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    Monday Camp Quotes
    Monday, August 9, 2004

    QB Chris Chandler

    (On his impressions of camp)
    “It’s real similar to other teams’ camps. Mentally, this year is a lot more challenging than any other place I’ve been. (Head coach) Mike (Martz), offensively, installs an awful lot and he challenges everybody mentally to keep up with what’s going in, and to be sharp. That’s the biggest difference with this team and this camp.”

    (On the talent on this Rams team)
    “You look at the skill positions and this is as good as anywhere in the league. And definitely as good, and better, as anywhere I’ve been at.”

    (On his impressions of QB Marc Bulger)
    “I think the world of Marc, both on and off the field. He’s very, very intelligent. He knows this offense really well. He makes great decisions and is extremely accurate. That combination is really tough to beat. Aside from that, he is a great guy and is a lot of fun. I respect him, he’s a friend, and we have a lot of fun. He’s helped me with this offense. He has a good handle on what he is supposed to do and how to do things. I want to be there to support him, and maybe be an extra set of eyes for him. He proved last year how good of a player he is. And more than anything else, he’s kind of helped me learn the subtleties of this offense.”

    (On concerns about the offensive line)
    “It falls under the category of things that you cannot control. So far the guys in there, as far as I’m concerned, are doing a great job. The last thing you can think about in the position of quarterback is what’s going on around you. You have to look downfield with your keys, your reads, your offense, and where you are throwing the football.

    WR Kevin Curtis

    (On how his leg feels)
    “I’m very satisfied with the progress of it. It’s not holding me back at all. I just measure it against where I was before I broke it in August of last year. As far as that’s concerned, I don’t feel quite as strong, but I’m close and I’m happy with it.”

    (On if he worried about coming back to football at full strength)
    “I definitely wondered how much it would effect me once it did heal up. The good thing about breaking a bone is the bone will heal up 100 percent, so it’s nothing that was going to be an issue of slowing me down.”

    K Jeff Wilkins

    (On returning to camp after a full day off)
    “It was tough coming back. It was rough coming in this morning after sleeping in your own bed and being all relaxed, away from football for the day. But it’s nice knowing that in a couple days we’ll be heading back to St. Louis. Again, the weather is unbelievable, so that makes it a little easier.”

    (On how his camp has been)
    “It’s kind of business as usual. I’m just trying to get my leg in shape and trying to do as much as I can without over-kicking. That’s something I’ve learned to do the past couple of years. It’s almost like less is more with me. The less I do when it comes to swinging the leg, once I get in the groove it’s better. And it’s great to have RB Chris Massey and WR Dane Looker back. This is one of the few camps that I’ve had my snapper and holder and we’ve got to work together since day one, and it helps.”

    (On his chemistry with Massey and Looker)
    “Chris (Massey) is the best snapper in the league, and Dane is phenomenal in only his second year. Your always nervous on the first day, as far as how things are going to work, and it was like going back to last year with the rhythm and the timing. We all have to be on the same page and then were great. They make my job that much easier.”

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  • HUbison
    Day 1 Camp Quotes
    by HUbison
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Wednesday, July 27, 2005

    (On having camp at Rams Park for the first time)
    “It’s very nice. This is something that we have been contemplating for a while, but we really do feel this is more beneficial for us. We’ll see how things go, but I think as long as the logistics of things work out there isn’t anything else for us to consider. I’m very pleased. I think the players and coached are excited about it anytime you can put your head on your own pillow, or at least be in your hometown instead of traveling.”

    (On being a coach that takes his players comforts and concerns into mind when making decisions)
    “Years ago when they trimmed these squads down in numbers, you had to take [more] care of your guys. You have to have their best on Sunday when you show up. There’s a lot of work to be done. There’s an awful lot to be done, but there’s a way of going about this and doing that work and doing it in a beneficial way of helping them physically. We all were raised in football in terms of hammer, hammer, hammer, rep, rep, rep, rep, and all of a sudden you get into the opening game and you’re dead-legged. We have studied this through the Russian track athletes who rest every fourth day. We just want to give them enough time to recover and make those physical games that are going to make them better players.”

    (On Roland Williams)
    “Roland Williams is probably the most pleasant surprise of the off-season. I think I mentioned this earlier, but when we brought him back here I felt good that he was going to be a solid player. [He is] very comfortable with Brandon [Manumaleuna]. Obviously, we like Brandon. He is a good starter in this league. Roland, in the spring, was much more than I anticipated. He deserves the opportunity to step in and battle. We’re going to start him off as a starter and see how that whole thing transpires, but we’re kind of moving in a different direction anyways. We’re going to do a lot of two tight end stuff, so in essence they are both starters. Roland’s energy is something that I really appreciate. His experience there… I was very impressed with him, and we will just see where this thing takes us.”

