What the hell is going on in St. Louis? They are incredibly bad (and a far, far cry from the 9-7 surprise team I picked them to be this year). But to make matters worse, it sounds like there is a full-fledged mutiny going on. Bulger apparently won’t talk to the press or Linehan and Steven Jackson indicated on his radio show last night, that Bulger might refuse to play if he’s asked to start again. And Jackson (and others) are apparently pissed re the benching themselves. Read below for more:
The vibe in the Rams locker room Wednesday and Thursday was that several Rams players weren’t happy about the benching of Marc Bulger. But no one would say so publicly. Well, outspoken running back Steven Jackson took care of that Thursday night on his “Rolling the Dice” radio show on KLOU (103.3 FM). Jackson said benching Bulger was the “wrong decision.” “He’s our general,” said Jackson, who then pointed out that you don’t pay someone “$60-something million” and then sit him on the bench. Although he harbors no ill will against Trent Green, who replaces Bulger in the starting lineup Sunday against Buffalo, Jackson wondered aloud about what will happen when it’s time for Bulger to return to the starting lineup? Jackson intimated strongly that Bulger would be unwilling to do so. Team sources did in fact tell the Post-Dispatch on Thursday that Bulger no longer wants to play for coach Scott Linehan. Bulger has declined comment for three consecutive days since his benching became public knowledge.
When I read that Bulger was benched the other day, I was completely shocked. Bulger has not been great the last few years, but I highly doubt it is his fault. Sure, he owns some of it, but he’s had about the worst O-line in NFL history going on 3 years now. The moment I read about the move, I wondered if Linehan and Bulger may not be getting along. Benching your co-franchise guy after 3 games is a bold, bold move. I wouldn’t be surprised if the owners of the Rams make a move of their own – especially if they lose this weekend…I’ll give Linehan 3 weeks max.
STEVE ADDS: It might seem crazy, but I keep thinking that the Vikings could make a play for Bulger before the trade deadline. I’m not sure how much cap room the Vikings have and I assume that Favre would have had to dramatically restructure his deal to fit under their cap. But I have to believe if they thought they could get him, they would at least make a phone call.