August 20, 1986 |
For the first time in many years, the Rams had a pass offense Monday night. And a passer. The passer is Steve Bartkowski, who, though often hurt, has thrown the ball brilliantly for most of the last 12 seasons. The pass offense was designed by the club's new quarterback coach, Dick Coury, who has installed a system he learned from Hall of Famer Sid Gillman when they were both with Philadelphia. Coach John Robinson's coup was bringing in Coury from the USFL.
October 11, 1986
All Ram fans deserve an apology from their smooth-talking leader, John Robinson. All last season, we were forced to endure his everlasting praise of too short, too slow and too inaccurate Dieter Brock while an obviously superior Jeff Kemp was tied to the pine. In his limited time, Kemp had shown a strong arm and excellent mobility but was never given a real shot at the starting position. The season ends, Kemp goes to San Francisco, while another over-the-hill project, Steve Bartkowski, is brought in. For an update, Kemp has played marvelously since Joe Montana's injury; the Rams continue to need an overhaul at their creaky quarterback post.
August 21, 1986 |
A pulled abdominal muscle Wednesday forced quarterback Steve Bartkowski to miss his first practice since joining the Rams. Bartkowski, who completed 11 of 15 passes for 2 touchdowns in Monday night's exhibition victory over the San Francisco 49ers, reported back to practice, but after a few minutes removed his helmet, jersey and shoulder pads and watched the rest. "It was sorer than I thought," Bartkowski said, rubbing his abdomen.
August 27, 1986 |
Ram quarterback Steve Bartkowski, still bothered by a chronic abdominal muscle pull, is expected to miss Friday night's preseason game with the Denver Broncos in Mile High Stadium. Bartkowski, who aggravated the injury during last Saturday night's game with the San Diego Chargers, said he could play if he had to, but Ram Coach John Robinson isn't taking any chances with the season opener less than two weeks away. "It doesn't take a great deal to aggravate it," Bartkowski said of the injury.
October 25, 1986 |
Ram Coach John Robinson waited and waited, but Friday he finally named a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Anaheim Stadium. It will be Steve Dils, pinch-hitting for a limping Steve Bartkowski. Bartkowski, noticeably favoring his battered right knee, tried to convince Robinson this week that he could start. But it didn't work. Robinson has said that he wants six or seven quality starts from Bartkowski during the rest of the season.
May 7, 1987 |
Six veteran Ram free agents, including quarterback Steve Bartkowski and safety Tim Fox, have not been offered 1987 contracts and will not be in uniform for next week's mini-camp at Rams Park. Other Rams not offered qualifying renewals include linebackers Cliff Thrift, Jim Laughlin, Mike McDonald and veteran nose tackle Charles DeJurnett.
April 11, 1986 |
Re-enacting fairly recent history, the Rams signed a quarterback in his mid-30s with bad knees Thursday. With his experience and knowledge of NFL defenses, though, the Rams apparently are convinced that this quarterback is the missing link to the Super Bowl. Nine years ago, his name was Joe Namath. Today, it's Steve Bartkowski.
October 7, 1986 |
Steve Bartkowski will have his homecoming. Ram Coach John Robinson said Monday that the former Falcon quarterback, grounded for a week with a knee strain, would start against his old team at Atlanta Sunday, with at least a share of first place in the NFC West in the balance. Bartkowski spent 11 seasons with the Falcons.