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  • Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

    10.21.2009 5:32 pm
    Bulger: Rams must achieve perfection to upset Colts
    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    What will it take for the winless St. Louis Rams to upend the undefeated Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome? Perfection, according to quarterback Marc Bulger.

    “We can’t make mistakes, we can’t turn the ball over, we can’t commit penalties,” he said Wednesday. “We know how good they are and we understand the game it’s going to take to beat them. It’s going to take a perfect game.”

    Notes & quotes:

    *WR Donnie Avery (hip), DE James Hall (groin) and DT Darell Scott (illness) didn’t practice Wednesday. G Richie Incognito (ankle), CB Justin King (groin) and WR Ruvell Martin (hamstring) were limited.

    *CB Ron Bartell was cleared after suffering a mild concussion in the overtime period Sunday at Jacksonville and was a full participant at practice. So was S James Butler, who has missed three games with a knee injury. Butler is expected to start Sunday.

    *While Adam Goldberg took most of the first-team snaps at RT, rookie Jason Smith got in extended work at LT with the scout team.

    *Newcomers Brandon Gibson and Phil Trautwein were on the practice fields. Gibson, a rookie WR, was obtained from the Eagles on Tuesday for LB Will Witherspoon and a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft. Trautwein, a rookie T, was signed off the Browns’ practice squad. Trautwein was one of the Rams’ last preseason cuts.

    *This week’s captains are G Jacob Bell (offense), DE Chris Long (defense) and DE C.J. Ah You (special teams).

    All for now…

  • #2
    Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

    Perfection is more like for every game guys.... sigh

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    • #3
      Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

      We knew this....

      Good to see Chris Long got the captain this week!

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      • #4
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        no need for perfection..just score more points than them will do.

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        • #5
          Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

          Less penalties and turnovers would be great. Perfection is over rated.
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          • #6
            Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

            If we can limit our mental mistake on penalties, we don't have to have a perfect game we just need a good game. If we can play like we did for 3 quarters against Minnesota, we can beat the Colts, because they'll be looking right past the Rams.

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            • #7
              Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

              Originally posted by jjigga3000 View Post
              If we can limit our mental mistake on penalties, we don't have to have a perfect game we just need a good game. If we can play like we did for 3 quarters against Minnesota, we can beat the Colts, because they'll be looking right past the Rams.
              the Colts don't win 12+ games every year by looking past teams.

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              • #8
                Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

                Originally posted by crunk-colt View Post
                the Colts don't win 12+ games every year by looking past teams.
                Except when they do.

                I've attended college in the state of Indiana for the last six years. I've seen more than my fair share of Colts games, and they do look past teams from time to time.

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                • #9
                  Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

                  Originally posted by PeoriaRam View Post
                  Except when they do.

                  I've attended college in the state of Indiana for the last six years. I've seen more than my fair share of Colts games, and they do look past teams from time to time.
                  Examples?

                  Btw, it's way too early for any team to look past anyone. Any loss is a step back. Trust me that the colts are not taking anyone lightly. They know that jackson is more than capable of ripping off some nice runs.

                  The colts run too tight of a ship to get ahead of themselves at this point in the season. After all, 5-0 only guarantees a 5-11 season.

                  Maybe once the colts have the playoff positioning wrapped up, they might let up a bit. But until then, expect the colts best.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

                    Kind of a dumb thing to say. Is it really possible to play a perfect football game? I don't think perfect exists when man is involved.

                    It sure puts alot of pressure on yourself and the team. What happens when the first penalty is called on the Rams?

                    Geez, they are 0-6 and nobody expects them to win against the Colts. I think they need to relax, have some fun and do their best to execute at a high level.

                    Bulger, quit being a putz with the perfect game talk!


                    When will Jason Smith live up to his top billing?


                    :helmet:

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                    • #11
                      Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

                      Originally posted by PeoriaRam View Post
                      Except when they do.

                      I've attended college in the state of Indiana for the last six years. I've seen more than my fair share of Colts games, and they do look past teams from time to time.
                      OK.

                      I've been a colts fan since '72 and seen every play since '88. (when sports bars started popping up like mad) It is merely your perspective that the colts take off games. They might not play great sometimes, (like every team) but I've havn't seen this "looking past teams" you speak of. Especially this early in the season.

                      A loss now might wind up costing them the conference. Believe me, they want to keep the pats and steelers in their rear view mirror and keep pace with the broncos.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

                        How about Bulger throwing the ball long enough so Avery can grab it and not have it picked off when he's 2 steps ahead of the D.

                        That'd be a good start, right?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

                          Originally posted by Tuxicon View Post
                          OK.

                          I've been a colts fan since '72 and seen every play since '88. (when sports bars started popping up like mad) It is merely your perspective that the colts take off games. They might not play great sometimes, (like every team) but I've havn't seen this "looking past teams" you speak of. Especially this early in the season.

                          A loss now might wind up costing them the conference. Believe me, they want to keep the pats and steelers in their rear view mirror and keep pace with the broncos.
                          At least one or two losses to the Texans come vigorously to mind. As does the 2006 loss to Tennessee. And there are other times when they fell asleep at the wheel and needed late heroics to salvage victory.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

                            Originally posted by RamsFan16 View Post
                            How about Bulger throwing the ball long enough so Avery can grab it and not have it picked off when he's 2 steps ahead of the D.

                            That'd be a good start, right?
                            Or how about Avery A) learn how to run a route B) make an effort to catch that ball like his peers would and C) get a higher pain threshold.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts

                              Originally posted by PeoriaRam View Post
                              Or how about Avery A) learn how to run a route B) make an effort to catch that ball like his peers would and C) get a higher pain threshold.
                              A) Avery is running routes, and got good seperation throughout the game while in there. Bulger never looked. B) He needs to make an effort to catch the ball? The past two seasons he's made great adjustments to make catches ( See '08 @ Washington, '08 @ New England, and a few others last season, and a few nice diving grabs this season.) C) He landed on the same hip that gave him problems last year.

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