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Marc Bulger retires

Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:34 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 11:46 am
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Marc Bulger was one of the veterans often mentioned in recent months as possibly landing with a quarterback-needy team to serve as the bridge to the young franchise QB-in-waiting. Instead, after a nine-year NFL career, Bulger has decided to retire.

A league source says Bulger received offers from other teams but chose not to pursue them.

Bulger, 34, played collegiately at West Virginia, and was a sixth-round pick of the Saints in the 2000 NFL Draft. He spent eight years in St. Louis, and in 2002, he replaced an injured Jamie Martin (who had replaced an injured Kurt Warner) and led the 0-5 Rams to six straight wins. A year later, St. Louis was 12-4 with Bulger under center. He started 15 times in 2004, performing well enough that the team released Warner that offseason.

Bulger played in St. Louis until 2009 before serving as Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore last season.

In June, Warner indicated that Bulger might be happy as a backup given the beating he took in St. Louis as a starter. Warner added that “he can just enjoy life and not have to worry about the pressure of being an NFL starter and everything that goes with it."

Warner made it clear that he wasn't being critical of Bulger, just assessing the situation as he saw it. Turns out, he wasn't far off. But it appears Bulger took it a step further. Instead of settling for a backup gig, he decided to hang it up altogether.

Bulger ends his career with 22,814 passing yards, 93 touchdowns and was twice named to the Pro Bowl.

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Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:55 pm

Marc Bulger retires

NOYB (No One You Believe?). His TEAM retired years ago. Hence why he became irrelevant. When there is no team, you won't look very good. Peyton Manning on the Redskins this year would be just a little less daibolical than it is going to be.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:44 pm

Marc Bulger retires

Wait.  What?  Bulger hadn't retired before now?  Somebody check his stats again.  He retired years ago!

Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:38 pm

Marc Bulger retires

I agree boatlessinmayo. You guys had a great backup in him for all the talent Baltimore had. I am sure he is just like most players and strives to be a starter, but probably wasn't getting a starter offer or if he was, it was from teams where he knew he would be meeting the ground a lot every game.

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:32 pm

Marc Bulger retires

Screw what he did for or not for the Rams, he was aperfect fit as a backup for Bmore. With a good O-line, great rushing tandem in Rice- Leach and receivers like Boldin, Reed and the speedster Torrey, an intelligent Q-back like him could have controlled the field should Flacco go down. I'm worried now. I wasn't before.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:30 pm

Marc Bulger retires

There's nothing wrong with Marc Bulger retiring to focus on other interests.  He had his share of concussions in the NFL and would like to actually have a long fruitful life after the game.  Good luck to him.  He put up some great numbers for a few years with the Rams and definitely fit into their scheme well.  Almost 23K passing yards and over 90 TDs are pretty decent career numbers.

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:21 pm

Marc Bulger retires

Exactly!  This guy inspired no one - looked absolutely bored out there.  As if he didn't really want to be playing football.  Oh well, he had one awesome Pro Bowl game (threw 4tds, wow that was hard) and got paid by the Rams as a result.  Now he's retiring because....he doesn't want to play football.  He couldn't hold Kurt Warner's jock strap!

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:20 pm

Marc Bulger retires

Got that straight up right. Warner was hurt and Martz was ego driven instead of team driven. I will never forget the big mouthed right tackle Worley interupting Bulger on a national tv after game interview saying he was better than Warner and "this is our QB now'. Well, he lasted maybe a year after that and became just another former player who couldn't hold Warner's jock.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:20 pm

Marc Bulger retires

What they fail to mention is the fact he retired so he could focus on his charity foundation that helps out injured military veterans.  Its really unfortunate that they don't put that in the posting.  That kind of attention is important to show young kids, show that some football players use their fame to help those in need.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:07 pm

Marc Bulger retires

Unlike the situation with Randy Moss who wore out his welcome with that three teams in one season nonsense last year, I believe that Marc Bulger did receive offers from teams but none of them guaranteed him the opportunity to start. So instead of holding a clipboard for another season he decided to hang it up. I don't think this will be the last that is heard of him on the field. Given the violent nature of football a quarterback unfortunately is going to go down with a season ending injury and that is when I think Bulger will get the call to start he has been waiting for all throughout the offseaon.

Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:58 pm

Marc Bulger retires

Finally soemone with some sense. xrisanderson, thank you. I am ot saying he was the best, or in the top ten. Or that he was going to be a starter this year. He is good, and I think he is better than starting QBs for teams right now. Like the Redskins, Panthers, 49ers, Seahawks, Dolphins and Jets. He still has some left in the tank, but probably didn't want to go down injured as he had to get up after every play in St. Louis in his later years.

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