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  • MFranke
    RamView, 9/25/2005: Rams 31, Titans 27 (Long)
    by MFranke
    RamView, September 25, 2005
    From Row HH
    (Report and opinions on the game.)
    Game 3: Rams 31, Titans 27

    The Rams survive a terrible first quarter and four turnovers to outlast the Titans in a home opener complete with flashbacks to Super Bowl XXXIV and the ďMusic City Miracle,Ē trumped by a River City rally.

    Position by position:
    * QB: Itís not how you start, and actually, for Marc Bulger (21-28-292, 3 TD) it's not how you finish, either. Marc and the offense got off to a hideous start, with just five total yards in the first quarter. The Ram offense nearly collapsed under the offensive line's inability to block and Marc's tendency to hold on to the ball for, oh, ten minutes. After a 123-kick to start the game, Bulger was sacked twice the second series and threw a very stupid interception into triple coverage of Brandon Manumaleuna the next. After Bulger was sacked for the 14th time in 9 quarters at the end of the 1st, the Ram offense looked officially DOA, but the Ram defense brought it back to life, with big turnovers helping tie the game at 10. Marc finally engineered a quick TD drive near the end of the half to put the Rams up 17-10, and followed after halftime by hitting wide open Torry Holt to beat a blitz for 32 yards and a TD. Turnovers kept Tennessee in the game, as they turned two straight Ram turnovers into TDs, one a fumble that Bulger coughed up during a sack. By holding the ball too long, and not getting much good blocking, Marc took a beating reminiscent of last year's Miami or Atlanta playoff game. But with new RT Alex Barron in the game late in the 3rd, Marc finally got a comfortable pocket and was afforded several chances to pick on Tennessee's young DBs with passes to Torry Holt. After three straight completions to Torry got the Rams to the Titan 10, Bulger opened the 4th with a classic seeing-eye pass between two defenders and to Kevin Curtis just beyond the goal line for the TD that turned out to be the game-winner. That was Bulger's toughest pass of the day Ė not just because it was a difficult pass, but Marc had a rusher bearing in on him who would drill him into next week, hitting him late enough to draw a personal foul. The Curtis TD put the Rams back up 31-24, but unfortunately, Bulger let the Titans back in the game a couple of times, once on a bizarre play that was ruled a backward pass, and once by fumbling on his only scramble of the day with just 3:00 left. The defense limited the damage after the backward pass, though, and Barron fell on the fumble, so all was well. Marc Bulger is definitely living large so far this season. Big plays, big numbers, but also big hits and big mistakes. His season isnít going to last much longer, though, let alone be a big success, if he doesnít get better protection.

    * RB: Itís easy to forget Steven Jackson (12-48) is still a young player and is still going to make mistakes of inexperience. Iím referring to...
    Soothing words of praise from Tagliabue
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    Eruptions of the Martz Volcano
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    Nothing, he's gone deaf from all the booing
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    -09-26-2005, 09:01 AM
  • RamDez
    RamView ... From the Couch
    by RamDez
    RamView, October 24, 2004

    From the Couch

    (Report and opinions on the game.)

    Game 7: Dolphins 31, Rams 14



    In a pathetic and inexcusable effort, the Rams completely embarrass themselves and their fans by getting wiped out by the worst team in football. The ugliest loss of the St. Louis era.



    Bright spots: 9-7 may be enough to win the NFC West given Seattle's choke to the Big Dead today.



    Position by position:

    * QB: Marc Bulger (23-39-295, 1 TD, 1 INT) had a day he'd rather forget, and considering all the whacks he took during the game, he probably has forgotten it, involuntarily. He had a third-down pass tipped to end the Rams' first drive. Ram receivers struggled mightily to get open, forcing Bulger into a lot of dumpoffs, and they dropped too many chances when they did get open. Thanks to that and suffocating Dolphin coverage, Marc's biggest play in the first half was a 15-yard TD run on 4th-and-1 that surprised even him, since the whole Dolphin defense bought a fake sweep right to Steven Jackson, leaving Bulger alone enough to walk in if he wanted to. With the Rams down 14-7 at halftime, Bulger came out hot, hitting Marshall Faulk for 21 and Shaun McDonald for 25 to get the Rams within scoring range, but from the Miami 18, he then committed the biggest mistake of the game by a player, throwing one of those what-the-hell-are-you-doing passes into the waiting arms of Ram-killer Sammy Knight. The Rams wouldn't recover from that crucial mistake. The next drive was a weak 123-out, ending on a bad 3rd-down pass well behind Isaac Bruce that would have been a Miami defensive TD had Ike not tried to make a play on it. The Rams then fell behind 21-7, and 3-and-outed again, with a Cam Cleeland drop really hurting things. Now down 24-7 in the 4th, the Ram offense finally came to life. Bulger hit Bruce with a pretty sideline pass for 36, then McDonald on the other sideline for 23 to convert a 4th-and-17 (called incomplete but overruled). That set up a 15-yard catch-and-run TD for McDonald, but the WEAK Ram defense responded by allowing an immediate Dolphin TD, and down 31-14, Bulger became a human piŮata, getting hammered by a barely-impeded Jason Taylor and clearly reinjuring his hurt throwing shoulder. The kid's got more guts than Mike Martz has brains, though, so he stayed in there long enough to take a couple more whacks and hit Faulk for 11 on 4th-and-10 before a sack-of-mercy by Zach Thomas sealed the game a couple of plays later. I called this a day Bulger would rather forget, but despite his monster mistake in the 3rd, this game's really on his receivers more than on him. They got very little going downfield and hurt the offensive momentum with drops. The sledding gets even rougher with the Patriots up next. Hopefully Bulger heals up over the bye week.



