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  • Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

    12.11.2009 10:49 am
    Will We See Keith Null in Nashville?
    By Bernie Miklasz


    It’s Friday, always a good thing.

    Is Keith Null Ready to Go? The sorry, sad state of Rams football has reached the bottom and I say that because of the constant caterwauling for rookie Rams QB Keith Null. Things were bad last year, and plenty gruesome in 2007. The coaching and drafting have been abysmal. Players have had their careers destroyed by injuries. Coaches have disappeared. The franchise has lost 21 of its last 22 games. The team is for sale. And with so much failure — we’ve taken a battering as fans — it’s really difficult to identify the absolute low point. But I believe we have seen it, reached it. I believe we have arrived. When the only source of hope among the fan base is an obscure rookie QB fron Division II who never took a snap from under center until this year, when young Mister Null is viewed as the savior, when he is compared to Kurt Warner … well, ouch. Thud. Hi. We’re here. The bottom. That we’re actually talking about the kid is sad enough; that we’re actually arguing about the kid — with some promoting the idea that he could emerge as The Answer and The Chosen One — has confirmed an unfortunate reality. Yes, these are the Worst of Times for NFL football in The Lou. It’s come to this.

    I’ve been portrayed as some evil leader of an anti-Null campaign simply because I thought it would be foolish to throw the raw youngster to the hounds when he’s never been prepped to start an NFL game. He’s a project, and projects take time. And I thought it would hurt the kid to be handed over to defensive tackles, defensive ends and blitzers when he hasn’t done as much as run the Rams offense in practice. Yes, the idea of sending Null out there to fail and get the flesh ripped from his bones and his brain scrambled by attacking defenders just seemed cruel to me. Why do it to the kid? I have, however, been in favor of giving Null some work here in there. Give him a series in the first quarter, a couple in the second half. Ease him in. That would be the smart play. But things have changed. Marc Bulger is injured and out. Kyle Boller is the starter, and the banged up Boller (thigh) has been limping around all week. Boller figures to get smacked around Sunday in Tennessee. The Titans are not friendly to opposing QBs. And because of Boller’s limitations in practice this week, Null has gotten some reps with the first-team offense. He’s gotten a chance to get a feel for things, even if it’s just practice. In other words, Null has benefited from actual pregame preparation for the first time. What does that mean? It means that if Null has to play Sunday, he should be a little further along in his readiness. Not close to being where he needs to be; but at least he’s had some legit prep time. And that’s important. I have a feeling we’ll see Null on Sunday. Boller throws his body around, he takes hits, he leaves himself vulnerable. At some point the Titans will likely deck him, and he won’t know where he is, and Null will be sent into the huddle. Null’s long-suffering fans will get a chance to see The Chosen One lead the horns into battle. And I say: bring it on. Free Keith Null! Give the peeps what they want. Let’s do it. It’s (almost) Nullie time. And when he throws that first TD pass, we’ll sing it out: Whoa, Nullie!!!

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    Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

    Originally posted by BM
    When the only source of hope among the fan base is an obscure rookie QB fron Division II who never took a snap from under center until this year, when young Mister Null is viewed as the savior, when he is compared to Kurt Warner … well, ouch.
    geez bern.....hyperbole much?
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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    • #3
      Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

      "We will rally around Keith Null and we will play good football!" LOL! Seriously I hope if this kid gets his chance he does ok. I don't think this kid is the next Kurt Warner but we sure won't know for sure untill he gets in a game. Here's to a good game on Sun and let's hope everyone makes it out of Nashville in one piece.
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      • #4
        Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

        Bernie is hilarious. He's been blasting the notion of Null playing, and belittling anyone suggesting that he get a shot, but now he's saying Null is farther along, has had some practices with the first team, has gotten some legit prep time, and has a feel for things now.

        Sounds to me like Bernie is hedging his bet on the chance that if Null does get some playing time, he won't fall completely flat on his face.

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        • #5
          Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

          Just received a text from Yoko. She said that she just knew that John would want the following said: "All we are saying is give Keith a chance."

          No need to ask for clarification; just let it be.;)

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          • #6
            Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

            Bernie IS a contradiction.

            He never ceases to amaze me.

            I don't see the harm...At this point, what do we have to lose? What if he IS the next Kurt Warner? That means, we focus on other positions in the draft. There can only be good out of seeing what he can do.
            Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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            • #7
              Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

              Bernie: "Keith Null is not the Messiah."

              PD Posters: "Bernie would only deny that Null is the Messiah if he truly were the Messiah!"

              Bernie: "Fine, then he is the Messiah."

              PD Posters: "HE IS THE MESSIAH!!!!!!"

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              • #8
                Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

                This article makes me want to draft a QB in round 1. After thinking how bad I want to see Null get in the game, (especially when I know he can't be good, and probably won't do anything more than Boller) I imagine how great it would be to see our new franchise QB step out with the horns on next season.

