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Rams Gab Position Previews – Quarterback

We are going to be previewing every position on the Rams here at the eve of training camp.  Let’s start with the quarterbacks.

Marc Bulger

The Rams have Marc Bulger as their starting quarterback this year, however his contract makes it fortuitous for the Rams to release him after this season.  That results in a one-year try-out for Bulger and his new coaching staff.
Bulger has struggled over the past two years although he has not had much help on the offensive line.  He’s been hurt, banged up and throwing off his back foot and curling into a ball.  The Al Saunders offense was predicated on the deep-out pass pattern, which kept the ball in Bulger’s hands longer.
The new “MidWest Coast” offense is set up for quick three steps drops to slanting wideouts and dumps to running backs.  This will help Bulger immensely as he has the arm strength to stick the ball in the small windows.  An improved offensive line will help his confidence as well.
We are all looking for a bounceback season from Bulger.  How much bounceback is the real question.  Will he be the answer for the Rams late into his career?  Will the Rams be looking for a new QB in 2010 even if Bulger plays well?  All these questions will be answered soon enough, but Bulger will be able to answer a lot with some good play in 2009.

Kyle Boller

Kyler is an upgrade over a fragile Trent Green for backup QB for the Rams.  He has started in the NFL in the past and still has a very strong arm.  He could fill in capbably for the Rams if Bulger was ever injured.  He has shown that he cannot handle a full-time starting role, but he has value as a backup.

Keith Null

I’m penciling Null in as the 3rd and emergency quarterback for the Rams this year.  He has a live arm, but played in a spread offense at a Div. II college, so he may need some seasoning in the NFL before he could challenge for a starting spot.  Look for him to have 3 years in the league and either make it or get released at this point.

Brock Berlin

Berlin is a good 3rd-string QB who has already reached his potential.  Just hope you don’t have to actually start him, but sadly, the Rams did have to start him.  Keith Null is better than him and has a higher ceiling.  Berlin is probably on his way out for the Rams in training camp.

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