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Thursday, November 13, 2008
Around the NFC West: Rams face Martz, Bruce

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch surveys the Rams' locker room for thoughts on facing Mike Martz and Isaac Bruce. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa provides the best quote: "Mike and Ike? You mean like the candies?"

Bill Coats of Around the Horns says Rams quarterback Marc Bulger is adjusting to young receivers Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton and Derek Stanley. Also, Travis Minor's return from a concussion should help the Rams on special teams.

Also from Coats: Steven Jackson was back at practice, but his status for Week 11 remains undetermined.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' roster is "rotting at the core" after years of bad drafts and misspent free-agent dollars. He lists Bulger, Torry Holt and Steven Jackson among those not living up to their contracts.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says the Rams and 49ers fired overmatched head coaches in favor of fiery interim leaders. The Rams have been outscored 81-16 in their last two games.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Jackson still hasn't practiced at full speed, something he'll need to do before the Rams put him back in the lineup.

Also from Korte: Leonard Little and others can't imagine Bruce in another uniform. They won't have to imagine when Bruce shows up wearing a 49ers jersey Sunday.