By Bill Coats
Monday, Oct. 15 2007

BALTIMORE — Just a mile or so from the gravesite of macabre story-teller Edgar
Allan Poe, Rams quarterback Gus Frerotte suffered Sunday though his own tale of

The evil-doers came in the purple-and-black form of the Baltimore Ravens.
Sacked four times and whacked even more often, Frerotte was harried into six
turnovers — five interceptions and a fumble — in a 22-3 loss that dropped the
Rams to 0-6 in a season that Frerotte bitterly termed as "really screwed up."

"I know a lot of stuff will be said about all this and what happened today, and
we've just got to live with it," said Frerotte, subbing for banged-up starter
Marc Bulger for a second successive Sunday. "But it's a tough way to play the
game. It makes you want to throw up."

Frerotte, 36, has appeared in 130 games, with 81 starts, in his 14-year NFL
career. Never had he seen so many of his passes fall into enemy hands. Twice,
he'd been picked off four times (by the New York Giants in 1995 and San Diego
in 2000).

The six turnovers led to 12 Ravens points and eased the task for a proud unit
that came into the game ranked fourth in the league in total defense. "He's a
tough veteran quarterback, and he stayed in there," linebacker Ray Lewis said.
"But we knew we had to get to him, bottom line. And I think we did a great job
of doing that."

Frerotte couldn't disagree. Asked afterward where he was hurting, Frerotte
winced and said, "You name it." Twice he stayed down after big hits, one to the
ribs and another to the jaw. The game ended with wide receiver Marques Hagans,
who caught a team-high five passes but also is the No. 3 quarterback, taking a
snap and a knee.

"You've got to feel for Gus, a guy that works so hard and takes pride in his
job," Hagans said. Added newly acquired wideout Brandon Williams: "You never
want to see a guy down that much, taking that many shots. But that's how the
games goes; sometimes you're up and sometimes you're down."

The Rams still are waiting for "up" to arrive.

"I don't have any answers for anything this year," offensive lineman Andy
McCollum muttered. "I don't know how we can lose so much and play so (bad). ...
It seems like even when we do get rolling, we can't get a break."

What looked like a huge break early in the second quarter wound up as just
another failed opportunity. Baltimore quarterback Kyle Boller coughed up the
ball when sacked by Leonard Little, and fellow defensive end Victor Adeyanju
scooped it up. The Rams, trailing 6-0, had a first down at the Ravens' 11-yard

Three plays later, they'd backed up to the 17. Then Jeff Wilkins was wide left
on a 35-yard field goal try. The reprieved Ravens marched 75 yards on the
ensuing possession for their only touchdown, and then turned it over to the
defense, which, with a 13-point cushion, could tee off at will.

"They put a lot of good pressure on us," Frerotte said. "It was a long day."
Actually, it's been a season of long days for the Rams, who have been outscored
81-13 in three road games.

Yet with 10 contests remaining, the only choice is to plow forward, Frerotte

"When you compete, no matter what happens, no matter if you throw 10
(interceptions), you want to get back out there and prove yourself," he said.
"That's why you just keep picking yourself up off the floor. You've just got to
have a never-say-die attitude, no matter how bad you're hurting."