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    Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    09.11.2009 11:40 am
    Sept. 11: 5 Minutes on Bulger, Rams
    By Bernie Miklasz


    Marc Bulger on the Spot: The next time I hear one of the Bulger apologists make excuses for him, saying that his poor play over the last two seasons is directly attributable to the number of sacks and hits he takes, Iíll offer a two-word rebuttal: Ben Roethlisberger. Since the start of the 2004 season, Big Ben has been sacked more than any NFL quarterback, 196. Bulger has been sacked 191 times since Ď04. Over the last two seasons, Roethlisberger has been sacked 93 times compared to 75 for Bulger. In terms of sacks per passing attempts, Roethlisberger in 2007-2008 was sacked on 9.1 percent of his setups, compared to 8.1 percent for Bulger. And itís not as if Roethlisberger is the benficiary of a strong running game; as we saw again Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers are surprisingly mediocre on the ground. And Roethlisberger took a pounding but found a way to lead the Steelers to a season-opening win over Tennessee in a brutally tough encounter. After being decked early, Roethlisberger completed 18 of 22 passes in the second half and OT. He didnít go into a shell. So how is it that Roethlisberger can continue to make so many clutch plays after absorbing so much physical punishment? Why is Roethlisberger able to overcome the abuse? I realize that Ben likes to hang onto the ball, and he likes to fight off the rushers, so a percentage of the sacks are on him. But Bulger also holds onto the ball for too long ó for the wrong reasons. Heís got to be more decisive. If you listen to the Friends of Bulger, youíd think heís the only QB in history to get hit in the mouth. Please. I think the Rams will do a better job of protecting Bulger this season. I think Pat Shurmurís version of the West Coast offense will put Bulger into position to get the ball out quckly. I think Steven Jackson and a more physical O-line will give Bulger a running game. Itís time for Bulger to start making plays.

    The Release of Chris Draft: Seems to me that the Rams, who lack depth, could still use a guy who can start at any LB position, back up at any LB position, and do an effective job on the special teams. Draft was also a leader, and a guy who represented the franchise in a classy way with his considerable work in the STL community. Itís strange to cut a starter three days before the regular-season opener. Itís strange to bounce him and bring back a player, Quinton Culberson, who couldnít make your final roster less than a week ago. I think the Rams could have found a better spot to save money and gain salary-cap relief. This was not a football decision. But all of that said, the teamís cap problem is severe. That this team will go into the first game with only 4 WR and 5 healthy LBs tells us all we need to know about the financial turmoil. Cap specialist Kevin Demoff has an excruciating task right now, to work through the huge pile of problems left on his desk by the deposed Jay Zygmunt. Draft was not a long-range player for the Rams; by the time this team starts winning, he wouldnít be a starter. But in the short-term? Yes, Draft would have helped, and anyone who says otherwise isnít being straight. And I do think that the current crew could have tried to deal with Draft sooner. Why wait until 72 hours before kickoff? Why shake up your locker room so close to kickoff? Hereís the most blatant admission I take away from the Draft release: Rams management knows the team wonít be good this season, they realize they are in for a nasty rebuilding job, and if they cannot win in 2009, they might as well save some money and get on with the mission of restoring salary-cap order and position themselves for the future. I donít necessarily like that, but I understand it.

    Yo! Donít Forget Mike Jones: Memories are short. On Thursday night, broadcasters on the NFL Network and NBC repeatedly commented that the 100-yard INT and return for a TD by the Steelersí James Harrison was the greatest defensive play in Super Bowl history. If they said it was the most spectacular or sensational defensive play, Iíd surmise that 100 percent of the public would agree with them. It was an unbelievable play by Harrison, who snuffed an imminent Arizona TD late in the first half. But the most imprortant defensive play in Super Bowl history is still ďThe TackleĒ made by Rams LB Mike Jones on Tennessee WR Kevin Dyson on the final play of Super Bowl 34. If Jones doesnít make that stop, the game goes into OT, and I honestly believe Tennessee would have prevailed over an exhausted Ramsí team. Harrisonís play was tremendous, but there was still another half of football to play in last seasonís Super Bowl. That perfect takedown of Dyson by Mike Jones absolutely saved a Super Bowl championship for the Rams; the timing and the magnitude easily makes it the most important defensive play in Supe history.

