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  • Multiple Bernie

    Compiled and Posted By RubberSoul on the PD Board

    Post subject: Bernie Bits

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    BernieM wrote:
    And how exactly did you arrive to the conclusion that Arizona wanted to win the game more?

    One team had 448 yards; the other 260.
    One team had 27 first downs, the other 14.
    One team forced eight punts; the other team forced three.

    Rams turnovers were the reason why the game was close. Steven Jackson fumbled....was it because of a lack of desire? .... Bulger threw an INT; was it because he didn't want to win? Looker got hit and fumbled; was it because he didn't care?

    Did you see the Rams defense? All three times after the Rams offense turned the ball over, they forced Arizona off the field in three plays....after the long kickoff return to the STL 29-yard line, the Rams defense forced AZ to settle for a field goal. In the fourth quarter, protecting a 7-point lead, the Rams defense held three different times and forced punts. Is that not a show of character, heart, whatever you want to call it?

    What about the Rams offensive line? Rams RBs averaged 5.9 yards per carry; no sacks were allowed. Did the Rams' offensive line lay down and play lethargically? If so, back it up.

    Rams LB Pisa Tinoisimoa suffered a dislocated shoulder and had to leave the game...the docs popped it back in place, put the shoulder in a harness, and he returned to play....he was in a tremendous amount of pain. But he played on. CB Jerametrius Butler dislocated a couple of fingers, had them popped back into place, and played the rest of the way....yeah, the Rams really dogged it.

    I'm just looking for some evidence to support the accusation that the Cardinals cared more about winning than the Rams.

    Cheers,
    Bernie




    On spoiled fans:
    BernieM wrote:
    It's really pathetic.

    These fans -- not the loyal and discerning fans who offer constructive and on-point criticism, but the chronic and mindless whiners -- deserve to have a 4-12 team.

    Cheers,
    Bernie




    BernieM wrote:
    Bulger's problem today was his failure to check down to Faulk on three key occasions; two in the red zone; he forced throws instead.

    Cheers,
    Bernie




    On Pace Firing Postons:
    BernieM wrote:
    Pace denied that after the game.

    Too bad.

    I think his life would be less complicated without the Postons.

    Cheers,
    Bernie





    On Pace:
    BernieM wrote:
    Gee, he really stunk it up today, didn't he?

    The Rams averaged only 5.9 yards per rushing attempt and allowed no sacks. One assistant told me that as far as he could tell -- he'll have to check the films -- Pace played close to a perfect game.

    I guess OP missing camp wasn't the end of the world as we know it.

    Cheers,
    Bernie



    BernieM wrote:
    It's so danged hard to win games in this parity-filled league.
    The Rams clearly need to play better from here on out.
    Martz needs to clean up the red zone play calls.
    But I'll take a win in any way, shape or form.

    Cheers,
    Bernie



    BernieM wrote:
    Yeah, that Bulger sucks.

    I hated the way he caused Jackson and Looker to fumble.

    And the way he followed the coach's play call and handed the ball off to Cam Cleeland (HUH?) on an inside reverse.

    That 71-yard kickoff return was Bulger's fault, too. I saw him miss a tackle. I really did. He sucks.

    Cheers,
    Bernie



    BernieM wrote:
    Bulger's rating was a good 89.3.

    He got rid of the ball today to avoid sacks. That's improvement.

    He didn't check down and forced passes. That's the same thing we saw last year.

    When the Rams fell behind 10-9, he went 3-4 for 57 yards and a TD on the next drive. Excellent response.

    His accuracy was good. He made some clutch throws.

    The deep ball for the INT was bad.

    Cheers,
    Bernie



    BernieM wrote:
    I'll take the win.

    Some people would say it's always exciting when your team wins.

    I would say it was exciting to see Marshall Faulk look younger and quicker, and to see Isaac Bruce as classic as he ever was. I'd say it was exciting to see the Rams defense make so many important stops. I'd say it was exciting to see the offensive line play such a strong game, and to see Pace dominate his opponent.

    But that's just me.

    Cheers,
    Bernie

    BernieM wrote:
    OCRich...

    always good to read a post from you.

    you are right about the reads. though I don't fault him on the INT that was called back. If #86 isn't held so brazenly, he's clear. It's an easy completion.

