Rams Sticking With Bulger

Vikings coach Mike Tice intimates that he likes the matchup against the Rams because of St. Louis quarterback Marc Bulger's propensity for the interception. Rams coach Mike Martz likes Bulger for a very different — and good — reason.

Rams coach Mike Martz made it clear after the team's 30-27 victory over Arizona Sunday and again the day after: Marc Bulger is the team's quarterback.

Despite Bulger's struggles at times, the Rams are now 14-3 in games he has started over the last two seasons.

"Marc Bulger is our quarterback," Martz said after the game. "Marc Bulger is our quarterback. That's it. That's all there is to it. Marc Bulger is our quarterback. If I was going to do anything to change that, I would have done it in this game."

When asked the following day about sticking with Bulger through thick and thin, Martz said, "I have great confidence in him. I trust him. The way he came back last week (against Chicago) established him in my mind as the quarterback."

For that reason, Martz said he never considered pulling Bulger and replacing him with Kurt Warner even though Bulger's five turnovers helped the Cardinals overcome two 14-point leads and eventually grab a 27-24 lead.

Bulger then led the Rams on a drive that tied the game as time ran out in regulation, and engineered the winning drive in overtime.

"If I vacillate with my trust in him, which I did (for two weeks), what does that say about me?" Martz said. "What does that say to the team? I believe in him and I will stay with him."

Said Bulger, "I can't apologize for how I play and throw. I'm going to keep throwing it downfield regardless if I have 10 interceptions, until coach Martz tells me not to. That's just the way I play. I'm an aggressive player."

"His heart is kind of contagious," wide receiver Isaac Bruce said of Bulger. "He stays poised in the huddle and doesn't react negatively after a mistake. We're going to continue to roll with him."


NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
  • DE Leonard Little has good chance of playing this week for the first time since suffering a torn pectoral muscle against Pittsburgh on Oct. 26. Little will practice Wednesday and will then be assessed as the week progresses.

  • DT Damione Lewis has a chance of playing this week as he recovers from a high ankle sprain suffered against Pittsburgh on Oct. 26. Lewis is scheduled to practice Wednesday to see whether the ankle gives him any subsequent trouble.

  • LB Courtland Bullard suffered a mildly sprained ankle against Arizona, but his status won't be known until Wednesday.

  • LB Scott Shanle is expected to kiss a few weeks after injuring his hamstrings Sunday against the Cardinals.

  • CB Travis Fisher, who suffered a sprained wrist against the Cardinals, had very little swelling Monday and should be fine to practice this week.

  • FS Aeneas Williams suffered a thigh contusion against the Cardinals, but is expected to be fine for Sunday's game against Minnesota. Williams will probably be limited in practice Wednesday, which is often the case anyway.

  • TE Richard Angulo was placed on waivers Monday, and he was quickly scooped up by the Vikings after they released running back Doug Chapman.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "Marc was at his best at the end of the game and in overtime. Except for three or four critical mistakes, he was outstanding. Those other things are not hard to fix. He's still learning as he goes." — Coach Mike Martz on Rams quarterback Marc Bulger.





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