                I wish NUll the best of luck.

                PS doesn't Null = Zero ? lol

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                • #9
                  Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

                  Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
                  Bernie is hilarious. He's been blasting the notion of Null playing, and belittling anyone suggesting that he get a shot, but now he's saying Null is farther along, has had some practices with the first team, has gotten some legit prep time, and has a feel for things now.

                  Sounds to me like Bernie is hedging his bet on the chance that if Null does get some playing time, he won't fall completely flat on his face.
                  I agree 100%.

                  And that Yoko post was awesome.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

                    Yes, but maybe for Keith it means zero losses!!! Lol
                    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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                    • #11
                      Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

                      And... if he became the starter and one day had a radio show with Bernie they could call it...

                      Null and Void!

                      You're a beautiful audience... make sure you tip your waitresses and try the veal!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

                        One thing about is that he's right....the way our QB's get pummeled he's going to get a shot before the year is over.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

                          Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
                          Bernie is hilarious. He's been blasting the notion of Null playing, and belittling anyone suggesting that he get a shot, but now he's saying Null is farther along, has had some practices with the first team, has gotten some legit prep time, and has a feel for things now.

                          Sounds to me like Bernie is hedging his bet on the chance that if Null does get some playing time, he won't fall completely flat on his face.
                          If Null goes in, would that be the signal that we are officially tanking the rest of the year?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

                            Originally posted by txramsfan View Post
                            One thing about is that he's right....the way our QB's get pummeled he's going to get a shot before the year is over.
                            Some of us here have been saying this for weeks. Welcome to the party Bernie.

                            Originally posted by PeoriaRam View Post
                            If Null goes in, would that be the signal that we are officially tanking the rest of the year?
                            Definitely an interesting question. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

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                              Re: Bernie: Will We See Keith Null In Nashville?

                              Originally posted by PeoriaRam View Post
                              If Null goes in, would that be the signal that we are officially tanking the rest of the year?
                              I thought that was clear with the lack of down field play calling last week against the might Bears.

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                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Round Two: Why Not Null At QB For Rams?
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                11.25.2009 11:53 am
                                Why not Null at QB for Rams?
                                By Roger Hensley



                                QUESTION: With only six games remaining and the St. Louis Rams sitting at 1-9, and with QB Marc Bulger injured, why are the Rams not considering Keith Null at QB so they can see what they’ve got there? Rookie QBs play all the time, surely he’s prepared after being with the team since training camp, right?

                                JIM THOMAS

                                Apparently this is hard for some to fathom, but Keith Null IS NOT READY. He played at WEST Texas A&M, not Texas A&M. It wasn’t until October that he even felt comfortable taking snaps from center. If you think Marc Bulger had communication and timing issues with Brandon Gibson, what do you think will happen with Null? To borrow from a Rams Park colleague, about the best thing Null has going for him right now is an absence of failure. And whether you’re 1-9 or 9-1 — this is the NFL. You play to win. This is November, not August. And right now, Kyle Boller gives the Rams their best chance to win.

                                BERNIE MIKLASZ

                                No. 1, Null is a very raw project. A small-college guy from a spread offense. He needs a lot of time to prep before he can start an NFL game. He’s at a disadvantage compared to other rookie QBs who played in major-college programs and in more pro-style offenses.

                                No. 2, he has had virtually no practice time at all in running this offense. It would be a disservice to the kid to throw him to the wolves. Why do people want to see him fail at a job before he’s ready to take on that job? What’s the point? Why get him massacred? Irresponsible.

                                No. 3, the Rams aren’t as high on Null as people seem to think that they are.

                                BRYAN BURWELL

                                Unless there is a major medical disaster to Kyle Boller, there is no reason to put a rookie QB who doesn’t forecast as a star into the lineup as a starter. Would I like to see him in for a look-see? Sure, but perhaps the Rams staff has already seen enough of Null and they don’t think he is ready yet.

                                BILL COATS

                                Null’s simply not ready. As the No. 3 QB, he’s gotten very few reps in practice since the start of the regular season because Kyle Boller does the scout-team work. It would be unfair to Null to toss him in there now. You would set him up to fail by doing so.
                                -11-25-2009, 11:41 AM
                              • realchamp11
                                keith null
                                by realchamp11
                                i dont understand why people thought null was ready to start. He's a rookie and not even from the D1 level. He was/is NO WHERE close to being ready to be a starter
                                -12-13-2009, 06:52 PM
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                                Keith Null
                                by Guest
                                I thought Keith looked good out there. He's accurate and seems to get rid of the ball fast.

                                Does anyone think he looks better than any of our other backups? I'm curious because we gave Gado the 2nd spot after his good performance. I'd be fun to see Null in there either with the 2nd or even the 1st stringers.