    I left out another plus today: Bulger's poise. He never wavered.

    Cheers,
    B

  • #2
    Re: Multiple Bernie

    Originally posted by Bernie
    These fans -- not the loyal and discerning fans who offer constructive and on-point criticism, but the chronic and mindless whiners -- deserve to have a 4-12 team
    I will never understand how St. Louis can produce both Redbird fans, the greatest fans in all of baseball, and that portion of Ram fans who are disloyal and spoiled (present company excluded, of course).
    Originally posted by Bernie
    Bulger's problem today was his failure to check down to Faulk on three key occasions; two in the red zone; he forced throws instead.
    This has got to stop. He had one pick and very easily could have had 4, not counting the one that got called back. He's accurate, composed & a top-notch QB, but he has to learn stop locking on and find alternate routes.
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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    • #3
      Re: Multiple Bernie

      I thought the same thing, but after the end zone debacle where he tried to force the pass to Manu....he started to look for the guys in the flat. He hit Faulk on two consecutive plays after that, one on a checkdown and one on a screen.

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      • #4
        Re: Multiple Bernie

        if Manu wouldn't have been held it wouldn't have been a forced pass. Manu has his guy clearly beat before the hold. Nothing at all wrong with that pass from Bulger.

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        • #5
          Re: Multiple Bernie

          Originally posted by txramsfan
          I thought the same thing, but after the end zone debacle where he tried to force the pass to Manu....he started to look for the guys in the flat. He hit Faulk on two consecutive plays after that, one on a checkdown and one on a screen.
          Is a screen play really Bulger successfully looking to the flat though? I mean, it's a designed play, so he's supposed to be looking there. Not quite as impressive, IMO, as his going through his progressions and hitting Faulk out there on a regular pass play, or reacting that way to a blitz.



          Originally posted by tanus
          if Manu wouldn't have been held it wouldn't have been a forced pass. Manu has his guy clearly beat before the hold. Nothing at all wrong with that pass from Bulger.
          Agreed, I don't fault him for that play at all. Based on the replay I saw, if Manu isn't held up, he makes that catch. I'd be interested in seeing the game tape of his interception to see if anyone was wide open.

          I remember one specific play where Bulger tried to force the ball to Holt, who was covered in the endzone, instead of dumping it out to Faulk in the flat. Was the blitz coming from Faulk's side? If so, it would have been hard to get the ball to Marshall.

          But I agree that he needs to look more to the flats. I wonder, though, if he's not looking there because it's the last of his reads, or perhaps there's another hot read for blitzes on these type of plays.
          Last edited by Nick; -09-13-2004, 09:26 AM.

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          • #6
            Re: Multiple Bernie

            Originally posted by Nick
            But I agree that he needs to look more to the flats. I wonder, though, if he's not looking there because it's the last of his reads
            If Faulk is Bulger's final read, then my concern goes from play execution to play design.
            The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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            • #7
              Re: Multiple Bernie

              Originally posted by HUbison
              If Faulk is Bulger's final read, then my concern goes from play execution to play design.
              Well, when you've got Holt, Bruce, Curtis/McDonald/Looker, and Faulk on the field, what would you order the reads, in general? Faulk certainly wouldn't be the top of my list. You've gotta look downfield.

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              • #8
                Re: Multiple Bernie

                Lord knows I'm far from Bernie's biggest fan, but I have to say that I agree with a lot of what he said in those posts.


                I guess its true what they say about blind squirrels and acorns.

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                • #9
                  Re: Multiple Bernie

                  Originally posted by NickSeiler
                  Well, when you've got Holt, Bruce, Curtis/McDonald/Looker, and Faulk on the field, what would you order the reads, in general? Faulk certainly wouldn't be the top of my list. You've gotta look downfield.
                  Different situations call for different reads, but in general, I would design Holt, Bruce, Faulk, whatever. If I'm passing on 2nd & short and certainly on 3rd & short, Faulk bumps up to my 1st read if not primary receiver. If it's 3rd and long (assuming he's coming out of the backfield, and not in slot), then yea, I'd push Faulk down the reads.
                  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Multiple Bernie

