Rams Post Game Notes

News and notes from week-three of the NFL season.

It looks like the Rams have to get accustomed to life without quarterback Kurt Warner and running back Marshall Faulk.
   Last season, they were on the field at the same time for 11 quarters. This season, Warner has been benched in favor of Marc Bulger, while Faulk will miss three or four weeks after breaking the fourth and fifth metacarpal bones in his left hand Sunday against Seattle.
   Lamar Gordon moves into the starting lineup for this week's game against the Cardinals, while Bulger is expected to start again, despite a poor second-half performance Sunday in which the Rams lost a 23-10 lead and lost to the Seahawks, 24-23.
   When asked whether another quarterback switch might be contemplated, coach Mike Martz said, "Let me tell you something. Marc's fine. I'm not worried about him. He's my quarterback, all right? He's just fine."
   As for Gordon, Martz said, "That's why he gets paid. It's his turn now."
   Bulger followed a strong second half in Week 2 against San Francisco with an excellent first half against Seattle. In those four quarters, he completed 27 of 32 passes, and helped stake the Rams to a 17-10 halftime lead in Seattle. But two third-quarter drives stalled deep in Seahawks territory, and the Rams were forced to settle for a pair of 33-yard field goals by kicker Jeff Wilkins and a 23-10 lead.
   But their final four possessions were disasters. Bulger threw two interceptions, and completed just 3 of 9 passes for 11 yards. On 12 plays, the Rams totaled just 19 yards.
   Said tackle Kyle Turley, "When it counted, we didn't make the plays necessary to out the game away."
   Added Bulger, "You know how hard it is to get a win in the NFL, and when you're up 13 on the road in the third quarter, that's huge. To let it slip through our fingers like this, and knowing that these opportunities don't come by often, it (upsets) you.''
   --Cornerback Travis Fisher missed some key time in the fourth quarter because of a shoulder injury, the severity of which was not immediately known.
   --Fullback Dan Curley injured a calf muscle in pregame warmups and did not play. Curley first suffered the calf injury before training camp, then injured it again in pregame warm-ups before the Aug. 8 preseason game against Oakland. With Curley out, long snapper Chris Massey was forced to play some snaps at fullback.
   --Rookie running back Arlen Harris was replaced as the punt returner by DeJuan Groce after muffing a punt for the second time in two weeks. This one was recovered in the end zone for a Seattle touchdown.

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