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  • Fortuninerhater
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    Re: Keith Null 2010 starter

    Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
    I don't see how Howard Balzer or anyone else could make such a pronouncement at this point. Null has played two games. In one, he was pretty bad. In the other, he was okay. Its not like he was the starting QB at USC, Ohio State or some other big time college program, so his "body of work" tells us little.

    He's a somewhat intriguing prospect, but at this point, I expect him to be #3 on the Rams depth chart in 2010.
    Took the words right out of my mouth. Very well said AV, I couldn't agree more.

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  • macrammer
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    That statement is really not close to reality. Let the kid progress this year by starting last tow games and compete for backup role in camp next year. For the team to take a step up, we need a more seasoned individual back there. If Bulger is not the guy, then FA needs to bring one in. Null getting reps this year will hopefully pay off in the future. Distant future.

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  • PeoriaRam
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    Re: Keith Null 2010 starter

    Originally posted by dave626 View Post
    Howard Bawlzner of Kfans 590 said he thinks Keith Null should be our starting QB next year. Bulger wont be here cuz of money and performance, and he thinks if Null keeps progressing we could be looking at our new QB.

    so what do u guys think?
    I think St. Louis sports talk radio needs somebody who has a basic awareness of what it takes to assemble a winning football organization, as well as why the Rams aren't one.

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  • AvengerRam_old
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    Re: Keith Null 2010 starter

    I don't see how Howard Balzer or anyone else could make such a pronouncement at this point. Null has played two games. In one, he was pretty bad. In the other, he was okay. Its not like he was the starting QB at USC, Ohio State or some other big time college program, so his "body of work" tells us little.

    He's a somewhat intriguing prospect, but at this point, I expect him to be #3 on the Rams depth chart in 2010.
    Last edited by AvengerRam_old; -12-24-2009, 07:58 AM.

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  • 01d 0rd3r
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    Right now he has moved to #2 on the depth chart, but really a brain dead monkey could move past boller at this point. As for next year, ill say it again unless he throws 3 td's and no int's in the next two game then i dont see it as nailed down. However if spags thinks he has earned it in training camp next year, then by all means go for it. The kid has potential, but how much is the question. i want to know when he will peak.

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  • AtlantaRamFan
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    I think Null has shown some nice flashes, and at this point he's a very good backup, but he's starting now because of injuries, and his learning curve is steep. I'd let him compete in camp next year, but he'd really needs to earn the starting spot. I wouldn't be comfortable with the coaches handing it to him based on his performance so far.

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  • dave626
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    Keith Null 2010 starter

    Howard Bawlzner of Kfans 590 said he thinks Keith Null should be our starting QB next year. Bulger wont be here cuz of money and performance, and he thinks if Null keeps progressing we could be looking at our new QB.

    so what do u guys think?

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  • MauiRam
    Null continues fight for his QB position with St. Louis Rams
    by MauiRam
    BY BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    05/26/2010

    In a way, it almost seems unfair.

    Keith Null was the Rams' starting quarterback for the last four games of the 2009 season. The two players ahead of him on the depth chart for most of the season, Marc Bulger and Kyle Boller, no longer are with the team.

    And yet as organized team activities continue at Rams Park, Null is in exactly the same situation that he was last spring: fighting to land the No. 3 QB job.

    "Wherever I end up by the season, I trust the coaches enough to put me in the right position," said Null, a sixth-round draft pick last year from NCAA Division II West Texas A&M.


    Null beat out Brock Berlin to make the 53-man roster as a rookie. Null dressed as the No. 3 quarterback until injuries felled Bulger and then Boller.

    That thrust Null into the lineup Dec. 13 at Tennessee for an NFL debut that was short on personal highlights. Null did throw a touchdown pass, an 11-yard toss to tight end Randy McMichael. But Null also was intercepted five times in a 47-7 thumping.

    The Rams were outscored 122-36 and went 0-4 with Null as the starter, wrapping up their franchise-worst 1-15 season. Null completed 73 of 119 passes (61.3 percent) for 566 yards and three touchdowns, with nine interceptions. His passer rating was a woeful 49.9.

    "I definitely wish I could get another chance to get back in and sort of redeem myself," Null said. "I don't think that I played as good as I could have."

    Coach Steve Spagnuolo agreed. "He had some ups and downs, like you would think in a rookie," Spagnuolo said. "Here's a guy that probably didn't expect to play at all, and we had the injury situation. He made some good plays, and he made some bad ones. I know it wasn't probably as good as he wanted it to go overall.

    "But I do think the reps he got were invaluable."

    Again, coach and player were in agreement.

    "These OTAs, as far as knowing the plays and calling the plays in the huddle, it's way easier than it was last year at this time," Null said. "Having one year under my belt, and then getting to go in and play four games, I'm taking all that with me ... and using that experience to help me."

    The Rams signed veteran quarterback A.J. Feeley to a free-agent deal in the offseason, then spent the No. 1 overall draft choice on Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford.

    Feeley has been getting all the first-team snaps during OTAs, with Null and Bradford alternating with the second and third units. Ultimately, though, Bradford will be starting and Feeley will be backing him up.

    That means that the 6-foot-4, 219-pound Null, 24, seemingly will have to best rookie free agent Thaddeus Lewis to retain his roster spot.
    ...
    -05-26-2010, 08:39 AM
  • 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 theyíve got there? Rookie QBs play all the time, surely heís 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 wasnít 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 youíre 1-9 or 9-1 ó 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. Heís 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 heís ready to take on that job? Whatís the point? Why get him massacred? Irresponsible.

    No. 3, the Rams arenít 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 doesnít 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 donít think he is ready yet.

    BILL COATS

    Nullís simply not ready. As the No. 3 QB, heís 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, 10:41 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, 05:52 PM
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    Keith Null
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    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, 01:53 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
    POST-DISPATCH ONLINE SPORTS COLUMNIST
    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 franchiseís 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 Ramsí 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, 03:53 PM
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