                    I will never understand how St. Louis can produce both Redbird fans, the greatest fans in all of baseball, and that portion of Ram fans who are disloyal and spoiled (present company excluded, of course).
                    I'd be willing to bet anything that a lot of these fans jumped on the Ram wagon mid way through the 1999 season.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Multiple Bernie

                      Originally posted by HUbison
                      Different situations call for different reads, but in general, I would design Holt, Bruce, Faulk, whatever. If I'm passing on 2nd & short and certainly on 3rd & short, Faulk bumps up to my 1st read if not primary receiver. If it's 3rd and long (assuming he's coming out of the backfield, and not in slot), then yea, I'd push Faulk down the reads.
                      Well, the one play that stands out in my mind where Bulger missed Faulk in the flat was a 3rd and 8 at the Arizona 10-yard line. That's the only time I really remember Savard and Snow commenting on Faulk being wide open in the flat.

                      I'm just not convinced the dump off to Faulk is as high on the progression as it used to be, given our depth at WR and Faulk's in-and-out status because of injury. That said, I think it's important for Bulger to know where Faulk is on the blitz because a dump off in the flat seems like the safest counter.

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                      • RamWraith
                        The Bernie bits
                        by RamWraith
                        BernieM wrote:
                        Pace Haters,

                        I''m covering baseball today and wasn't in Atlanta. I TiVoed the Rams game and will look at it later.

                        Better yet, I'll watch a copy of the coach's film this week at Rams Park and take a look at the O-line play, including Pace.

                        If he played bad, then he played bad. We'll see.

                        But I surely have no intention of trusting the word of Haters. I'll see for myself.

                        Funny how the Haters were so silent after last week's game.They were waiting until it was safe to rip him.

                        Cheers.
                        Bernie

                        BernieM wrote:
                        Actually, I want to thank you guys for brightening my day.

                        Seriously.

                        The Cardinals baseball game was kind of dull. I wasn't in a particularlyy good mood. I was in the press-room area at Busch, watching a little of the Rams game -- literally one series. The Rams O-line was having a rough time of it. Grant Williams and Chris Dishman missed blocks. I didn't see any Pace mistakes -- and I'm not saying he didn't make any; just not during the small part of the game I saw (so far).

                        But I joked with my colleagues....I said, "You wait, all of this will be blamed on Pace. No matter what happens, it'll be Pace's fault. It'll be fun to see it on my forum and e-mails."

                        Sure enough....you guys are too good to be true. Thanks for the smile.

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

                        On Pace:
                        BernieM wrote:
                        Bertrand Berry is a good NFL defensive end.

                        How many sacks did he have last season?

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

                        BernieM wrote:
                        I predicted 8-8, or 9-7 if things went well.

                        I also predicted that they'd lose today -- and in fact, was right on target about how it would happen. I wrote that Vick would have a break-out game.

                        So I'm not sure why some of you are freaking out and acting like this loss today was some sort of unpredictable, unforseen disaster. Especially considering that the Rams defense hasn't stopped a running game for the last nine games, including the playoff loss to Carolina. They're giving up an average of just under 6 yards a carry in that stretch. Until they correct that -- if they can -- there will be some long Sundays.

                        It's the NFL. Green Bay goes to Carolina and whips the NFC Super Bowl team, and then comes home and gets wiped up at Lambeau by the freaking Bears.

                        Detroit is 2-0.

                        Kansas City is 0-2.

                        Denver goes to Jacksonville and scores what, 6 points?

                        Take a deep breath. As I wrote before the season, the Rams have experienced a talent drain. They're trying to make up for that on the fly. There will be some rough moments this season.

                        Again, it's truly bizarre -- the way St. Louis football fans have no perspective on this league and its ebb and flow,...
                        -09-20-2004, 01:11 PM
                      • RamWraith
                        The Bernie Bits
                        by RamWraith
                        I hope Pace has fired the Postons.

                        I'm not sure what glue " Ice " has been sniffing, but I've never liked the Postons and have never said they were right.

                        I just defend any player's right to try and pursue a contract that he thinks is best for him -- as long as he isn't violating an existing contract.

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

                        BernieM wrote:
                        I've ripped hater fans who, for one, kept falsely accusing Pace of "holding out" when he did nothing of the sort. These yahoos don't even understand the NFL economic system.

