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    Bulger or Boller? That's not the issue

    Bulger or Boller? That's not the issue

    Sports Columnist Bernie Miklasz
    [More columns]By Bernie Miklasz
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    09/28/2009

    Rams backup quarterback Kyle Boller actually brought some energy and verve to a dead offense Sunday, performing assorted stunts and making a bunch of plays to shove the Rams in place for two touchdowns and a field goal to cut Green Bay's imposing lead to 23-17 in the third quarter.

    Boller would cool down, of course.

    He is Kyle Boller, after all.

    Indeed, Boller faded down the stretch, and the Rams defense suffered serious burns, and at the end of the day we saw the same old sorry scoreboard: Packers 36, Rams 17.

    Still, unless you're a hotshot prospect signed out of the Dominican Republic by the baseball Cardinals, you could see that Boller kick-started the Rams offense.

    It was impressive while it lasted. Unfortunately for the Rams, it lasted only about a quarter and a half. During this stretch Boller completed nine of 14 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns, scrambled twice for first downs to keep drives alive and got out in front of a running play to throw an aggressive block for Steven Jackson to fire up his teammates.

    And just like that, the Rams flurried for 17 points after scoring only seven in the season's first nine quarters under regular starter Marc Bulger.

    "Once he was out there, the team was moving the football," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "In the end there, when the defense knows what you have to do, it makes it tough on any quarterback. But my gut feeling right now is that he managed the game and had the guys headed in the right direction."

    Poor Bulger had to leave with a shoulder injury, and his status for Sunday's game at San Francisco is uncertain. But even if Bulger is healthy, Boller should start. That's obvious. At least he made some plays. At least he performed CPR on this offense. And if nothing else, Boller's mobility is a plus.

    But the Bulger apologists are already on the attack, immediately dissing Boller as they dutifully stand by their man. Of course, these are the same people who insisted that no QB could function in this Rams offense because the offensive line and receivers are a detriment. MORE BERNIE
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    The QB has no chance, we were told. OK, so why was Boller able to move the offense, finish drives with a punch and put points on the board?

    I can't believe I'm getting worked up about this.

    And that's Rams football for you.

    The franchise has the longest losing streak in the NFL, 13 games. The Rams are 5-30 over the last 35.

    And we're arguing over whether Boller or Bulger should start at quarterback.

    It's absolutely pathetic.

    It's not as if I'm leading a movement for Boller. He's no long-term answer to the Rams' QB position. You can't build a team around Boller. The Baltimore Ravens tried that already. But at least Boller has some zest to his game. He'll run around and get the defense out of position and make something happen. And that's something that the battered Bulger hasn't been able to do for a long time.

    Again, this is a stupid debate. If either one of these guys is the Rams quarterback next season, the Rams won't be any better off than they are now. If you want to join a movement, it should be this: We demand that the Rams install a franchise quarterback for 2010. I'm not saying they have to play the generation-next QB right away in 2010, but you can start prepping him. The Rams won't be able to truly reset and start a new program until they have a quarterback worth building around.

    Enough is enough. The Rams have had the chance to draft three elite young quarterbacks but passed on Jay Cutler in 2006, Matt Ryan in 2008 and Mark Sanchez in 2009. How many more top QB prospects will the Rams ignore to stay the course with Bulger or a stopgap quarterback?

    It makes no sense. And the logic — "Well, they've invested a lot of money in Bulger" — is one of the goofiest things I've heard.

    My gosh, when the late Bill Walsh was coaching San Francisco to three Super Bowl championships, he had Joe Montana at quarterback but traded draft picks to Tampa Bay to acquire Steve Young. The Green Bay Packers had Brett Favre but drafted Aaron Rodgers. And as we saw Sunday at The Ed, this Rodgers can play, no?

    The San Diego Chargers had Drew Brees but didn't blink at the chance to get Philip Rivers. The Philadelphia Eagles have Donovan McNabb but signed Michael Vick. New England had an established and winning quarterback in Drew Bledsoe but went ahead to draft and develop Tom Brady.

