Marc Proves Mike's System Works
by Rams Nation's Don Ackerman
In 2003, a third string quarterback for the Saint Louis Rams had the best quarterback rating in the NFL. How is this possible? Well, it's one of three things:
- Marc Bulger is an unbelievable talent that everyone except the Rams missed.
- The Rams players like Marc so much that they only played well for him but not for Kurt Warner.
- Mike Martz has created a system that gives talented QBs an opportunity to shine.
Marc Bulger is an unbelievable talent...
On Marc's behalf, I'd love to say that he is the anti-Ryan Leaf. Bulger is an unheralded player who could take the NFL by the horns. I've considered this for months and sorry, Marc, but I don't think so
The Rams players like Marc so much...
Though I think the Rams players played one of their best games against the Oakland Raiders to start their 5-game winning streak, I can't believe the whole team gave up against Philly and Washington in close losses. Sorry but it's not option #2.
Mike Martz has created a system that gives talented QBs an opportunity to shine.
Terry, a good friend of mine, is a project manager. She consistently says that a project manager's job is to create a situation where people can succeed. Her job is to get all the pieces in place, to get everyone on the same page and to create opportunity. In this case, her job is no different than Mike Martz'. As head coach, he is responsible for creating a winning program and to have a successful 2002 project.
But Mike can only create the situation; he can't make the resources or players perform and he can't control injuries. I can't help but look back at 2002 and think that Marc Bulger proves that Mike Martz' system does work.
First, consider this - Marc Bulger is Saint Louis' third string quarterback. Don't let that take away from the fact that he is a talent and he is a member of an exclusive club called the NFL players. It's no small feat to be employed in the NFL. He proves that Mike has a system that works when players are healthy and perform. With zero NFL experience before this year, look at Marc Bulger's college career stats with West Virginia:
Year Comp/Att % Yards Yard/Attempt TD Int 1999 145/239 60.7 1729 - 11 13 1998 274/419 65.4 3607 - 31 10 1997 192/323 59.4 2465 - 14 10 1996 19/42 45.2 352 - 3 1
Now look at his stats in 7 games for the Saint Louis Rams:
Year Comp/Att % Yards Yard/Attempt TD Int Rating 2002 138/214 64.5 1826 8.5 14 6 101.5
You can see his Rams stats are comparable to 1998 (his junior year) but we all know the NFL is a whole new ballgame.
If Marc played in more games (let's not get into the conspiracy of his "injury"), he'd qualify for the NFL's best quarterback rating. He'd be #1 and ranked higher than two of the potential NFL MVPs named Brett Favre and Rich Gannon. I can only think that this proves that Mike Martz has a system in Saint Louis that works. He can take a third-string quarterback and make him the #1 QB in the NFL. It worked for Kurt Warner who is now a household name and in 2002, he did it for Marc Bulger.
The real question is can Mike do it again in 2003?