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  • Jim Mora Press Conference - Monday, September 13, 2004

    Jim Mora: Thanks for coming up. Obviously, it was a big win for us on the road. It’s tough to win on the road and that, obviously, has proven to be a tough place for this franchise to win for the last 10 or 11 years, I guess. It hadn’t proven a tough place for me to win the last seven or eight years. But it’s just good to get a win on the road. It’s good to get off on the right foot. We’ll take them any way we can get them. I told the guys before the game…I said: ‘If we can win by one, to me that’s a crushing victory.’ And we won by two, so we feel good about it.

    There are obviously a lot of things we’ve got to get corrected. I sat up last night when I got home at 3:30 and I watched the NFL Network voices of the game or sounds of the game. And I listened – I didn’t see my postgame press conference – but I saw every other coaches’ in the league and they all said the same thing: ‘We’ve got a lot to work on…’ And it’s a broken record, but it’s true. It’s the first week of the season and there’s a lot to work on. Whether you won or you lost, there’s a lot of things you’ve got to get accomplished to get corrected and that’s where we are. With that, I’ll take any questions that you might have.

    Q: What were the things you were able to do in the first half that the ***** took away in the second half?
    Mora: That’s a very good defensive football team, as I know very, very well. And I’m not sure that it’s what we were doing or what they were doing – that’s just a good team. That’s an excellent defensive football team that we played there in San Francisco. I think it’s one of the best defenses in the league from a talent standpoint. And they just started making some plays. The wind became a real factor. It was really, really gusty and I think that’s why some of the balls sailed on us in the second half. That’s the way NFL games play out a lot. Very seldom do you just blow somebody out for 60 minutes. It just doesn’t happen in this league. There’s a balance to these games. There’s a give and take. It’s the league. That’s parity. That’s what they want and that’s what they’re getting. I was really, really pleased with our first half, obviously. I was pleased with our defense the entire game. Obviously, the couple drives there at the end, we would have liked to have held them out of the end zone, but we came up with the big play when we needed to on the two-point try and we got the win and that’s the number-one objective and it always will be.

    Q: It seemed like the ***** were re-energized when Ken Dorsey came in for Tim Rattay.
    Mora: I think it gave the whole stadium a lift. There was an energy in the crowd when he came in. Ken is a guy who is a winner. He won at Miami. When he came in last year, we recognized right away that he was a winner. He has a winning attitude. He’s a great kid. He’s got a lot of poise. He’s been in a lot of big games in a lot of big stadiums. He played for National Championships and all those things and he’s just taking the next step. He’s going to be a good player in this league. And he gave them a little lift. He completed a couple balls…they got a little momentum going and that’s the game of football. There are changes and swings in momentum and that happens. And the great things is, that through all the changes and swings of momentum, we won the game.

    Q: It was odd to see Patrick Kerney to drop into coverage so much.
    Mora: When you rush zone or zone dog or fire zone – people call it different things – it’s a concept that’s very common in the league. In order to bring an extra guy and still play zone, you typically have to drop a lineman out into coverage. And it’s something that Ed [Donatell]’s done his whole career, I’ve done it my whole career, every team in the National Football League does. So I’m surprised that…if you watched the Falcons last year, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a number of times that guys did it. It might not have been Pat all the time and it maybe they didn’t do it as much as we did it in one game, but that’s how people play in the league. It’s very typical to see ends dropping in the National Football League. And that’s one of the great things about having athletes like Brady [Smith] and Pat and Karon Riley and even a guy like Travis Hall is a very good dropper. It gives you a chance to overload one side with pressure and still have good coverage, sound coverage, kind of a shell coverage rather than a lot of man-to-man match-ups. It’s just a rush zone concept.

    Q: Is Alge Crumpler just a good fit for this offense and was his performance indicative of things to come?
    Mora: I sure hope so. I think what Greg Knapp and the offense staff have done a great job of is taking the components of the offense that fit our players abilities the best and utilizing them. And I think another indication of that was yesterday with the utilization of Alge. Alge is an outstanding player. He was a Pro Bowl tight end last year. He’s a big, physical guy. He can run, he can snatch the ball, he can block. And we intend to utilize him in a number of different ways. You’ll continue to see him lined up in different places and do different things and we’ll create mismatches with him where we can. But that’s just a credit to not only Alge being the player he is and grasping the game plan, but also to the staff putting him in positions to make plays and Mike delivering him the ball.

