Marc Bulger has been having an atrocious season. His quarterback ranking is 28th in the league, behind the likes of J.T. O'Sullivan, Dan Orlovsky, and Gus Frerotte. The Rams have been embarrassed for two straight weeks.
And yet, they are sticking with their quarterback.
"We're going to stick with Marc," coach Jim Haslett said Monday. "Just talking to all the offensive coaches upstairs, they think that Marc right now still gives us our best chance to win."
Therein lies my disagreement with Haslett. At 2-8, the Rams' season is in the tank. I'd let Brock Berlin play. You never know, I mean, Matt Cassel was a backup in college and he's starting to play well for the Patriots. Maybe you catch lightning in a bottle and don't need to draft a quarterback in the first round next year.
Of course, whoever is taking snaps this week will, once again, be playing without the offense's marquee player. Steven Jackson has already been ruled out with his strained thigh muscle. I'm relieved the announcement this week happened so quickly and matter-of-factly, too, because the past three or four weeks we've heard that it was a game-time decision.
The timing for all this -- and the injury to big Orlando Pace -- couldn't be better for the Chicago Bears. The Bears are coming off an embarrassment of their own this past week, yet still sit in a three-way tie atop the NFC North. The defense is under the microscope, and likely a wee bit angry. Enter the turnover-happy, banged-up Rams' offense.
Maybe this isn't the week for Haslett to move to Berlin after all. You don't want him fed to the Bears should they become the Monsters of the Midway.
Marc Bulger Still Rams' Quarterback, Steven Jackson Already Ruled Out originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Tue, 18 Nov 2008 14:10:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.