Posted by Will Brinson
When the Ravens and the Panthers met during a Thursday night preseason game on ESPN, the announcing crew of Jon Gruden, Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski intimated that Marc Bulger didn't really seem thrilled about his life as an NFL quarterback.
Okay, "intimated" might not be a strong enough word -- they referred to him as "defeated" (Tirico) and a guy who lacked "the passion, the enthusiasm you have to play at this level" (Jaworski). Pretty strong words, even for a guy who got the tar beat out of him his final years in St. Louis.
Over the weekend, Bulger refuted those comments , or at least what they portrayed about his attitude towards football now that he's with the Ravens.
"If that's the way (they interpreted it), that's really not the way I was intending," Bulger said. "They asked me a lot about my time with the Rams, and the last three years were difficult. So I was just being honest with them, and I just said that it's not a lot of fun winning five games in three years, and it's not fun going to work, and football wasn't fun.
"But it had nothing to do with passion. I asked for my release this year to go and win somewhere, and they asked me if this was a stepping stone to go somewhere else. I just said, 'I don't know what I'm going to do after this year.' I'm just being honest."
Ravens coach John Harbaugh came to Bulger's defense too:
"I see nothing but an energetic, competitive guy who loves football," Harbaugh said. "This guy has come out here every single day, and he's gotten after it. ... He's done a great job."
There's no debating that Bulger's last few years with the Rams were "difficult" -- the team went 5-30 while he was starting, which isn't even good to register a reading on the mediocre scale.
But as Gregg Rosenthal mentioned when originally posting the quotes at PFT, it's not like Bulger has done anything with his play on the field to absolutely warrant a refutation of those remarks.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .