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    From an interview with USATODAY....

    Q: Has anything Ricky Williams done in the last few months surprised you?

    A: Everything he's done has surprised me. He's not the same person now as he was when I drafted him (with the New Orleans Saints). I don't really know this guy. I wouldn't take him back. I wouldn't want him on my football team. He's not reliable, he's not dependable. He certainly wasn't doing drugs when he came out. He had a little trouble being around people. But we got along pretty well. But he got into a little different environment (in Miami) and met some people, and that probably weren't the best things for him. Ricky's not a leader, he's a follower. And that's the problem sometimes — he's too nice a guy. He doesn't know how to say no.

    Q: In 1985, you came about as close to perfect (15-1) with the Bears as you can get. Talk about what the Patriots are going through.

    A: It's harder to do what the Patriots are doing now than what we did and the Dolphins did (in 1972). It's harder to keep good people around. But the Patriots keep plugging in good people, they've got a great organization, great ownership and good coaching. If they were to run the table and win the Super Bowl and go undefeated, by far they would have to be considered the best team ever, regardless of how many great Hall of Famers they have on the team now. Football is about a team, and they are the best team I've seen. They don't have a lot of great stars, but they are a great team.

    Q: What is the biggest difference in the league today from when you played?

    A: Well, players are bigger, but I refuse to say they're stronger and faster. ... They train better, sports medicine's better, rehabilitation's better, everything's better. You can change everything, but when you open up a guy and look inside his heart, that doesn't change. Great players are great players in any era. Great players have heart, they have a will to win, they have a will for discipline, they work harder. Payton had talent but he was my hardest worker. ... The big difference today is money, free agency, lack of loyalty, by coaches, owners and players. It's a business. It's the greatest game in the world ..., but it's a business. I love it, I love to watch it, and I just hope the people playing it appreciate it.

    Q: Are you surprised by what has happened with Tom Coughlin in New York?

    A: I don't think it's important if players are there 15 minutes early. It's important that they're on time, that they understand the rules, and you have to put them in the best frame of mind to prepare for the game and go out and play on Sunday. You can have rules and rules are essential. But you can have rules that go beyond making sense. But that's just me. Coughlin can do what he wants and he's done it well and he's been successful. But there has to be fun in football. This is not brain surgery. It's not the end of the world. Listen, there's 600 million Chinese who don't care about this game. We've got to keep things in perspective. It's football. We're all lucky to be a part of it, but let's have a little fun. Let's smile. It's not the end of the world.

    Q: How seriously were you considering running for the U.S. Senate (in Illinois)?

    A: I considered it for about two days. Then I came to my senses. I said, "I don't know if you can make a difference." I really don't, and I think politics has become very dirty business. I don't think it's anybody's business what people do in their private lives, within reason. It comes down to mud-slinging, name-calling and if you can embarrass your opponent enough, maybe people think you're the right person for the job. I don't think people listen to the issues anymore. They pick this person for this reason and that person for that reason and that's it. Plus, I don't think I would've been ideal on the Senate floor. I probably would've got into a fight. There's a couple guys I'm not too fond of.

    Q: You and Tony Dorsett are both doing "Tackling Men's Health" and endorsing Levitra. And you both played at Pitt. Hmmm. Is is something in the water there?

    A: Not only did we both go to Pitt, but we're from the same hometown (Aliquippa, Pa.) though we went to different high schools, our last names both start with D and we're both Polish.
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    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.”

    (On T Alex Barron’s attributes)

    “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.”

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  • RamWraith
    Coach Jim Haslett November 26
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Jim Haslett

    November 26, 2008

    (On the injury report)

    “(WR) Keenan Burton had his knee drained yesterday and he had today off but he will practice tomorrow. (CB) Tye Hill still has some discomfort in his knee and I don’t know what the timeframe is on him. It has been a long time already. (LB) Chris Draft did some running today and I don’t think he will be available this week but he should be ready for next week.”

    (On LB Chris Draft’s recovery)

    “(LB) Chris (Draft) works hard at it and he has a high pain tolerance. He still has the crack in his bone but it is actually covered but he has to get it warmed up. It is still sore but he is a tough kid and he wants to play.”

    (On if WR Keenan Burton had the same knee drained that he had surgery on earlier this season)

    “Yes, it is exactly the same knee and we rested him today. He will practice tomorrow.”

    (On the status of QB Marc Bulger)

    “(QB) Mark (Bulger) passed his test. I don’t know if he passed with flying colors but he passed and he did alright. I thought (T) Orlando (Pace) did alright today. (RB) Steven (Jackson) took limited reps but he took more reps than he has taken in five weeks. We scripted the reps out that we needed to see and we will give him a little more tomorrow based on how he feels. Hopefully, there is not a setback and Friday we will do short yardage and goal line and he should be ok. We will see how he is tomorrow.”

    (On what he wants to see from RB Steven Jackson tomorrow)
    “I just want to make sure he doesn’t have a setback tomorrow and we will give him more reps tomorrow.”

    (On how DE Chris Long has developed this season)
    “I thought (DE) Chris (Long) was getting better and better and now he has kind of flatten out a little bit. We talked to him today about picking it back up. With young guys, this is that time of year where they get tired and he has to fight through it. He is going to be a good football player but there are a lot of things going on in his head. He has to fight through it until the end of the season.”

