Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Troubles Don't Get Drop on Banks Rams QB Learning to Shake off Fumbles, Pick Up and Move On

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Troubles Don't Get Drop on Banks Rams QB Learning to Shake off Fumbles, Pick Up and Move On

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Three days after getting beaten up, beaten down, picked on and kicked around by the San Francisco 49ers, media, fans, coaches and anyone else who had an opportunity to take a swat, Rams quarterback Tony Banks picked himself up and reported to work.

Banks also picked up a football, and he plans to hug the thing up until Sunday's kickoff in Denver. Seriously, Banks is walking around Rams Park with a football tucked under his arm. He ate lunch with the football. He may sleep with the football. Banks does not want to fumble the football, so he's turned it into his constant companion.

"I'm getting used to it," Banks said. Banks, as we see, has a sense of humor. And his confidence is intact, even after Sunday's three-fumble performance. Since losing his grip on the ball, Banks has been howled at by just about everyone this side of his faithful dog, Felony. Last week, Banks was The Man, The Truth and The Future after shredding the New Orleans Saints. This week, depending on what you hear on squawk rad io, Banks is either (A) a disgrace; (B) a failure; (C) the worst QB who ever lived; (D) totally hopeless. "It's to be expected with this position," Banks said. "I didn't play well, so people took their shots. I've got to accept it and come out this week and try to redeem myself." Banks is handling this situation with more class and dignity than his critics. Sunday's loss hurt him inside. Banks cried in the trainer's room after the game, grieving because he'd cost the Rams a win over the dreaded 49ers. And he won't forget that sick feeling. "That's the most motivating thing I've had happen in my entire career," Banks said. "I've had some bad games to bounce back from, but I don't think I've ever felt solely responsible for a loss, and that's how I felt on Sunday." Banks will remember the terrible day, because he's determined to learn from it. "I really didn't enjoy my day off, because I was anxious to get back to practice and work on some things," he said. …

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