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  • Fines Aplenty In Rams-Vikings Game; But None For Hit That KO'd Boller

    10.16.2009 3:14 pm
    Fines aplenty in Rams-Vikings game; but none for hit that Ko’d Boller
    By Jim Thomas
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Three players were fined for uncessary roughness in last Sunday’s Rams-Vikings game, but Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards was not fined for what some observers regarded as a questionable hit on St. Louis quarterback Kyle Boller. Boller suffered a mild concussion after the hit by Edwards early in the fourth quarter and was done for the day.

    However, Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin Williams was fined $7,500 for striking Boller in the head area in the process of making a sack in the third quarter.

    The NFL confirmed the previously reported $5,000 fine assessed to Minnesota offensive tackle Artis Hicks for unecessarily striking Rams defensive tackle Gary Gibson, late and away from the ball, early in the third quarter. Gibson suffered a season-ending broken ankle on the play.

    The Rams didn’t escape a fine in the game. Cornerback Quincy Butler was fined $7,500 for an illegal horse collar tackle on a second-quarter kickoff return by Percy Harvin of the Vikings.

  • #2
    Re: Fines Aplenty In Rams-Vikings Game; But None For Hit That KO'd Boller

    OOOOooooH OUCH!--stiff fines--yah right!

    Granted I wouldn't want to pay the fine myself, but whats the minium salary for a NFL player...isn't it $240,000?--not sure.

    Any bets Kevin Williams ($7k) fine and Artis Hicks ($5K) or Quincy Butler ($7K) make more then the starting minium salary?

    The fine ought to equal not being allowed on the field for quarters of a game. These little pin-pricks are a small detorent at best. Players still even with SUBSTANCE abuse policies or banned substances still use them in the hopes of getting away with it--and yet every year we here so & so gets busted


    • #3
      Re: Fines Aplenty In Rams-Vikings Game; But None For Hit That KO'd Boller

      The NFL fine system is a joke that has been negotiated between the league and the players union to be agreeable to both sides. It's all nothing more than PR and lip service to satisfy those that want to see players held responsible for doing bad things.


      • #4
        Re: Fines Aplenty In Rams-Vikings Game; But None For Hit That KO'd Boller

        r8rh8rmike, I totally aggree--its a JOKE

        But then again a lot of the rules are a joke anymore. They ought to slap a red-shirt on QBs and any reciever making $5mil or more a season so they dont get hit.--This year the BRADY RULE...sheeze, might as well get girlscouts playing football anymore.

        Some Rules like no Spearing, Cloth-lining, leading with a helmet and etc make sense. But when I played, it was a physical game--QBs got creamed, and WR got blasted

        Anymore its all about money and winning--winning and money. So they over rule the game to protect their pretty-boys to keep winning and making money

        Had a Rams defense player smacked Farve like Boller took a hit, that player would seriously fined and DFS called on him for Elder abuse


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        • r8rh8rmike
          The Cheap Hit On Boller
          by r8rh8rmike
          It was a vicious shot to the throat/helmet that nearly decapitated him, caused the interception in the end zone and knocked him out of the game, yet no call?

          Oh wait, it wasn't Tom Brady or Brett Favre, never mind.
          -10-11-2009, 06:45 PM
        • Guest's Avatar
          Boller Is Better In Shotgun
          by Guest
          One observation I made while watching a replay of the game was that Boller seems to play better in the (3 and 4 wides) shotgun. I think it's cuzz it spreads defenses out more, has more options as well as lanes to run through should the play break down.

          Not sure how this fits in with what we wanna do, but I think Boller is a heck of a lot better in shotgun.
          -09-28-2009, 10:20 AM
        • RamFan_Til_I_Die
          Kyle Boller is comfortable as a backup for Rams
          by RamFan_Til_I_Die
          Kyle Boller is comfortable as a backup for Rams
          Veteran still feels capable of being starting NFL QB
          BY STEVE KORTE - News-Democrat

          ST. LOUIS -- When center Jason Brown was signed by the St. Louis Rams, he matter-of-factly accused his former teammate, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller, of becoming gun shy.

          Now that Boller also has joined the Rams, how are the two players getting along?

          For a few seconds, Boller tried to act like a rift existed between himself and Brown.

          Boller jokingly told reporters that Brown refused to snap him the ball during practice, but then quickly fessed up.

          "No, I'm just kidding," Boller said. "I'm good with Jason. Jason was trying to make a point, and I've talked with Jason about that. It took us maybe five seconds to get over.

          "I've been with him at Baltimore for four years. We have a great relationship. He's a great player, a great person and that's not going to be an issue at all."

          Brown seemed apologetic as he talked about his relationship with Boller.

          "Kyle and I are great friends," Brown said. "Of course, everybody, they might have tendencies or some type of flaws in their game. I have flaws in my game. I live in a glass house. I cannot cast any stones. I really can't.

          "Kyle, (we're) best of friends. We still go out together, went out just the other night."

          Back in March, Brown was using Boller as an example of what happens when an offensive line consistently fails to protect the quarterback.

          Brown said, "Kyle Boller with the Ravens, I love him to death. But you see what getting hit one too many times early in your career can do to you. He became gun shy. Instead of getting the ball and standing back there with poise and then being able to step up, if there was a flash of anything, something, it might have been far on the edge, he started to scramble.

          "You have to have the faith in your offensive line."

          Even Boller, a first-round pick by the Ravens in the 2003 NFL Draft, admitted that he was thrown into the fire too quickly.

