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  • Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

    Posted by Michael David Smith on March 5, 2010 10:49 AM ET
    We still don't know who the St. Louis Rams' starting quarterback will be this season. But we may have learned today who their backup will be.

    Our old friend Aaron Wilson tweeted, and Rams Billy Devaney "pretty much confirmed" in a radio interview, that the Rams are close to a deal with free agent quarterback A.J. Feeley.

    Feeley was most recently under contract with the Panthers, but he never played in a game for Carolina. He last got on the field in the regular season in 2007, when he started two games for the Eagles. He's also played for the Dolphins.

    The 32-year-old Feeley has been a backup to Donovan McNabb before, and it's possible that he could be be a backup to McNabb again in 2010. Or he could be a backup to Marc Bulger, Michael Vick, Sam Bradford or whoever else the Rams have under center.

  • #2
    Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

    Just popped up on PFT. I don't really view it as something to get excited about. Feely hasn't done much...ever really and will probably compete for a job as 2nd string with Null(if we sign/draft a starter). I could even see Null edging him out.

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    • #3
      Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

      Eh, but you never know...

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      • #4
        Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

        I'd say that Feely makes sense in terms of bringing in a veteran QB who is familiar with the system, has started in the NFL, and probably won't be too expensive.

        If they do sign him I also think this is a pretty clear indication that (1) the Rams don't expect that Bulger will be back, and (2) they are going to take a QB early in the draft. Not that any of that is all that surprising.

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        • #5
          Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

          Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
          I'd say that Feely makes sense in terms of bringing in a veteran QB who is familiar with the system, has started in the NFL, and probably won't be too expensive.

          If they do sign him I also think this is a pretty clear indication that (1) the Rams don't expect that Bulger will be back, and (2) they are going to take a QB early in the draft. Not that any of that is all that surprising.
          Why bring in a Veteran Qb when we have Marc Bulger?

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          • #6
            Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

            Originally posted by Trevor View Post
            Why bring in a Veteran Qb when we have Marc Bulger?
            Simple: money.

            I'm sure that Feeley will sign for a lot less than Bulger's current salary. I also presume that Bulger would not take a pay cut to the amount Feeley will receive.

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            • #7
              Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

              Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
              I'd say that Feely makes sense in terms of bringing in a veteran QB who is familiar with the system, has started in the NFL, and probably won't be too expensive.

              If they do sign him I also think this is a pretty clear indication that (1) the Rams don't expect that Bulger will be back, and (2) they are going to take a QB early in the draft. Not that any of that is all that surprising.
              Totally agree AV. This is the sign that Bulger is on the way out. Here is the veteran QB that they wanted who can mold a rookie and who knows Shurmurs system.

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              • #8
                Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

                AJ Feely? I thought he was garbage? He only brings leadership IMO. He would be a lot less expensive than Bulger though.

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                • #9
                  Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

                  Most fans want rid of Bulger too, and this would allow them to get rid of him.

                  any chance of Feeley starting here or his he just a backup?
                  @EssexRam_

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                  • #10
                    Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

                    Originally posted by THOLTFAN81 View Post
                    Totally agree AV. This is the sign that Bulger is on the way out. Here is the veteran QB that they wanted who can mold a rookie and who knows Shurmurs system.
                    Bye Bye Bulger! Thanks for the memories.
                    sigpic :ram::helmet:

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                    • #11
                      Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

                      Originally posted by THOLTFAN81 View Post
                      Totally agree AV. This is the sign that Bulger is on the way out. Here is the veteran QB that they wanted who can mold a rookie and who knows Shurmurs system.
                      The trouble with this scenario is that the mentor back sucks. He's an upgrade over Boller, but I'd be hard pressed to argue that he's better than Tony Banks.

                      ---------------------------------

                      My childlike faith that this front office knows what it is doing and has a concrete plan is continuing to waver.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

                        I see him replacing Boller, not necessarily Bulger.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Rams Close to a Deal With AJ Feely

                          Originally posted by viper View Post
                          I see him replacing Boller, not necessarily Bulger.
                          Thats exactly how I am viewing it.

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                            Its should take a short period of time for the Rams #1 pick, Sam Bradford, to take over the reigns as the team's starting quarterback, once he signs his huge contract.
                            The prospects of Adam Joshua Feeley leading the Rams at QB for the entire season makes it hard to believe that anything positive could come out of that.
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                            He bombed in Miami and couldn't get on the field in San Diego.

                            Feeley went back to Philly and got beat out for the 2nd string spot by an aging Jeff Garcia...Seriously, Garcia would be a better fit for the Rams right now.

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                          • shower beers
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                            Free agent QB A.J. Feeley will visit with the Rams, a league source tells Aaron Wilson.
                            Feeley would be an interesting fit for the Rams. He knows offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur from their time together in Philadelphia and can play in the West Coast offense. With Matt Moore being handed the gig in Carolina, Feeley likely sees St. Louis as a place he could compete to start.

