Randy Karraker

THE OL

I wonder if this <ie. McCollum's injury> might have happened in week eight if it would be Setterstrom at LG rather than Steussie. You hate to have multiple inexperienced players up front, especially if they're playing next to each other.

I would think you'll see Setterstrom starting next year. Incognito stays at C. The other G spot will likely be up for grabs again.

IN DEFENSE OF LINEHAN'S OFFENSE

Minnesota had outstanding offensive lines in 03-'04.

The Ram offensive line, even before the injuries, was suspect. Last year, Adam Timmerman allowed more sacks than any guard in football. Richie Incognito was playing his first game in two years vs. Denver, and his first in more than four years at center vs. San Francisco.

Joe Klopfenstein, a pass catcher in college, was playing his first two NFL games.

All of this has conspired to allow less time for Bulger, who naturally is skittish...because the last time he played in the NFL, he got whacked by Adrian Wilson and blew out his AC joint.

In addition, Bulger is being reprogrammed, from a care-free, bombs away, we don't care if you turn it over QB, to a protect the ball and don't screw it up QB.

Toss in that Bruce and Holt were hurt for the final 2+ weeks of training camp/pre-season, and you have the recipe for what appears to be a conservative offense.

Olson, by the way, was the QB coach at Purdue when Drew Brees was there. In those three years, the Boilermakers were a top ten passing team (yards). As QB coach at Idaho, they were the 4th ranked passing team in the country. Here are some Purdue records. The top chart is five of the top ten yardage games in school history. Olson was there 97-2000...

Yards att-comp opponent Date
604 43-35 Minnesota 10/3/98
509 58-40 Michigan State 10/16/99
494 83-55 Wisconsin 10/10/98
455 65-39 Ohio State 10/28/00
437 54-36 Kent State 9/9/00

Season records
Passing Attempts-594 in 1998
Completions-377 in 1998
Passing yards-4,208 in 1998
Passing Touchdowns-43 in 1998

The top three attempts and completions years in Purdue history were 98, 99 and 2000. Two of the top three touchdown pass years were 98 and 2000. The 99 season was fourth in Purdue history.