                                Get the kid in it.
                                -08-22-2009, 02:53 PM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Null Learns Plenty In First Start
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Null Learns Plenty in First Start
                                Monday, December 14, 2009


                                By Nick Wagoner
                                Senior Writer

                                Although he was nervous, rookie quarterback Keith Null let nobody know that the moment of making his first start was too big for him.

                                And, like most players making their NFL debut, Null’s nerves went away quickly.

                                “I’d say after the first play,” Null said. “I went out there pretty comfortable. It definitely helps to go out and throw a completion on your first pass so after that any player would tell you, you get that first play then you are out there playing football again.”

                                It was a long road from tiny West Texas A&M to taking the reigns of the Rams offense for Null but on the first play from scrimmage, Null had a number of firsts.

                                Null took his first snap in a regular season game (and from under center, something he hadn’t done much of in his shotgun-heavy career), dropped back and delivered his first pass to tight end Daniel Fells for a gain of 7 yards.

                                It wasn’t the flashiest opening to a NFL career, but it was enough to shake the butterflies loose from Null’s stomach and allow him to settle in.

                                By the end of his first busy NFL Sunday, Null had a rough statistical day in line with what many rookie signal callers – let alone sixth-round draft choices with Division II pedigrees – would have.

                                But in retrospect, it wasn’t so much the numbers Null posted as the way he handled an extremely difficult situation that impressed teammates and coaches alike.

                                “Under the circumstances and how it all went down, I thought he handled himself well in the huddle, I thought he was composed, he had command of what he was doing,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “He’d like some throws back. I thought he stepped up in the pocket well and actually had some pretty nice throws. That part of it was encouraging.”

                                Null finished the game 27-of-43 for 157 yards with a touchdown and five interceptions for a rating of 37.8.

                                Considering that Tennessee represents one of the most hostile environments in the league with one of its toughest defenses, Null’s assignment was loaded with landmines before he ever was even declared the starter.

                                Last week, Null split repetitions with Kyle Boller in practice for most of the week. With Boller battling a thigh injury, Null got more and more reps as the week went on.

                                By Saturday, it had become clear that Boller would be a game time decision and Null was a viable candidate to start.
                                That made for some interesting moments for Null in the run up to the game as he awaited word on his role.

                                “I was going out, getting ready to play not really know what was going to happen and trying to prepare myself for whatever they tell me,” Null said. “I went back in the locker room, they told me I was going to...
                                -12-15-2009, 08:01 PM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Null Should Be On '10 Roster, But Starting Is Another Question
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Null should be on '10 roster, but starting is another question

                                Jeff Gordon
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                                Rookie quarterback Keith Null has earned a spot on the 2010 Rams. This much we know for sure.

                                Could he compete for the starting job next season? It is too soon to stay that.

                                Could he blossom into the franchise’s Quarterback of the Future? It is much, MUCH too soon to make such an optimistic assessment.

                                We do know that Null has pretty good tools. And we know he has some nerve, too, since he shrugged off his ghastly five-interception debut in Week 14.

                                Clearly Null learned from his first NFL start. His second outing went much more smoothly than his first. He settled down and got into a nice passing rhythm.

                                "It was a lot different," Null told reporters after the game. "It seemed like things slowed down a little bit for me a lot more than it did last week. It was a great opportunity to get out there and play again."

                                He made just two glaring mistakes during the Rams’ 16-13 loss to the visiting Texans Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

                                1) After a botched exchange, Null tried to execute the running play. He needed to eat the football instead, as he learned while losing a costly fumble. Job One for young NFL quarterbacks is ball security.

                                2) While scrambling for his life, Null tried to make a play. He needed to just throw the ball away, as he learned while throwing a costly interception.

                                Other than those errors of aggression, Null was just fine.

                                He took a couple of big sacks after failing to locate a receiver, but at least he pulled the ball back instead of forcing throws into coverage. That was progress.

                                Null completed 18 of 27 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. He looked like a veteran while converting that one red zone opportunity.

                                The Rams lined up with three wide receivers on the short side of the field on a first-and-goal play from the Houston 3. The other two wideouts cleared room for Danny Amendola, who caught a quick pass from Null to score.

                                That is a routine touchdown play for most teams, but it was like scaling a mountain for this group. Week after week after week the Rams have come up short in the red zone.

                                So fans saw glimmers of hope in this game. The Rams offense appeared more assertive than it had been for most of this season. We saw a lot of three- and four-receiver sets, which is highly unusual for the Steve Spagnuolo regime.

                                Null demonstrated a strong arm while taking some deep shots. He threw intermediate passes with authority. He made generally good reads, too.

                                Some fans have gotten way too excited in our forums and chats here at STLtoday, but Null did a lot of good things. During a season of unrelenting failure,...
                                -12-21-2009, 04:53 PM
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