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    Mike Martz/Player Quotes
    Monday, August 2, 2004

    (On ending practice early due to weather)
    “We were obviously concerned about the lightning and the rain and since we were in full pads we tried to get as much contact work in as possible. We eliminated the seven-on-seven to speed things up. We tried to give these guys a little bit of a break. They started off a little slow this morning, but we had some good drills. We’re trying to get these guys to be physical. We got some good work in. In the passing game, we’re actually ahead of schedule. That gives us a chance to get in full pads and concentrate on running the football.”

    (On new T Greg Randall)
    “He just got in last night, so we’ve probably got to wait. We obviously feel pretty good about him. That’s why we brought him in like we did. He’s played and we can throw him into some different situations in about ten plays out here. Considering he just came in last night he’s playing pretty well. Grant Williams gave him a very strong endorsement. He’s a large man.”

    (On still wanting to bring in G/C Chris Dishman)
    “He’s a guy that we’ve discussed. I don’t really know what’s going on with that, but we’ll look. We’ll just have to see.”

    (On RB Dusty McGrorty)
    “He’s a real good runner. You can’t have the yards that he had in college and not have something to say. He’s a stout, strong guy who has some speed too. He can turn the corner.”

    RB Dusty McGroty

    (On why he didn’t get any offers from big schools)
    “I came from a really small high school and I think I just got overlooked. I wanted to go to an Oregon school, and they recruit out of the bigger high schools. I just felt comfortable with Coach Olson down there at Southern Oregon. There was actually a back their before me that got a shot at the *****, so I figured I would go learn from him my red-shirt year.”

    (On how small his high school was)
    “I had about 250 kids at my high school. We had about twenty-five guys on our team. I played all three sides of the ball, I was a punter also.”

    (On if he gets excited when Coach Martz calls him out there on the live sessions)
    “I get a little nervous, not physically nervous, but mentally because I’ve been doing the fullback for the OTA’s and then I get back into halfback. That’s tough for me to transition over the plays and that’s the only thing that made me nervous with the plays running through my head. It felt good to get out there and run the rock again, that’s what I’ve done all my life.”

    S Jason Shivers

    (On how things are going in camp)
    “I think everything is going good right now as far as the learning pace. We’ve been putting in a lot of the defense, but we went over that in the spring practices. I think I did a good job of learning and adapting to it then, so right now I’m just trying to get used to this plan.”

    (On who he tries to model himself after on the team)
    “I look at Aeneas (Williams), (Adam) Archuleta, and Jerametrius Butler. I look at all of them and I just try and take a little bit from each and just try and make my own.”

    (On taking anything from running a business to playing football)
    “You have to be dedicated no matter what happens. You have to always know there is going to be problems, you just have to press through them. Coach Martz said he wanted to use his resolve, where you come to practice everyday regardless of what’s going on. I try and keep that in mind, and know when I get up in the morning I tell myself to resolve this, and keep working at it.”

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  • RamWraith
    Rams Q-and-A: Martz on Monday
    by RamWraith
    Compiled by Jeff Gordon Sports
    Monday, Nov. 15 2004

    Rams coach Mike Martz was in a predictably good mood the day after his team
    handled the Seattle Seahawks 23-12.

    “We’re very pleased with the effort of this football team, the intensity we
    were able to keep throughout the game,” Martz said. “It didn’t wane at any
    time. Even with some of the big plays they were able to hit on our defense, we
    were able to run to the ball.

    “We had some mistakes in the running game. We had some guys out of place and
    make a mental error, which resulted in some big plays. They made some plays,
    obviously, they are a good football team. They are going to do that.

    “A couple of real big indications would be the red zone stops, to get down in
    that situation and not let them in and hold them out from scoring touchdowns
    speaks volumes about the resolve and the tenacity.

    “We didn’t do everything right, there is no question about that. There is a lot
    to fix and continue to get better that. As long as you play with that type of
    attitude and enthusiasm, you can accomplish an awful lot.”

    Here were some other highlights of the news conference:

    On the play of the offensive line:

    “We had to shake things up there in the fourth quarter. For Grant (Williams) to
    go to left tackle, (Chris Dishman) has got a knee situation and Tommy (Nutten)
    goes in and plays very well. It has taken him some time to get his weight and
    his strength back up, but at this point he’s back up to where he was when he
    left, weight-wise and strength-wise. I’m very confident about his ability to
    start at left guard.

    “Blaine Saipaia came in and did a terrific job. There is a lot to like about
    (Saipaia). Coming out of college, we had such a high grade on him. We kind of
    tracked him a little bit. We were able to get ahold of him, bring him in here.
    As we went through practice, it became very evident he has excellent feet. He
    has got terrific punch. He’s a strong guy, learns quickly, is a quick study on
    a lot of the stuff. Very physical player. When we moved him to right tackle, he
    was a fish out of water. He didn’t take to the pass rush very well. But over
    time, he’s done a great job on that.

