Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

In Survey, Fans Put Their Mark on QB Preference

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

In Survey, Fans Put Their Mark on QB Preference

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Mark Rypien is the people's choice in the Post-Dispatch quarterback poll. Unfortunately for Rypien, it's not a binding referendum.

"I know," Rypien said, laughing. "It would have been nice to have had that, and then all of a sudden wake up the next morning and head on over to Rams Park."

That won't happen. Rypien received 57.4 percent of the vote in a Post-Dispatch poll asking readers to choose among Rypien, Tony Banks and Steve Walsh as the Rams' starting quarterback. He received 1,554 votes out of 2,708 cast via telephone. Banks was second with 870 votes (32.1 percent of the total). Walsh took the bronze, with 284 votes (10.5 percent). But it will take those poll results - and a ticket - to get Rypien into the Trans World Dome for the Rams' game Sunday against Washington. The Rams have no interest in re-signing Rypien, who threw 217 passes and started three games for them last season. While conceding that you never say "never" in the National Football League, Brooks just about said "never" when asked about the prospects of signing Rypien. "At this point in time, no, we're not interested in that," Brooks said. Brooks also appears to be growing increasingly agitated with questions about Rypien's status - questions that have resurfaced within the past week because of the Rams' quarterback struggles and the fact that Rypien, who lives in Idaho, was in town Monday to participate in a charity golf event at The Legends course in St. Louis County. "We made three separate offers to Mark Rypien," Brooks said. "No one else has made an offer to him. And I'll just leave it at that. I'm not going to get into an argument of words in the newspaper, because I like Mark. We made the offers. They weren't accepted. We're moving on, he's moving on." Rypien's agent - Ken Staninger - spoke to Rams general manager Steve Ortmayer on Monday afternoon, but only about deep snapper Mark Lamb and offensive tackle Mike Keim, who are both represented by Staninger. …

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