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    Posted by RubberSoul:

    They interviewed Armey today on KTRS. This is what he had to say:

    He commented on the Hadley rumor since Hadley was the one interviewing him. Basically he said that he will be ready on training camp, but he also will not be worked as hard in camp eitehr just due to his age and the fact that they need to get Jackson and Gordon some work. Although he said he would not bet against Marshall having a big year. However, he was quick to say they feel they are strong at RB with Jackson, Gordon and Harris playing behind Faulk.

    He then went into the Pace situiation and actually compared it to Faulk and said that one of teh reason PAce sits out camp, so he dioes not take a beating in camp and is fresh for the reg season. (I don't quite buy that)

    On Curtis:

    Was asked about Curtis and agreed with Hadley taht he could have a good year, but was quick to give props to Looker and gushed about him and his contributions last year. Went on to say that the WR is deep and is part of what he feels is a very strong roster.

    On Training camp:

    The thing he loves about training camp is watching an unknown come out of nowhere to make the team and make a contribution. Cited Harris last year.

    On Kennedy:

    Said Kennedy has not missed a day this offseason and has been at Rams park everyday (I assume he meant that he has been there everyday that he was scheduled to be there) Said something about Bill Kohler working with him and being pleased.

    Seems very excited about Cardinals baseball.

    Marshall's knee. Despite what has been said, everything he has been able to learn from the Rams trainers and the professionals is that his knee suregery was successful. It can be tricky when a guys is operated several times on the same knee but he knows no reason now that Marshall shouldn't have a big year "if properly used", should not be carrying the load.

    Says Martz is aware that Faulk doesn't need the reps like Jackson and Gordon. Armey very happy with Rams running back situation. Affirmed Hadley's comment that Jackson can contribute significantly as a rookie and said Gordon had two good minicamps.

    Armey didn't seem too worried about Pace. Say Pace is playing for next year's contract; unlikey to come in early, will focus everything on having a big season. Last year Pace came in ten days before first game, sounds like a repeat this year.

    Hadley predicted great impact by Curtis. Armey agreed but wanted to point out the contribution of Looker, so reliable, like #87.

    Still loves training camp. Loves for the guy who comes out of left field to make a competition.

    Good things about Kennedy. Says Kennedy has not missed a session since the end of the season. He and and Martz are so proud of what Kennedy has done.

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    Thanx for the info RW

    Maineram

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    • Nick
      Armey on KTRS
      by Nick
      Armey on KTRS
      Posted by PhillyRam on the HERD Board

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      A lot of rosey comments, but afterall the guy is the GM so don't expect anything negative. I listen to him and just notice who he omits or who he does not talk up when asked about a player and figure that guy is not cutting it.

      The only negative vibe he gave was when asked about D.Lew. Said something to the effect that after 3 years if you haven't defined yourself as a player then maybe that player is not the player he was expected to be. So he mentioned that Lewis has to step up this year.

      On Turley and the OL:

      Thinks Turley just pushed it too much, but they (doctors) don't think it will sideline him for too long. Says he will be fine and they just have to be more cautious with him. Said the 1st round of tests were favorable, but they are sending him for some more to be sure.

      Also cautious with Wohlabaugh because they need him when the season starts, but he feels he should be ready for the opener.

      Again he commented on how good Turner and Tercero look. Tercero has been playing some OT at both LT and RT as Martz thinks he has a future there.

      Said of the UDFA's he likes Morgan and Noll. Says that Jackie Slater has said that Noll is the best UDFA guy they have and has looked good.

      Says he feels they have a lot of good young players and he credited McCutcheon and his staff for finding these guys.

      On Jackson:

      Say's that he has been very impressive in the "live" plays that they have run. Says that Faulk has commented that he has to run at lower pad level, but Faulk has been impressed with him.

      On Manu:

      Says that he has lost some weight (about 280) and has looked good running and catching as he is at the weight they want him at. Last year he was up around 300. Also said his blocking has been solid in this camp.

