a little harder this week, definitely.”

    Center Jason Brown is expected to make his 56th consecutive start, although he grudgingly missed the first practice of his career on Wednesday with a sprained right knee.

    “It’s a humbling experience,” Brown said. “I did not want to miss this practice, not at all, but it’s all about doing the smart thing.”

    Guard Richie Incognito also is expected back after missing four games with a sprained ligament in his right foot. Running back Steven Jackson missed practice Wednesday but could go on Thursday, although he’s likely to again be short of 100 percent.

    Boller can’t worry about that stuff.

    “You just keep fighting, that’s all you can do,” he said. “You try to be optimistic and still make it fun, and work. We’re pros, that’s what we’re supposed to do.”

    The team also said it will wait until tackle Jason Smith (concussion) feels better before administering another baseline test. Spagnuolo said the rookie, who has failed two tests, was still feeling symptoms. Fullback Mike Karney(neck) did not practice and could miss a second straight game.


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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    Boller threw two interceptions last week, including one on a tipped pass that was returned for the go-ahead touchdown in last weekend’s 27-17 loss to the Seahawks, and is responsible for seven turnovers in only 14 quarters.
    Four of Boller’s turnovers have been returned for touchdowns, and two came in the red zone.
    Those are some ominous stats.

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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    The interior line is finally back together a little banged up, but better than last week. All we need is Smith back.

    This is kinda random, but since Barron shutdown Jared Allen and everyone was praising him Barron started playing like a bum. He is the reason Bulger is out. IDK what is with this kid he can't handle the easiest guys, but then he looks like Walter Pace against the toughest guys who he faces less often.

    When Smith comes back start him on left he is the true future there and it wouldn't hurt to see guys who will be in the starting line up next year gain some continuity with Bell, Brown and maybe cogs and goldberg

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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    COGs is Back!!! Can't wait! Way to MAN UP, JB! Please stay healthy! Maybe the Rams patchwork line will have enough to get SJ going against DA BEARS.
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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    I'm actually looking forward to our D-Line against the Bears O-line. The Bears O-line is playing bad and may be one the worst O-lines in the NFL this season.

    If and I think we will get the better of their O-line Mr. Cutler will be either sacked alot or throw alot of picks. Hopefully both.


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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    Reporter: "So, Kyle... what's your plan with respect to interceptions?"

    Boller: "I'm going to try not to throw so many."

    Reporter: "Good plan!"

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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Reporter: "So, Kyle... what's your plan with respect to interceptions?"

    Boller: "I'm going to try not to throw so many."

    Reporter: "Good plan!"
    Occam's razor, the simplest answer is always the best I guess.
    Any way i hope Boller can get it together so we can get a few more wins.

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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    Our Dline vs their Oline will be a fun battle to watch. I hope Chris Long gets to meet Jay Cutler a few times.

    That said, Boller can't be screwing up this game. His stats are TERRIBLE and he needs to fix that crap.
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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    Boller's new wrist band:


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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    I personally would love to see MB10 step up and help out Boller. Marc knows he's got a new deal coming so why not be the nice guy and help Boller get one too (not here).

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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Boller's new wrist band:

    LMAo that made me laugh for a bit thanks for that!!!

    For the reals tho I'd like to see them give Null a chance, he looked pretty good in preseasona nd yes i know it's preseason but still you never know... look at our warner

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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    At least he is trying which I doubt will happen. Bulger hasn't attempt eliminate his mistakes over the past 3 or 4 years.

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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    Quote Originally Posted by widder View Post
    At least he is trying which I doubt will happen. Bulger hasn't attempt eliminate his mistakes over the past 3 or 4 years.
    ageed and my biggest problem I have with Bulger is it seems like either his non chalant attitude about it or even arrogant and doesn't care he makes mistakes...

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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Boller's new wrist band:

    LOL Av you are on fire in this thread

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    Re: Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRammer View Post
    ageed and my biggest problem I have with Bulger is it seems like either his non chalant attitude about it or even arrogant and doesn't care he makes mistakes...
    This seems to be a common theme amongst QBs. I don't think it is that they don't care rather it comes with the job. Get angry, get over it and move on to the next opportunity. This may come off as arrogance, to some it may be a measure of confidence in their own abilities.

    Was it a poor decision by the QB? Wrong routes being run by the receiver? The defense forcing the route to be broke off or the QB forced into an early throw.

    Tough to know unless someone fesses up.
    Last edited by ramsanddodgers; -12-06-2009 at 03:22 AM. Reason: needed to elimnate some of my superfluous ramblings...
    RnD

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