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  • FAULK FEARS HE'LL BE PHASED OUT---from the rumor site

    ***Mind you, this is coming from profootballtalk!

    Word out of St. Louis is that Rams running back Marshall Faulks fears that he's the next in line for the Kurt Warner treatment.

    Faulk, whom the Rams acquired in 1999 for a peanut butter sandwich and an old show, became a superstar in St. Louis. But his rise coincided with the out-of-nowhere ascension of Warner -- and with Warner now a fading memory Faulk knows that he's next.

    The fact that the Rams drafted running back Stephen Jackson in round one of the April draft likely has done little to calm Faulk's nerves. But Jackson and Faulk are represented by the same guy, Rocky Arceneaux, and there's a school of thought in some league circles that Arceneaux will structure Jackson's contract to allow Faulk to continue to be the starter -- and get paid well in the process -- for the next year or two.

    Even so, the concept of having only a year or two left is a bitter pill for a guy who, like Warner, believes that his spot atop the depth chart has transformed into a birthright. And with those concerns already creeping into Marshall's mind, it'll be interesting to see whether he rises up and recaptures his past MVP form, or whether he gets tentative as he fears the big hook that found Warner's neck a year ago.

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    Re: FAULK FEARS HE'LL BE PHASED OUT---from the rumor site

    Even so, the concept of having only a year or two left is a bitter pill for a guy who, like Warner, believes that his spot atop the depth chart has transformed into a birthright.
    Well that is just a tad bit uncalled for. I don't think Warner or Faulk have ever considered their positions atop the depth chart as a birthright. Realistically, as a starting RB in the NFL, Faulk does not have that many years left, if for no other reason than age. I think Faulk has said on numerous occasions that he will know when the time has come for him to step aside.
    Curly ~ Horns


    • #3
      Re: FAULK FEARS HE'LL BE PHASED OUT---from the rumor site

      I think that the "article" coming from that site should be read as one would whilst sitting on the lavatory and looking for something to read just before one wipes ones arse.................. and said "article" just happens to be to hand

      Keeping the Rams Nation Talking


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        Re: FAULK FEARS HE'LL BE PHASED OUT---from the rumor site

        Actually, the author of the article was a Monk from the hilltops of the Isle of Celon, blessed with the intuitive power of mind reading.

        Either that, or he knows a "league source."


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          Re: FAULK FEARS HE'LL BE PHASED OUT---from the rumor site

          Originally posted by AvengerRam
          Either that, or he knows a "league source."
          Of course he does. PFT has an army of "league sources" who provide them with incredibly accurate and breaking information. :bored:


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            Re: FAULK FEARS HE'LL BE PHASED OUT---from the rumor site

            This sound like 100% crapola to me. It doesnt jive with anything faulk has said publicly. I dont think that the two situations are the same.

            ramming speed to all

            sign the big man

            general counsel


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              Re: FAULK FEARS HE'LL BE PHASED OUT---from the rumor site

              From all I've ever heard/read Faulk is a team first kind of guy. Does he think he'll be phased out, probably. But he knows that's what happens to backs his age, and also knows it would be stupid for himself and the team to continue to rely on only one back. Having an up and comer on the team, will only prolong his career, and I believe he knows this. Will he still command the elite back pay status, he knows the answer to that too.



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                Re: FAULK FEARS HE'LL BE PHASED OUT---from the rumor site

                Agreed. Crap, crap, crap. The guy could've at least tried a little harder. No fake quotes, no fake sources, and he couldn't even spell Steven Jackson's name correctly. The offseason makes idiots out of people. Or is it that the idiots simply feast in the offseason? I don't know.


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                  Re: FAULK FEARS HE'LL BE PHASED OUT---from the rumor site

                  Howard said that the rams were always interested in a RB in the draft because of Faulks age and previous injuries and that at the combine the Rams were interested in Maurice Clarett Then the rams selected Jackson in the draft, so none of this is surprising.

                  He also thinks that the current Faulk story is centered around the concern that exists that perhaps his knee still isn't totally right. Apparently Faulk has told people he's not sure about the knee

                  Howard thinks that talk of an impending retirement is premature. Rams people believe he will be at camp, but there is always the possibility he will feel it just isn't right. At this time, there's no way of knowing what will happen.

                  It is also certain the addition of Jackson would lead to a lesser role for Faulk
                  Last edited by ramstiles; -07-09-2004, 12:07 AM.


