Apparently, with Steven Jackson as the mouthpiece, we may be a few steps from a full-fledged mutiny.
(O)utspoken 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."It gets better, though ...
"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.
When asked by the radio show's host, Malcolm Briggs, if there were other Rams players who were against the benching, Jackson paused and replied, "I'm not the only one who feels this way."Oh, still better ...
Jackson intimated strongly that Bulger would be unwilling to (return to the starting lineup).Wow. Just wow.
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.
So let's sort this out. The Rams are a laughingstock, easily qualifying as the worst team in football after three games (with all due respect to the Lions). Scott Linehan decides to bench a quarterback who really wasn't the main problem -- getting dominated on both lines is -- and now the entire team is pissed.
I don't think this has ever happened, but can you imagine if Bulger declines to enter the game should Linehan call upon him?
I'm usually not one to state that owners should allow the players to run the team. In light of everything that's gone on this season along with the happenings of this week, the Rams must fire Linehan after this week and give their new (probably interim) head coach two weeks to prepare for his first game. The Rams have a bye next week.
Otherwise this has the potential to get even uglier than the Oakland situation.