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Marc Bulger Retires

Former Rams QB Marc Bulger retired yesterday after declining to accept any of the offers for his services in the marketplace.  Bulger had a very complicated relationship with the St. Louis Rams and their fans.  He was picked from obscurity by Mike Martz, who took his quick release and accurate arm to the next level.  He had a small quarterback controversy as Kurt Warner was getting run over by the lack of offensive line in front of him.  When Warner finally moved to the Giants, Bulger was the full time starter and led the Rams to the playoffs in 2006 when he passed for 4301 yards on the year.  Then the lack of offensive line investment began to tear down Bulger’s resolve.  (Compare this situation to how the Rams are currently protecting their young quarterback with a big contract.  Huge contracts to quality players at every spot along the line.  That is how you protect your investment.)

Mike Martz would rather spend money on gadget players like Trung Candidate rather than protect their investment at Quarterback and Marc Bulger paid the price.  What was once a friendly relationship between fans and Bulger deteriorated as Bulger’s mannerisms and pocket awareness deteriorated.  The Mike Martz regime thought the best way to help his quarterback was with skill players and deep routes that had Bulger hold the ball in the pocket longer in front of a patchwork offensive line.

Once Mike Martz was replaced with Scott Linehan, the damage was done.  From the start, few players respected Linehan and Bulger was not one of them.  This was punctuated by an eye-rolling incident on the sideline that was captured by the cameras.   The offensive line was still not remedied enough and Bulger continued to take punishment.   Marc Bulger’s ability to stay in the pocket to make the throws needed was shattered and the Rams moved on from Bulger as soon as his contract allowed it.

In the end, Bulger put up huge numbers for the Rams offense and lead the team to the last playoff appearance and playoff victory, but was never really loved by the fans who longed for Kurt Warner’s return in instead of Bulger within 2 years after Warner was sent from town.  Bulger was never a “rah rah” leader on the field and was too quick to show terrible body language and that type of behavior will never play well with football fans.  Marc Bulger could have had an even better career if the dysfunctional Rams front office during his tenure helped protect him, but still put up good numbers regardless because of his lightning quick release and great accuracy.  Best wishes to Marc in his retirement.

 


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3 Responses to “Marc Bulger Retires”

  1. Scott says:

    Bulger was a great quarterback and, with a line in front of him, would’ve had the opportunity to be one of the best in a long time. His accuracy and release was better/faster than Warner’s, and look at the success he had. Arizona really missed out on a great chance to take Bulger for cheap this year and try him out. Hell, should’ve been last year. But him and Warner were almost identical QB’s, so I think he would’ve had success there. Best wishes Marc, you were truly a rockstar!

  2. Calvin says:

    It’s about time someone gave him credit.

  3. Chui says:

    I truly enjoyed watching his work when he received the support.

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