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    BERNIE BITS: Rams should not let Bulger play for rest of the season

    By Bernie Miklasz
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    12/08/2007


    It's ridiculous that the Rams waited until Friday before scratching quarterback Marc Bulger from the lineup for Sunday's game in Cincinnati.

    Hasn't Bulger absorbed enough beatings this season? You don't fool around with head injuries. Besides, the Rams are 3-9. They aren't angling for a playoff spot or a winning season. And several months ago they invested $65 million in Bulger in the form of a new contract.

    Why take the risk of jeopardizing his health, career and the team's investment?

    Coach Scott Linehan should have gotten Sunday's starter, the inexperienced Brock Berlin, ready to play this week instead of clinging to Bulger. Now that Bulger has been ruled out, Berlin will be thrown into his first NFL game without the benefit of extensive preparation.


    The Rams brutally mishandled this situation but can avoid additional imprudence by sitting Bulger down for the remainder of the season.

    The Rams can't save 2007, but they can preserve Bulger for 2008. Only three games remain after Sunday. Bulger should clear his head of all post-concussion symptoms and get ready for a fresh start in '08.

    Bulger has been knocked down 43 times in nine games this season. Since the start of the 2002 season, only David Carr, Drew Bledsoe and Daunte Culpepper have been sacked more than Bulger (194). Since the start of the 2003 season, only Carr (186) has been sacked more than Bulger (182).

    Look at that list. Carr, who once held great promise, is a shell of himself after being subjected to so much physical punishment. Bledsoe aged terribly on the job and is out of football. Culpepper suffered a devastating knee injury and is still searching for his previous form.

    You just don't get clobbered as much as Bulger has and remain healthy. That's why Linehan and team management must wise up and avoid exposing Bulger to further damage behind a porous offensive line.


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    Re: BERNIE BITS: Rams should not let Bulger play for rest of the season

    Hey Bernie, what an original thought. His points were echoed almost verbatum in the ESPN news is reporting thread. I guess that's why he gets paid the big bucks.

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    Re: BERNIE BITS: Rams should not let Bulger play for rest of the season

    Regardless, he is correct. They should sit Bulger the remainder of the season. Why risk it? Do we have a shot at the playoffs? No, we don't. And even if we did win the rest of our games, being 7-9, we don't deserve to be in the playoffs. We just simply aren't a playoff talented team. Next year is a different story, and personally if the O-line stayed healthy this year, things could've been a little different but putting that all aside, Bulger should stay out and Berlin should get the starting nod for the remainder of the season.


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    Re: BERNIE BITS: Rams should not let Bulger play for rest of the season

    I agree. IMHO Having a healthy Bulger back next season is more important than starting him in the last few games.

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    Re: BERNIE BITS: Rams should not let Bulger play for rest of the season

    I agree. However, do you really think that Linehan is that smart? I mean, come on, he said his little kid told him to make a gameplan that worked, and then he did. that might have been sarcasm from him (Linehan) but I'd believe it was true too.
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    Re: BERNIE BITS: Rams should not let Bulger play for rest of the season

    Quote Originally Posted by eauclare View Post
    Hey Bernie, what an original thought. His points were echoed almost verbatum in the ESPN news is reporting thread. I guess that's why he gets paid the big bucks.

    Maybe Georgia and Shaw are releasing their "talking points" for the pundits to distribute to the unwashed masses?:x
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    Re: BERNIE BITS: Rams should not let Bulger play for rest of the season

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    They are risking a Franchise QB behind a line that pass-blocks like they are Woozy from too many collisions!

    No Brainer to protect the future of the Franchise when the season was lost a while back.

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    Re: BERNIE BITS: Rams should not let Bulger play for rest of the season

    More melodramatic borrowed guff from Bernie.

    Its simple.

    If Bulger passes his psych tests and gets cleared to play by the medical staff, it gives the player himself the ability to make a decision on whether he feels up to playing or not.

    He got cleared to play, he then felt unwell and has been put on the questionable list. He won't play.

    This is a procedure which will be followed over the next four games. If he's cleared and he wants to, then he'll play. If he's not or doesn't want to, he won't.

    As Bulger himself has said, football is a sport in which you're going to get hit. Whether Manning or Brady, I believe he said. No surprises here, but he's going to get hit next season too. Once the concussions start, they don't stop and whilst playing behind this line is liability for anyone, he'll be hit again next season.

    As someone who did get his bell rung a couple of times playing football and Rugby I'm fully aware of how serious it is and how chances can't be taken, but this isn't about empty 'gestures', its about how the player feels. If he's passed by med staff and he feels good and I don't see any reason to sit him.

    Its going to be a risk for Marc from here on in. If we want him to wholly discount that risk, we should be asking him to retire not just sit four games.

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