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    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Friday, July 30, 2004

    (On the increased spirit and contact of this mornings practice)
    Yeah, thats what this games about, a lot of contact. Especially for the young players, they have to learn the speed and collision part of this game and for the guys that have been around awhile we keep them protected from those environments. Still, in those nine-on-seven periods it is time to get things rolling pretty well. Its an attitude and we feel like weve answered some personnel questions and now its time to get them in the right spot and get them physical.

    (On live, contact session)
    Weve done it the last few years. When you have young lineman on both sides of the ball and a rookie linebacker and a new fullback you want to see how well they compete. The adrenaline is flowing, the butterflies are there, and you know everyone is watching. I think its very healthy and you get to see how guys respond.

    (On RB Lamar Gordons improvement)
    I think hes done a good job. So far in the last five practices it would appear that hes a little bit better with each practice. He still has a way to go and hes making the right progress. Hes taken on the new challenge.

    (On keeping Gordon healthy)
    You cant worry about that. I know what youre saying, but you cant go into practice or a game worrying about a guys health. You just go into practice and play him and whatever happens happens. The warm can turn so to speak. Well see what happens.

    (On the importance of veteran players)
    I think they know how to respond in so many different situations, particularly as the season gets going. When thing are a little difficult with practices out here and being tired, they know how to respond. They know how to respond. Theyve been here before. The encouragement from those guys that were going the right direction is always healthy.

    (On QB Marc Bulger)
    Im very pleased with Marc, very pleased. Hes been consistently very good.

    (On the lack of quarterback controversy regarding Bulger)
    Youll have to ask him. I know that he has markedly improved from a year ago in terms of the speed of seeing things and getting the ball to the right guy. Theres no hesitation, everythings accurate, and hes running the team. Its all been good.

    (On G Ryan Schaus early departure from practice)
    His back just cramped up on him. Thats all. A lot of times these guys are not ready for football condition. Theyre in weight room condition, but not in football shape yet.

    (On RB Joey Goodspeed)
    He might be the best fullback weve had. Im very confident about that. Im very very high on Joey. Hes not going to ever come out here and practice poorly or have a bad day or make mental mistakes. Hes smart and physical. Hes a pro. Hes what you want all your guys to be. I couldnt be more pleased.

    (On Goodspeed improving through the offseason)
    Its just like Marc (Bulger). When a guy has all that time to prepare and he knows hes a starter and has time to focus, all those are good things. Watching him over summer in the weight room, hes incredibly strong. As big and strong as he was, hes really continued to develop. Its going to help him throughout the season. Also, hes one of our top two or three teams players.

    (On QB Russ Michna)
    Russ has been a very pleasant surprise for us. Normally, the fourth quarterback in camp has about a one in a thousand chance of making the roster. From what weve seen of him, I would be surprised if hes not on our roster in some capacity this season. Im very pleased with him. Hes a talented young man. Were going to give him a little bit of an opportunity. Hes smart, accurate, live arm, grasps what we do to some extent, has some composure, and is very competitive. For the things that we grade quarterbacks in he has some pretty good marks.

  • #2
    Re: Martz on the Mike - 7/30

    Pretty good bet that michna is one of the 8 guys on the practice squad this year.

    general counsel


    • #3
      Re: Martz on the Mike - 7/30

      Originally posted by general counsel
      Pretty good bet that michna is one of the 8 guys on the practice squad this year.

      general counsel
      Yea, maybe, but remember he is a WIU kid and Martz is making those comments on the WIU campus. Gotta keep the hometown folks happy.
      The more things change, the more they stay the same.


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        Were all excited to have Orlando back, and I know he feels good about being back also. Its a relief to have him here, were all just very pleased hes here and we can get going.

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        He got them fixed (his teeth). I think he got braces, and I think they wired it together. Hes fine. He can play, and he can practice. Hes in pain obviously, but theres nothing wrong with his legs.

        (On T Scott Tercero)
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        They understand that, and weve talked about that. Its way past that at this point; Im not worried about that. Im not happy with how were playing period, regardless of a division race or anything else. I think the way weve played in the last two games is embarrassing. Not so much whether you win or lose a game, just the way we play the game period. Were going to do everything we can to rectify that.

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        I dont know. Thats family business. What we do in practice, and how we change things is something I normally dont talk about.

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        I dont need to look at a tape to get energized. Not me. I dont have to look at a tape to go to a happy place to get energized. Thats just not who I am.

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