Marc Bulger has been a starter for the bulk of his nine-year career.
Now that he's a member of the Ravens, where Joe Flacco is established as the quarterback of the present and the future, Bulger knows his job will change.
"It should be a different role, but it was clear to me up front when I first started speaking with Baltimore that would likely be my role there," Bulger said during a conference call with local reporters this afternoon. "Throughout this whole process of talking to teams, there were chances to be a starter in places and a chance to compete [for the starting job] and then obviously a backup.
"I understand I'm coming in and whatever capacity I can help Joe, I'll do it. It's just about helping us win football games."
Bulger will be the clear-cut backup quarterback with the Ravens, who he signed a one-year, $3.8 million deal with last month.
The 33-year-old may prefer to be starting, but after a rough last three years with the Rams, who went 6-42 in that time, Bulger says he's looking forward to being on a Super Bowl contender.
"Every quarterback in this league wants to be a starter, but...if we're winning games and I'm sitting on the sidelines for 16, 17 weeks, and we're heading to the playoffs, I'll be just as happy as if I was the starter," Bulger said.
"Going through the last three years is something I've never experienced as a professional, in college, or even in high school, I've never lost that many games. I'm upset that I was a part of it and when you're a quarterback, you're a big part of it. I just want to win games again, and I know we're going to win a bunch in Baltimore. That's the most exciting thing about it."
Bulger's main job, other than providing insurance for Flacco, will be offering his wisdom to the two-year veteran. Bulger says he doesn't know Flacco, but joked that the two will be spending plenty of time together once training camp starts in less than two weeks. When it does, Bulger says he'll be happy to help Flacco with whatever he needs.
"I don't want to be the guy coming in who thinks I know it all and puts too much on him," Bulger said. "I'm going to let Joe let me know how much input he wants me to give. He's going to have plenty of help from coach [Jim] Zorn and coach [Cam] Cameron, and I just don't want to be the know-it-all backup."
"I had a great mentor in Kurt Warner who helped me when he was on the sidelines in the back helping me out. He kind of let me guide him with how much information I wanted. I'm going to leave it up to Joe how much help he wants, but I'm going to be there for anything he needs."