    Q: Is the fight in your team that allowed you to win the game something that’s been carried over since day one of you being here?
    Mora: It didn’t look like that to me. But yeah, that’s what you’ve got to do in the National Football League. Every game is a dogfight. My dad used to say that all the time. It’s a dogfight. Unless you’re on the field, on the sidelines with the headset on, with the helmet on, it’s hard to understand how intense and how emotional a football game is on Sundays in the National Football League. It’s a flat-out dogfight. And you’ve seen’s back and forth and then you get them pinned a little bit and you come back. And you know what? We just had a little more fight in us yesterday. And that’s a good football team that we beat and I was proud of the way their defense fought and I was extremely proud of the way we fought and it’s hard to win on the road and I’m going to tell you what: people don’t understand how hard it is to win on the road. That was a huge victory for this organization. Huge victory.

    Q: How long is guard Michael Moore going to be out?
    Mora: We don’t know yet. The guys, they aren’t even in yet. The doctors are coming in soon, but we didn’t get home until…I got home at 4 a.m. I’m not going to get those guys in here too early. So we’ll let you know later on in the week how he is. But I think if there’s any injury that’s a concern, it’s his. I don’t think we have any other injury concerns that are significant. We have concerns, but nothing that’s significant.

    Q: With the way the wind was yesterday, did you think about starting the second half going the other way?
    Mora: No. Have you ever been to Candlestick before? The wind at Candlestick changes like ‘that.’ That was a no-brainer to go the way that we went.

    Q: What did you and your dad talk about after the game?
    Mora: I really didn’t get a chance to talk to him much. I said: ‘Did you win your first game as a head coach?’ And he said: ‘No. [Falcons broadcaster] Dave Archer beat me.’ Dave and my dad… the three of us were standing there. It was a good win. And the conditions were favorable for a while. The wind out there is a swirling wind. All you have to do is watch the little fliers on the goal post to understand. We had a discussion at halftime about which way we wanted to go. I said: ‘I’m going to take the wind in the third quarter because you don’t know what the wind’s going to do in the fourth quarter.’ It changed all day. You make a decision, you go with it. It was the right decision. We had some really good strategical things happen for us that most people probably didn’t notice. Number one was the first quarter at the end of the quarter when we let the clock run out so we would not have to punt into the wind if we got stopped on third down and we didn’t get stopped on third down. And then, I think, the ***** – if they had a play to take back – they’d take back the third-down throw coming out of their own end zone at the end of the third quarter, because they ended up punting into the wind and giving us field position. Those were two real positive things that happened for us.

    Q: What about the fourth down reverse to Peerless? There seemed to be third down problems all day, but that fourth down conversion seemed to give you guys a boost.
    Mora: Any time you convert on fourth down, especially if you make a big play like we made there, it gives your team a lift. We’re going to go for it in situations like that. That’s just what we’re going to do. If we’re not necessarily in what we think is real solid field goal range and we don’t want to just punt, I have confidence in our defense that they can go out and make a stop if we don’t convert. We’re going to be an aggressive football team. We’ve said that from day one and it’s not going to change. And that was a great call by Greg, very well-executed by our offense and Peerless did a nice job turning the corner and getting the first down. But that was a big play for us. Third downs were a problem. They won’t be a problem this year. I think if you look at offenses Greg Knapp’s been a coordinator for…as a matter of fact, he holds the National Football League record for highest third down conversion percentage in history. So he’s pretty good at third downs. That won’t happen a whole lot of times. And that’s a credit to [San Francisco]’s defense. I’m going to tell you what now: that’s a good football team. That is an outstanding defense that we played. Outstanding.

    Q: How underrated is Warrick Dunn as a pass blocker?
    Mora: It’s one of the best things that he does. That’s why it was surprising that Julian [Peterson] got into him that time. But once again, that’s a credit to Julian. Julian, in my opinion…there are some fine linebackers in this league and he’s in the top two or three in my opinion. And Warrick is an outstanding pass protector. That’s why we have him in there on third down. He’s a triple threat. He can run, he can block and he can catch out of the backfield. I was a little surprised that Julian got under him like he did and pushed him back into Mike because it’s really one of the great things that he does. And he might have been trying to set up Julian for later on when he’ll go down and cut him, but we feel real, real, real confident in his abilities to block. Plus, he’s so smart. He just picks everything up. He scans the field, he sees what he’s supposed to see. He’s sharp.

