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    Rams quarterback laments mistakes
    BY BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Oct. 05 2009

    SAN FRANCISCO — A former California high school player of the year who went
    on to a record-breaking college career at nearby Cal-Berkeley, Rams quarterback
    Kyle Boller was happy to be home again.

    "It's always fun to be back in California and San Francisco," Boller said late
    Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park. "But I don't care where you are, losing
    is no fun."

    The Rams are having no fun these days.

    An error-filled 35-0 spanking at the hands of the San Francisco ***** dropped
    the Rams to 0-4 for the season and extended their franchise-record losing
    streak to 14 games.

    Boller was given the opportunity to help stanch the bleeding, as he started in
    place of Marc Bulger. A bruised rotator cuff in his right shoulder relegated
    Bulger to emergency duty as the No. 3 quarterback.

    New quarterback. Same result.

    "It's very frustrating," said Boller, a seven-year pro making his first start
    since 2007 with Baltimore. "I felt like in the beginning, we were moving the
    ball a little bit, and then we'd have something that'd ... kill our drives."

    The Rams mustered just 177 total yards, a low-water mark in this rapidly
    sinking season. The turndown came just a week after the offense produced season
    highs of 336 yards and 17 points against Green Bay. Boller took over when
    Bulger was injured late in the first quarter of that game.

    Inopportune penalties stifled the Rams' progress vs. the *****. "Sometimes when
    we got some plays, there was either a flag or we did something to move it
    back," Boller said. "We could just never get in any rhythm."

    Nine of the Rams' 13 possessions lasted three plays or fewer. A nine-play,
    62-yard drive moved them to the San Francisco 33-yard line in the first
    quarter. But their chance to grab the lead fizzled when Josh Brown's 51-yard
    field goal attempt fell short.

    The Rams would cross the 50 just twice more, poor field position plaguing them
    most of the day.

    Boller completed 13 of 24 passes for 108 yards; his passer rating was a meager
    48.6. He was intercepted once, and it stung: Linebacker Patrick Willis cut in
    front of wide receiver Keenan Burton and raced 23 yards for a touchdown that
    made it 21-0 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

    "I was trying to make a play, but ... I've been in this league long enough to
    know you never want to throw the ball across your body like that," Boller said.
    "I can't give them an easy score like that."

    Boller also was charged with a lost fumble on a handoff that wideout Danny
    Amendola was unable to corral on a reverse play. Niners defensive tackle Ray
    McDonald grabbed the loose ball and scampered 11 yards to the end zone.

    Fullback John Karney said Boller did "the best that he could do. ... You just
    can't hurt yourself, not in this league. I don't care who you're playing. The
    teams are too good."
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