    (On what he sees in Miami Dolphins OT Jake Long)
    “The same thing you saw in college, he is a powerful guy and very athletic. He does not give up a lot of sacks and knocks people off the line of scrimmage. He is a good football player.”

    (On new offensive linemen playing in there first seasons)

    “There is a bunch of new linemen coming into the league right now and starting right away. (T) Joe Thomas did it in Cleveland but I don’t know all their names because I am more on the defensive side. The guy in Detroit and the guy in Indianapolis, there is a lot of linemen coming into to the league that are first round picks...
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  • MauiRam
    Rams Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams transcript
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    Williams: Starting off on the right foot ..

    (On what he got out of the offseason program)
    “The guys really came back with a ‘work hard attitude’ and really I couldn’t have asked for them to come back with a more challenging attitude than what they did. One of the things we wanted to do is improve off of how we finished the year. I thought the assistant coaches did a great job on how they took, from a self-scouting point of view, and made a lot of individual reports for each guy. When they first came in the door those things were set and ready for them. The guys took it to heart and really had a very good spring in the weight room, in the training room and then here on the field. It’s light years on where we were last year because they didn’t know me and I didn’t know them. Just from a terminology, are we speaking the same language? Do we understand what we really want? It took a little bit of time for all of us to get acclimated last year. Now we’re hoping we can start off faster this year because there’s a knowledge, a base of information that we all know is the same. The other thing is, and I’ve said this before to you guys, ‘When will it ever be more important to them than to us?’ The good teams that I’ve ever been on and some of the greatest defenses I’ve ever been a part of, it was much more important to them than it was to me. These guys have kind of taken ownership in that, so it’s been fun. We’ve had a good spring here in the OTAs, the nine OTAs. Offensively, they’ve cooperated. I thought there was some really good things our offense was doing to challenge us and I didn’t think any of our guys backed off any of that. (Head Coach) Jeff (Fisher) does a really good job on how he takes care of our players as far as how we build them physically and how we build them mentally. So, we’ve had a very good offseason. This is a good time for them to get away now and start working on their own. Looking forward to training camp once we start back up.”

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  • RamWraith
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    (Opening Remarks)

    “I would like to congratulate Coach Craig Collins from Timberland High School he is the coach of the week. Congratulations and good luck. Injury report real quick, (WR) Drew Bennett is probably out another couple weeks again with his foot. (DL) Adam Carriker didn’t practice today, he’ll be day-to-day. (CB) Tye Hill did some individual work. Obviously, you guys talked to (RB) Steven (Jackson), he’s day-to-day. (S) Todd Johnson’s out for the game and he’ll get re-evaluated on Monday. (T) Orlando Pace practiced and he’ll start. (RB) Antonio Pittman will practice and if Steven can’t go Antonio will be the starter. (WR) Derek Stanley did individual and he’ll be another one that will be day-to-day, we’ll decide what we’re going to do with him at the end of the week.”

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    “Yes, we brought him up. He’ll be the third safety and also play Todd’s spot on almost all the special teams. We’re shuffling it around a little bit to put him in a little better position than Todd, but he basically replaces Todd.”

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    “A little bit of both. The game plan was to take today off. He worked inside with the strength coach, he’ll go out and do walk-through tomorrow and then we’ll see where he’s at on Friday. Hopefully, he’ll get a few reps in on Friday based on how he feels. We still have four days, so if he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go.”

    (On if it felt good to have T Orlando Pace back at practice today)

    “Yeah, it’s nice. I thought (T) Adam (Goldberg) did a nice job in his spot, so it makes you as a coach have some confidence that guys can step in and fulfill their role and do a good job. So, if for some reason (RB) Steven (Jackson) can’t go, then (RB) Antonio (Pittman) and (RB) Travis (Minor) and (RB) (Kenneth) Darby will fill in and we’ll be fine.”

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  • RamWraith
    Wednesdays quotes
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    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    Wednesday, December 20, 2006

    (Opening statement)

    “Victor Adeyanju had quite a bit more work today. He’s getting closer. Like we said last week, we’ll make the decision by Friday, but it looks pretty encouraging that he’ll be up this week. Jerome Carter’s still kind of nursing that ankle around a little bit. Based on what I saw today I think it’s better. I don’t know how much closer he is to being in the lineup. I’m going to watch the practice and evaluate that, and then talk to the defensive staff and see what they think. Probably go another day before we really decide on that. Stephen Davis’ hand x-rays were negative, so he’s fine. Richie Incognito has a mild right toe sprain, but he didn’t miss any snaps today. Paul Smith is doubtful. He’s still experiencing some discomfort from the stinger he has. He has the bulging disc back there that really isn’t improving much, so it’s pretty unlikely he’ll be able to return, at least, this week. Adam Timmerman’s still questionable. He did do some limited contact stuff today in practice. Matt Turk’s fine with his neck, just a little stiff. Will Witherspoon’s got a bone bruise on his knee which is creating some discomfort. He’s been playing with it. He played through the game last week, but was limited in his reps today in practice. That’s pretty much it. Other than Will, everybody’s pretty much the same as Monday.”

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