Choppin’ It Up with Pisa
Monday, March 27, 2006
By Pisa Tinoisamoa
Special to Stlouisrams.com
After a strenuous first week of off season conditioning, Pisa continued to work off the field last weekend, meeting the kids from the Rams Reader Team at Rams Park. We also got tired of looking at his mug on the web page, so he gave us a picture of his news addition, Mylie Rayne Tinoisamoa, born earlier this month.
Stlouisrams.com: How was your weekend?
PT: It was a great weekend. A little sore after the workouts, but it’s good.
Stlouisrams.com: I saw a lot of tired players last week. How did that first week of workouts go?
PT: Man, just like how you said. Work-out. It got all of the work out of me.
Stlouisrams.com: It seems like Coach Roll and Coach LeDuc are serious about having guys in the best shape for the mini-camps that are coming up.
PT: Yeah, and it all starts here. You are not going to have a chance if you cannot do it in the weight room, you are not going to last. Like you said, they are doing a great job bringing every one in. Everyone is showing up. We have about 90% turnout. Everybody is getting stronger, everyone is getting better and we are building that camaraderie.
Stlouisrams.com: I bet you that first week that a lot of guys were gassed. They will probably be in better shape this week.
PT: There are a couple of guys waking up late dreading it, like, ‘Dang, we have to do it again.’ It has started, but I think that is good that everyone is showing up because everyone is hurting. Everyone is feeling the same right now. No one wants to show up, but you have to because we have to get better. Everyone is committed to that same vision, that same goal.
Stlouisrams.com: Have the linebackers met with the defensive coaches to kind of get a feel of what is going to be happening this season?
PT: Definitely, we started meeting last week so when we go to mini-camp it won’t be a whole new thing and we won’t have to learn like rookies and freshmen. Some stuff is similar from last year, some stuff is different, but you can tell right off top that the linebackers are going to be the guys that are going to have to play ball and that everybody is going to have to react off of us. It’s good. You know the linebackers are sort of like the quarterbacks of the defense, so it should be on us anyway. It starts up front. The linebackers are only as good as the guys in front of us and the guys behind us. That’s why we got LaRoi Glover, Will Witherspoon, Corey Chavous and the other guys in here. We are going to feed off of each other.
Stlouisrams.com: So is the verbiage the same as last year?
Some of the verbiage is the same, but it’s kind of like the Bible. You have the New International Version, King James Version, New King James Version, all these different versions, but it is all the same Bible. The NFL runs the 3-4, 4-3, nickel, and dime. We all have different versions of it, but it all comes from the same book.
Stlouisrams.com: What about George Mason this weekend? I bet you didn’t have them winning in your bracket.
PT: Like I said, it’s always good to see the little guy do well.
Stlouisrams.com: You are probably going to hear it from Trev Faulk. The LSU men and women are still alive.
PT: Trev and Brandon Chillar. UCLA is still alive. He’s going to be looking for Isaac Bruce to talk about what they did to Memphis. We still have a lot guys representing.
Stlouisrams.com: You took part in the Rams Reader team this weekend. How was that?
PT: Man, it was awesome. Kids are so awesome. I just had a great time just interacting with them, and to see them work so hard and read so many books just to get a chance to come to Rams Park reminded me of me working hard just so I could get into this building. They were great and we had a good time.