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    Who will start at QB? Don’t ask until Friday

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Dec. 11 2007

    Another week, another muddled quarterback picture for the Rams. Their starter
    Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome could be a) Marc Bulger, b) Gus Frerotte, c)
    Brock Berlin, or d) none of the above.

    OK, if it’s d), then things will truly have reached the level of the absurd in
    this peculiar season. Almost surely, one of the first three will be in the
    lineup against the high-flying Green Bay Packers. Still, that person won’t be
    identified until Friday afternoon, at the earliest.

    “We’ll evaluate our quarterback situation as we go through the week,” coach
    Scott Linehan said. “We won’t know anything until we get through the week of
    practice.”

    Obviously, Bulger would be the choice if he’s fully recovered from the
    concussion he suffered Nov. 25 vs. Seattle. It appeared as if he had reached
    that point last week, but after Bulger practiced Wednesday and Thursday without
    obvious difficulty, his symptoms resurfaced and he was scratched.

    With Frerotte, who started in Bulger’s place Dec. 2 against Atlanta, nursing a
    bum shoulder, the Rams turned to Brock Berlin on Sunday. In his first
    regular-season NFL action, Berlin completed 17 of 28 passes for 153 yards in a
    19-10 loss at rainy Cincinnati.

    Frerotte is slightly improved, Linehan said. More important, offensive
    coordinator Greg Olson said Bulger told him Monday that “he’s feeling better,
    and he said he’s ready to give it a try again on Wednesday. So, we’re
    optimistic about that.”

    After last week’s episode, though, Linehan is firmly in wait-and-see mode.

    “There are no more tests to be done; it’s now about how he feels,” he said. “It’
    s all going to be based on my interaction with him and his interaction with the
    doctor. ... We have to be prepared for having someone else ready.”

    Still stagnant

    For the fifth time, the Rams' offense failed to score a touchdown — Fakhir
    Brown's 36-yard interception return produced their lone TD. The problems ran
    deeper than their untested quarterback, Olson stressed.

    "We had some difficulties, and to say it's all based on that quarterback change
    ... certainly that didn't help," he said. "The fact that (Berlin) was unable to
    get any reps on Wednesday or Thursday didn't help his cause at all. The
    elements, I think, had something to do with the performance and what he was
    able to do.

    "But I don't think Brock Berlin was the total reason why we failed to score."

    Average day

    Should running back Steven Jackson have handled the ball more, considering the
    soggy conditions and Berlin's inexperience? Jackson had 22 touches — 18 carries
    for 91 yards and four catches for 26 — and said afterward that he'd expected a
    greater workload.

    Yet that was about an average day for Jackson, considering that the Rams ran
    only 52 plays, about a dozen fewer than their season average. In his previous
    eight games (he missed four because of injuries), Jackson was involved in 41.5
    percent of the plays; the percentage Sunday was 40.0.

    "I believe in getting the ball to him as many times as we can," Linehan said.
    "Like most competitors he wants the football, and I have no issues with that
    whatsoever."

    Ram-blings

    Secondary coach Willy Robinson was scheduled for surgery today to repair a torn
    tendon in his thigh. Robinson was injured when he slipped and fell leaving the
    locker room for the press box at the start of the second half. ... Defensive
    coordinator Jim Haslett reported that the Rams missed 15 tackles vs. the
    Bengals, or one more than in the previous seven games combined. ... Sunday's
    contest vs. the 11-2 Packers is sold out, as is the final home game of the
    year, Thursday, Dec. 20, against Pittsburgh.


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    Re: Who will start at QB? Don’t ask until Friday

    Secondary coach Willy Robinson was scheduled for surgery today to repair a torn
    tendon in his thigh. Robinson was injured when he slipped and fell leaving the
    locker room for the press box at the start of the second half.
    Even our coaches are going down.

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    Re: Who will start at QB? Don’t ask until Friday

    Mixed feelings about Bulger. I'll be going to my first game at the ED, and would like it to be a LITTLE competitive, but really do hope Marc doesn't push it.

    I still feel Warner was adversly affected by his knocks.
    "the Heart Lies and the Head Plays Tricks with us, but the Eyes See True".

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