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    Linehan all smiles now that Bulger's on board

    By Jeff Gordon
    STLTODAY.COM SPORTS COLUMNIST
    Friday, Jul. 27 2007

    For the moment, anyway, all is well in Scott Linehan’s world.

    Quarterback Marc Bulger was on the field with his teammates Friday morning for
    the opening session of training camp. He had just signed off on a six-year
    contract extension worth a reported $65 million, with $27 million of that
    guaranteed.

    “He’s our quarterback of the future,” Linehan said. “We’re very, very happy
    about that.”

    First-round draft pick Adam Carriker didn’t make it on the field Friday
    morning, but he agreed to a five-year contract. He will get to work at nose
    tackle for the first time during the evening practice.

    “I’m excited,” Linehan said. “Now we can move on to what we need to do for
    training camp. Now we can move on to do bigger and better things.”

    Had contract talks stalled, was Bulger prepared to stay home?

    “It would be counter-productive to talk about that now,” Bulger said. “We knew
    three or four weeks ago it was close.”

    In fact, Bulger insisted he became optimistic about getting this new deal back
    in February. Rams president Jay Zygmunt approached agent Tom Condon about
    getting something done.

    “I knew they had a great relationship,” Bulger said. “I knew from that time on,
    it would get done.

    “They have been fair to me since Day One I’ve been here.”

    Bulger missed a team meeting Thursday after all his teammates reported. “It
    wasn’t a holdout,” he reminded reporters. “It was approved.”

    Condon and Bulger met during that time, going over the details of the contract.

    “The whole time, we know it would get done,” Bulger said. “It was a matter of
    logistics. I had a lot to learn because I haven’t been through it before. It
    was like teaching a four- or five-year-old, I had so much to learn.”

    The signings set a happy tone for the first full day of work. The weather was
    unseasonably mild, with overcast skies, a nice breeze and a brief mist to keep
    the players fresh.

    If anybody reported to camp unprepared for the relentless heat, they caught a
    break during this first morning session.

    All in all, Linehan had many reasons to smile. He loved how second-year
    cornerback Tye Hill looked on Day 1. Orlando Pace looked fully healthy,
    although the coaching staff was going a bit slower with him and some of the
    other veterans.

    The only hiccup was an asthma attack suffered by linebacker Chris Draft -– but
    that isn’t considered a serious issue. “It’s something he’s had his whole
    life,” Linehan said.

    As for the second-year coach’s overall impression . . .

    “Night and day,” Linehan said. “I was laughing with a couple of coaches about
    where all of us are at from a year ago at this time. It’s much different.

    “It was very much the same practice format we’ve used and will continue to use.
    It was much more attention to the important things, the details of what they do
    on the field.

    “There are areas we have to improve on. I don’t like to harp on those areas so
    much, but they are going to be big, key areas for us. One area there will be
    lots of attention is third-down conversion, on both sides, both offensively and
    defensively. We’ll work a lot of third-down situations.

    “The obvious thing is being able to stop the run, but we’ve got to run the ball
    better on offense. It’s not like we didn’t emphasize it last year, but we fell
    a little bit short there. Hopefully we can make a lot of improvement there. We
    want to be much ahead of where we were a year ago in all things.

    “A lot was said about the (offseason) moves. A lot could be said about the
    adjustments we’re making as far as what we’re going to do schematically against
    the run, too.”

    As for the Bulger signing -– and the absence of a holdout -- Linehan said: “The
    team, I don’t think anybody doubted for a minute that he would be here. Marc
    wants to help this team win a championship. He knows to do that, he has to be
    out here.”


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    Re: Linehan all smiles now that Bulger's on board

    it's nice to see that everyone is all smiles hopefully all of us will be smiling after the Super Bowl.

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    Re: Linehan all smiles now that Bulger's on board

    Hey, I'm 'all smiles' too!

    Had contract talks stalled, was Bulger prepared to stay home?

    It would be counter-productive to talk about that now,” Bulger said. “We knew
    three or four weeks ago it was close.”

    In fact, Bulger insisted he became optimistic about getting this new deal back
    in February. Rams president Jay Zygmunt approached agent Tom Condon about
    getting something done.

    “I knew they had a great relationship,” Bulger said. “I knew from that time on,
    it would get done.

    They have been fair to me since Day One I’ve been here.”

    LET'S GO FOR IT!!! :bash:

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    Re: Linehan all smiles now that Bulger's on board

    Classy is the word. Marc Bulger is an ordinary fellow. He is quiet and he is not a spotlight guy. He just produces. Just like Holt and Bruce. The Rams knew that there was knowone else out there with the consistency of a veteran quarterback. Bulger is the trivia question that follows after , who replaced Kurt Warner?.
    Culpepper is not even a conversation. Fitz is not ready and he will be good when the time arrives. Frerotte is a good backup. I think overall the QB situation is good and solid.
    So great job to the organization and to the not rebuilt process yet in the Rams. The Rams know that a new coach needs durability and veteran leadership to succeed.
    Coach Linehan can now set the wheels in motion for a NFC championship run.
    Great day for all Rams fans.

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    Re: Linehan all smiles now that Bulger's on board

    Nice commentary / post, TFG. We are fortunate to have a Pro like MB for several more years.

    BTW, I think our backup QB Fitz has a great mentor to learn from, both from a football perspective as well as from a personal one.

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    Re: Linehan all smiles now that Bulger's on board

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Jeff Gordon
    STLTODAY.COM SPORTS COLUMNIST
    Friday, Jul. 27 2007

    As for the second-year coach’s overall impression . . .

    “Night and day,” Linehan said. “I was laughing with a couple of coaches about
    where all of us are at from a year ago at this time. It’s much different.

    “There are areas we have to improve on. I don’t like to harp on those areas so
    much, but they are going to be big, key areas for us. One area there will be
    lots of attention is third-down conversion, on both sides, both offensively and
    defensively. We’ll work a lot of third-down situations.

    “The obvious thing is being able to stop the run, but we’ve got to run the ball
    better on offense. It’s not like we didn’t emphasize it last year, but we fell
    a little bit short there. Hopefully we can make a lot of improvement there. We
    want to be much ahead of where we were a year ago in all things.

    “A lot was said about the (offseason) moves. A lot could be said about the
    adjustments we’re making as far as what we’re going to do schematically against
    the run, too.”
    He doesn't want to harp on the areas that need improvemnt? I say Harp Harp Harp all you want. Get our team to the next level!

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    Re: Linehan all smiles now that Bulger's on board

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post

    “A lot was said about the (offseason) moves. A lot could be said about the
    adjustments we’re making as far as what we’re going to do schematically against
    the run, too.”
    So what kind of adjustments do you think they are considering to stop the run?

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    Re: Linehan all smiles now that Bulger's on board

    Quote Originally Posted by viper View Post
    So what kind of adjustments do you think they are considering to stop the run?
    Get rid of Kennedy & bring in youth & a great work ethics. O wait we already have. See Carriker

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    Re: Linehan all smiles now that Bulger's on board

    Quote Originally Posted by BIG-BLUE View Post
    Get rid of Kennedy & bring in youth & a great work ethics. O wait we already have. See Carriker
    lol...those were my first thoughts as well. But, as you said we've already done that. Better tackeling would go a long way as well. But, really, are there options scheme wise that can be added or does it just come down to proper execution?

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