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    Feeley Out This Week

    Feeley Out This Week
    Sunday, August 22, 2010

    By Nick Wagoner
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    With the relentless pounding of the rain all around him making for wet and wild conditions on the grass field at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Saturday night, Rams quarterback A.J. Feeley couldn’t help but think of days past spent playing in the sandlot with his buddies.

    “You have to look at the situation with the elements and the weather (and enjoy it),” Feeley said. “It was like backyard football. It is what it is. You have to make the most of it and use it to your advantage. There might be a situation this year where we have to play in the same kind of weather and we have been there, done that.”

    Although his stay in the Rams’ 19-17 win against the Browns was brief, Feeley clearly was having a good time on his only series of the night.

    In the aftermath of struggling with the rest of the first team offense in his limited repetitions against the Vikings – he was three of six for 19 yards in two series - Feeley made it clear that he wasn’t pleased with his performance.

    Like any competitor, Feeley spent last week itching to get back on the field and had coach Steve Spagnuolo pushing for he and his teammates to get off to a much quicker start against the Browns.

    Before he even stepped on the field, Feeley was buoyed by the presence of running back Steven Jackson in the backfield. He says it was noticeable how much respect Cleveland’s defense paid to Jackson and it was clear how that could loosen things up for him to find open receivers.

    “It was great,” Feeley said. “Having that guy in the backfield takes a load off. You can definitely see they respect him when he’s back there. Anytime you motion to give him the ball they are going to respect that. As a quarterback, that makes it a little bit easier.”

    With Jackson behind him and a healthy offensive line consisting of the five players the Rams would like to start the season with, Feeley came out firing.

    He hit tight end Billy Bajema for a 16-yard gain on the first offensive play from scrimmage. Four plays later, he stood strong in the pocket as Browns linebacker Chris Gocong came free up the middle and delivered a strike to Danny Amendola for 7 yards and a first down on third-and-2 to extend the drive.

    Feeley came up shaken from the hit and holding his right (throwing) elbow. The injury would put Feeley on the sideline for the rest of the game but not until he finished his initial drive and completed the task of getting off to a fast start.

    “(It was) just one of those things,” Feeley said. “I figured if I gave it a little time the pain would go away. We were lucky enough to get it in the end zone a couple of plays later. The guy came through free in the middle. He took his helmet and hit me in the elbow. It was just one of those deals.”

    Feeley managed to stay on the field, handing off the Jackson on the next play then finding Bajema again for a gain of 10 and a first down.

    Finally, on third-and-goal from Cleveland’s 9, Feeley again stood tall in the pocket and waited for tight end Daniel Fells to come clear. Feeley fired it on the numbers for a touchdown.

    “We talked about last week that we wanted to improve on our performance from last week and obviously last week didn’t go as well as we wanted but to come out here with the weather and get a touchdown and put points on the board is a positive thing to build on,” Feeley said.

    After the touchdown, Feeley went to the locker room where he had X rays on his elbow and thumb which came back negative. He did not return to the game but Spagnuolo said he likely wouldn’t have after putting together that first drive anyway.

    After the game, Feeley acknowledged he’d probably be sore but figured he’d be healthy enough to play against New England on Thursday night. On Monday, Spagnuolo said Feeley would not play against the Patriots on Thursday and rookie Sam Bradford would make his first preseason start.

    Feeley had an MRI on the thumb Sunday night which revealed it was simply a sprain. Feeley will sit the rest of the week and could potentially return to practice on Saturday but the Rams will be cautious with him.

    With all of that going on, Feeley still found a way to finish the drive despite the pain.

    "When you are in the heat of the battle, as a quarterback and a player you never want to come off the field so I wanted to finish that thing," Feeley said. "I talked about the week before how we wanted to get better from the week prior and in order to stay in the game, that's what I had to do to accomplish it."

    Feeley’s value to the Rams offense is somewhat of a liquid situation right now as the Rams have split his repetitions with rookie Sam Bradford for the better part of the past two weeks.

    Spagnuolo has made it clear that Feeley and Bradford are still competing for the starting job on opening day but he also has been rewarded for signing and sticking with Feeley on a number of intangible levels.

    “(It’s) Pretty well documented,” Spagnuolo said. “We’ve been talking about it a lot. It’s…we’re glad we have A.J. He’s got a command of the system and he’s got a command of the huddle. He’s been in the league a while. He’s played in games, so I think Sam is picking his brain and I think that’s helpful.”

    Perhaps more than anything Feeley has done or will do on the field is that value to Bradford as he tries to acclimate to the NFL game.

    Feeley is in his 11th year in the league and has spent the bulk of that time in the same offense coordinator Pat Shurmur runs in St. Louis. That extensive knowledge and comfort in the system could easily have Feeley holding back with Bradford in hopes of maintaining the top job.

    But Feeley has never thought of it like that and embraced his role – and Bradford – from day one.

    “Oh, it’s been awesome,” Bradford said. “He’s been great. I don’t think I could ask for anything more from him. Just the fact that he’s been in this offense for a long time, he has experience in this offense. Any time I have questions I go to him. He’s usually experienced what I’m going through or knows what I’m asking him about. He’s really able to give me a great answer.”

    Taking it a step further, the guy who will work closest with both quarterbacks, has had an up close look at the interaction between the two quarterbacks. Center Jason Brown says he has been nothing but impressed with Feeley’s work with Bradford and his willingness to share all that he knows.

    “Hats off to A.J. for pulling him under his wing,” Brown said. “A lot of people discount veteran leadership, discount having a savvy veteran in the locker room. There’s a strategy behind that and A.J. is the type of guy that he will share everything with you that he knows and of course he knows a lot and A.J. is making sure right now that Sam knows everything that he knows and he is constantly pouring and feeding knowledge into him on a constant basis. With Sam, A.J. is…you can’t put a price on that.”


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    Re: Feeley Out This Week

    There is nothing worse than having your newly acquired free agent QB injured in preseason, thereby forcing the team to rally around an unproven QB to play good football.

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    Re: Feeley Out This Week

    We will rally around Sam Bradford, and we will play good football...

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    Re: Feeley Out This Week

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    There is nothing worse than having your newly acquired free agent QB injured in preseason, thereby forcing the team to rally around an unproven QB to play good football.
    Agreed. I can't imagine a scenario where that would work out well for us. The silver lining is that Bradford won't see AJ completing any more passes to tight ends for a game or two. I really don't need to see Sam picking up bad habits like that; it's just not Rams football.

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    Re: Feeley Out This Week

    Gotta love the first two posts.

    It'll be interesting to see Bradford get to start and work with Jackson and the entire first team. Should be a good barometer as well.

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    Re: Feeley Out This Week

    The good ole days...

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    Re: Feeley Out This Week

    Hopefully SAM "Kurt Warner" BRADFORD steps it up. It won't be easy at Gillette Stadium!

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    Re: Feeley Out This Week

    Quote Originally Posted by Fliptalianstallion View Post
    We will rally around Sam Bradford, and we will play good football...
    Ahh, what a classic!

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    Re: Feeley Out This Week

    This is a blessing in disguise. Bradford needs time with the #1 unit.

    Show us what you got Sam!
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    Devaney, if you care about this team... fire the offensive coordinator!!!!

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