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    New low for Rams

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Oct. 22 2007

    SEATTLE It's official. At 0-7, this is the worst start in 70 seasons of
    Cleveland-Los Angeles-St. Louis Rams football.

    And following Sunday's 33-6 loss to Seattle, it's looking more and more as if
    this may the worst Rams team period since the move to St. Louis in 1995.
    Another week, another afternoon of amazing ineptitude for the once mighty St.
    Louis offense. The Greatest Show on Turf has become the Greatest No-Show. ...

    "I'm just as puzzled as you guys are," quarterback Marc Bulger said. "Our fans
    deserve better. We're not putting a good product out there right now. I don't
    know what to say to them."

    For the most part, the Rams couldn't block, couldn't catch and couldn't throw
    against a middle-of-the-pack Seattle defense. Bulger, with two broken ribs and
    a bruised knee, was back in the lineup after being held out of the past two
    games by coach Scott Linehan.

    It's amazing he made it out of Sunday's game in one piece. En route to a
    five-turnover day (three interceptions, two lost fumbles), Bulger was sacked
    seven times and hit on numerous other plays.

    "Obviously, Marc got beat up pretty good today," center Brett Romberg said.

    How could the Rams' offensive line be so outmatched and outperformed?

    Guard Richie Incognito said the day left him in a state of "just disbelief."
    Incognito added: "We felt we matched up pretty well with them, and we felt that
    we could take it to them. Obviously, that was not the case."

    Not even close. Seattle defensive end Darryl Tapp, viewed as a pass-rushing
    disappointment so far this season, tied a franchise record with four sacks.
    Rams blockers acted as if they had never heard a noisy crowd before with five
    false starts at rowdy Qwest Field.

    Things went so well for the Seahawks defense that it had the luxury of
    declining two holding penalties against the Rams taking sacks instead.

    "Right now I'm grateful that God has blessed me to be a Ram, but right now I am
    very embarrassed to be one," said tight end Randy McMichael.

    So much for any motivational value in Linehan's rare post-practice outburst
    last Thursday.

    "I feel like we really let him down, I really do," McMichael said. "Because he
    was speaking from his heart."

    While yet another Sunday afternoon debacle unfolded for the Rams, reports
    swirled that Linehan might be fired during the bye week, which follows the
    team's Oct. 28 contest against Cleveland.

    Rams President John Shaw, the one person in the organization who would know if
    Linehan was on the ropes, emphatically shot down those reports Sunday evening.

    "That's a ridiculous report," Shaw said. "There will be no coaching changes
    during the bye week. No one's happy about 0-7, including our head coach. But
    that's ridiculous."

    As he told the Post-Dispatch earlier this month, Shaw said any evaluations on
    Linehan's performance and status would wait until the end of the season.

    But even with all the injuries, continued offensive paralysis might cause Shaw
    and Rams ownership to think twice about bringing Linehan back in '08.

    The Rams have yet to score an offensive touchdown on the road this season. In
    four away games, they have been outscored by an astounding 114-19.

    They came close to scoring Sunday on two occasions. On first and 10 from the
    Seattle 17 early in the third quarter, Torry Holt dropped what would have been
    a sure touchdown pass from Bulger near the goal line. The Rams trailed 17-3 at
    the time and had to settle for a field goal.

    Trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, Bulger found wide receiver Isaac Bruce
    wide open behind the Seattle secondary for what looked like a sure touchdown.
    With nothing but turf between him and the end zone, Bruce stumbled and fell.
    The play went for 31 yards to the Seattle 16, and the Rams settled for a field
    goal.

    "Isaac did a great job getting it, and he stumbled," Bulger said. "That's kind
    of like our year."

    The Rams have stumbled, and stumbled some more, but can't even seem to stumble
    into the end zone these days.

    "You watch what New England does and how easy it looks on TV," Bulger said. "As
    a quarterback you can get frustrated."

    Those frustrations boiled over on the sideline when Bulger received a brief
    lecture from Linehan about taking a sack in the red zone instead of throwing
    the ball away at the Seattle 4 in the first quarter. In a moment captured on
    television, Bulger rolled his eyes in disgust and walked away from Linehan on
    the sideline. After the game, Bulger shrugged off the exchange.

    "I think every player and coach are going to get into it probably 10 times
    during a game," Bulger said. "Five seconds later, it's just football. ...
    That's the kind of thing that happens when you're 0-7. And it happens when
    you're 10-0."

    Make no mistake, the Rams aren't anywhere close to 10-0.


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    Re: New low for Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Oct. 22 2007

    Those frustrations boiled over on the sideline when Bulger received a brief
    lecture from Linehan about taking a sack in the red zone instead of throwing
    the ball away at the Seattle 4 in the first quarter. In a moment captured on
    television, Bulger rolled his eyes in disgust and walked away from Linehan on
    the sideline. After the game, Bulger shrugged off the exchange.
    I've asked the same question of Bulger. Why does he continue to take sacks? Why doesn't he throw the ball away? I'm glad to read that I'm not the only one. Linehan has the right to question Bulger.

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    Re: New low for Rams

    "Right now I'm grateful that God has blessed me to be a Ram, but right now I am
    very embarrassed to be one," said tight end Randy McMichael.
    I can appreciate this sentiment. I wouldn't be surprised if some of our free agent acquisitions were thinking "this isn't what I signed on for".

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    Re: New low for Rams

    this is why this organization is at this point, Shaw denies reports about firing, he might want to rethink that, something needs to happen now.

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