                        Pace had every right to employ the Postons. I don't have to agree with him, but I'm not going to hate on him because of his choice.

                        And as I have said, it takes two to make a deal. The Rams haven't exactly been aggressive in trying to make a deal with Pace.

                        Pace came out yesterday and in Martz's evaluation played the best game of his NFL career. All of this hand-wringing over training camp was much to do about nothing.

                        Pace is here, he's kicking butt, he's in the best shape of his career and his teammates support him 100 percent.

                        The yahoos are just going to have to get over it.

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

                        BernieM wrote:
                        Martz's play-calling in the red zone was disappointing.

                        But his team had 448 yards, so I'd conclude that he called some good plays along the way.

                        I think the many quick slants, for example, where the perfect counter to Arizona's blitzes. He sniffed out their tactics pretty well.

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

                        BernieM wrote:
                        How could anyone be ashamed of a team that had Marshall Faulk running like the old days, an offensive line blocking with great precision and intensity, and Isaac Bruce making the tough catches and taking a beating? How could anyone be ashamed of a defense that had guys running out to get dislocated body parts popped back into place, then running back in to finish the game?

                        I'm telling you, this stuff is irrational.

                        If anyone wants to criticize the red-zone execution and play calling, that's fair game. Plenty to take question, there.

                        But for anyone to question the effort and intensity and say they're embarrassed to be a Rams fan....that's looney-tunes.

                        Cheers,

                        Bernie

                        BernieM wrote:
                        I hope Martz coaches here a long time.

                        Two reasons:

                        1. I like it when the local teams are successful; makes my job more fun.
                        2. Never a dull moment with this guy; he's a lightning rod. And that makes for great entertainment.

                        I think the hatred of Martz is really funny. I used to get worked up about it, but now I just roll with it. It just amazes me how bad some people have it for this guy. It's an infatuation.

                        I wonder if...
                        -09-13-2004, 06:32 PM
                      • Nick
                        Post-Game Bernie
                        by Nick
                        Post subject: Rams: Fire Away

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                        Today's loss and performance was inexcusable. I watched the Saints' first two games, and they are not a good football team.

                        You don't have to worry about me trying to defend anyone....except for maybe Bulger. Anyone who tries to blame this one on him is really reaching, but I know that some of the Warner worshipers will take the lazy and dishonest way out and rip him, anyway. He passed for 358 yards, completed 65 percent, and held up fine in a 1-dimensional offense that gave New O a chance to tee off on him. He also led the team down (with no timeouts) on a tremendous drive for the go-ahead TD in the final minute. OT drive wasn't impressive but they committed two penalties and didn't try to throw downfield.....if you aren't going to try and run in that situation, then why call really short passes underneath for only 2 or 3 yards?

                        The Rams have a long list of screw-ups today:

                        12 penalties today.

                        special-teams: awful again. today, three s-teams penalties, a long PR allowed, an a botched squib kick.

                        defense: no takeaways in three games plus an OT.

                        defense: last two games, 878 yards and 55 points allowed. and repeat: no big plays.

                        offense: the imbalance has reached insane proportions. Last two
                        games, 90 pass attempts, 30 runs. Bulger has been sacked 10 times the last two weeks. He won't survive the season. he's going down. and today the Rams faced the league's 31st-ranked rushing defense and never attacked it on the ground, thus going 1-dimensional and giving New O an easier time of defending the Rams.

                        Coaching: Martz's decision to go for the squib kick was numbingly bad. Wilkiins put two KOs in the end zone today. The KOR defense was actually solid for once. Yes, Lewis is dangerous. But c'mon...you let them set up at the 42, with 28 seconds left and three timeouts remaining? Against that soft Rams defense? A regular kickoff would have certainly taken more time off the clock....as it turned out, the squib took only 4 seconds off the clock. And on the defensive side, Marmie had his boys playing soft in the OT, with no blitzes and their DBs playing deep and leaving the middle open. Ridiculous.

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

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                        The Rams are in a pickle.

                        Faulk isn't close to being the #28 we saw in his prime. Arizona was a fluke; he cruised through gaping holes. Today I was startled that on two-three occasions, he had a LB out in space, 1-1 and couldn't outrun him or dodge to get around him. The speed has really diminished.

