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    Bruce leads the NFL in everything but headlines

    BY JEFF GORDON
    Post-Dispatch Online Sports Columnist
    Thursday, Sep. 08 2005

    Jerry Rice retired as an historical NFL figure. He won, a lot. He put up
    numbers that dwarfed all the other all-time greats.

    “In one sentence, he’s what every receiver aims to be,” Rams receiver Isaac
    Bruce said before Wednesday’s practice at Rams Park.

    Will Randy Moss retire as an historical figure? Maybe, if he remains interested
    long enough. Sometimes you wonder if he would rather sit on a NBA bench than
    dominate professional football.

    What about Terrell Owens? Like Moss, he has almost freakish ability. He seems
    more driven than Moss, but he also has a knack for alienating teammates and
    organizations. How long will he last in the NFL with that attitude?

    Overlooked amid all the hoopla of Rice’s retirement, Moss’ relocation to
    Oakland and Owens’ soap opera in Philadelphia is Isaac Bruce. Quietly -– very
    quietly -– he, too, is becoming an historical figure.

    Bruce is now the reigning champ among NFL receivers. He leads all active
    players with 11,753 receiving yards.

    “I do realize that, yes,” Bruce said. “It means a little to me, but Jerry will
    always be No. 1 in my eyes.”

    If he remains healthy this season, he will move well into the all-time top 10
    in receptions and receiving yards and into the top 20 in touchdown receptions.

    Bruce should start clicking off some of those milestones Sunday, when the Rams
    face the overmatched ***** in San Francisco. Could he some day approach Rice’s
    way-out career statistics?

    “I believe I can,” Bruce said.

    That could mean playing at a high level until 2011 or 2012 . . .

    “I said I believe I can,” Bruce said, causing reporters to chuckle. “I didn’t
    say I would.”

    He has matter-of-factly set a goal of playing another six seasons or so. Since
    he hasn’t show any signs of slowing down with age, why should we doubt him?

    “I don’t deal with the (getting) worse part, I deal with getting better,” Bruce
    said, when asked to compare himself to the younger versions. “I always look at
    that aspect.”

    Like Rice, Bruce is fanatical about his preparation. Like Rice, he eschews most
    of the theatrics of the modern Pro Bowl receiver. Like Rice, he is an absolute
    killer on the field -– driven by a competitive zeal nearly off the charts.

    While the Randy Mosses of the league take plays off when their number isn’t
    called, Bruce goes all out as a second or third receiving option and is a
    positively nasty blocker downfield.

    The Rams environment is perfect for him. Coach Mike Martz respects stars who
    respect their station on the team. There is mutual trust, something Bruce didn’
    t really have with Dick Vermeil.

    The “Air Martz” offense is conducive to putting up big numbers. Cohort Torry
    Holt ranks with Moss, Owens and Marvin Harrison as one of the most dangerous
    receivers in the game. Third receiver Kevin Curtis will tear up a lot of nickel
    backs and most safeties.

    Shaun McDonald and Dane Looker will make plays, too. As in 1999 and 2001, the
    Rams have SO many ways to beat defenses. Sitting on any one player or any one
    aspect of the offense is impossible.

    “It adds a lot, because when you put four guys on the field of that caliber, it
    seems strange, but it makes the running game a whole lot easier, so guys are
    more spread out, you have a lot of defensive backs on the field . . . they aren’
    t accustomed to tackling,” Bruce said. “It takes the linebackers off the field
    and puts guys in that just want to cover.”

    Given the NFL’s crackdown on the Patriots-style defensive holding in the
    secondary, Bruce has a chance to bust open on his routes. Quarterback Marc
    Bulger has become one of the game’s most accurate throwers.

    For the near future, anyway, the Rams will have one of the most explosive
    attacks in the game.

    “I think we’ll score a lot of points,” Bruce said. “We’ll run the ball
    extremely well. It’ll give guys on our side a chance to get downfield and make
    bigger and longer plays and put more points on the board. We’ll be close to (’
    99), but that’s hard to match.”

    Another big statistical season and another postseason berth would move Bruce
    into a realm few NFL receivers have ever reached. Odds are, it won’t make many
    headlines though -– not with Moss, Owens and the noisier, Generation Next
    receivers grabbing all the attention on and off the field.



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    Re: Bruce leads the NFL in everything but headlines

    when the Rams
    face the overmatched ***** in San Francisco


    :clanram:
    JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS


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    Re: Bruce leads the NFL in everything but headlines

    I guess there are others that have watched Ramtime's video and seen his pictures LOL LOL

    Sad, sad, sad....Them Rams could have been labled as one of the greats of all time.




    Quote Originally Posted by RamDez
    Given the NFL’s crackdown on the Patriots-style defensive holding in the
    secondary, Bruce has a chance to bust open on his routes. Quarterback Marc
    Bulger has become one of the game’s most accurate throwers.

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    Re: Bruce leads the NFL in everything but headlines

    This years offense should be DINOMITE !!!!
    It seems the Big Mouths of the league, ( or just this generation in general), get all the attention. The quiet lunchpail come to play every play guys go unnoticed. Bruce IS that guy. Bruce needs another RING !!!! The Rams are under most radars so far this year. Her's to them slapping teams in the side of the head and not looking back.
    And my Motto ( Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead - Fight to the Very Finish ). GO RAMS 2005 !!!!!

    Maineram - :mask:

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