      On Kennedy:

      Kennedy has looked good and Bill Kollar is proud of the way he has worked this off-season. Armey said he just needs his voice to change. In other words he has to still grow up and mature a little mentally and physically.

      On Polley and the LB's:

      Says he has really stood out and Vitt says he has been the best. Could have an all-pro year this year.

      Says that Justin Smith has looked the best among the back up LB's and he feels they have a lot of good players there. Also mentioned that Chillar has looked good.

      On Instincts:

      I think he was commenting on Justin Smith, although it wasn't clear, and why he has impressed and he compared him to Looker as a guy that has instincts.

      He then went on to talk about how important instincts are and that speed is not everything. He said that...
      -08-01-2004, 05:54 PM
    • RamWraith
      Armey on KTRS
      by RamWraith
      Posted by dmoff206 on the HERD Board--
      Armey on KTRS

      Just getting my notes together and making sure someone else didn't post it first. Not much of a note taker and sometimes things are hard to read, but here we go.......

      As we already know, Truley's on the IR for the year, but no talk about a problem between him and Martz. Armey feels Pace will be back this week and with him back the Rams will have 3 solid tackles to start the year. Armey had nothing but praise for the offensive line and the way they protected on Friday Night with all the blitzs they came with.

      We've heard this before, but after Friday Nights game it's pretty clear that this can be a good offensive line this year, especially once Pace gets back

      Armey couldn't say enough good things about Steven Jackson and the way he runs the ball. He compared him to Marshall as a receiver and to Dickerson as a runner. But even with those comparisons he says Jackson is really his own person and does things differently than other RBs that he might be compared to. He made the comment that they (the Rams) couldn't believe Parcells let this guy slide by. He is the perfect Parcells type runner. Armey also says that Martz is so happy about this Jackson situation that he can now do things on the offensive side of the ball he could never do before.

      Establish a running game?

      One of the biggest surprises this preseason has been the play of Chillar. When originally scouted, Chillar looked like a player who could excell at everything he attempted on the field and so far it's been true. He's made some rookie mistakes, but overall his play has been solid. He's actually playing like anticipated but he's doing it in his rookie season. That's the big surprise.

      Armey was then asked if the preseason was too long. He says there's two ways to look at it. IF you have a vet team, then yes it is too long. But for most teams, you need the time to prepare. "You only get good at this game by playing it". He is really high on the way Martz prepared this team over the last two weeks. He really believes the Rams are nearing the point of being totally ready for the beginning of the season. Says he was impressed by the Friday Night game.

      The final talk was about the waiver wire. Armey says they are going to be watching the wire for good players. Interesting point, Armey claims the best teams to watch are the ones with a turnover in staff from the pervious year. He says these are the teams who most likely will cut a solid player. He says there will be a good number of solid players on the waiver wire after the last two cuts. Two interesting points, Armey says that most of the Rams that will be cut will be picked up because their scouting department is so good. And there are 79 former Rams on other teams at this point in time.

      Thanks...................................
      -08-29-2004, 11:57 AM
    • Nick
      Armey on Sirius Radio
      by Nick
      He's supposedly coming on soon, so I'll try and post a summary of anything important.
      -09-06-2004, 09:41 AM
    • RamDez
      Things are taking shape for Kennedy after wasted season
      by RamDez
      Things are taking shape for Kennedy after wasted season
      By Bill Coats

      Of the Post-Dispatch
      08/02/2004





      MACOMB, Ill. - To some degree, Rams defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy was a victim of bad advice last year as a rookie.

      "When I was in college, a lot of guys came back - LaVar Arrington and some other players that we had there at Penn State - and told me how easy (NFL) practices were, how I'd dominate on the pro level, and different things like that," Kennedy said.

      So, he acknowledged, he wasn't even close to being ready for the rigors that lay ahead of him.

      "When I came into camp last year, I felt weaker because I'd lost a lot of weight, and I didn't really know what to expect from the coaches," he said. "And I can't say my work ethic was as high as it should be. This year, I'm stronger and I know what to expect."