    * RB: Marshall Faulk looked like...
    -10-25-2004, 04:23 PM
  • MFranke
    RamView, 9/11/2005: ***** 28, Rams 25 (Long)
    by MFranke
    RamView, September 11, 2005
    From The Couch
    (Report and opinions on the game.)
    Game 1: ***** 28, Rams 25

    The Rams open the 2005 season in the most unimaginable, embarrassing way possible and stake an early claim as the NFL's most disappointing team. The Martz Era just took a massive uppercut to its glass jaw.

    Position by position:
    * QB: Marc Bulger has been a good closer in the past, but not today, which was a big blemish on a big statistical day (34-56-362, 2 TD). The Rams turned the red zone into the "dread zone", settling for four FGs in four trips before converting for a TD late in the game. Whenever the Rams reached the dread zone, the whole offense fell apart. After a Tim Rattay fumble in the 1st, Bulger couldn't get the Rams in from the 11, hitting Torry Holt for only 1 against one of San Fran's persistent blitzes and throwing a 3rd-down incompletion. Bulger could beat the blitz as long as he wasn't in the dread zone. The second drive, Marc hit Holt for 15 to beat a blitz, but once in the dread zone, it's sack, deflected pass, end zone pass for Kevin Curtis batted away, FG. Bulger responded poorly with the Rams down 7-6 Ė a poor near-INT and a sack. Down 21-6 near halftime, Bulger leads the Rams into the dread zone with a spectacular 44-yard bomb to Holt and a 14-yarder to Shaun McDonald. The finish, though, is 4 to Holt, sack, short dumpoff to McDonald, FG. Down 28-9 after halftime, the Rams bog down in the dread zone for the fourth straight time. Bulger and Torry miss open connections in the end zone, and Bulger is sacked AGAIN the next play to force another FG. Bulger and Bruce connected for a pretty 32-yard TD to make it 28-18 (note: outside the dread zone). But Bulger is bad the next drive, ending it with three incompletions, one a near INT-TD, one a 3rd down pass into triple coverage. But down the stretch in the 4th, Marc looked ready to work some comeback magic. He slips a third down blitz to hit McDonald for almost 9 and converts the 4th down on a sneak. 15 more to McDonald, and after ANOTHER sack makes it 4th-and-9, a lovely sideline connection with McDonald for 20 more. In the dread zone again, Isaac Bruce gamely dives at the 5-yard line for a first down, and though Bulger struggles mightily, he hooks up with Brandon Manumaleuna for an easy TE screen TD on 4th down to make it 28-25. In the final minute, the choking ***** hand the Rams the ball at the 33, and all Bulger has to do is not screw up, but ack, his first throw is way behind Isaac, who flails at it one-handed, as Mike Adams pulls it in for a game-sealing interception. Bulger wasn't himself today. He held the ball too long on several sacks and made a lot of poor throws. He floundered in the dread zone and had two bad series in the 4th with the game on the line. The Rams really can't afford any slippage in Marc's play right now.

    * RB: Steven Jackson (19-60) got off to a strong start....
    The Blood Red Zone
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    The Pink Zone
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    The Dread Zone
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    The Neutral Zone
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    The Twilight Zone
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    -09-12-2005, 06:06 AM
  • MFranke
    RamView, 9/25/2005: Rams 31, Titans 27 (Long)
    by MFranke
    RamView, September 25, 2005
    From Row HH
    (Report and opinions on the game.)
    Game 3: Rams 31, Titans 27

    The Rams survive a terrible first quarter and four turnovers to outlast the Titans in a home opener complete with flashbacks to Super Bowl XXXIV and the ďMusic City Miracle,Ē trumped by a River City rally.

