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  • Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

    12.30.2009 4:55 pm
    Despite setback, Boller would like to return here in 2010
    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    When quarterback Marc Bulger fractured his shinbone Nov. 22 vs. Arizona, it looked as if veteran Kyle Boller would have the final six games to try to prove his future value to the St. Louis Rams. But Boller injured his thigh two weeks later, then was leveled by illness.

    In the meantime, rookie Keith Null stepped in. He started the last three games and likely will be in the lineup again Sunday, when the Rams close the season against the ***** at the Edward Jones Dome.

    Boller can only wonder what might have been.

    “Any time you have an injury or an illness and you’re taken out of the position, somebody else has an opportunity to get in there,” Boller noted. “It’s unfortunate that that happened to me. I’m going to have to deal with that, and hopefully work my way back.”

    He’d like to do that in St. Louis, he stressed. “I like this organization, I like the guys on my team,” he said. “It’s a great town, and I really see this team doing good things. I would love to.”

    Notes & quotes:

    *RB Steven Jackson (back), CB Quincy Butler (knee, ankle), LB Paris Lenon (toe), DE Leonard Little (knee) and G Mark Setterstrom (triceps) sat out practice Wednesday. Setterstrom will have surgery “in the near future,” coach Steve Spagnuolo reported.

    *T Jason Smith (concussion), LB James Laurinaitis (knee) and WR Donnie Avery (thigh) were limited.

    *Spagnuolo doubled his usual contigent of captains, naming six for this week: Jackson and T Adam Goldberg, offense; Little and Laurinaitis, defense; and K Josh Brown and P Donnie Jones, special teams.

    *The Rams filled the open spot on their practice squad by signing G Mark Lewis, an undrafted rookie from Oregon.

    *Spagnuolo, on Jackson’s selection to the Pro Bowl: “Very excited, happy for him, proud of him. Excited for the whole offense, really. He’s just a class guy. I always felt that he was that caliber of player, and I’m glad that the rest of the league, the fans and the people that voted, recognized him as such.”

  • #2
    Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

    I like Boller's attitude and his drive to exceed. However, we are rebuilding and I mean big time.

    I wouldn't be shocked if we have our QB of the future on this roster, that would mean clearing up a spot a QB. It's sad to see a player get released, but Boller may be the guy.

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    • #3
      Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

      Hmmmm, don't really mind him I guess. The guy has a good arm and good mobility, he just lacks the intelligence to react under pressure and makes dumb decisions from time to time but if he's truly determined to fix that, he's more than welcome to stay with us.


      ♪ R.I.P. Nujabes ♫

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      • #4
        Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

        Of course he'd like to return, this is likely his last steady job in the NFL.

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        • #5
          Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

          Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010.

          Despite setback, I'd like to be 21 again.

          Guess what? Neither one is going to happen.
          temp_4394_1467243487543_20
          RAMS!

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          • #6
            Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

            I'd like him to stay as a 3rd string backup..

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            • #7
              Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

              He has a great attitude and great personality , truly a good guy. I dont want him on my favorite team however.

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              • #8
                Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

                Originally posted by fliptalianstallion View Post
                he just lacks the intelligence to react under pressure and makes dumb decisions from time to time but if he's truly determined to fix that, he's more than welcome to stay with us.
                But that has always been the issue with this guy. He has all the measurables and talent to succeed at the QB position, but lacks the requisite instincts, and, as a result, he wilts under pressure.

                This is simply a carry over of the problems he manifested in Baltimore and is a main reason why he is no longer there.

                Bottom line: The Rams can and must do better.

                WHAT SAY YE?

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                • #9
                  Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

                  I say bye Boller and good luck

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                  • #10
                    Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

                    Originally posted by RamsFanSam View Post
                    Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010.

                    Despite setback, I'd like to be 21 again.

                    Guess what? Neither one is going to happen.

                    lol agreed i see no way hes on the roster next year... Bulger has a better chance of being back than Boller... Bulger/Null/rookie

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                    • #11
                      Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

                      Originally posted by RAMarkable View Post
                      WHAT SAY YE?
                      We'll see what Spags does and if he's released, then have fun in the CFL or Arena Football League.


                      ♪ R.I.P. Nujabes ♫

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                      • #12
                        Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

                        Boller looked like he was ready to go in pre-game warmups against Houston, but Null started instead. He looked fine last week, but Null started instead. When a wet-behind-the-ears rookie gets the start over a veteran who is ready to go, that should be a hint that you're not going to be around much longer.

                        He really is a nice guy, but that's just not enough.
                        sigpicThis is for Randy! GO BRM!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

                          Boller is only on a one year deal right? So we dont have to worry about releasing him. He's done here anyway.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Despite Setback, Boller Would Like To Return Here In 2010

                            Originally posted by cfh128 View Post
                            Boller is only on a one year deal right? So we dont have to worry about releasing him. He's done here anyway.

                            Correct-a-mundo

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                            • r8rh8rmike
                              Backup QB Boller Aims To Eliminate Mistakes
                              by r8rh8rmike
                              Backup QB Boller aims to eliminate mistakes
                              By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
                              4 hours, 43 minutes ago

                              ST. LOUIS (AP)—If Kyle Boller is auditioning for a new deal with the St. Louis Rams, he has yet to impress.

                              The backup quarterback is getting extended playing opportunity, perhaps the rest of the season, given that Marc Bulger(notes) is on crutches with a fractured left shin bone. But Boller realizes the game-changing mistakes that have marred his play must be weeded out.

                              Boller threw two interceptions last week, including one on a tipped pass that was returned for the go-ahead touchdown in last weekend’s 27-17 loss to the Seahawks, and is responsible for seven turnovers in only 14 quarters. His other pick Sunday was in the end zone, negating a scoring opportunity.