      And, according to coach Mike Martz, significantly closer to living up to the hype that comes with being a first-round draft pick. "He's much-improved, absolutely, from last year; there's no question," Martz said. "You notice him. He's made some plays out here."

      As the 12th overall selection in the 2003 draft, the 6-foot-4, 320-pound Kennedy was expected to make a big splash. Instead, he barely created a ripple. Kennedy, 24, played sparingly and in only 12 games, making 10 tackles.

      If he had a personal highlight, it was a tipped Jeff Blake pass that linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa intercepted in a 30-24 victory at Arizona.

      But the lows far outweighed the highs. "It was definitely frustrating going out there every game and just standing on the sideline," he said. "But it was a learning experience. I looked at it as a redshirt year."

      In the offseason, Kennedy devoted himself to the weight room, and the effects are noticeable. "It's paid off," Martz said. "To stand out and move up now, he really needs to kind of pour on the steam. He's moving in the right direction."

      When tackle Brian Young signed a free-agent deal with New Orleans, an opening was created on the defensive line. For now, Damione Lewis has moved into the first-team slot, but Kennedy is being counted on to at least provide effective depth.

      "Jimmy did not have a good year last year, but he's had a pretty good offseason," defensive line coach Bill Kollar said. "He's gotten his upper body quite a bit stronger, and we're hoping that he can come on and really help us out this year."

      Kennedy is getting plenty of reps in camp at Western Illinois University and, Martz noted, has been keeping up with his linemates. "He's up there at the same practice pace and intensity," Martz said.

      A bout with back spasms kept Kennedy sidelined for one day, but
      ...
      -08-03-2004, 12:18 PM
    • RamWraith
      Comeback Kennedy
      by RamWraith
      By HAL PILGER
      STAFF WRITER
      Published Friday, August 05, 2005


      ST. LOUIS - Late during his second season with the St. Louis Rams last year, defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy began making some pretty big strides.


      That was very significant, considering for the first seven games last season - after breaking his right foot in training camp a year ago - the 2003 first-round draft selection wasn't able to make any strides at all.

      Now the Rams are hoping the 6-foot-4, 320-pound third-year player out of Penn State picks up where he left off last season. And so far this training camp, Kennedy, 25, definitely has left coach Mike Martz with that favorable impression.

      "He is probably the most dramatic change in any football player that I've ever been around in one year," Martz stated. "From where he was a year ago to where he is right now - he's not even the same person.

      "I think that the strength that he's gained has been pretty dramatic in terms of allowing him to do things physically on the field. We've allowed him to be a little heavier than maybe what he was in the past - what we wanted him to be in the past - and he's started to be more comfortable with it."

      That began to manifest itself late last season - after Kennedy had reassessed his career and recommitted himself to the weight room. After totaling just 10 tackles during his disappointing rookie season, Kennedy recorded 40 tackles in the final nine games last season and recorded his first sack in the NFC Wild Card game at Seattle.

      "The good thing about it was, when I broke my foot, everybody was looking at me coming into the weight room saying that I was getting bigger but my weight was the same," said Kennedy, noting he is only three pounds heavier than his 317 rookie weight. "Coach Martz and those guys saw how hard I was working on getting back. And they said 'He's one of the strongest guys on the team.'

      "They said, 'How is this guy bigger, faster and stronger?' Because my energy is up. I'm at my regular playing weight."

      But now his weight distribution, especially in his upper body, is much better suited to the rigors of an NFL defensive lineman.

      And Martz believes Kennedy's transformation has been psychological as well as physical, noting the two have gone hand in hand.

      "He's having a lot of fun," Martz said. "I think the confidence that he's gained from his strength has allowed him to do some things physically that he wasn't able to do before.

      "I think when kids come here with that No. 1 pick like that, there's so much pressure on them. And physically, he wasn't ready to play (in 2003). But there's a pride factor involved, too, so he took it upon himself to get himself physically prepared, and with that came the confidence....
      -08-05-2005, 07:34 PM
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