    (On Coach Martz’s biggest area of concern coming into camp)
    “I think everybody [in] every camp is always concerned about getting their guys healthy. I think there are a lot less unknowns about this camp than perhaps we have had in the past. The biggest concern is that we get our special teams up to speed. That’s number one. We have addressed this as well as we can in years past while trying to plug holes, but this year we have had the luxury of actually focusing on that without hurting the positions on offense. Finally, over the last few years we have been able to meet that. I’m excited about Bob [Ligashesky] and the job that he’s doing. We’ll see about that. That is the number one priority.”
    -07-28-2005, 11:08 AM
  • RamWraith
    Training Camp Quotes
    by RamWraith
    Wednesday, August 4, 2004

    S Adam Archuleta

    (On how training camp has been going so far)
    “It’s been a pretty good camp. We started off we’ve had a lot of contact. It’s been real physical. (Coach Martz) has kind of given us a break. I think we’re gearing up for the next few days with the Chicago Bears, and getting ready for that kind of camp atmosphere.”

    (On scrimmaging during training camp)
    “It’s cool. It’s a change up. It breaks up camp and the monotony of camp and going against each other. I think it will be good for us just to get some fresh guys out there.”

    (On taking on more leadership roles)
    “Leadership just comes. You don’t thrust yourself into that role just by setting a good example, playing well, and doing all the little things right. You don’t really start to see, in my opinion, true leadership come until the season starts. I feel like without a doubt, that’s (leadership role) a responsibility of mine, and that’s my role on this team. It’s something that I’ll progress into as the season goes on and as my career goes on.”

    (On how the teams progressing)
    “We’re optimistic, but obviously it’s camp. We’ve been in camp one week and we have over a month until we play our first regular season game, so it’s just a building process. By no means do we think we’ve peaked, and we don’t want to get to that point. We just come out here and work and try to get better everyday.”

    (On tutoring the younger players)
    “You just want to keep advancing your game. You never want to stay the same. You don’t want to be complacent. Whatever you’ve been able to do in the past, you want to build on that and expand yourself as a player.”

    (On playing with S Aeneas Williams)
    “Every team needs great examples and it’s good to have guys who have been around and have done it, who can tell their story, who can watch their examples everyday. We’re very fortunate to have (him). We have a lot of guys on our team like that. We have guys on the offensive side of the ball who a lot of the young guys really look up to.”

    CB Jerametrius Butler

    (On how OB Marc Bulger has looked)
    “He throws the deep ball very well. You really can’t underestimate his arm. He really puts some zip on the ball. His timing is good with Isaac (Bruce) and Tory (Holt), and also the other guys Mike Furry and Dane Looker. He’s done a real good job.”

    (On role models on the team)
    “I like to follow Aeneas. He always shows up for practice. He never takes anything for granted. He always goes out there and competes. He goes out there and has fun.”

    (On WR Isaac Bruce)
    “People think Isaac is really quiet, but on the field he’s a different person. He’s different on the field and off the field. He’ll try and embarrass you if you let him.”

    (On enforcing of the coverage rules)
    -08-04-2004, 01:29 PM
  • Curly Horns
    Camp Quotes - Tuesday
    by Curly Horns
    WR Kevin Curtis
    August 2, 2005

    (On his confidence level coming into this training camp)
    “As a player it is definitely different once you’ve done this once or twice. You have a better idea of what is expected. A big part of those first two camps, especially that first one, it was pretty overwhelming, not knowing the playbook and all of that kind of stuff. It’s definitely feeling a lot more comfortable. It’s not quite as stressful.”

    (On whether his on-field experience improves his comfort level)
    “I think you definitely want to have the trust of your coaches and your teammates that you’re a guy who can step in and make plays when your number is called and help out and contribute. You definitely want to have their trust and their confidence behind you.”

    (On the potential to make plays from the number three spot in this offense)
    “In the Rams offence the third, fourth, fifth receivers are all good positions because Coach Martz likes to throw that ball. It’s a fun offense especially when you have guys like Marshall [Faulk] and Steven [Jackson] in the back field. There are just so many weapons and so many areas, that everyone is going to get their touches.”

    S Jerome Carter

    (On his comfort being a starter)
    “I still have a lot being thrown at me but I am taking it one day at a time, and make sure that I take the proper steps to prepare myself. I know that I will have mistakes but I am the type of person that expects a lot out of myself. I am going to go out there and continue to get better as a player.”

    (On S Adam Archuleta)
    “It is a good to have him out there because he knows the defense. He doesn’t have any problems with filling me in and giving me advice. I am trying to be where he is.”

    K Remy Hamilton

    (On how arena football translates to the NFL)
    “They [the goal posts] are half the distance [width] of the NFL. I was 75% in the arena this last year. We haven’t really done many field goals [in camp], but when we do I think it is going to be my strongpoint.”