                              “I wish a ball would pop 10 feet in the air and hit the guy in stride for a touchdown,” Boller said Wednesday. “That’s the way it goes. You have to protect the ball but I’m still going to go out there and try to make plays.”

                              Boller, who landed with a one-year free agent contract after sitting out 2008 with a shoulder injury in Baltimore, isn’t going to change. Despite the mounting mistakes, he said there’s no way he’ll go conservative this weekend at Chicago when he makes his second straight start.

                              “I’m not going to play scared, that’s when you do turn the ball over,” he said. “I don’t foresee that being a problem.”

                              The Rams (1-10) pretty much have to count on Boller improving, since rookie Keith Null is the only other quarterback on the roster. Coach Steve Spagnuolo doesn’t believe Null, a sixth-round pick, is ready and would just as soon he not play this season.

                              “I’m sure if you ask Kyle, certainly the second one, he’d like to have a better throw,” Spagnuolo said of the interceptions by Seattle. “I know Kyle would like to have both of them back.”

                              The coach has been able to say that a lot. Four of Boller’s turnovers have been returned for touchdowns, and two came in the red zone.

                              Of course, it’s not all the quarterback’s fault. The Rams have been inexperienced at wide receiver all season and the offensive line was minus three starters much of the game against Seattle. Boller was constantly on the run and was sacked four times, so he’s had to work through more than the usual soreness.

                              “Sometimes your best throws are when you get hit and you lay on the ground and hopefully they’re applauding when you play at home,” Boller said. “It was a little harder this week, definitely.”

                              Center Jason Brown is expected to make his 56th consecutive start, although he grudgingly missed the first practice of his career on Wednesday with a sprained right knee.

                              “It’s a humbling experience,” Brown said. “I did not want to miss this practice, not at all, but it’s all about doing the smart thing.”...
                              -12-02-2009, 09:04 PM
                            • 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, 06:15 PM
                            • r8rh8rmike
                              Are You Comfortable With Kyle Boller As A Capable Back-Up?
                              by r8rh8rmike
                              There's already been a lot of discussion on this subject scattered throughout the forums, but I can't help thinking about just how effective Boller might be if called upon.

                              I like the guy, but I don't think he'll be any different from his days as a Raven. I wasn't thrilled when we signed him, but I thought as a back-up, he might be serviceable. He certainly hasn't given me much confidence so far.

                              He's always had the tools. Great arm, good mobility, nice size and strength. The problem is, while he has at times translated all those positives into success on the field, he eventually exposes a lack of poise, inconsistency and questionable decision making, as he did against Atlanta. His center in Baltimore and now with the Rams, Jason Brown, made a statement to that effect when he (Brown) was first signed.

                              We could do worse than Boller and I realize that he is still getting used to a new system, but I hope we don't have to find out how effective Boller can be during the regular season.

                              That said, he still has two games to make me feel a little more comfortable with him.
                              -08-26-2009, 02:44 PM
                            • r8rh8rmike
                              St. Louis Rams' Marc Bulger Is Out, Kyle Boller Steps In
                              by r8rh8rmike
                              St. Louis Rams' Marc Bulger is out, Kyle Boller steps in

                              BY JIM THOMAS
                              ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                              08/18/2009

                              Life as a backup quarterback means you're always one play away from the spotlight. For Kyle Boller, that play took place Monday at Rams Park.

                              With the Rams working indoors because of rain, a center snap from Jason Brown doinked off the hands of quarterback Marc Bulger midway through practice. X-rays subsequently showed that Bulger had suffered a fractured pinky finger on his throwing hand. The two-time Pro Bowler will be sidelined at least two weeks.

                              "It kind of — not really popped — but I could tell he was hurting a little bit," Boller said. "He kind of stuck in there and went for a couple more (plays)."

                              But then Bulger headed off the practice field, and the next thing Boller knew, coach Steve Spagnuolo was in his ear.

                              "He said, 'You've got to go in right now,'" Boller said.

                              Boller took the rest of the practice reps with the starters in the morning, and took the full load with the first team in the afternoon.

                              During a situational goal-line period in the morning, Spagnuolo said Boller "pretty much did all the right things." And in the 7-on-7 passing period, "he stuck out," the coach said.

                              Nervous?

                              "Nah. You can't be nervous," Boller said. "That's part of the deal of being a backup. You've got to just be prepared to jump in there no matter the situation.

                              "It's not my first rodeo. I've been a starter. I've been out there. So I'm just going to go out there and be myself. Be a leader, and lead this team to hopefully a lot of scoring drives."

                              The No. 19 overall pick by Baltimore in 2003, Boller appeared in 53 games with 42 starts for the Ravens. He's that franchise's career leader in passing yards (7,846) but threw 44 interceptions to go with his 46 touchdown passes.

                              Last year in the Ravens' second exhibition game, a season-ending shoulder injury to Boller opened the door for rookie Joe Flacco at quarterback. Flacco nearly got the Ravens into the Super Bowl; Boller became expendable as an unrestricted free agent.

                              He signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with St. Louis, but only after the Rams got tired of waiting on Gus Frerotte. So Boller, 28, will start Friday against Atlanta, as well as the Rams' Aug. 27 contest at Cincinnati. But that should be it, unless Bulger's injury takes longer to heal than expected.

                              "There's what I'm going to call a small fracture in the pinky finger," Spagnuolo said. "It's not displaced, which is a good thing. ... You can't cast it. You don't do anything to it. He'll just tape it. We'll keep it immobilized for a couple of weeks, and we'll see where we are after that. He won't do very much for two...
                              -08-17-2009, 10:33 PM
                            • 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, 10:40 AM
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