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  • RamWraith
    Coach Scott Linehan Wednesday, November 29, 2006
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    Wednesday, November 29, 2006

    (Opening statement)
    “The injury report is quite a bit more extensive this week than any other week. You all know Victor’s (Adeyanju) out probably the next two to three games, at the soonest, the second to last game he might have a chance to be up. Isaiah’s (Kacyvenski) out. We’ll evaluate him at the end of the week, and see his status for the next games coming up. Richie Incognito’s foot is actually nothing that showed up on the MRI, so it’s kind of a pain tolerance thing. He should be fine. Had actually very little problem with it in practice today. Marc Bulger’s got some ribs, but once he gets loosened up he’s fine. Paul Smith looked pretty good today with his hamstring, so he looks like he has a real good chance to be up. We’re a little more banged up than we’ve been. Had to limit a number of players today in practice at times so we can get the good guys through the game on Sunday. Got to manage that. That time of year.”

    (On CB Tye Hill’s condition)

    “Tye felt better today than he felt last Wednesday. We rotated his reps a little bit more than we did last Wednesday too, but he felt better than he did last Wednesday. It was never to a point where he couldn’t practice last week, he just never really got any better, and by Friday, it actually was starting to feel worse. Hopefully we can get through the week with a modified workload this week.”

    (On where LB Jamal Brooks fits in)

    “Right now he’s factored right in with the loss of Isaiah at this point. It made all the sense in the world to have him in special teams, and plus, he’s our backup “mike” linebacker now.”

    (On how Kacyvenski will be evaluated)

    “There’s just a psych testing, just to see that it’s all normal.”

    (On what’s considered “normal”)

    “I think there’s just normal levels, and there’s levels of concern. Not being a neurologist or any of that, I think it’s just if there’s anything abnormal, they want to make sure that it shows up more than just a couple days after the injury. He’s had a couple now, so we’re going to take it pretty slow.”

    (On how long Kacyvenski will be out)

    “It’s hard to predict when someone’s able to come back from having more than one concussion. We’ll take it very slow. There’s really no way to predict how soon he’ll be back to 100 percent.”

    (On testing Kacyvenski)

    “When you have one, you just have to keep track of it. If you don’t have a repeat, then it seems to be the best way to keep an eye on those. If you have another incident, now you start doing these testing…with Orlando’s (Pace) case, his was so severe, his symptoms were so severe afterwards, with the headaches and sleeplessness and all...
    -11-29-2006, 05:11 PM
  • 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.”

    (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.”

    (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, 03:56 PM
  • RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan--Thursday, September 14
    by RamWraith
    (Opening statement) “I think our players that were on the injury report have showed progress today. Got a little more work in, still limited somewhat, but it was good to get everybody back out there and getting some work. Yesterday they were a little bit sore, but I think all three of them got a significant amount of work in. Thursday practices for us are pretty taxing. We work a lot of different situations and there’s a lot of running, so it’s a pretty grueling one. They fight through it and we got a lot done.”

    (On seeing a significant improvement in ***** QB Alex Smith from last year) “No question. I think I alluded to it yesterday. I’ve known quite a bit about this guy and if anybody’s going to get better and better, it’s going to be Alex. He’s a great quarterback. He was the number one pick for a good reason. Last year was a rookie year thing but that’s far behind him from what I can tell by the way he’s playing now.”

    (On Alex Smith’s assets) “Physically he’s got a lot of talent because he’s a great athlete. He has a good, strong arm, very accurate. He’s got unbelievable intangibles. He’s extremely bright. Football’s really important to him. It’s not just something that came naturally that he was good at and just ended playing it. He loves football and understands it. He’s one of those guys that’s the first guy in and the last guy out of the building. He just grew up with football in his genes. He’s certainly going to affect his team in a positive way because he’s going to be the leader of that group.”

    (On what he expects out of ***** offensive coordinator Norv Turner) “He’s a great offensive coach and does a great job, and has done over the years, of getting his offense’s to be very productive, run and pass. He’s really into the balance of being a two-headed monster. He’s not one of those guys, and he promotes a lot of the same things we do. He uses all his weapons. Everyone’s a factor in his offense, but it’s sound. He doesn’t ask a whole ton. He keeps it simple enough so his quarterback can go out and play ball. That’s why he’s so playing so well in my opinion. They’ve done a good job as an organization of starting to get some pretty darn good weapons around there too. The line—I know they’ve got some injuries right now but that line is much improved as well. He knows that that’s going to be what butters his bread, to get some guys that surround that quarterback.”

    (On having to have RB Steven Jackson’s confidence to succeed as a running back) “It helps that you’re really good too. Steven’s really a good back obviously. He’s a big physical guy who has a rare combination of power and speed. To be complete, in my opinion, he needs to use both. He just really showed me something in the fourth quarter that he’s a willing inside runner. He got it up in there. That first run in the four-minute drill he basically willed himself to the 12-yard gain. Not...
    -09-15-2006, 04:22 AM
  • RamWraith
    Coach Scott Linehan December, 1, 2006
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    December, 1, 2006

    (Opening Statement and injury report)

    “Everything is set; I don’t think there are any changes on our injury report. Nobody got any worse and the same guys are still out and I think that everybody we expect will be up.”