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    Head Coach Scott Linehan
    by RamWraith
    Monday, October 02, 2006

    (Opening Statement and injury report)

    “A quick update on our injury report. Paul Smith ended up staying overnight in the hospital. He had a pretty good shot to his face in the eye area and they’re still evaluating. They have a lot of specialists looking at it. I think it looks fine or as good as can be. They said their might be some small fractures around the eye area, but they’ve got two or three specialists that are looking at it and making sure it’s okay. I do not have an update on that. He wasn’t here for our noon meetings because he’s still being checked on that. As soon as I get anything up to date, I’ll let you know. On a side note, he roomed with the guy he ran into. How about that? It wasn’t bad enough that they ended up knocking each other out of the game; they also had to spend the night together. From what we understand, the other kid is okay too. As you know, it’s not anything to mess around with when you get these injuries and concussions and things like that. The initial prognosis says Paul’s going to be okay. I don’t know what that means as to when he’ll be able to play again. I think sooner than later, but until we get those results I won’t be able to say. Pisa (Tinoisamoa) came out after he aggravated an injury, but he went back in. They taped it a little different; he liked that better, so he was able to play with that. Orlando (Pace) feels much better than he did at this time last week because he didn’t play. The prognosis is much more positive this week for him playing, but until we get to Sunday there’s nothing guaranteed. As of right now, he’ll probably do some things in Wednesday’s practice, but we’ll see about that. But everybody else is in pretty good shape. There are the general post-game type things, but noting serious.”

    (On FB Paul Smith’s special teams blocking)

    “Talk about just giving one for the team? That was unbelievable. What’s funny is, we hadn’t covered as well as we needed to, we weren’t constricting to the ball, which we’ll work very hard on this week, we were looking for things that weren’t there, and they ran a misdirection return on us early. We basically said at halftime that we need to go down and attack better on coverage team and someone was going to have to make a statement. He certainly did with his play. What can you say about that? We certainly don’t want guys to get hurt or injured or anything like that, but he had a job to do and he did it. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to stay in the game, but I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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    “He just ended up running into a very big guy. He actually ran into two. Two guys hit him and he ran into the other kid. Paul collided with those two. He was really being blocked by two guys and taking his gap that he was responsible for in the wedge.”

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  • Nick
    WEEK 1: Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo Post-Game Q&A
    by Nick
    Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo

    (Opening Remarks)
    “Real quick, before I hit the injuries, I do think, what I just told the football team was, I know we battled our butt off. There’s a couple plays you’ve got to make in there if you’re going to win a close football game like that. I think we’re headed in the right direction. I think we’re doing the right things. Guys are doing what they’re supposed to, we’ve just got to make a play. The only thing we didn’t get today, the only thing we didn’t get today was the reward. That’s what this game is all about. The rewards are the wins, but we’ve got 15 more chances. That’s what I told them, so I told them to keep their heads high and handle it right. I want to credit Arizona’s football team for the plays that they made, and know that we’re going to be OK because we’re going to move on and we’ll learn from it. Injury-wise, the one that looks the most serious is (Lcool smiley Chris Chamberlain. We had some guys cramp, there were some knees, and some hamstrings. Where we were really light today was when the two corners got hurt and we only had four active. That made it tough. You go out there and play against a good passing team, and all the sudden you’re playing with safeties and linebackers and you don’t have corners. We were a little bit…playing a little hand behind our backs, but no excuses. You’ve got to go out there and make plays when that happens. I would credit them and we’ll credit our football team too. There’s going to be things in there when we watch it where we’re going to say, ‘Hey, if we could have just done this, we would have won the football game.’ But, that’s the NFL. With that, I’ll open it up.”

    (On CB James Butler)
    “I can’t remember exactly how it happened. We were going to try to get away with game without having to play James. And then I think it was when (Ccool smiley Justin (King) went down first, we decided that the best move was to put (S) Craig Dahl into what we call our ‘Will’ linebacker spot and slide Kevin over to…and this was dime, now. We’ve got dime, we’ve got so many different packages. We had to do some shuffling. That was the bottom line. We would have liked to have gotten out of the game without playing James because he was only about 85-90 percent, but that didn’t happen.”

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    “Overall, we were moving the football. We had some spots there where we kind of stalled. At the end there, I was looking for…like you all were. I was hopeful that this was going to be the first game, he was going to run a two-minute drill, and we were going to win a football game. It didn’t work out that way. I’m sure there are some things in there he wants differently, certainly the interceptions. I thought he did a nice job getting that fumble. That’s a quarterback competing and coming up with the ball. That was pretty big.”

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  • RamWraith
    Locker Room Quotes
    by RamWraith
    Wednesday, January 5, 2005

    S Adam Archuleta

    (On how it feels to be in the playoffs)
    "This is three times in four years for me. It's definitely a better feeling than going home and being in Arizona right now. Which definitely could have happened. It feels good, especially after everything that we have been through, to get a chance to go on."

