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Green to start at QB in Rams' finale

8/26/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Marc Bulger's strong performance in the Rams' third exhibition game makes coach Scott Linehan feel better about starting Trent Green at quarterback at Kansas City on Thursday night. Bulger plans to sit out that game. Here's what Linehan told reporters in St. Louis today when asked how much Green would play against the Chiefs, his former team:

"Right now, my plan is to actually start Trent so that he can get prepared for a game as if he were the starter, which obviously means not planning on playing Marc. Marc has a lot of snaps in preseason, a lot more than he's had at this point. Felt really comfortable with his 45 or whatever, 42 snaps I guess he had last week. Trent has really had limited work and I think could use some time out there on the field."

The fourth exhibition game is usually a throwaway game for the starters. The Rams aren't even leaving for Kansas City until the day of the game. It's a short trip, of course, but a team wouldn't do that for a game that counts. And that's the funny thing here. This game probably means a little more to Green than an exhibition game normally would. Green started every Chiefs game from the 2001 through 2005 seasons.

Linehan on Green: "This gives him a chance in a game to go out and find his rhythm, too, so he's not going into the season, if we ever call upon him or needed to call upon him, cold without reps. He needs to get out, too. We can't assume, just because he's a vet who knows the system, that he can just go out there and turn it on, although I would bet on him more than a lot of guys. He needs to go out and play and get his snaps in."

The game in Kansas City carries quite a bit of meaning for players fighting for roster spots. Brock Berlin has made a strong case for being the third quarterback, but Bruce Gradkowski is also fighting for the job.