          "I got thrown in pretty early," said Boller, who started nine games as a rookie in 2003. "It is tough learning a playbook, learning defenses, then you are starting in Pittsburgh this week.

          "You want to think that you are ready but I took some valuable lessons from that."

          Injuries also have been a major factor in Boller's career. He missed the entire 2008 season because of a shoulder injury suffered in the preseason.

          Boller's injury cleared the way for rookie Joe Flacco to lead the Ravens to the AFC Championship game.

          "Injuries have prohibited me a little bit," Boller said. "Actually my rookie year playing...
          -05-04-2009, 09:40 AM
        • r8rh8rmike
          Boller Back To Familiar Role
          by r8rh8rmike
          Boller Back to Familiar Role
          Wednesday, November 25, 2009

          By Nick Wagoner
          Senior Writer

          In the past five weeks, Kyle Boller has taken on some ambitious roles on the Rams’ practice field.

          One week, Boller took on the task of impersonating Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, performing the many gesticulations and barking signals as the team’s scout team quarterback.

          Last week, Boller put on the wrist band and gloves to mimic Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner. He’s also been Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford and David Garrard not to mention the first two games of the season when he handled Matt Hasselbeck and Jason Campbell duties.

          With the news coming late Monday afternoon that starting quarterback Marc Bulger would miss three to six weeks with a fractured tibia in his leg, Boller returned to practice Wednesday in the role he knows the best.

          “I am Kyle Boller this week,” Boller said. “I will be myself.”

          As the backup to Bulger, repetitions with the first team offense have been few and far between for Boller. Instead, it’s been Boller’s job to lead the scout team offense in an effort to give the first team defense the closest approximation possible to the various opposing quarterbacks they will face that week.

          But just because Boller has been out of action for the past month-plus doesn’t mean he isn’t prepared to step in and lead the Rams’ offense.

          In fact, Boller has had plenty of experience doing that in this, his first year with the team.

          “I think that helps,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I do. If you went a three, four month stretch with one quarterback and you hear the same voice the whole time, there’s kind of a natural learning curve there. I think they are used to Kyle. It was two weeks or so ago somebody asked me if we got Kyle some reps and that’s why we do it, to keep guys oiled up. He’ll be ready to step in there.”

          Actually, Boller is going on his third stint this year as the team’s starting quarterback. When Bulger suffered a broken pinkie in a training camp practice, Boller stepped in and started the bulk of the exhibition contests.

          Bulger returned in time for the season opener against Seattle and played the first two contests plus the opening quarter or so against Green Bay on Sept. 27.

          But when Bulger took a shot that caused him to land on his right shoulder, Boller entered that contest against the Packers and proceeded to immediately lead the Rams on three scoring drives, including two touchdown tosses to tight end Daniel Fells.

          Bulger missed the next two games and Boller started those in his place, leaving Boller plenty comfortable with his knowledge of the offense and the players in place.

          In his three games with two starts this season, Boller has thrown for 481 yards with two touchdowns...
          -11-25-2009, 05:15 PM
        • MauiRam
          Boller is showing the Rams his mettle ..
          by MauiRam
          By Jim Thomas

          Perhaps enticed by the sight of the end zone barely 40 feet away, quarterback Kyle Boller was a little late on his slide. Cincinnati linebacker Keith Rivers made him pay with a hit so jarring it knocked Boller's helmet off his head.

          Rams running back Samkon Gado was immediately on the scene, telling Boller to stay down and take a minute to recover his thoughts. Boller would have none of it.

          "Oh, he's a tough kid," right guard Richie Incognito said. "He popped right up. He got right back in the huddle and he kept going. It didn't even faze him. I would've taken a second to shake that bad boy off; he took it right on the chin."

          Boller later conceded things might have been a little bit fuzzy for a few seconds. But you wouldn't have known it by the way he acted in the huddle.

          "He said, 'We're going to take this ball in the end zone right now,'" center Jason Brown said. "And that's exactly what we did."

          It took three plays to score, but you get the point. Boller showed the kind of bravado the big grunts up front love to see from their quarterback.

          "Of course," Brown said. "Not only do we like to set the tempo, but when we see that the skill position guys have just as much enthusiasm as we do, that is very encouraging."

          Boller's 8-yard scramble advanced the ball to the Cincinnati 12. After reuniting his helmet with his head, Boller completed a short pass to Laurent Robinson, then handed off to Gado for a short gain. Next came pay dirt: Boller tossed a shovel pass to Gado, totally fooling the Bengals' defense, with Gado scoring untouched from 2 yards out.

          The Rams had a 14-7 lead with 4 minutes, 51 seconds left in the first quarter and never looked backed in what became a 24-21 triumph at Paul Brown Stadium.

          A few months from now, none of this may mean a thing. But that sequence, and Boller's play in general Thursday, showed his teammates that he can get it done.

          "I gained a lot of respect for him; a lot of respect for him," Gado said. "It was a pretty hard hit because I was right there. I saw it firsthand."

          The performance didn't go unnoticed by the Rams' coaching staff. Coach Steve Spagnuolo agreed with the suggestion that, if anything, the team now has more confidence in Boller's ability to lead the offense for a game or two — or more — should something happen to Marc Bulger in the regular season.

          "Yeah, I think he's kind of proven that," Spagnuolo said Friday. "I think the guys do rally around him. You know, he said it best. How did he say it? It's not his first rodeo. So he's been through it. That's important. I think that's a good thing to have."

          Boller has started 42 NFL games since...
          -08-29-2009, 01:32 AM