    Position by position:
    * QB: Itís not how you start, and actually, for Marc Bulger (21-28-292, 3 TD) it's not how you finish, either. Marc and the offense got off to a hideous start, with just five total yards in the first quarter. The Ram offense nearly collapsed under the offensive line's inability to block and Marc's tendency to hold on to the ball for, oh, ten minutes. After a 123-kick to start the game, Bulger was sacked twice the second series and threw a very stupid interception into triple coverage of Brandon Manumaleuna the next. After Bulger was sacked for the 14th time in 9 quarters at the end of the 1st, the Ram offense looked officially DOA, but the Ram defense brought it back to life, with big turnovers helping tie the game at 10. Marc finally engineered a quick TD drive near the end of the half to put the Rams up 17-10, and followed after halftime by hitting wide open Torry Holt to beat a blitz for 32 yards and a TD. Turnovers kept Tennessee in the game, as they turned two straight Ram turnovers into TDs, one a fumble that Bulger coughed up during a sack. By holding the ball too long, and not getting much good blocking, Marc took a beating reminiscent of last year's Miami or Atlanta playoff game. But with new RT Alex Barron in the game late in the 3rd, Marc finally got a comfortable pocket and was afforded several chances to pick on Tennessee's young DBs with passes to Torry Holt. After three straight completions to Torry got the Rams to the Titan 10, Bulger opened the 4th with a classic seeing-eye pass between two defenders and to Kevin Curtis just beyond the goal line for the TD that turned out to be the game-winner. That was Bulger's toughest pass of the day Ė not just because it was a difficult pass, but Marc had a rusher bearing in on him who would drill him into next week, hitting him late enough to draw a personal foul. The Curtis TD put the Rams back up 31-24, but unfortunately, Bulger let the Titans back in the game a couple of times, once on a bizarre play that was ruled a backward pass, and once by fumbling on his only scramble of the day with just 3:00 left. The defense limited the damage after the backward pass, though, and Barron fell on the fumble, so all was well. Marc Bulger is definitely living large so far this season. Big plays, big numbers, but also big hits and big mistakes. His season isnít going to last much longer, though, let alone be a big success, if he doesnít get better protection.

    * RB: Itís easy to forget Steven Jackson (12-48) is still a young player and is still going to make mistakes of inexperience. Iím referring to...
    -09-26-2005, 08:57 AM
  • MFranke
    RamView, 10/9/2005: Seahawks 37, Rams 31
    by MFranke
    RamView, October 9, 2005
    From Row HH
    (Report and opinions from the game.)
    Game 5: Seahawks 37, Rams 31

    Well, the worm has turned in the NFC West, and in a bad way, as the Rams do an awful job of defending their home turf against the Seahawks. The 2005 season is getting harder and harder to pull out of the fire.

    Position by position:
    * QB: Going into the season, I'd have never thought I'd be saying by week 5 that Marc Bulger (26-40-336) needs to play more like Matt Hasselbeck, but it's true. Bulger is hurting the Rams with his season-long poor pocket presence. He was sacked four times today, most because he held the ball too long. Does Marc always have a release valve to go to when he's in big trouble? No, which I see as a major flaw of the Martz offense. But Marc also almost never chooses to run downfield, and today, he barely even dared to run outside the pocket. Damn, Marc, even a little scramble gives your receivers an extra beat to get open. Hasselbeck's no Michael Vick, but he beat the Rams' heads in today just by getting a little outside when he got in trouble. Bulger has become a cigar store Indian in the pocket, allowing opposing DBs to never worry they might have to come back upfield. Marc's voluntary immobility takes a big piece away from his game. Bulger is also killing his team with his now-trademark slow starts. He started 2-for-8, and by not scoring until their 4th possession, the Ram offense kept Seattle in the game instead of capitalizing on the momentum of Chris Johnson's opening kickoff return TD to put them in a big hole. Not that Marc isn't doing many things well. His field vision was impressive on first-half TD passes to Kevin Curtis and Torry Holt, passing up dumpoffs to make the big play downfield despite heavy pressure. And yeah, those plays fly in the face of what I was just arguing about. But at the same time, there were many times that Marc took sacks or threw dubious passes instead of hitting wide open (once by ten yards) Steven Jackson with the dumpoff. Certainly Steven's a better option than taking a sack or one-hopping a sideline pass. And Marc has to do a lot better than the awful pick he threw to Lofa Tatupu (my spell checker says that should be Loaf Taupe) in the 3rd. Not only did that pass look ten yards away from any Ram, it led to the Rams going down 34-21 when they could have been driving to go up 28-27. Despite his likely good fantasy numbers, Marc Bulger is slipping. He is far from a complete QB right now. He has to make better use of his feet under pressure, and he has to drive the Rams farther than ten yards at the start of games if the team still entertains playoff aspirations.

    * RB: Steven Jackson didn't have a bad game at all, 77 yards rushing and 62 yards receiving. He bulled his way in for a 1-yard TD in the 3rd to get the Rams within 34-28. He put the Rams in scoring position all by himself on their 2nd drive, taking a...
    -10-10-2005, 05:54 AM
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