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  • Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

    It's not necessarily about W's and L's right now. Is it possible that Boller gives the Rams a slightly better chance to win games than Null? Sure.

    Fact of the matter is, Null is green. Very, very green. But there is tons to like about this guy. On all accounts, his teammates are impressed with his poise in the huddle. The coaches are impressed with his toughness, physically and mentally. They believe that he can get through the adversity of his rough first start.

    If that is truly the case, they MUST start him this week. They have to give Null the opportunity to overcome adversity. They will learn alot by throwing him into the fire again, and seeing what he can do after having a week to adjust to the speed and psychology of the pro game. This time he will do it in friendly comfines in front of a quiet home crowd.

    This coaching staff would be making a grave mistake by starting Boller this week, regardless of whether or not he is healthy. They have to take another shot on Null. If he fails miserably, then maybe you sit him the next week, and let him recover mentally before throwing him into the fire again.

    Here's to hoping they do the right thing. I have faith that they will.

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    Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

    To me he is doing the same thing Mark Golden Boy Sanchez has been doing all year. Being a rookie making bad rookie decisions. It is expected. Don't really have anything to loose and we really dont have alot in a banged up Boller either.

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    • #3
      Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

      Id like to see him again, hes fearless and throws that way. I would like him to read plays better but xp will bring that and he wont get it on the bench. Boller is a backup and nothing more, Null might be something but we wont know for sure unless we try him, and also rest SJ this week 1) he needs it 2) Null wont feel pressured to insure any 1 guy gets the ball he'll be more inclined to just hit the open man, lol if there is one

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      • #4
        Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

        Just stinks that we can't get a true evaluation with our OLine torn to pieces.

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        • #5
          Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

          Yes Null FTW!!! I'd love to see him again and see how he reacts from that first showing... Great post Infiniti

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          • #6
            Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

            If Boller is healthy and the coaches think the team has a better chance of winning with him than with Null, start Boller.

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            • #7
              Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

              Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
              If Boller is healthy and the coaches think the team has a better chance of winning with him than with Null, start Boller.
              This is exactly what coaches should not do. If this is the transition year as everyone says, what better way to transition then to play somebody with much more upside then Boller has?

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              • #8
                Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

                Who cares if Boller is healthy? Start the rookie and let him learn something. If you can ruin his confidence or his mindset by playing him for a few games on a lousy team he doesn't belong in the NFL as a starter anyway.

                Maybe as far as skill or knowledge, he's not ready. But so what? That's why you play...to learn and improve...the season has been over for months anyway.

                The argument that you can ruin a QB's confidence and spyche is bull. Out of 300,000,000 people in the US, only 32 are good enough to be starting QB's in the NFL any given week. These athletes have to have a certain amount of confidence or, yes, arrogance to a certain degree, to be where they are. If you can ruin a QB's head with a 4 game losing streak on a bad team, then that guy was never meant to be a starting NFL QB anyway. Let him play, it's obvious he wants to and is having fun. Not to mention that the team seems to be impressed by his attitude. Boller can sit whether he's healthy or not, he's already had a chance to show what he's got.
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                • #9
                  Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

                  Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
                  If Boller is healthy and the coaches think the team has a better chance of winning with him than with Null, start Boller.
                  Please elaborate as to why you feel this way ...

                  I believed this was best for the team three or four games ago, but I no longer feel that way. I don't see any benefit in playing Boller, because he has no upside and no potential future here ...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

                    Boller will not be back next year. Let's see if Null can grasp the offense and move the ball this week at home, next week too for that matter.

                    We need to start the folks we want to evaluated and help set the roster for next year.

                    Play to win..... YA !!!

                    Maineram -

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                    • #11
                      Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

                      Originally posted by maineram View Post
                      Boller will not be back next year. Let's see if Null can grasp the offense and move the ball this week at home, next week too for that matter.

                      We need to start the folks we want to evaluated and help set the roster for next year.

                      Play to win..... YA !!!

                      Maineram -
                      While I agree with the first part of your post, I must disagree with the last statement...at this point play to lose! We need the #1 pick so we can draft Suh.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

                        Originally posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
                        Please elaborate as to why you feel this way ...

                        I believed this was best for the team three or four games ago, but I no longer feel that way. I don't see any benefit in playing Boller, because he has no upside and no potential future here ...
                        Because there are 53 players on the roster, all of whom have worked hard in training camp and practice, and all of whom (presumably) want to be rewarded by having an opportunity to win games.

                        Also, let's not forget that we're talking about a 6th round draft choice taken from a minor college program. If the Rams had taken a QB in the first 2 rounds and viewed that guy as their "heir apparent," there might be some justification for putting a guy like that out there with the hope that he actually might be the best QB on the roster.

                        Null - notwithstanding his poise in the face of a 40 point loss resulting, in part, from his multiple interceptions - is not a guy who was brought in as a Blue Chip prospect.

                        Could he be the next Kurt Warner, Tom Brady or even Tony Romo? Well, anything's possible. But, right now, there are a lot of young players who need to learn to win. I'm not willing to put the needs of one guy - particularly Keith Null - above all of them.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

                          Originally posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
                          Please elaborate as to why you feel this way ...

                          I believed this was best for the team three or four games ago, but I no longer feel that way. I don't see any benefit in playing Boller, because he has no upside and no potential future here ...
                          I'd like to know as well. Agree 100% with Infiniti.

                          (Disclaimer) I'm not a coach, and neither are you AV (and didn't claim to be), but are you really saying Boller gives us a better chance of winning? I know you said (puts lawyer hat on) "...if the Coaches feel..."

                          Fine. What do YOU think?

                          And...more importantly, Boller doesn't run "nekkid" bootlegs. That's enough reason right there.;)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

                            Look guys lets be honest, we are going to lose either way, so roll the dice and see what Null has in the tank so we can decided whether we cut him & draft a QB this year or next year.

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                              Re: Rams coaches MUST do the right thing and start Null again this week ....

                              Originally posted by VegasRam View Post
                              I'd like to know as well. Agree 100% with Infiniti.
                              See my previous post.

                              (Disclaimer) I'm not a coach, and neither are you AV (and didn't claim to be), but are you really saying Boller gives us a better chance of winning? I know you said (puts lawyer hat on) "...if the Coaches feel..."
                              Well, that is the key. Spagnuolo has indicated that Boller would start if healthy. That tells me that he views Boller as the player more likely to lead the team to victory.

                              Fine. What do YOU think?
                              I have not seen anything that would cause me to believe that Null has the ability to be an effective NFL starting QB. When I say that, the does not mean he never could. I just haven't seen it.

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                              • 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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                                12/21/2009

                                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.

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                                -12-21-2009, 04:53 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
                              • realchamp11
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                                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
                              • dgr828
                                Are the Rams ready to throw Null into the fire?
                                by dgr828
                                Lets not beat around the bush! Its time give Keith Null some live action pro football experience. Kyle Boller, lets face it , was a bad FA pick up. A good PLAYBOY, but a bad pick up, non the less, bringing nothing to the table.
                                This weeks practices should have Keith Null rolling with the 1st team, as the Rams prepare for a trip to Chicago.

                                40 year old Brett Favre picked apart this weak Seattle defense for 4 TDs and over 300 yards, Boller made the Seahawks look like a Baltimore Ravens or Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

                                What do the Rams have to lose? Throw in the Kid! (Null that is!)
                                -11-29-2009, 08:10 PM
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