                            Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter
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                            Meh. I guess it's good we're starting to get people in to St. Louis. I don't think I would care one way of the other if he eventually signs.
                            -03-05-2010, 07:17 AM
                          • THOLTFAN81
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                          • MauiRam
                            Spags says Feely is the #1 quarterback .... for now ..
                            by MauiRam
                            By Bill Coats
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                            Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was careful to leave no room for doubt. "If we played a game today," he declared Thursday, "A.J. (Feeley) would be our quarterback."

                            That was hardly a revelation. Feeley is well-versed in the offensive scheme that coordinator Pat Shurmur imported from Philadelphia, Feeley's home for six of his 10 NFL seasons.

                            Conversely, rookie Sam Bradford's pro experience consists of five practices at rookie minicamp and two during organized team activities this week at Rams Park.

                            But make no mistake: The Rams didn't spend the No. 1 overall pick in last month's draft and eventually millions of dollars on Bradford so that he could back up a 33-year-old journeyman who hasn't taken a regular-season snap since 2007.


                            "It's inevitable that this is going to be Sam's team," Feeley conceded. "When that time comes ... who knows right now?"

                            It could be awhile. Spagnuolo doesn't simply dole out starting jobs to rookies. For example, the Rams' top two draftees last year, tackle Jason Smith and linebacker James Laurinaitis, didn't receive first-team promotions until relatively late in the preseason.

                            Bradford, who has worked with the second and third units at OTAs, figures to get similar treatment. So for the time being, this is Feeley's team. And he wants to make as much of that as he can.

                            "I have a goal, I have ambitions, I want to win games ... and I want to play," Feeley said. "When you're a guy in this league, that's all you look for: an opportunity to compete."

                            Spagnuolo said Feeley has "a pretty good command of what we're doing. I can see that just when I stand there and we're doing the walk-throughs, the jog-throughs. I had seen him before in the huddle and operate in game situations. So, myself and Pat were real comfortable with that."

                            Spanguolo was the Eagles' defensive backs coach when Feeley was there from 2001-03. After two seasons in Miami and one in San Diego, Feeley returned to Philadelphia for another three-year stint, 2006-08. He was with Carolina last season.

                            A free-agent signee who received a two-year deal worth a reported $6 million, Feeley has spent virtually his entire career as a backup. He's appeared in 23 games, with 15 starts. He's thrown for 4,070 yards and 27 touchdowns, with 29 interceptions. His passer rating is 69.6.

                            The Rams were enticing, he said, because of his familiarity with the offense, plus the chance to run the first team ... for a while, anyway.

                            "It's an opportunity to try to get this thing going, and for me personally, it's been awhile since I've been in that position. So I'll try to make the most of it," he said. Still, he acknowledged that his duties include tutoring...
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                          • MauiRam
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                            "Just like I stated all spring, if we played today I'm sticking with it if we played today, A.J. would be the guy. Maybe I should put that on tape."

                            Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has been so unwavering in that answer that he hasn't even been asked about it since the start of training camp last week.

                            But in the grand scheme of things, A.J. Feeley knows he's merely keeping the seat warm at quarterback. A 10-year veteran of the NFL who is well-schooled in the West Coast scheme, Feeley can be a valuable mentor for No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford.

                            Then again, Feeley wants to play. He doesn't want to help Bradford too much, does he?

                            "I want to help him out as much as he wants to be helped out," Feeley said. "But everybody wants to play. If you don't want to play, you shouldn't be in this position. It's what you do."

                            But Feeley is quick to add: "The nature of playing quarterback is you help each other out in the meeting room. Those guys that don't have good meeting rooms, where the guys don't get along, that's where bad things happen. But we have a great group."

                            Feeley, 33, is surrounded by two rookies Bradford and Thaddeus Lewis and second-year man Keith Null in the meeting room at Rams Park. That's a lot of inexperience.

                            "My mind-set going into this thing is to get this team ready to play," Feeley said. "And offensively, it's to go in there and be the guy and run with it. But in the meeting room and outside of that, I'm there to help those guys out as much as possible."

                            That mind-set explains in part why the Rams signed Feeley to a two-year, $6 million free-agent contract in March. They feel he's someone capable of starting a few games if need be until Bradford is deemed ready. But his knowledge of the offense and the coaches should help Bradford get ready.

                            "Feeley's being something like a big brother to Sam is the best way I can put it," rookie wide receiver Mardy Gilyard said. "He's the leader of the bunch. He's the No. 1 guy. He knows his checks. He's confident in his throws. He's telling our receivers exactly where he's going to put the ball and how we should run our routes.

                            "And Sam, he has a lot to learn. That's why I'm glad that we have A.J. here so Sam can be able to cling on his leg in a sense and learn everything he can learn."

                            During the summer break from mid-June to reporting day last week, Feeley worked at home in San Diego with noted quarterback trainer Todd Durkin.

                            "He works out a bunch of quarterbacks Drew (Brees), Aaron Rodgers, all those guys," Feeley said.

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