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    QB decision may be needed

    BY BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    10/12/2009

    Concerning the quarterbacks, it could be an interesting week at Rams Park.

    Between Marc Bulger and Kyle Boller, which if either will emerge as the healthiest? And which if either will be running the No. 1 unit when practice resumes Wednesday?

    The odds probably are with Bulger. Yet throughout the bulk of Sunday's 38-10 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Boller appeared to be pushing hard to hold on to the starting job he's had the past two weeks while Bulger recovers from an injured shoulder.

    That changed on the second play of the fourth quarter. Boller was clobbered by defensive end Ray Edwards just as he released a pass into the end zone. The ball was intercepted and Boller was shaken up.

    "I took a pretty good shot and I was a little fuzzy, a little dizzy," Boller said. "I don't think I was out completely ... (or) a hundred percent concussed."

    Still, he was dazed enough that coach Steve Spagnuolo turned to Bulger, who served as Boller's backup after suiting up as the No. 3 quarterback last week.

    "I don't think (playing) was the plan," said Bulger, who suffered a bruised rotator cuff Sept. 27 vs. Green Bay. "But when it happened to Kyle, we had to do it."

    Although he was going against Minnesota's defensive reserves with the Vikings cruising 24-3, Bulger came back with a bang: He hit on all seven of his passes for 88 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Donnie Avery, and compiled a "perfect" passer rating of 158.3.

    "I'm just glad we could go in and get some points and escape without hurting the shoulder again," said Bulger, who added that he believes he'll be sound enough to return to the lineup Sunday at Jacksonville.

    "It's getting close," he said. "I still need a little more velocity throwing the ball. You never know till you get hit, so we'll see. But ... I think I'll be ready to play the game next week."

    If asked, that is. Should Boller bounce back quickly, Spagnuolo might have a decision to make.

    Boller was at the helm most of the way as the Rams cobbled together their most productive offensive showing of the year. They rolled up 400 yards, including a season-high 278 through the air, against the NFL's 11th-ranked defense. Four turnovers, three inside the Vikings' 10-yard line, snuffed scoring chances.

    "Both quarterbacks looked really sharp," running back Steven Jackson said. "We were able to move the ball. We actually were able to stretch the field, and our receivers made plays."

    Boller wound up completing 20 of 31 passes for 209 yards, with the interception; his passer rating was 70.5. He also lost a fumble when "the ball just popped out of my hand," with defensive end Jared Allen scooping it up and scooting 52 yards to the end zone.

    Nonetheless, Boller guided the offense on drives of nine, 14 and 15 plays, each ending with a turnover near the goal line: the end-zone interception; plus fumbles by Jackson and tight end Daniel Fells.

    Despite its miscues, the offense, which was averaging a league-low six points a game and stood 30th overall in the 32-team league, is beginning to come together, Boller insisted.

    "Oh, definitely," he said. "It's just a matter of finishing the drives. That's 21 points (lost by the turnovers) right there."

    Added Bulger: "You hate the cliches: 'We moved the ball,' 'We shot ourselves in the foot.' Good football teams don't do that. We have to learn how to protect the ball better ... before we start winning games."

    Now, Spagnuolo has to determine which quarterback has the best chance to help the woebegone Rams toward that goal.

    "That's up to the coaches," Bulger said. "I'll just show up, and if I'm with the ones, then I'll go with the ones."

    Boller will have to shake the "little bit of a headache" he was experiencing late Sunday afternoon and probably pass a neurological exam before he's cleared.

    But if he gets the go-ahead, Boller vowed to be "ready for whatever the coaches decide."

  • #2
    Re: QB Decision May Be Needed

    Interesting story, but since Spags has already stated that Bulger IS the starting QB, it's pretty much a non-issue.
    Steve

    What you see is what you get, but what you see depends on where you stand.

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    • #3
      Re: QB Decision May Be Needed

      Non Story. Just Bill Coats trying to create a story

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      • #4
        Re: QB Decision May Be Needed

        At some point however, we're gonna need one, like NOW.

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        • #5
          Re: QB Decision May Be Needed

          It'll be Bulger. Spags made it clear day one, he made it clear during the season, he made it clear today.

          Bulger bashers just won't give up...

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          • #6
            Re: QB Decision May Be Needed

            Lets see if the WRs can produce for mark the same way and if the WRs will also step up.

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            • #7
              Re: QB Decision May Be Needed

              As much as I support both of our QB's you never know. As its been proven in this league many times a coach will eventually do what he can to win even if he's set on a guy. While I believe and hope Bulger will do just fine, there was instances last year when he cued turnovers and such Green got his shots to play. Green was actually much worse and we have a new coach and his own ideals but im just saying Bulger doesn't have 100% job security for the season. Is Boller the better option? I can't say for sure as Bulger nor Boller have done to the best of their ability but at this point you go with Marc as he hasn't done enough wrong to put his job on the line and we could def see him lead this team.

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              • #8
                Re: QB Decision May Be Needed

                It's a non-issue. Bulger/Boller you get the same result. You either have a passing accuracy in Bulger that is better than Boller's but Boller gives these young WR's more time to get open and make a play with his mobility. So, you either have a dart thrower that has about as much time to throw as it takes a jalapeno pepper to upset my stomach (which takes about two seconds) or you have a QB that seems to be stuck in a backyard football game in the neighborhood. Neither score points. Neither has what it takes to make a team better.

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                • #9
                  Re: QB Decision May Be Needed

                  An interesting idea/ Cannon Fodder:

                  Bulger/Boller banged up, the offensive line still not solid, the Rams 0-5--how about getting J. Garcia?

                  The idea here is to give both QBs a chance to heal. Garcia, is likely itching to improve his marketablity for next season. Any QB behind the line at this time is cannon fodder so why risk either Bulger/Boller further till they are both 100%.

                  Alexsander is still available last I looked--again its not to replace anyone on the team, but to give the Rams depth and minimize risk to S. Jackson.

                  At this Point the Rams need to be keeping an eye open for 2010 season. The real work for the team is to make the o-line more solid and the defense consistant as well as pick up long term depth and talent. To that end, plenty of cannon fodder available

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                  • #10
                    Re: QB Decision May Be Needed

                    Originally posted by ScottD413 View Post
                    Non Story. Just Bill Coats trying to create a story
                    Agreed. If they're both healthy, Bulger is the starter. I don't think there's much of a decision here. Maybe if Marc struggles after returning, then discussions about decisions are in play. But I don't think Boller has done enough to unseat Marc in the last two and a half games.

                    Originally posted by Ram Dragoon View Post
                    An interesting idea/ Cannon Fodder:

                    Bulger/Boller banged up, the offensive line still not solid, the Rams 0-5--how about getting J. Garcia?
                    If Garcia were still talented enough to truly help a bad team, then there are plenty of bad teams out there that could use him. But he's been on the market for two weeks, and I suspect there's a reason for that. I'd rather this team continue to evaluate Bulger, Boller, and even Null then add someone else to the equation.

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