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Bulger Going Back To School

No, it is not what you think.  Marc Bulger is not headed back to West Virginia to do some extra-credit work, he is studying up on the new Rams offense installed by new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.  Here’s the little details that Bulger gave out recently (from Mike Sando at ESPN).

This is definitely going to be the most trying, different scheme that I’ve had, but I think it’s a good thing that it’s a whole fresh start from the locker room to the building to the offense. We all have to start from scratch.

First of all, based on the offensive production over the past two years, I think starting from scratch is a good idea.  Secondly, Al Saunders had the reputation of putting in a very difficult offensive scheme with a Mike Martzian size playbook.  Was Al Saunders overrated, or is this ever harder than that? 

Just the verbiage. It’s numbering with protections rather than words and it’s kind of backwards. Then, the routes are a lot of words rather than numbers. Like I said, though, it’s still football. It’s not going to be rocket science. We’ll get it figured out. It’s going to be receiver friendly. The guys can just play and run and show their speed off. It’s a little bit tougher on the [offensive] line, too.

So, it looks like all the hot calls and blitz calls will be on the offensive line, running backs and Marc Bulger.  That makes a lot of sense considering the wide receivers are going to be talented but very young in 2009.  If all the line and audible calls stayed between center Jason Brown, Marc Bulger and Steven Jackson that would be fine with me.

This is probably Marc Bulger’s 4th offense in 5 years considering all the changes that the Rams have made in their coaching staff.  In the past, the Rams have started slow when starting with a new offensive scheme.  Hopefully, that will not be a problem in 2009 with all the new starters and three minicamps because of the new coaching staff.


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