    Thanks for reading, and please excuse my typosÖ

    -Bernie


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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    I wonder if he saw that play last night where Big Ben got sacked for a loss of 19 yards. Why? Because he kept trying to scramble instead of throwing it away. Bulger doesn't have much mobility, and I don't think anyone is claiming he does. Bulger's sacks aren't going to be because of him scrambling. (See Michael Vick sack%) If Bernie looks at Bulger's career numbers, then looks at the last two years, then looks at the sack total, do you think he'd come to the same conclusion?

    I don't know how Bulger is going to do this season, and it very well may be a make or break year for him. I do know this though: In 2004, 2005, and 2006, Bulger had one of the best QB ratings. Consistently in the 90's. So if not the sacks/pressure Bernie, please give me a good reason. You can't discredit something without providing a logical alternative.

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    I fell asleep from boredom two sentences into Bernie's post.

    If anyone made it to the end, let me know how it turned out.

    On second thought, don't bother.

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    First off, comparing Bulger to Rothlisburger is like comparing Johnson (titanics' RB) to Jackson. Both are RBs, but they have different builds and styles of running.

    Second, the stealers only won that game because the officials used the most liberal definitions of a rule when it applied to the stealers. On a level playing field, the titanics win that game.

    Third, that "greatest defensive play in Super Bowl history" should have been called back to the 40 yard line for an illegal clip. With the clock running inside one minute, 10 seconds come off the clock. End of the half, and the Cards win the game by three points. The 5duece tackle was a legal action, therefore it is still one of the greatest defensive plays in Super Bowl history.

    Back to Bulger, I agree that he needs to step up his game. If not, he needs to add chandelier to his jersey.

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    Quote Originally Posted by gap View Post
    First off, comparing Bulger to Rothlisburger is like comparing Johnson (titanics' RB) to Jackson. Both are RBs, but they have different builds and styles of running.

    Second, the stealers only won that game because the officials used the most liberal definitions of a rule when it applied to the stealers. On a level playing field, the titanics win that game.

    Third, that "greatest defensive play in Super Bowl history" should have been called back to the 40 yard line for an illegal clip. With the clock running inside one minute, 10 seconds come off the clock. End of the half, and the Cards win the game by three points. The 5duece tackle was a legal action, therefore it is still one of the greatest defensive plays in Super Bowl history.

    Back to Bulger, I agree that he needs to step up his game. If not, he needs to add chandelier to his jersey.

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    Couldn't agree more with the clip no-call in the super bowl, i thought i saw 2 or 3 clips during that play.

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    I made the same observation about Bulger/Roethlisberger on this very board a couple of months ago. You guys can bash Bernie all you want (for reasons real or imagined), but he's right. While Bulger's woes can certainly be traced to a porous offensive line and a losing culture around him, he hasn't shown the kind of leadership or grit expected from a guy who signed a 63 million dollar extension three years ago. No more B.S.- this is a big year for him. He must play like he's expected to play and show us he's the guy who looked like a rising star when he took over for Kurt Warner. This team needs him to produce. If he doesn't, he won't be around next season- and he'll forever go down in my mind as a colossal disappointment in the annals of Rams football- it's as simple as that.

    I'm disappointed in the Draft situation. The timing is extremely poor, and on top of that we're expected to feel good about the re-signing of his replacement, Quentin Culberson; a guy who wasn't good enough to make the team a week ago.

    We are woefully thin at numerous positions and our margin for both injury and error is slim. We must hope we remain healthy at key positions for the duration of the season, or it could get ugly.

    And Mike Jones' play remains the most important and significant defensive play in the history of the Super Bowl- not even questionable.

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    Does Bernie watch football games?! Huh...who knew? I heard he doesn't need info from talking to players or coaches or watching practice to inform his "opinions" so why bother with the games?

    Must have been a free buffet involved.

    In the end, he still just rehashes old ideas or talks completely out the wazoo.

    The Big Ben tank vs Bulger marksman debate is an old one. I watched the game last night as well & saw the pros & cons played out interestingly. BB survived the blitzes because he's a tank but he also threw balls into the ground and didn't see/missed open receivers.

