Shifting and Shaping: St. Louis Rams Release Veteran QB Marc Bulger

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2010

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Marc Bulger #10 of the St. Louis Rams looks on before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 13, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 28-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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It didn't come as a surprise to read recently that the St. Louis Rams have released once star quarterback Marc Bulger.  On Tuesday the Associated Press announced that St. Louis were more or less making room for their number one draft pick come late April, and like a child making room for a new toy, Marc Bulger was the old timer put on the shelf.

Before I start discussing the possibility of St. Louis taking potential NFL star Sam Bradford in the Draft, I do feel it necessary to honor the career that Marc Bulger had with the St. Louis Rams. 

Growing up, Marc was the guy you thought of when the name St. Louis Rams was mentioned. Sure, his time with St. Louis only spanned an eight year period, but Marc was once a great quarterback that fit the mould quite nicely when the Rams were still a decent team.

Marc's career highlights weren't overly great, but they weren't too shabby either.  After snatching the starting job from Kurt Warner and leading St. Louis to a 12-4 record, the Rams had seemingly once again found a great quarterback from what originally seemed to be nothing.

The Pro Bowl then followed, and that was about it for Marc.  Injuries began to pile up, and sooner or later the ill awaited fate of leaving the limelight was sure to follow.

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Now, here we are.  Marc is gone, and Steve Spagnuolo did seem saddened by the decision to let the 33 year old Marc Bulger go.

"It is always hard to part ways with someone you care for and appreciate," Spagnuolo said. "I will always be indebted to him for his work ethic, character and leadership."

Fortunately for St. Louis, there is a silver lining to this cloud.  A week ago now, the St. Louis Rams had become strong favorites to draft former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford in the Draft, given his impressive workout.

Luckily enough for Bradford, the recent Donovan McNabb trade hasn't affected his stock in a Jimmy Clausen like way, and his future does seem strong and in the hands of the St. Louis Rams. 

The bigger question is though, should St. Louis go for a quarterback, or instead look at another option?  Well, looking at the Rams' recent draft history, they have passed on Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez, two quarterbacks that have made a name for themselves in their rookie years alone.

The other point to be considered with this move, is that Steve Spagnuolo is a defensively orientated coach.  Therefore, the sensible move is to draft a quarterback such as Bradford and offer the Rams a "face of the franchise" type guy that will deliver in every way possible.

Whichever way St. Louis decide to go, Marc Bulger is no longer a part of it.  Whether Sam Bradford or possibly even Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick enter the Rams roster, is all up in the air.  One thing is for certain though, the Rams need a quarterback, and they need one bad.  The debate has gone on long enough, for the love of God Spagnuolo, make the right decision!

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