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    Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Bulger not ready to discuss future
    BY JIM THOMAS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    11/28/2009

    "Sure," Marc Bulger said, when asked if he'd like to be back with the Rams next season.

    But that's as far as he cared to discuss that topic Friday, in his first comments since suffering a fractured shin bone in his left leg against Arizona.

    "I don't even want to talk about that," Bulger said. "We're going to have plenty of time in the offseason to make those decisions around here. But we've got a quarter — or a third — of the season to go, and I don't want to be a distraction in any way that way."

    The original prognosis was that Bulger would be sidelined for three to six weeks with the injury, which will not require surgery. With only six games to play, including Sunday's contest with Seattle at the Edward Jones Dome, there's no guarantee that Bulger will be healthy enough to play again in 2009. And that in turn prompted speculation that he may have taken his last snap at quarterback as a St. Louis Ram.
    "There's been a lot of numbers thrown out there on how long it's going to be (before the injury heals)," Bulger said. "It's been five days, I think, since I've done it. Only time will tell how long it's going to be."

    Bulger said it might be another week or so before he has a better idea if he'll be able to play in '09.

    "I'm just going to keep rehabbing — getting bone stem (treatment) and ice," Bulger said. "There's really not much you can do for it. But I'd love to come back and play a couple games."

    Bulger hobbled into the locker room on one crutch Friday afternoon to meet with reporters. He hasn't been out on the practice field all week because the Rams' medical staff wants him off his feet for a while.

    "I think the doctor said the first 10 days is important to keep any weight off of it, since it is a weight-bearing bone, to help the healing process," Bulger said.

    But Bulger made every meeting this week and will continue to do so throughout the rehab and healing process.

    "I'll still be in all the meetings, doing whatever I can to help Kyle (Boller)," Bulger said. "But he's been there, done that, so it's more I think to help Keith (Null) along. Hopefully, we don't have to use (Null), but I'll try to get him a little bit more ready."

    Bulger may have originally suffered the injury two Sundays ago against New Orleans. He remembers coming out of that game with some soreness in the left knee area, but no real swelling.

    "It wasn't anything visible," Bulger said. "We checked it out. You have sore knees every week, and I think when you check knees that's all you're looking for is ligaments. I never even thought in a million years that it could possibly be a bone."

    Even if the initial injury did occur against the Saints, Bulger thinks he must have aggravated it against Arizona last week because he experienced a lot more soreness on Monday.

    He had so much going on injury-wise during the Arizona game that his shin bone didn't seem to be an issue. His groin area was sore, he was experiencing a foot problem, and late in the game he might have suffered a concussion on a hard sack by Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett.

    "It was kind of a bunch of things after the game," Bulger said. "We knew Monday morning I was going to get an MRI on my groin, which we did. Then during the day Monday I started to realize that my knee was sore. It was sore the week before, but it got really sore on Monday."

    So an additional MRI exam took place later that day on the knee area, strictly as a precautionary measure.

    "That's when we found out about the leg," Bulger said.

    So it's quite possible, then, that Bulger has been playing with a fractured bone in his knee since some time during the New Orleans game Nov. 15.

    "I hate to play the guessing game," Bulger said. "You play long enough in the NFL, I think everyone's played with broken bones at some point or another, and they just don't know it. If you're not willing to play with any kind of pain, then there's guys behind you ready to take your job."

    Since he is supposed to stay off his feet, Bulger isn't sure if he will be on the sidelines Sunday against the Seahawks. He may watch the game up in the coaches' booth.

    "But I'll be there in some capacity," he said.


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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    I think this makes me like Bulger a little more. I never disliked him, just never was a fan in the true sense. I have a hard time trusting him to get the job done under pressure.

    Whatever comes of this injury Marc should be remembered as one of the Rams' better QB's historically similar to Jim (phantom sack) Everett. Maybe he simply had the misfortune of following Kurt Warner and not leading the team to his own Superbowl.

    NFL football is a man's game, as once more reinforced by the preceding article.
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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Bulger has always came off as being a nice, well rounded, down to earth guy ...

    If not for his destruction by the media and fans of St. Louis, I have no doubt he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay here next year and keep fighting ...

    However, maybe he should demand a pay raise to continue to stick around and put up with that crap ...

    If he leaves, I sure as hell will not be looking forward to playing him. He's still got something in the tank in my opinion ...

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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
    Bulger has always came off as being a nice, well rounded, down to earth guy ...

    If not for his destruction by the media and fans of St. Louis, I have no doubt he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay here next year and keep fighting ...

    However, maybe he should demand a pay raise to continue to stick around and put up with that crap ...

    If he leaves, I sure as hell will not be looking forward to playing him. He's still got something in the tank in my opinion ...

    I have always liked Bulger the person. And I have liked him as a player for a good portion of his career. But I disagree with the notion he's been "destroyed by the fans and media". While the QB tends to take too much of the blame if things go wrong, much of the criticism over the past couple of seasons has been justified. St. Louis is hardly a tough place to play if you are a pro athlete as far as media and fan scrutiny are concerned. Marc Bulger is a big boy, and I'm sure he's hardly emotionally scarred over "unfair treatment".

    If Marc Bulger is given the opportunity to start for the Rams next year- an offer that is a 50-50 proposition at best- he'll be back, but I'd doubt he'd take a significant pay cut for the privilege. This is a business, and few players would do such a thing. When the dust has settled, he'll do what he feels is in his own best interests.

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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
    Bulger has always came off as being a nice, well rounded, down to earth guy ...

    If not for his destruction by the media and fans of St. Louis, I have no doubt he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay here next year and keep fighting ...