    With the protection Ben got in the second half & those targets, I think Bulger would have carved The Titans up . Whether he would have survived the first is another matter but I'm sure Tomlin would rather have a run game to fix that than rely on his QB's physique.

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    2008 stats from nfl.com

    ben: comp:281 attempts: 469 yards:3301 td's:17 int: 15

    bulger comp: 251 attempts:440 yards:2720 td's:11 int: 13

    yes yes that is an amazing difference in stats right there, i can see why people think ben is miles ahead of bulger

    /sarcasm

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    How about the Steeler's defense. I'm pretty sure that if Bulger lead the Rams to 1 total yard of offense in the first quarter the game would already be over. Ben can do nothing and play terrible the whole game but he gets so many opportunities and eventually the other team's defense gets worn down so he capitalizes. Most of the sacks are Ben's fault anyways because he holds onto the ball too long.

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    The difference between Bulger and most great QBs, is the fact that he needs everything to go right in order to be successful.

    While others can rely on their own abilities to overcome certain situations on the football field, Marc Bulger is almost totally dependent on the players around him.

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortuninerhater View Post
    The difference between Bulger and most great QBs, is the fact that he needs everything to go right in order to be successful.

    While others can rely on their own abilities to overcome certain situations on the football field, Marc Bulger is almost totally dependent on the players around him.
    What a load of crap. Are you telling me Big Ben wasn't reliant on that defense last night? You people talk like Big Ben dominated last night when he actually threw 2 ints and took needless sacks trying to make things happen. I've made this comparison of Bulger and Ben before. If Ben was on the Rams the last two years his stats would b just as bad. Last year his stats were almost as bad on a far better team. This is a team game and all qbs are reliant on the team mates around them. If they didn't rely on their team it would be called golf. Everyone praises Big Ben even when his play is far from superb because the Steelers win games. Yet again he only needed to help drive his team to score a whopping 13 points to win,how many points would Bulger have to put up with how our d played the last few years?
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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    You can compare Big Ben and his sacked totals all you want to Bulger and his supposed lame excuses. Legit? Maybe so, but what I noticed last night that made me think of Bulger was how many times Kerry Collins threw the ball away to avoid a sack or a possible turnover by trying to force the ball somewhere.

    The biggest difference I see between Collins, Big Ben and Bulger. Defense!!!
    The Titans and Steelers have outstanding defenses and obviously they kind of share the same philosophy. The Steelers let Big Ben be Big Ben and don't handcuff him at all knowing that their defense will hold the opposition to minimal points. The Titans tell Collins to protect the ball at all costs knowing how stout their defense is. Knowing that they too can hold the opposition from scoring alot of points.

    Unfortunately Bulger hasn't had that luxury. Being the competitor that he is he has been forced to try and make a play at whatever the cost is. Bulger has taken a beating and I don't think it's fair to compare Bulger to Big Ben. The physical difference is obvious.

    I think it's a mental thing for Bulger. Linehan was complaining that Bulger was taking sacks instead of throwing the ball away. Bulger obviously didn't have any faith in our defense and went against the coaches wishes trying to make a play. Can't say as I really blame him.

    If Spags can get our defense playing at a higher level our offense will be better.


    At least that's what I think.


    GO RAMS!!!

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    Haha, this is like my old thread on this. When you examine the excuses made for Bulger they don't hold up under much scrutiny.

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortuninerhater View Post
    The difference between Bulger and most great QBs, is the fact that he needs everything to go right in order to be successful.

    While others can rely on their own abilities to overcome certain situations on the football field, Marc Bulger is almost totally dependent on the players around him.
    ok lets put big ben back there with no o line and no running backs to block for him and see how reliant he is on other players

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    Re: Bernie: Bulger On The Spot

    Enough already. The Bulger thing has been done to death. One thing and only one thing will eliminate all the bashing and complaining: PLAY GOOD FOOTBALL!!! I don't want to hear about the offensive line, the lack of receivers, the poor alignment of the moon or anything else. Play the position the way most of us thought you were capable of playing the position when you took over for Kurt Warner- end of story.

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