Tuck Ryan away one more game...
Max Q, according to Monday's The Sporting News,
[quote] "A cast on [Ryan's] left hand makes it tough to grab defenders, so the Rams could rest Tucker for another game. They should be able to get by for another week with Rod Jones, even against the Saints' rugged front four." [end quote]
Makes you wonder if a head coach like Martz decides whether to play an injured player like Tucker based on a) what the doctors see and say, b) what the players want -- which is usually to PLAY right away, or c) what he, the coach, thinks is the best action to take for a particular game. The correct answer, of course, is d) the right combination.
Like a boxer being punched silly atop the reddish sweat of the ring, against the ropes, eyes so swollen he can barely see; mouth piece popped away by a blow, knees bending under savage hits, blood flowing from eyebrows, mouth and nose. Everyone knows... the guy's a walking zomby already knocked out and under the potential of serious injury.
Yet often that boxer protests when a TKO is finally declared against him or the towel is thrown in from his corner: "I'm ok!, I'm OKAY!" --he yells while the opponent's buddies start jumping in to smother the winner with fanatical jubilation.
Courage? A special plan? Can't afford not to continue? Gotta prove something to self or to someone? Does it make sense?
I feel Coach Martz, despite his unusual tactics, toughness or unorthodox philosophy is good enough, smart and responsible enough to listen to those around him and to make the right choice on No. 50 for this Sunday. Keep Rod Jones in there.
Winning with the Martz method...
Max Q, I just found this in the 'Articles' section, under post titled "Martz gives his reasons for onside kick with Rams 31-7."
Talking about Marshall's situation but obviously applicable to Ryan's, [quote] "The medical staff had really recommended that he not play," Martz said. "But Marshall's Marshall. He said, 'I've played in games hurt a lot worse than this, and I can do this.'
"I said, 'I know you can do this. But it's in our best interest to keep you out of this thing.' "
Martz said he'll take a similar approach in deciding whether Faulk plays this coming Sunday against New Orleans.
"If the medical staff says that you go with him, then you go with him," Martz said. "If they recommend no, then you don't. You try to take the emotion out of that decision." [end quote (color and bold are mine)]
Martz' cool, we're cool, all is :cool: with the Rams.
Re: Winning with the Martz method...
Now if the medical staff says to go with Tucker but he isn't performing and risking Warner's neck.......Martz needs to put Jones in.
Originally posted by Jorge Valdivia
"If the medical staff says that you go with him, then you go with him," Martz said. "If they recommend no, then you don't. You try to take the emotion out of that decision." [end quote (color and bold are mine)] [/B]
You can count on me yelling at the TV if he doesn't. :(
Can Rams be conservative?...
Solid protection it shall be, MaxQ. It's gotta be! :rolleyes:
From my layman's view, I can only hope, wish that Coach M3 --MadMikeMartz-- will...
• Play more conservative football with two backs, one being a steady blocker such as Holcombe or Hodgins to play staunch bodyguard for Kurt the entire game! And maybe, if Aints D is on a different scheme, use that back as a safety valve for outlet passes.
• Use several screen passes to keep D-linemen on their heels, not their tows.
• Throw quick-release passes often, again, to keep N.O. D from going QB greedy.
• Keep OT Rod Jones, for sure! He's not a rookie, can spare Tucker for this game.
• Offer special incentive /treat to ea. offensive lineman for this one (plus whatever KW promises them).
Must find a way now to send these recommendations to Mike Martz. RamDez, can you do this for me?
GO RAMS!!! What a game this should be! ...for the Rams to go 7-0!