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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 12:55 pm

Marc Bulger retires

Say what you want to, but look at his first couple years production. With his O-line in tact and receivers still able to run, he put up great numbers and wins. He still is the fastest Quarterback to 1000 completions. That doesn't just go away. Look at his team after his 1st year, then 2nd, then 3rd. You will see injuries and lost players and the managemnet did not do a good enough job replacing the talent. He was stuck in a bum situation. O-line is not a bad excuse at all. He can't run, we all know that. Most of you are too ignorant to realize that. Obviously Warner was the man, but Bulger was and still can be great. Anyone who says differently, is your opinion. And Redskinscott, with a name like that i am not surprised you had to go on a forum about anybody or any other team other than your own. Redskins suck worse than their 2  QBs, good luck when you play us this year bud.

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:53 pm

Marc Bulger retires

You guys can't be talking about the same Marc Bulger I watched play.  Even before the offensive line went bad he couldn't get the deep ball to his receivers.  He had one of the better set of receivers in the NFL and did almost nothing with them.  His receivers made him look better than he was.  When the Rams lost the offensive line Bulger lost his balls.  He should of retired long before.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:51 pm

Marc Bulger retires

Dpn't kid yourself if you think Bulger wasn't capable anymore. Sure his talents at this stage of his career would likely have landed a back up gig, but Bulger still has talent at 34. If I were him id like to think that I would walk away before an injury affected his life ater football (more than it already does).

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:15 pm

Marc Bulger retires

Making Warner a scape goat was convienent for the poor decisions of the HC that season. Warner was always better ...

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:59 am

Marc Bulger retires

What a shame a guy chooses to retire, because he clearly feels he does not have it in him anymore, and fans still go after him.  I felt throughout his career, Marc Bulger was truly a soft qb who never lived up to his potential.  But I admire his election to retire, rather than waste a roster spot on a guy who may still be trying to live out his dream. I say we choose not to celebrate his career, but rather we respect the decision of a man who chose to hang it up.

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:47 am

Marc Bulger retires

Well that was a shock but he will be commentator for nfl network now or hey Maybe CBS!!!

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:43 am

Marc Bulger retires

Another point on Bulger.  Maybe behind the scenes he was a leader, but if so, it didn't show through.  While he seemed like a relatively likeable guy, he also came off as a very uninspired whiner.  He seemed to always be moping around like that Droopy Dog cartoon character.  Woe is me.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:38 am

Marc Bulger retires

Redskinscott, I am a Rams fan and have to admit, that was hilarious.  Some people in this town show blind loyalty.  There was a time here when fans were declaring which side they were on, Warner's or Bulger's.  I'm a Warner fan through and through.  I think he's an incredible person, and I hope his credentials make him HOF-worthy.  That said, many forget how horrible a stretch Warner went through as Bulger was emerging.  Maybe it was Warner's finger or what not, but he seemed at the time to have lost it.  Bulger had a couple terrific years.  The problem was that the Rams management failed to recognize his peak.  He flamed out quickly, became mediocre for a couple years, and really, truly stunk it up here for his last three or so years here.  When there was talk this past off season about Bulger perhaps going to Arizona to be a starter, I couldn't see it.  Most Rams fans, with the exception of a few like the other poster, would concur that he was washed up well before the Rams eventually parted ways with him.  Sure, the O-line was bad for him at the end, but that is a worn out excuse.  Bulger was horrible.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:36 am

Marc Bulger retires

Good grief....he was 34 already?  Man am I getting old. 

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:24 am
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