Around the NFC West: New-look Rams

October, 20, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes Rams quarterback Marc Bulger as saying the coaching change had maximum effect because it came during the bye week. Bulger:

"Because we had that bye week at the same time we had the coaching change, it was like we were starting a whole new season. It wasn't because Scott [Linehan] was bad or Jim was better. It was because they made a change, and it was not a little change. It was huge change. ... There was no guarantee that it would work, but it did. And I think because it wasn't a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound, that's why it had a huge impact on everyone in the locker room."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch marks the return of professional football to St. Louis after the Rams hammered the Cowboys in Week 7.

Also from Thomas: Running back Steven Jackson could miss the Rams' upcoming game against New England after suffering a thigh injury.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' defense bears no resemblance to the one that struggled so mightily early in the season.

Also from Coats: A report card with glowing grades, including an A-minus for Bulger.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Haslett's attitude has rubbed off on the Rams. Haslett cut loose with a rant against the Cowboys before the Rams ran onto the field. Defensive coordinator Rick Venturi calls Haslett a natural head coach.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat offers an injury update on the Rams, from Jackson to Adam Carriker.

Also from Korte: How, again, can the Rams look so different?

Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams weren't on anyone's radar heading into Week 7. The Cowboys seemed to get all the attention. The Rams' defense changed that Sunday.

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