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  • RamWraith
    Lots of good team quotes for the week
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 19, 2007

    (Opening Remarks)

    “Drew (Bennett), he got all of practice in so there shouldn’t be any issue with him playing this week. He was limited some, but just because we kept him out of things. Marc (Bulger) had full participation in practice. He was limited a little bit in his throwing, but he should be fine. Tye Hill did not practice. Richie Incognito did not practice. Claude Terrell had full practice and Pisa (Tinoisamoa) was limited. We’re headed in the right direction as far as getting guys back on the field. There shouldn’t be any surprises, hopefully we don’t have another Thursday like we had last week. Tomorrow we should be okay.”

    (On G Milford Brown)

    “He’s fine. There was no problem with him recovering from post game. He was a lot better yesterday and he went full today.”

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    “His athleticism. He’s ability to match up against speed. He has enough size to anchor. The ends aren’t getting any smaller these days. You go against some pretty incredible athletes over there. He’s been going against some pretty good ones on the other side. It’s kind of 50-50. He’s at the blind side of a right-handed quarterback. That’s very important for your quarterback knowing he’s going to see things to his right and to his left. He has to count on that guy and Alex’s No. 1 ability is to pass protect. He’s become a lot better run blocker as he’s progressed in his career. His overall talent. He’s really improved since he’s played for us in the last two years, and certainly since he came in the league.”

    (On how to reduce the number of hits on the quarterback)

    “You have to do it. The No. 1 best way to protect your quarterback is the run game. We have to get our run game going. It has not been satisfactory in the first two games. That has to be our strength – for our football team to run the ball offensively and to stop the run defensively. If you get your run game going there is a certain amount of respect that the defense gives the run game and it definitely helps your pass protection and puts you in better third-down position which is critical when you get in third-and-long or extra long. It gets the defensive ends; I know our defense is much, much better, when we get in those long-area situations because we’re equipped that way as far as our speed and all that. Until we do that it’s going to be a concern. There are other ways, protection schemes. It’s not always match protecting or keeping lots of people in. There is timing of routes. Everyone knows we have a deeper design to a number of our plays, but we have to pick and chose when we do those as well.”

    (On averaging 5-6 yards a carry for a short period of time in each of the first two games)

    “We’ve managed...
    -09-19-2007, 04:56 PM
  • RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan--September 25, 2006
    by RamWraith
    Monday, September 25, 2006

    (Opening statement)

    “No injuries of any significance to report. Had a few guys who required treatment. I think both Orlando and Pisa came out pretty good from the game. Pisa came out feeling real good as far as the elbow. That was a real pleasant thing from the injury report today; just some pretty basic soreness was all. In evaluating the game, we certainly dodged the bullet, but in a lot of ways, we never should have been in that situation. We kept playing and we played every play, and that’s what we talked to the team about, that they all matter. Certainly feel good about being able to stand here after a game like that, the way we played through the game, to come out on the better side with a victory.”

    (On a lot of the games coming down to the fourth quarter)

    “Every game…we talk about it as coaches all the time about how hard it is to win games in the NFL. It’s hard to win. Sometimes we make it hard on ourselves, but it’s amazing how close, really, the games are, regardless of records or who’s playing who. Every game comes down to some critical play. We had some critical plays that don’t necessary show up on the box scores that happened in that game. I can mention a couple. When Travis Fisher misses a tackle, gets up and runs down Bryant Johnson who looks like he’s going to score….a couple plays later we intercept the ball. That was a critical play that looked like a disastrous play. Within scoring position, he stops the touchdown and then we step up and get the turnover and Victor runs down a receiver, which was a heck of a play…a rookie running down a receiver in that situation and tackles the kid. I think two or three plays later was the tipped interception to O.J. . Some key plays that looked like the guys were going to maybe score and kind of blow the game open and make it a little different…just shows you that those hustle-type plays make you a little bit luckier. The more you hustle, the old saying, the luckier you get, and I think that really held true in this game.”

    (On this being the most bizarre game he’s been in)

    “Yesterday’s number one now because of recent memory. It’s similar in that you think it’s over in reality, but you’re not giving up that last bit of hope. You’re staying calm. It’s important to stay. I’m not sure Jimmy Kennedy gets up on that guy, maybe forces a short snap, you don’t ever know. That’s why you’ve got to play every play and don’t take any of them for granted. We certainly know that on our side with the turnover that we gave them, certainly kicking ourselves for putting ourselves in that position. That’s why you’ve got to be on your game in those critical situations.”

    (On what he said to QB Marc Bulger after the fourth quarter fumble)

    “I don’t think that’s the time…you coach your players all the time....
    -09-26-2006, 06:47 AM