    And the Rams are going to keep passing on a chance to add a viable young quarterback simply because Bulger's on the roster? And if Boller plays well, what will it be? "Oh, the Rams shouldn't draft a quarterback. They have Boller. He's pretty young."

    Stop the madness. You can go ahead and draft the next Chris Long. I'll go ahead and draft the next Matt Ryan instead.

    Bulger or Boller?

    Go ahead, you message-board snipers and intellectually challenged talk-show hosts. Have your meaningless little Bulger-Boller debate, and you'll be missing the point.

    You want to make the case for the next Rams quarterback?

    Fine, but he isn't at Rams Park.

    Start watching college football games every Saturday afternoon.

    That's where you'll find him.

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    Re: Bulger or Boller? That's not the issue

    Undoubtedly, this column will fire up those who hate Bernie Miklasz (for reasons real or imagined), but he's right; We need to draft a QB next year. The past three seasons, we had so many other glaring needs that drafting a QB had to wait. Bulger deserved a chance to continue to grow and revert to his form of several years ago. But that ship has sailed.

    Boller is not the answer. He's a stop gap guy at best. He was available for a reason. He gave us a spark yesterday, but also faltered down the stretch. He's not the long term guy.

    All of us want to see these guys be successful. But we also have to face the music. Not all of the QB issues can be blamed on everyone else.

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    Re: Bulger or Boller? That's not the issue

    Bernie is spot on. Our first priority in the draft next year has to be at QB. As for this year, right now, Boller gives the Rams a better chance to win than Bulger. Mobility is the key factor there with the terrible O line the Rams have. If Bulger isn't on the DL for the whiner game he still shouldn't start.

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    Re: Bulger or Boller? That's not the issue

    I totally agree. Although Boller is not our long term solution at QB at least he is led us to TWO TDs. I saw our offense actually moving down the field and scoring.. It was rather exciting to have someone..jump start our poor offense. No more excuses bench bulger.

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    Re: Bulger or Boller? That's not the issue

    Bernie is spot on for once... because it's true, we do need a new face of the franchise, a new quarterback of the future. Just like the Lions this year with Matthew Stafford, we need to draft a QB in the first round this year. And I've said that since before the draft in April. Draft one in 2010, NOT 2009.

    Sure, it seems like Sanchez has "it", but he's also not exactly asked to do a lot for the Jets, and he happened to inherit an offense that had already been installed for everyone but him. I would still pass on him today just like I did in April.

    2010 is the next huge QB class and that is where we need to take our QB of the future. At this point, I don't care who it is. I just hope that the offensive line gets ready to protect him.

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    Re: Bulger or Boller? That's not the issue

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    Draft Colt, and he will come.
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    Re: Bulger or Boller? That's not the issue

    I agree. I am all for getting a new QB in the draft this year.

    But to say Bulger was worse than Boller is retarded. Bulger had three passes attempted. How can we sit here and determine that Bulger would've had a terrible game? Simple answer...WE CAN'T. So no one try to sit here and argue Bulger would've thrown the game away, we simply don't know that.

    But I am all for getting the QB of the future in round one. As of now...I like McCoy.
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    Re: Bulger or Boller? That's not the issue

    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
    Undoubtedly, this column will fire up those who hate Bernie Miklasz (for reasons real or imagined), but he's right; We need to draft a QB next year. The past three seasons, we had so many other glaring needs that drafting a QB had to wait. Bulger deserved a chance to continue to grow and revert to his form of several years ago. But that ship has sailed.

    Boller is not the answer. He's a stop gap guy at best. He was available for a reason. He gave us a spark yesterday, but also faltered down the stretch. He's not the long term guy.

    All of us want to see these guys be successful. But we also have to face the music. Not all of the QB issues can be blamed on everyone else.
    Bulger deserved a chance to continue to grow? He needs to grow right out of the Rams organization. The guy is finished.

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    Re: Bulger or Boller? That's not the issue

    I'll take anyone over Bulger. Hell, bring Tony Banks back.

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