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    Bulger fallout continues

    Bulger fallout continues
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    09/27/2008

    If quarterback Marc Bulger has decided he no longer can play for Scott Linehan, he has not informed the Rams' coach. So said Linehan on Friday, another tumultuous day at Rams Park.

    "He's never given me any (such) indication," Linehan told reporters. "I know he's disappointed with my decision. He's practiced very well this week, and worked hard, and all those things. If that's his feeling, he's never mentioned that to me. You have to ask him that particular question."

    For the fourth day in a row, Bulger ducked reporters at Rams Park. The two-time Pro Bowler has yet to comment publicly about being benched by Linehan for Sunday's game against Buffalo. (Trent Green starts instead at quarterback.)

    Team sources told the Post-Dispatch on Thursday afternoon that Bulger was so upset over his benching that he no longer wanted to play for Linehan. Steven Jackson strongly implied the same thing Thursday evening on his "Rolling the Dice" radio show. Jackson also criticized Linehan's decision to bench Bulger.

    "I don't think it's far-fetched that if things don't work out (with Green), you've lost Bulger," Jackson said on his radio show. "We've only played three games and it hasn't been pretty at all. But you've just awarded this man a new contract worth ... millions of dollars and you bench him. ...

    "I just don't like it at all. There are more people that can take the blame for this. I don't think it's fair that one person takes the blame. You don't put your head guy, the general, the staple center, and you bench him with no excuse. It's not right."

    When asked Friday if he had discussed Jackson's radio comments with Jackson, Linehan replied: "I haven't talked to him about it, but I will. ... We're in this together and we're trying to find solutions to what has not been a good start to the season with our record."

    Linehan then defended his decision to bench Bulger.

    "To sit here and not make some decisions — which are hard decisions as a head coach — I would not be doing my job," Linehan said. "But I will, at some point here soon, talk to Steven about it. But other than that, I have no comment further."

    As a follow-up, Linehan was asked if he would voice his displeasure to Jackson about Jackson publicly second-guessing the Bulger benching. Linehan wouldn't nibble. "When I talk to Steven, and what I say to Steven, will be between me and Steven," Linehan said.

    Linehan met with reporters much later than scheduled on a bizarre Friday afternoon. By all accounts, he left the field in a huff after practice before reporters were assembled outdoors.

    Linehan is the first coach in "St. Louis" Rams history to permanently close practices to the media. Only the first 20 to 30 minutes are open to the press. After that time period expires, the media is escorted off the field and must wait in the media workroom until summoned for Linehan's post-practice news conference.

    Nearly two hours passed between the end of practice Friday and Linehan's remarks to the press. Depending on who you talked to, the delay was a result of Linehan either 1.) Meeting with president of football operations Jay Zygmunt; 2.) Getting treatment for a shoulder problem; 3.) Yelling at radio officials for Jackson's radio comments; or 4.) Some combination of the above.

    During the locker room interview period Friday at Rams Park, Jackson declined to speak to reporters. Bulger was nowhere to be found. Some Rams players were unaware of Jackson's radio comments.

    Wide receiver Torry Holt said he was beyond surprised at Bulger's benching. "You know I was shocked, man," Holt said. "I was really shocked. First and foremost, I went up to Marc immediately and apologized to him as a receiver. And (apologized) for our receiving group, and for our offense — for not making enough plays to give him an opportunity to stay on the football field with us as we move forward in the fourth week."

    Jackson also said on the radio that he wasn't the only player in the locker room who thought benching Bulger was the wrong decision.

    When asked if he felt that way about Bulger's benching, Holt said, "I'll keep those thoughts to myself, and just go ahead and move forward with what we've got."

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    Re: Bulger fallout continues

    Holt's quote pretty much says that he is upset, just not publicly going to say that he is.

    You can tell most of the team is upset, yet Linehan is going to stand with his desperation.

    anyone going to the game MUST hold signs indicating that Linehan must be fired.

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    Re: Bulger fallout continues

    What are the cap implications if we trade/cut Bulger? Just for the record...cause if that happens I guess we are no doubt going hard for a QB in the draft/FA ?

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    Re: Bulger fallout continues

    Quote Originally Posted by Bald_81 View Post
    What are the cap implications if we trade/cut Bulger? Just for the record...cause if that happens I guess we are no doubt going hard for a QB in the draft/FA ?
    It would be quite a bit...

    If we're going to cut anyone while taking a major hit...it should be Bennett.

    If Bulger gets cut...I'm afraid of what will happen to this team.

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    Re: Bulger fallout continues

    I paid to go to the niners game, and I think Red might help me out with some good signs.

    He has to go. Get your Shoulder therapy some time after the reporters are waiting on you *Beam me up Scotty*. Geez, were you running passes, getting tackled? My hubby had shoulder surgery,(We won't go there, as his job is physically tough), is your's Scotty?

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    Re: Bulger fallout continues

    The audio of this infamous radio interview with SJ is now available on:
    Rams Radio Network

    Parts 1 and 4 are the ones about Bulger.

    All of it is well worth a listen,though. Bell seems like a level-headed guy. Marshawn Lynch sounds like he....well...let's just say Briggs' call for a urine test seems warranted. SJ may be a little rash & overly cocky but at least he's lucid.

    I won't comment on the content except to say Bulger is completely innocent in this brouhaha.

    Don't listen to Part 4( where almost all of Jim Thomas' quotes originate) without listening to 1 first. Context and tone are everything.

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    never been bothered by the move to St Louis.

    Except for the media coverage.

    There is some seriously cheesy muckraking going on.

    Get to the source, Ram Nation; you'll feel better. I know I did.
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    Re: Bulger fallout continues

    Quote Originally Posted by Mooselini View Post
    It would be quite a bit...

    If we're going to cut anyone while taking a major hit...it should be Bennett.

    If Bulger gets cut...I'm afraid of what will happen to this team.
    The hit wouldn't be too bad. Even so, it would be a 2 year hit versus a 6 year hit. Sweeping Bulger would give us cap room & a freash start.

    I'd rather we start with our FO & HC though. But Bulger has got to go.

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    Re: Bulger fallout continues

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    Ram's fans must be spoiled.

    Check with Detroit, Miami, KC, or half the teams in the league to find out how hard it is to get a good QB. Wasn't Bulger the MVP of the PRO-BOWL a couple years ago?

    I do think Bulger has taken more hits than any QB can without very negative effects - that happens when such a beating is regularly applied. But, if you guys think the Rams are going to dial up a good NFL starting QB while fixing all the holes on this team, you're way, way off-base.


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    Re: Bulger fallout continues

    I need to check my friends list. Sigh of relief, you are not one of them.
    Quote Originally Posted by skelley View Post
    The hit wouldn't be too bad. Even so, it would be a 2 year hit versus a 6 year hit. Sweeping Bulger would give us cap room & a freash start.

    I'd rather we start with our FO & HC though. But Bulger has got to go.
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