    (On whether he is surprised that more arena kickers have not made NFL teams)
    “I am surprised that there haven’t been more looks from arena kickers. They have the leg strength, but I think there is a misperception that they don’t have the leg strength in this league. The narrow uprights make us very accurate.”
    -08-02-2005, 08:01 PM
  • evil disco man
    Spagnuolo/Flajole/Shurmur Interviews 6/6/09
    by evil disco man
    Mini-Camp III: Day 3 - Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo – June 6, 2009

    (On what he feels the team has accomplished at the conclusion of the last mini-camp)

    “Mostly the installation and exposing them to things that we think that we would either do during the season or definitely would do in training camp. On both sides of the ball and special teams we tried to touch on things. We didn’t go deep into some things but at least we got it installed. We got them exposed.”

    (On what he wants to get done during OTAs)

    “Well, there’s a couple of things. Tuesday will be pretty much like all the other ones. There’s just a couple of installation items on both sides of the ball. Starting on Wednesday, Thursday, going into the following week, it’ll be concentrated on the NFC West teams. We’ll take a team a day and probably two (days) on Seattle since that’s the opener and we’ll go from there. We’ve only got six left.”

    (On why it is a good idea to expose the team to the division opponents in the spring)

    “I think it’s a good thing. First of all, we’ve always felt that the first goal has got to be to win the division so you focus on those guys for obvious reasons. You play them twice. We’ve got some new guys here. We’ve got some new coaches here that maybe haven’t been exposed to these three teams as much so it’s as much for the coaches as it is for the players. Kind of get them geared towards where we’re headed when they come back. It’s going to be about playing other teams now. We’ve been playing each other for a long time. That’s kind of the gist of it.”

    (On if there are two weeks of OTAs remaining before the players are off until training camp)

    “Yes. I say two weeks but you’re talking a week from this Wednesday is really the last one. So really I should say it’s 10 days or so and then they’re off until we come back. I’m not going to say the date because I’ll get it wrong, but it’s the end of July.”

    (On if he has a flow chart for what he wants to accomplish in his first year)

    “Things on paper – the training camp set up, where we are, what we’re going to do on game day – those kinds of things are all down in black and white. The other things that you might be talking about, I think I mentioned this before, right now the primary focus is on those things you really can’t measure. I’ve talked about that before – the team chemistry, the unity. I’m always pounding that. I’m always talking about how efficient they have or have not been on the practice field. I said this way back in the first mini-camp that it was a lot about learning how to practice. I think they’ve got it now. Although, I think we’re going to have a big challenge when they get here to training camp and it’s two-a-days and it’s pads and the heat’s bearing down....
    -06-06-2009, 01:03 PM
  • evil disco man
    Camp Is Heating Up - Steven Jackson Blog
    by evil disco man

    I hope all of you are enjoying your summers. We're on that grind here in Rams camp.

    We just wrapped up our last two-a-day of camp a few days ago and while it takes some pressure off of us, I can't say that I'd rather be without them. I think we need them. Two-a-days in training camp are definitely a necessary evil.

    It allows for the team to start forming a sense of continuity and also it's hardening the team to become tough, working through tough, grueling, hot, sweltering summer days. It's one of those things that, although you hate it as a football player, you understand why there's a need for two-a-days.

    An average two-a-day for an injured player or someone nursing a nagging injury begins at 6:30 am to get ready for the first practice. We have an 8:15 am practice and practice is two hours. When we finish practice, we get to shower down and have lunch. After lunch you have offensive meetings for another hour, then you get a short two-hour break. Then you come back for more meetings for 90 minutes. You have snack for an hour, then another two-hour practice and one more 90-minute meeting.

    The idea of two-a-days is to build team unity and that works, but at a certain point you also get sick of seeing everybody. After two weeks of going through such a long schedule where actually your day is 14 hours easily, you do get tired of seeing each other. You get tired of competing against one another, so nerves and people reach a boiling point where the tension produces a short fuse.

    But I also think it allows for team continuity. It allows for the team to grow. You're around guys for so long that you eventually begin to talk and you get to find out each other's background. You learn about each other's family, where guys are from, what schools they went to, their story and how they got themselves into the NFL.

    When the breaks do come during those days you have to manage your time wisely. Every player is different. Some guys are trying to take care of injuries, some guys go and take a nap, while some guys read books. Everyone is different, you're talking about 90-plus men so everyone doesn't spend their time the same.

    For me, with my two hours I'll go see my chiropractor if I have an appointment with him. Sometimes I'll go catch up on some reading or if I'm just downright tired I'll take and hour and a half long nap then give myself 30 minutes to get back to where I need to be. It's also used for day-to-day things like going to check my mailbox. Since you have such a short amount of time you have to manage it right.

    With one preseason game down, we're well on our way into training camp, but since not many cuts have been made so far, there's not as much excitement as there is nervousness around.

    Guys are fighting for roster spots and trying to compete at a high level...
    -08-20-2010, 06:07 PM