NFC West: Bob Berry

Green to scratch seven-year Rams itch

September, 24, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
RankQuarterbackTime PeriodMost Passing Yards
1Trent Green2003-200512,644
2Peyton Manning2003-200512,571
3Tom Brady2003-200511,422
4Brett Favre2003-200511,330
5Matt Hasselbeck2003-200510,682

The Rams' decision to replace Marc Bulger with Trent Green initially struck me as a panic move. That feeling dissipated some after re-watching the Rams-Seahawks game from Week 3.

Bulger wasn't stepping through his throws. He left several throws short, including at least one potential touchdown pass. This wasn't the first time Bulger looked like a quarterback who had taken too many hits and didn't want more.

Kurt Warner went through a similar period in recent seasons, but he bounced back and appears confident again. Bulger has time to do the same. He might need it, too, after taking more sacks since 2003 than any other NFL quarterback.

Green, the NFL's most prolific passer from 2003 to 2005, might be down to his final shot at a starting job. He is 38 years old.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, seven years and 307 days will have passed since Green's previous start for the Rams. That is tied for the third-longest span between quarterback starts for the same team during the Super Bowl era. Chris Chandler went nearly 10 years between starts for the Rams, while Bob Berry went eight years between starts for the Vikings. Mark Herrmann also went seven years and 307 days between starts (for the Colts).

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