    "He has enough confidence to play and not be stressed out. He is very poised. I
    wasn’t sure he would play as well as he did. People say he’s too short at I
    guess 6-3 or whatever, I don’t understand that. I don’t know. If you block
    them, that’s good enough.

    “I felt like the New England game was an exception to what this group really
    is. I thought they responded very well. Anytime you rush for 200 yards against
    anybody, that...
    -11-16-2004, 05:40 AM
  • RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    by RamWraith
    Sunday, August 15, 2004

    (On getting back to practice)
    “With that time off they ran and lifted this morning, kind of got the blood going a little bit. We’re out here in full gear, and it’s hard to get use to that after you’ve been off for a little bit. I thought they did a good job trying to get into it.”

    (On having so much time between the first and second preseason game)
    “I think it’s good for us, because it’s the week we’re breaking camp. It’s also late in camp where you can continue to use a lot of your two-a-days. So there is a great deal of time here and that gave us an opportunity to give them a couple of days off. Normally you can’t do that and let them recover. They’ve recovered pretty good, we should have a real good week of practice.”

    (On the weather conditions being so cool)
    “I’m not worried about the heat, we play indoors and it’s air conditioned. The conditioning part of it is the cardiovascular condition, not endurance to the heat. If you played in the heat all the time, you would have to condition for it, we don’t play in it. If you play in all this heat, you just get run down, and the work doesn’t come out as well. That’s why when it’s real hot we go indoors.”

    (On CB Travis Fisher’s injury)
    “He thought he would be ready to go, but he’s still got a little bit of weakness back there, he just doesn’t feel right. He’s frustrated, obviously. Over the years, with all these hamstring injuries, if it doesn’t feel right, it’s not right. So until that thing feels the way it should, we’re going to be very careful with him.”

    (On G Chris Dishman not being at practice)
    “When we signed Chris he didn’t get a chance to say bye to his family. So we gave him a day to get back and kind of get his things in order, like everybody else has a chance to do before they come to camp. He needed an opportunity to get back, and get some things squared away.”

    (On RB Joey Goodspeed’s performance)
    “As a fullback what’s so terrific about Joey is he’s really a good lead blocker, but when you throw him the ball, as you could see up at the scrimmage, his mobility, he’s a good runner. That’s something we haven’t had in a fullback in quite sometime. I think he’s a complete player.”

    (On RB Marshall Faulk playing in preseason game against the Chiefs)
    “If he did it’s because he really wants to. We’re on pace not to play him. We sat down with him before camp started, and we went through this and mapped it all out, and he’s very comfortable with it. But we’ll see.

    (On DE Anthony Hargrove)
    “Anthony’s family was in that hurricane, his girlfriend was missing, he’s got some people that were missing, so he flew down there. Fortunately, they had gone to another town, and were accounted for once he got down there. He’s got a lot of things to do with his family, to help them get...
    -08-16-2004, 05:13 AM
  • RamWraith
    Martz on the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Wednesday, November 10, 2004

    (On CB Travis Fisher)
    “He got them fixed (his teeth). I think he got braces, and I think they wired it together. He’s fine. He can play, and he can practice. He’s in pain obviously, but there’s nothing wrong with his legs.”

    (On T Scott Tercero)
    “He’s got that shoulder issue that just pops out a little bit, actually a lot. He just continues to play. But he’s okay. You kind of have to probably keep him at a guard because it’s better suited for that shoulder than at tackle.”

    (On the NFC race being within a game or two of each other)
    “They understand that, and we’ve talked about that. It’s way past that at this point; I’m not worried about that. I’m not happy with how we’re playing period, regardless of a division race or anything else. I think the way we’ve 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. We’re going to do everything we can to rectify that.”

    (On if practice will be different)
    “I don’t know. That’s family business. What we do in practice, and how we change things is something I normally don’t talk about.”

    (On getting energized by looking at the Seattle tape from last game)
    “I don’t need to look at a tape to get energized. Not me. I don’t have to look at a tape to go to a happy place to get energized. That’s just not who I am.”

    (On the offensive line)
    “We made our corrections. That is the exception to the rule with that group. I’ve been very pleased with that group overall most of the year. That was not one of our better performances. I wouldn’t single them out. I think as a football team we haven’t played well, period, and we haven’t coached well obviously. Otherwise we would play better. We can do something about all of those things.”

    (On any personnel changes)
    “Right now there isn’t any significant. We’ll see as the week goes on though.”

    (On doing something different in practice to get the intensity level up)
    “I would expect us to come out and compete better, as a football team. We have a core of guys that you can hang your hat on. You can get them up in the middle of the night and go out and practice them, and you can get all they’ve got. Now what we’re trying to do is to get them to get the rest of the guys up to that level. We were there for awhile, and we’ve fallen off a little bit in a couple of key areas. This is not about ability, never has been and never will be. Everybody in this league has the ability to play. Everybody is talented, everybody fast, everybody is big, and everybody is strong. If you think that is the difference, then you’re sorely mistaken. This is purely a game of attitude.”
    -11-11-2004, 05:46 AM
  • RamWraith
    The Quote Sheet - Wednesday
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan
    September 27, 2006

    (Opening statement) “Pretty good shape on the injury front. Orlando [Pace] did not participate much today in practice. He was out there. Didn’t feel great the last couple of days. Precaution is with these things is to go pretty slow, so we just kept him out. He probably felt pretty much like he did last week. That’s part of the evaluation with these things. We’ll evaluate him day to day here as we get closer to the game.”