    However, maybe he should demand a pay raise to continue to stick around and put up with that crap ...

    If he leaves, I sure as hell will not be looking forward to playing him. He's still got something in the tank in my opinion ...
    I agree he has some in the tank, but mostly fumes. And for the "crap" he gets, I would take it for 65 million.

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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    I hope he stays here. Even if its for a back up role. We are going to regret it if he goes to a team who has talent around the QB spot.

    He's been an influence of mine, not on the field, but off the field. I always try to be as polite and caring as he is. One of my favorite Rams.

    Hopes he recovers well.
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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Adios.

    When one door closes......
    I'm the guy that walks up after the argument's started.

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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Quote Originally Posted by live4ramin View Post
    Adios.

    When one door closes......

    I think Marc deserves better than that, don't you really?

    I am not a major supporter of Marc, but I do recognize there aren't many who would have fared much better given the conditions he has had to work under.

    Marc has taken a lot of abuse and shown he had the tools to ge the job done, I just am of the school that he doesn't seem to use them consistently and the shorter the field is the more they diminish.

    Marc, of course, did better right after Kurt left. Then players went in search of fatter checks and the Rams were left to fill the voids with lesser talents. Marc's win/loss record diminished accordingly, as would any QB.

    All-in-all he has been quite servicible and at least deserves some thanks for putting up with.

    The next QB might, after all, make you wish you had Marc back.
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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Quote Originally Posted by ramsanddodgers View Post
    I think Marc deserves better than that, don't you really?

    I am not a major supporter of Marc, but I do recognize there aren't many who would have fared much better given the conditions he has had to work under.

    Marc has taken a lot of abuse and shown he had the tools to ge the job done, I just am of the school that he doesn't seem to use them consistently and the shorter the field is the more they diminish.

    Marc, of course, did better right after Kurt left. Then players went in search of fatter checks and the Rams were left to fill the voids with lesser talents. Marc's win/loss record diminished accordingly, as would any QB.

    All-in-all he has been quite servicible and at least deserves some thanks for putting up with.

    The next QB might, after all, make you wish you had Marc back.
    Yea, like he said, and perfectly so ...

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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Why are you people so insecure? Any quarterback can play as badly as bulger. Lets not waste any more time watching the agony of bulgers demise.

    We don't yet know his name, but someone will step up and lead Spagnolo's ship.

    The rebirth of rams nation begins sooner.
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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Marc Bulger needs to retire from the NFL as a way to make up to the Rams for being a 65 million dollar bust. At least he would save us the money we owe him the next few years, rather than having us cut him and owe him whatever millions we would owe him.

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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    live4ramin and renwaruk, I understand where you are coming from on this, I just think Bulger deserves a bit more than a kick in the butt.

    I am not insecure and I don't think Mark has been a complete bust. I am agreed that in this what-have-you-done-for-me-NFL Mark has not accomplished enough to make him worth keeping at his current pay scale but who do we have that can do any better at any pay scale?

    If Marc will agree to restructure his contract he might be a good mentor to the up-and-comer, or the next wunderkind might spark Marc to find his old self (is anyone watching the Lienert/Warner thing in Phoenix?).

    But then look at the receiving corps Warner is benefiting from. Does the QB make the receiver or vice-versa?

    Regardless it all starts with those guys who get the least pay/glory, the Offensive Line, and a defense who can keep the game close enough for the offense to win it.

    While not milquetoast, I do tend to be less alarmist than many.
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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Looking at the more successeful QBs around the NFL:

    Breeze (Saints)
    Brady (Pats)
    Manning (Colts)
    ...what do they have that Bulger doesn't besides an Offensive line and Reciever depth? Of the formentioned QBs how often you you see them on their back?

    Put either of these 3 behind the Ram's line and little would it matter. A good Qb with a strong O-line looks like a great QB. Bulger has the skills to be a QB...anyone want to trade him for Delhome?

    The only real issue with Bulger's future with the Rams is A: Salary cap and B: can he survive behind center with the line the Rams have.

    If the Rams can't shore up the line, then the organization needs to cut Bulger loose because of his $65m contract. Does little good to pay that kinda $$$ for someone sitting on the sideline injured most of the season.

    There is a warning in all this. Once upon a time many of us said "stick a fork in Warner, he's done". Well last I looked his new team made it to the Super Bowl...was responsible for benching the FUTURE of that team with his ablility...and of late has his team tops of the division. Would be rather ironic if Bulger left and history repeats itself
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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    Quote Originally Posted by live4ramin View Post
    Why are you people so insecure? Any quarterback can play as badly as bulger. Lets not waste any more time watching the agony of bulgers demise.

    We don't yet know his name, but someone will step up and lead Spagnolo's ship.

    The rebirth of rams nation begins sooner.
    And many can play worse. I have yet to see a top college prospect that I feel would lead this team back to .500 at QB.

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    Re: Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future

    I believe that this team, such that it is, won't get better until we hit bottom.

    It sounds harsh, but bulger is the bad apple in the bottom of the barrell that is the St. Louis Rams.

    Management dearly wanted to avoid chaos by addressing these other needs first while bulger hung on to the tiller. They lost the gamble on bulgers durability, but here we are. That's why the F.O.B.'s hang on. They don't think so much that "bulger's a warrior", get real! bulgers the last remnants of the good old days. The cozy comfort of winning.

    Had bulger not been injured we would still be having these arguments, we would still be in chaos, and we would still be faced with replacing him. After last years performance who can honestly say they expected otherwise?

    Lets go on. We'll get over it.
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