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    Bulger vs. Warner

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Thursday, Oct. 30 2008
    Up next: Noon Sunday vs. Cardinals, KTVI (Ch.2)


    Even though it's been five years now since Kurt Warner last played for the
    Rams, this undoubtedly remains Marc Bulger's least favorite week.

    That's because Warner and the Arizona Cardinals are coming to town to play
    the Rams and the man who replaced him as starting quarterback in 2003.

    With all due respect to Warner, Rams veterans long ago grew weary of answering
    questions about Warner returning to play his old team.

    "You guys ask that question every year," defensive end Leonard Little said. "I
    just treat him like a regular quarterback now. He's a friend of mine. He got us
    a world championship here."

    But ...

    "If my mom was the quarterback, I would tackle her, too," Little said.

    And just imagine how Bulger feels. Replacing a local legend is never easy, and
    a fresh wave of Warner nostalgia seems to have been created with this visit. In
    part, because Warner is playing about as well as he has since he came into the
    NFL. And in part, because Bulger isn't.

    So predictably, Bulger wasn't biting when asked Wednesday if he ever viewed
    games as a matchup of quarterback vs. quarterback.

    "No," Bulger replied.

    Or a rivalry of two quarterbacks going head to head?

    "I don't, no," Bulger said.

    As long as he is playing in St. Louis, or until he wins a Super Bowl or a
    league MVP award, this will be Bulger's burden as a Ram. Such sentiment is
    compounded because Bulger's numbers are down once again from the high standards
    he set in his first five seasons in the NFL, from 2002-06.

    One game shy of the midway point of this season, Bulger's completion percentage
    (58.7) and passer rating (79.4) are on track to be the second-lowest totals of
    his career.

    Although Bulger threw for a season-high 301 yards against a still formidable
    New England defense, his critics were out in full force after the Rams' 23-16
    loss to the Patriots.

    "I'm playing good enough, I think, to win," Bulger said, when asked to evaluate
    his play this season. "We all want to play better. In the fourth quarter we've
    been trailing a lot this year, so you've got to force the issue a little bit.
    But I've been pleased with the way we haven't turned the ball over, and we've
    kept ourselves in games."

    There has been an emphasis on reducing turnovers since Jim Haslett took over as
    head coach for the fired Scott Linehan. Bulger is throwing more balls away when
    under pressure, or when nothing's there. A couple of his high throws in the end
    zone against New England were reflections of that new emphasis.

    Some analysts armchair and otherwise continue to harp on Bulger's
    mechanics. So when asked Wednesday about throwing off his back foot, Bulger
    came as close as he has ever come to snapping at a reporter.

    "I don't feel I do," Bulger said. "So if my coach tells me I'm throwing off my
    back foot, then I stop throwing the way I do. But my mechanics haven't
    switched."

    For the most part things have gone well for Bulger under Haslett. Although his
    numbers weren't great against Washington, he did engineer a game-winning
    comeback in the fourth quarter. A week later, he had his first 100-plus passer
    rating of the season in a romp over Dallas.

    Last Sunday in New England, Bulger was headed for another 100-plus rating until
    the fourth quarter. But after going 12 for 18 for 232 yards and a touchdown
    through three quarters, Bulger was six for 16 for 69 yards and an interception
    in the fourth.

    For his part, Haslett has been sympathetic yet honest in assessing Bulger's
    play.

    "I've said it before, I think Marc's playing OK," Haslett said. "Can he do
    things better? Yeah, obviously. I think everybody on this team could do better.
    But you've got to understand, you've got a young group of rookies (at wide
    receiver), and Torry (Holt) is trying to help those guys out, and Marc's trying
    to help them out.

    "And we've got some young running backs. Our line hasn't been together (intact)
    all year. So it's a combination of everything. He's going to have to just keep
    fighting through it and he'll be fine."

    Route mistakes by rookies Keenan Burton and Donnie Avery helped scuttle
    Bulger's final two passes of the game, including an interception on third and
    15 from the New England 38 with just over a minute to play. But Bulger hasn't
    pointed fingers and has earned the respect of the rookies.

    "One thing I really love about him is that he's not a guy that's going to jump
    down your throat and just tell you how bad you are for (making a mistake),"
    Burton said. "Because he gets a lot of the blame for a lot of things. But
    sometimes it's really not him. It may be me messing up.

    "So I just really appreciate his attitude towards me. I know Donnie also
    appreciates it. Us being rookies, we still make mistakes, and he hasn't yet
    thrown us under the bus or talked crazy to us. He talks it out with us."


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    Re: Bulger vs. Warner

    Even though it's been five years now since Kurt Warner last played for the
    Rams, this undoubtedly remains Marc Bulger's least favorite week.
    So predictably, Bulger wasn't biting when asked Wednesday if he ever viewed
    games as a matchup of quarterback vs. quarterback.

    "No," Bulger replied.

    Or a rivalry of two quarterbacks going head to head?

    "I don't, no," Bulger said.
    Jim Thomas must really be hurting for ideas for articles. He interviews Marc and asks about the Warner thing. Bulger says its no big deal. So the conclusion reached: this is Marc's "least favorite week."

    Why even bother interviewing the players if you are just going to write an article with a premise that is the exact opposite of what the player said? Are you saying Marc is a liar?

    Certain fans and local media types think of this as Bulger vs. Warner. The team, I am quite certain, simply views it as the Rams vs. the team they are chasing in the NFC West.

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    Re: Bulger vs. Warner

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Jim Thomas


    "If my mom was the quarterback, I would tackle her, too," Little said.
    HAH!

    It's great to see a player who knows what's important.

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    Re: Bulger vs. Warner

    That was my favorite line in the article too, BBQ.

    Seems to me it is bored people who want to re-hash the Warner VS Bulger debate if only because they know it will almost always renew a feud.
    RnD

    GO RAMS!!

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