    (On Pace’s condition) “I’m not sure you’d say it was nausea, but he said his head’s not quite right. He just doesn’t feel quite right so we’ve got to be a little bit cautious with him, as we have been, but kind of do it day by day.”

    (On when Pace will be evaluated) “I think every day we’re going to evaluate him. Evaluate him today, see how he feels after a full day at work, and do it again tomorrow. From what I understand, the evaluation process is part on how you feel and the other on how you may to respond to questions. The post-concussion syndrome is something that goes on and on and on for weeks so we’ll just keep an eye on him.”

    (On if Pace took any blows to the head in Arizona’s game) “Not that he felt or we noticed, so it wasn’t anything like that. I think it’s just…he came back pretty quickly. He wouldn’t have been cleared had he not passed all the tests, but I think he’s still got to go through some of the residuals from that.”

    (On if there’s a possibility of Pace sitting out against Detroit) “He could. I think it could go on for a while now. That would be a consideration if it got worse.”

    (On if Pace should have sat out against Arizona) “Not from what I understand, because had felt this way as the week went out, he certainly wouldn’t have played. He improved so much that he was cleared to go. I’m not sure that sitting would have made him feel any better now. He said he started feeling worse as the week went on. That’s why we really evaluate it up until game time.”

    (On his thoughts about the offensive line) “You’ve got to start with Richie [Incognito] because he started his first game as our left guard, and then, boom, he’s right over there at the center spot, and hadn’t really done it. I think he’s done a heck of a job making that move. We had a little bit of an idea that he could do it but you’ve still got to go into the games…I think he’s played very well there. Todd [Steussie] has been in the league so long, he understands how to play the position, even though he’s more comfortable at a tackle spot, he’s able to go in and function very well at the guard spot. Our right side, with Alex [Barron] and Adam [Timmerman], that really hasn’t changed, and up until Orlando’s injury, he’s been there. I’ve been really happy with the fact that they’re adjusting. We worked a lot last week with Adam in there at the left guard spot and Todd out there at...
    -09-27-2006, 04:49 PM
  • RamWraith
    The Quote Sheet - Day 8
    by RamWraith
    Coach Scott Linehan
    August 3, 2006

    (Opening statement) “Well, we got the practice in. We didn’t know if we were going to have to move in. They said there was a chance of storms but it turned out to be a pretty nice day. It was warm when we came out. We actually got a breeze and we were able to get a lot of things done. I thought the defense had a real good day. I thought the offense was sloppy. We can’t allow that to happen. We just didn’t finish very good, it was decent. We made some progress, got some new things in, worked on some situational football but we just got to be more focused on the details, especially on the offensive side of the ball. We’re going to work real hard at getting that corrected.”

    (On why the offense ran after practice) “Sometimes you’ve just got to remind yourself that if we don’t pay attention to little things, big things can’t happen. I think that’s one of the things that really challenges you as a team when you start getting weary, start getting tired. You forget the little things that are important.”

    (On adjusting the schedule tomorrow because of Saturday’s practice) “No, we’ll have two practices. The [Friday] night practice we’ll be practicing in shells, which is soft pads. Work a little seven-on-seven and mostly kicking game. Then on the scrimmage Saturday we’ll focus primarily with the first unit in a controlled scrimmage environment, ones-on-ones, work some run game, maybe a little red zone. Then we’ll scrimmage selected ones and twos and threes in a move-the-ball setting on Saturday morning.”

    (On having officials at practice) “It reminds them, hey, get up on the ball. Keep your hands inside, you know all thing things that as you go through it, you can get a little sloppy because the officials aren’t watching that. We coach it, but they see things that they’re emphasizing. They start to be reminded of the presnap alignment things that they’re emphasizing, little flinches in the line, all those kinds of things you don’t want to have. For the most part we’re getting better there. We just had a couple instances of pre-snap penalties. You can’t have that. That’s the kind of thing that, you start moving backwards before you ever get the ball in your hands, you’re behind the eight ball, so we’ve got to work hard at not having those.”

    (On how Ron Bartell’s ankle injury) “He’s got a sprain, and how serious is it, I don’t know. Right now all indications it’s a sprain.”

    (On the plan with RB Moe Williams) “He’s got to condition while we practice. He took a lot of show team reps. He’ll get more reps as we go. You don’t want a guy that hasn’t been through an offseason program or through 10, 11 practices to go in right away, full speed and live tackle drills. We’ll go as we go. You’ve always got to pull Moe out of that environment and you’ve got to control that and be smart with him. It’ll be more conditioning...
    -08-03-2006, 06:54 PM