There was little suspense Monday when Rams coach Mike Martz said Marc Bulger would be the team's starting quarterback next week at Seattle.
Bulger completed 25 of 36 passes for 236 yards Sunday in the team's 27-24
overtime victory over the 49ers. After a rocky second quarter, in which the Rams
totaled minus-4 yards and Bulger fumbled twice on three sacks, he settled down
to complete 15 of 17 passes for 154 yards with a passer rating of 124.2 in the
But more important to Martz than stats was the fact
that the Rams scored every time they had the ball in the second half and
"It's not about yards," Martz said. "But do you move
the football team, and that's what he's done."
Martz said he
talked with the team's assistant coaches, and said, "We feel this is the right
thing to do at this time. How long it will be, who knows. I don't know where
this is going. But I'm sure we're going to need Kurt Warner. Kurt is not a
The decision to go with Bulger, according to Martz,
came down to the "quickness and accuracy of his throws and his decisiveness. He
got better in every quarter. If he hadn't, I probably wouldn't be up here
talking about it."
When Martz revealed his decision at about
3:15 p.m. St. Louis time, he hadn't had been able to reach
"But," Martz said, "I am sure, as much as it will eat
him up inside, that he'll handle this with great character and
Asked how Warner was during the game against the
49ers, Martz said, "He was exceptional. He was Kurt. He was very supportive,
saying to Marc, 'Did you see this? Did you see that?' He will handle it like a
Warner was the first player on the field to greet Bulger
and congratulate him after the Rams' first touchdown against the
Talking more about Bulger, Martz said, "He got shook up
in the first half pretty good. What he did, that great players will do, that
after they make a mistake like that, they put it to rest immediately. And they
don't let them affect the next series or the next down. They've got a short
memory, and they come back and play very well. He was 15 of 17 in the second
half. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a big-league quarterback."
Said guard Adam Timmerman, "I think Marc did a great job and put us in a
position to win, and it's hard to overlook that. You don't want to mess with a
win streak. As they say (in the baseball movie 'Bull Durham') don't ever, ever
mess with a win streak. It's a one-game win streak. I think Marc did enough good
things that he should be out there and competing. I think he made some great
throws down the line that put us in position to score and win."
--LB Scott Shanle suffered a hamstring injury against the 49ers and will be
sidelined for a few weeks.
--LB Jeremy Loyd, signed to the
practice squad last week, was added to the active roster Monday.
--FB Spencer Nead was placed on waivers Monday after Lamar Gordon and Dan Curley
saw some snaps at fullback against the 49ers.
--RB Lamar Gordon
was the starting fullback against the 49ers, although he wasn't used that much
as a blocker. However, Gordon got some quality time at halfback in the second
quarter when Marshall Faulk was sidelined by an eye injury.
Dan Curley, who missed most of training camp because of a calf injury, saw his
first game action against the 49ers and played some snaps in the team's Tank"
formation. "He stepped up and did well for not practicing much," coach Mike
--RB Marshall Faulk missed time in the second
quarter with a contusion over his eye. On a 26-yard run that opened the second
half, when being tackled, Faulk's helmet came down and hit above his
--DT Brian Young started against the 49ers because Ryan Pickett isn't totally recovered from a high ankle sprain.
Ryan Pickett didn't start, but did play as he works to recover from a high ankle
sprain suffered in an Aug. 18 preseason game against Tampa Bay. Martz said
Monday it just takes a while for his injury to heal, but that he is improving
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