    (On Cardinals RB Edgerrin James not getting many carries in last week’s game)

    “I think they’ve been in some of those weird games like we were in a couple of weeks ago. I think they certainly intended on running more last week. I know it looked like they checked out of a lot of runs and got behind. Not many teams have run the ball very well against Minnesota, so they went with the same plan a lot of people had been doing and threw the ball. He’s still very dangerous and he got into a pretty decent rhythm and ran the ball pretty well against us last time, so that’s really what we’re looking at.”

    (On G Adam Timmerman’s status)

    “I think he’s fine. I don’t think he feels any different than he did last week. I think yesterday’s day off helped him. He’s beat up a little bit, so he’s just going to have to get as well as he can and get as many snaps as he can on Sunday.”

    (On Adam Goldberg’s performance in last week’s game)

    “He played a long series and played well. That’s the natural spot for him on the right side. He’s played that primarily and most of his time was at right guard and tackle, so he looked very comfortable there when he played.”

    (On WR Willie Ponder returning kicks on Sunday)

    “Right now that’s the plan, to have him up and return unless something happens between now and Sunday as far as our depth. But I’d like to have him up.”

    (On University of Minnesota basketball coach Dan Monson’s resignation)

    “I did talk to him last night. I’m as always disappointed for anybody in this profession because I know how much time and energy people put into it. But sometimes things don’t work out. He did it right there. He went in and took over a program that was decimated by scandal and losing scholarships. He lost his two or three best players after their sophomore years and one after his freshman year. He had a hard road, but he battled and he’ll land on his feet. I told him just to be proud every time he sees the Gonzaga team playing well because he was the person that set that up. He’ll land on his feet and do a great job for whoever hires him.”

    (On his team’s readiness for Sunday’s game)

    “I think it’s very good. We’re certainly building off the momentum that we gained from the game last week, we’re excited to play at home again, and it’s certainly a big division game. There’s kind of a new life and new energy around here, so I’d be surprised if we didn’t play well on...
    -12-01-2006, 06:06 PM
  • RamWraith
    Players and Coaches Quotes from Sept. 15
    by RamWraith
    Thursday, September 15, 2005

    Head Coach Mike Martz

    (On whether CB Chris Johnson will be ready after a rough opening game)
    “Yeah. He just got here. We just have to work with him a little bit. If we didn’t feel confident with Chris [Johnson], obviously we wouldn’t leave him out there, which we are. We’re going to stay with him.”

    (On what he likes about Chris Johnson)
    “He’s had to make a transition in different philosophies between football teams and how we do things. There’s a learning curve for him that has had to be sped up for him. I like his competitiveness, and of course his speed and athleticism is really outstanding. His issues haven’t been any of those things. He was injured. They just couldn’t wait for him. They had already replaced him. He fits in for us real well. He has a lot to bring to the table for us. He’s a veteran who hasn’t played a lot, who has great ability.”

    (On how WRs Kevin Curtis and Shaun McDonald’s roles benefit the offense)
    “Both of these guys can start just about anywhere. We’re fortunate, in that respect, to have those kinds of receivers. Those guys are really playing at a high level. I’m very pleased with them. The biggest issue would be the emergence of the running game and the offensive line. We just have to play better everywhere. We just didn’t play well last week, but they are a terrific, terrific addition to what we do offensively.”

    (On whether he has any secrets on fighting the heat gained while coaching at Arizona State)
    “No. Not really. I was there for 10 years, and I promise you it was a lot worse here last week than it ever was down there when it was 113 [degrees] during the day. My challenge to them is to come back when it’s 98 [degrees] in this humidity. If you want to make it a distraction, you can. It is what it is. It’s still 98 [degrees] on that other sideline. It just is. What we are concerned about is when we practiced in it, it beat us down. [At the] beginning of the year we really played particularly well because we worn down by the heat. Team would come in fresh and the heat didn’t seem to bother them. It’s kind of an odd thing.”

    (On how Arizona’s changes to their defensive front complicate the Rams’ offensive approach)
    “It’s what we saw in the opener. We knew what they were doing. I’m sure they will have something specific for us. They have had the offseason to prepare. We are in a little bit of a different situation, and I think we should be able to adjust and focus in on what we are trying to accomplish. Every week you play, there is a potential of doing that, and everybody does that to you.”

    (On if there is an advantage to knowing how QB Kurt Warner plays)
    “I don’t think so. That could be a distraction, because you start to guess, oh he’s about to do this, and it never works out that way. The best thing to do is...
    -09-17-2005, 06:30 AM