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                    And so, my friends, I fear we find outselves in somewhat familiar territory.

                    A star player who helped the Rams win their only Super Bowl is potentially at a point of decline and it is questionable whether he can ever play at a level close to what we remember from 1999-2001.

                    Behind him is a young, promising player who many feel is ready to step in and take over.

                    If Faulk knee is not healed, and he can't be the feature back, the best thing for the Rams is to let him go and move on. Steven Jackson has the potential to be a feature back as a rookie. Even if he's not and never will be Marshall Faulk, if Marshall can't be either, he shouldn't be played because of nostalgia.

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                    What Faulk wanted was a chance to win. So when he received word on April 15, 1999, that he was being sent to the Rams for a second and fifth round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, Faulk was less than thrilled.

                    “My thoughts when I first came to St. Louis weren’t good,” Faulk said. “I felt like I was in a bad situation and the situation in St. Louis wasn’t any better.”

                    Considering that in his five seasons in the league, the Rams had won 26 games or six less than the Colts in that same time frame. Of course, Indianapolis had gone 3-13 the two previous seasons and appeared headed nowhere.

                    But that didn’t mean Faulk was thrilled with his new home in St. Louis. As Faulk watches his No. 28 jersey raised to the rafters Thursday night, never to be worn by a Ram again, it’s hard not to imagine how he went from unhappy all-star to man of honor.

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                    Marshall Faulk is the greatest professional football player St. Louis has ever employed.

                    This claim is not meant to disparage the football Cardinals, a proud franchise that sent one tremendous player after another to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Larry Wilson, Jackie Smith, Dan Dierdorf and Roger Wehrli stand among the greatest to ever play their sport.

                    It’s a shame they never had a owner who measured up.

                    I don’t want to overlook contemporary Rams stars like Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner -– four other stalwarts from “The Greatest Show on Turf.” At least a couple of those Super Bowl heroes also will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, some day.

                    But Faulk was the Next Level of competition. He was one of the elite talents in NFL history, but that is just the start of his story. We’ve seen a lot of highly gifted football players come and go without making much of an impact.

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                    TOUGHNESS: He took a beating. He played hurt. He willed himself forward despite needing one operation after another to repair his battered knees.

                    Faulk’s career highlight might have come at the end of the difficult 2000 season. With the Rams facing a must-win situation at New Orleans, his hometown, he led the Rams into the playoffs with a remarkable 220-yard, three-TD performance.

                    Plowing into the teeth of the physical Saints defense, Faulk refused to let the Rams lose. He single-handedly kept his team alive.

                    Faulk and his teammates couldn’t repeat that performance against the Saints in the playoffs, but his stand that afternoon was memorable.

                    SMARTS: Faulk knew the “Air Martz” offense as well as Warner did. He knew all the plays. He understood the intent of the plays. He got the philosophy behind them. He studied defenses, too, so he could read them on the field and made adjustments accordingly.

                    His command of this revolutionary scheme allowed him to attack defenses every way possible. He lined up all over the field. He often went in motion. His receiving skills matched his running ability. He blocked blitzing linebackers when needed, too.

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                    'Can we ask you a few questions, Marshall?' someone asked.

                    'Awww, nah,' he whispered, feigning modesty. 'Why do you want to talk to me?'

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                    (March 22, 2007) -- For 12 NFL seasons, all the way up until his retirement from the game became official today, running back Marshall Faulk had all the right moves.

                    We watched feet that moved as if he were dancing with the stars. We watched hands so dependable, it was as if they were drenched with stick-um. We watched plays that no other running back in the game could make.

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                    It was what was under the helmet.

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                    Of all his attributes, this was Faulk's greatest: the centerpiece of the Greatest Show on Turf could beat you with his brawn or his brains.

                    The same brains that made him so effective on the football field made him a great analyst in his rookie season at NFL Network. He saw things other analysts did not. He made comments few others could. Few have ever started their TV careers with as much success as Faulk had over the past year. He was, unquestionably, the TV Rookie of the Year.

                    And now, Faulk has used that same brain to make his latest and last intelligent football decision. Instead of taking another hit, Faulk has dished one out himself. He has informed the Rams, and the football world, that he's retiring.

                    Faulk, who grew up on the streets of New Orleans before going on to star in Indianapolis and St. Louis, is smart enough to recognize that this is the right time to go.

                    One more time, Faulk is scampering away, unable to be brought down.
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