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    Bulger says don't panic ...

    Don't panic yet, Bulger says
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Sunday, Aug. 26 2007

    As Marc Bulger sees it, you only get a couple of "panic buttons" per season.
    And now is not the time to reach for one.

    Not that Bulger is happy with what transpired in Oakland. In six series Friday
    night at McAfee Coliseum, Bulger and the first-team offense managed only one
    field goal.

    "We wanted to get touchdowns; we didn't do it," Bulger said. "We did some good
    things, a lot of bad things."

    The same could be said about the entire exhibition season. In 11 series this
    preseason, Bulger and the starting offense have managed 20 first downs and 302
    yards, and scored only three points.

    That's similar to the 2006 exhibition season, when Bulger and the starting
    offense also were together for 11 series. They managed 15 first downs, 272
    yards, and scored nine points on three field goals last summer.

    The Boys of Summer in 2006 also committed two turnovers and had three
    3-and-outs.

    The 2007 version has committed three turnovers and had three 3-and-outs.

    Unless coach Scott Linehan reverses form from a year ago, Bulger and most of
    the first-teamers won't be seen again until the Sept. 9 regular-season opener
    against Carolina. Kansas City comes to town Thursday for the exhibition season
    finale, but last preseason, Linehan rested nine of his 11 offensive starters in
    the exhibition finale against Miami.

    "If we had put up some points as a first unit, I don't think there'd be a
    discussion," wide receiver Torry Holt said. "But since we haven't put up any
    points, there may be a little bit of concern for the fans. I would say (to
    them), we're working well in practice. Hopefully, we're saving up all the
    scoring stuff for the first week."

    Despite the similarities statistically this year compared to last year, the
    offensive struggles differ.

    For one, Steven Jackson has had only two touches this preseason, both on
    receptions. Although he wasn't overworked last preseason, Jackson still had 22
    touches in three 2006 exhibition games. (He was one of the players held out of
    the preseason finale.)

    For another, Holt sat out the Oakland game as he continues to monitor his
    surgically repaired right knee.

    After Friday's 20-10 loss to Oakland, Linehan once again explained his decision
    to sit Jackson this preseason. "I'm managing how much he's playing because he
    plays every down in the season," Linehan said. "As I look at it, my biggest
    question (this preseason) wasn't Steven Jackson. My biggest question is can
    Brian Leonard be the guy that steps in? And I feel very comfortable that he is
    answering that question."

    Again, Leonard didn't know he would see such extensive playing time until the
    game started.

    "Second play, (Linehan) said, 'Get in there,'" Leonard said. "I knew I would be
    in a little bit at fullback, but I didn't think I'd be at running back until
    the second half. I thought Steven was going to be in there."

    For the second week in a row, Jackson was on the field for the first play of
    the game, then trotted to the sidelines, his evening completed. Unlike Leonard,
    Bulger had an inkling that Jackson would be limited to a cameo role again.

    "After the first game, I kind of figured that was going to be the deal," Bulger
    said. "I'm glad. I wish (Jackson) didn't even play one play, because he's our
    guy. We're going to ride him this year."

    As for Holt, he took part in pregame warm-ups Friday but didn't play a down.

    "Last week (in practice), I didn't see the fresh legs that I like to see,"
    Linehan said.

    Holt apparently experienced some swelling in his repaired knee after a hard
    practice early in the week.

    "It's going to be one of those things where he's not going to be able to take
    as many snaps during the week," Linehan said. "He took a lot that day (in
    practice). I just want to get him as fresh as I can for the opener."

    It has been nearly seven months since Holt underwent surgery to repair meniscus
    cartilage in the knee, but it's becoming increasingly evident that he will not
    be 100 percent for Carolina. Holt insists his rehab and recovery are on
    schedule for the knee.

    But he added, "It has its good days; it has its bad days. There's been swelling
    in there that I have to continue to control. There's still some tenderness in
    there. So if I can manage that, I'll be all right."


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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    Good idea by Linehan by not letting Leonard know he was going to get most of the work. Shows what he can do when called on short notice.

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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    Pfft, what does Bulger know.

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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    I am glad that they are holding Jackson out. He doesn't need to play and it sounds like Holt should take the time to baby the leg a little bit. It amazes me what the players do to their bodies in order to play this game.
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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    My main objective in the pre-season is to get out without serious injuries. So far we're succeeding. I don't think we need to worry about the offense right now.

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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece View Post
    My main objective in the pre-season is to get out without serious injuries. So far we're succeeding. I don't think we need to worry about the offense right now.
    My thoughts exactly, if they struggle in the regular season, then let's talk offensive problems. The only thing I want to see is an improved first team D and ZERO injuries.

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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece View Post
    My main objective in the pre-season is to get out without serious injuries. So far we're succeeding. I don't think we need to worry about the offense right now.
    your 100% right about the injuries,but it would be nice if the offense would put it in the end zone once or twice and then as Holt said we wouldn't be talking about it.

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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    The season looms and lets just not panic and like we all say, NO INJURYS! I'm 'bout 3 daze from being stoked outta my gord...GO RAMS!!! come on FOOTBALL!!

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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post
    Don't panic yet, Bulger says
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Sunday, Aug. 26 2007

    As for Holt, he took part in pregame warm-ups Friday but didn't play a down.

    "Last week (in practice), I didn't see the fresh legs that I like to see,"
    Linehan said.

    Holt apparently experienced some swelling in his repaired knee after a hard
    practice early in the week.

    "It's going to be one of those things where he's not going to be able to take
    as many snaps during the week," Linehan said. "He took a lot that day (in
    practice). I just want to get him as fresh as I can for the opener."

    It has been nearly seven months since Holt underwent surgery to repair meniscus
    cartilage in the knee, but it's becoming increasingly evident that he will not
    be 100 percent for Carolina. Holt insists his rehab and recovery are on
    schedule for the knee.

    But he added, "It has its good days; it has its bad days. There's been swelling
    in there that I have to continue to control. There's still some tenderness in
    there. So if I can manage that, I'll be all right."
    What the f???! Is Holt O.K.? After hearing very little details about the operation on Holt's knee and now he is still not 100%, this cannot be good.:\

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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    If Bulger says don't panic, there is certainly a reason for it. He wouldn't come out and just say that if it weren't true, he wouldn't have said anything at all. This article cheered me up a little bit. Holt I think will be fine, he may just need some more time to rest it, and why risk it in pre-season to mess around with his leg. He'll be fine...


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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    I think Bulger needs to realize that when you sign the type of contract he signed the expectations are going to rise along with his salary and people or fans want instant big time results even though we all know he can't do it alone,so I am a big Bulger fan and will believe what he says,but everyone does have the right to ask whats up with the offense with the way its playing.

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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

    The Boys of Summer in 2006 also committed two turnovers and had three
    3-and-outs.
    I certainly hope that when the 'Boys of Summer' make way for the 'Men of Fall' we once again start to see more positive than disparaging remarks.

    Of course when the "W's" start to add up a lot of minds will be eased......
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    Re: Bulger says don't panic ...

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