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    The Watercooler: Can Bulger Rediscover His Touch?

    10.14.2009 11:49 am
    Can Bulger rediscover his touch?
    By Roger Hensley


    THE WATERCOOLER

    QUESTION: Given time in the pocket, do you think Marc Bulger is capable of rediscovering the accuracy that marked his play earlier in his career?

    BERNIE MIKLASZ
    When Bulger was at his best, 2006, he was throwing to Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Kevin Curtis. And Steven Jackson was having a career year in the backfield. The last time the Rams won a playoff game, 2004, Bulger not only had Holt, Bruce and Jackson, but Marshall Faulk also contributed 1,000+ yards from scrimmage (rushing and receiving). If the quality around Bulger is above-average, he can be an efficient quarterback. And thereís no doubt his completion percentage would go up. But heís not the type of QB who can elevate a team. He needs the cast around him.

    JIM THOMAS
    Sure. But it pays to have receivers that can consistently gain separation and get open. And that obviously hasnít always been the case this season with a young, unproven receiving corps.

    BILL COATS
    Heís very accurate in practice, when pressure isnít being applied. So, youíd have to assume that he could be accurate on Sundays if protected. It also would help him if the Rams had a more formidable stable of receivers.

    JEFF GORDON
    Accuracy from the pocket will not be a problem for Marc IF the Rams protect him. He will make some nice throws. But will the offensive game plan allow him to attack opponents with those mid-range passes he can hit all day? Also, will his lack of mobility prevent him from succeeding on the roll-out and bootleg passes that Kyle Boller throws so well? Those questions will remain even if the offensive line can build a sturdy pocket for him.

    KATHLEEN NELSON
    Time in the pocket isnít enough to revive the passing game. The Rams need reliable receivers as well as improved pass protection.

    KEVIN WHEELER (Host of ďSports Open LineĒ on KMOX)
    I suppose itís possible but a lot of that accuracy early in his career was the product of having top-shelf receivers. Those guys caught everything they were supposed to and then caught some more just for good measure. More time to see a play develop is always going to help but having proven, Pro Bowl caliber receivers like Holt and Bruce had as much to do with those high completion percentages as the amount of time Bulger had to throw the ball. More time to throw would benefit Bulger, no doubt, but more time and more talent at wide receiver would be the only way to do a true comparison between Bulger now and Bulger back then.


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    Re: The Watercooler: Can Bulger Rediscover His Touch?

    Sounds like the main problem they are acculmulating to is our lack of experience and talent at the receiving position.

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    Re: The Watercooler: Can Bulger Rediscover His Touch?

    I'll second that RockinRam. Protection has been an issue in the first couple of games but seems to be getting better. Marc has always had the touch when he's not on his back or the TEEN squad run the correct routes !

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    Re: The Watercooler: Can Bulger Rediscover His Touch?

    Mach is slowly but surely returning to his first ballot pro bowl/hof status. Sure he hasn't been great last year and even at times in 06. But when healthy, it's awfully hard to argue his eliteness. 7/7 for 76 and a td against a supposed "dominant" Vikings D. He's BAAAAACCCKKK!

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    Re: The Watercooler: Can Bulger Rediscover His Touch?

    DEZ BRYANT out of OKlahoma state anyone?

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    Re: The Watercooler: Can Bulger Rediscover His Touch?

    Quote Originally Posted by MB10HOF View Post
    Mach is slowly but surely returning to his first ballot pro bowl/hof status. Sure he hasn't been great last year and even at times in 06. But when healthy, it's awfully hard to argue his eliteness. 7/7 for 76 and a td against a supposed "dominant" Vikings D. He's BAAAAACCCKKK!
    Lets not get ahead of ourselves, Bulger was playing against the reserves defense, with only 1 starter on the field... Plus I don't think the Vikings cared at that point in time when they were ahead by a large margin...

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    Re: The Watercooler: Can Bulger Rediscover His Touch?

    When you watch guys like Manning, Warner, Rodgers and Favre, they all benefit from receivers who make the routine catches as well as the great catches all day. If Bulger can get help from his young WR's and a little time from the OL, I can see him gaining confidence and looking more like the guy we know can light it up. If not, we're in for more offensive woes and frustration.

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    Re: The Watercooler: Can Bulger Rediscover His Touch?

    These guys all hit it right on the spot. We've been saying the whole time that Bulger needs a good cast around him. I don't think too many of us had stated that he's a god like football player. We all know he's not.

    But if he's got the tools around him, he will play very hard and be very efficient.

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    Re: The Watercooler: Can Bulger Rediscover His Touch?

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post

    BERNIE MIKLASZ
    When Bulger was at his best, 2006
    Bulger's passer rating was higher in 2002, 2004 and 2005. In what way was he "at his best" in 2006? His figures for that season are somewhat skewed by the fact that he played 16 games that year.... for once.

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