                        And with a throttled-down Faulk....this situation cries for Steven Jackson, who can at least power for yards and break...
                        -09-26-2004, 07:04 PM
                      • AvengerRam_old
                        I'm not letting this go - Bernie needs to run out of town!
                        by AvengerRam_old
                        Not a week ago, Bernie devoted an entire article to what he described as "anarchy" and "a helter-skelter mess" at Rams Park.

                        This is the same "helter-skelter" organization has managed to resign a number of RFAs and exclusive rights players, restructured Marshall Faulk's contract to clear needed cap space, signed FA Dexter Coakley within a day of his release by the Cowboys, and is apparently currently actively pursuing other free agents including Chris Claiborne.

                        Here's the problem with this. We, as fans, have very limited access to information. We therefore rely on a limited number of local sportswriters, who have greater access, to provide us with some insight.

                        Why should we have to rely upon someone like Bernie who (1) clearly has disdain for Martz and the front office, and (2) takes every opportunity to place a negative spin on few fact he knows or, more often, thinks he knows.

                        Don't think that this does not go unnoticed, either. I'll bet that Martz and others are aware of Bernie's approach, and probably avoid him more and more because of it. Bernie then gets annoyed (don't forget, the guy is so defensive he feels the need to snipe at anyone who takes a shot at him on his message board, rather than simply ignoring the trolls), and becomes more negative and critical. Its a vicious circle.

                        Don't get me wrong, I don't want some total "homer" to blow sunshine up our posteriors about everything, but Bernie clearly has an agenda that renders him useless as a conduit of information to Ram fans.
                        -03-03-2005, 12:35 PM
                      • RamWraith
                        The Bernie bits
                        by RamWraith
                        BernieM wrote:
                        Polley has played better since Marmie switched him to the TE side, but I wouldn't be tempted to overpay him to stay here.

                        This team needs to spend FA money on a legit middle linebacker to reinforce the run defense. They can move Thomas outside to replace Polley if need be, and Chillar has potential.

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

                        BernieM wrote:
                        I believe Little will be here.
                        The Rams are planning on it.
                        They'll stick by him if they need to (pending outcome of his legal issues).

                        I agree with you; I can see why they liked Hargrove.

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

                        On Bob Stoops:
                        BernieM wrote:
                        That's a tough one to answer. I really don't know. I'd think his stock has dropped a little, but he's done such an excellent overall job at OU...I don't see why NFL teams would scratch him off their list (if he's on it) because of a couple of bad bowl games.

                        I wonder, though....will OU fans turn on him?

                        In a related comment, if I had to hire a college coach to coach an NFL team, I'd pick Iowa's Kirk Ferentz. He'll be a terrific NFL head coach if and when he wants the opportunity.

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

                        BernieM wrote:
                        I was almost as confused as the folks at Rams Park last offseason.

                        Though no one ever told me they planned to acquire Henson -- Martz did express enthusiasm for Henson, however -- there was definitely a pro-Warner movement underway, for two reasons:

                        1. Financial. He already was on the books and by cutting him the team would have to take a cap hit.

                        2. Martz soured on Bulger after the Carolina playoff loss, explaining his decision to kick the FG at the end of regulation by telling Rams execs that he didn't trust Bulger and feared an INT.

                        What changed?

                        1. Warner's sermon at the church in Houston the day before the Super Bowl.

                        2. After reviewing tapes and calming down, Martz realized that Bulger had played well overall, and that it would be hasty and foolish to give up on him, because he'd finally come to the point where he (bulger) could mentally master the offense.

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

                        BernieM wrote:
                        I haven't asked about the cap (sorry) ... but the Rams will take a bigger "Warner" hit in 2005 ... and if Faulk retires, that will be another big hit (I don't think he will retire but I don't know).

                        Jim Thomas told me that, other than those two things, it isn't so bad.

                        I wish I knew more. I apologize. I have always been weak on salary-cap issues.

                        Cheers,
                        Bernie

                        BernieM wrote:
                        From Jim Henzler of STATS Inc:

                        Worst Turnover Differential For Postseason Teams, Since 1933

                        Team Opp Diff

                        2004 Rams 39 15 -24
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