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    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Monday, August 9, 2004


    (On returning after the one-day break)
    “It’s good to get them out here without pressing them real hard. Their bodies have rejected them and now we’re going to try and let them get their bodies back again and have a good couple of days and get ready to play the Bears. By putting our guys in shells today we were able to get a lot of guys out here, but if we would have gone in pads a couple of guys wouldn’t have been able to go since they’re still trying to work through things. Tomorrow we’ll be in pads and we should get some good work in. We’re laying back a little bit because I’m very pleased with this team. They’ve got a great attitude, a terrific attitude.”

    (On QB Chris Chandler)
    “The thing that he is doing now is not so much the complicated plays, but it’s just the attention to the tiny things that we think make a difference. You’ve just got to be focused on the little things and when you have to think about it it’s hard, but once you know it it’s a lot easier. A year from now he’ll be a lot more comfortable. But, you can’t go six for six against air and not have a good day. I’m very pleased with him and his development. Veterans always have their way of doing things and on Chris’ behalf, for a guy that has been as successful as he has been, he’s not done that. You couldn’t ask for a better situation with a veteran like Chris.”

    (On development of RB Arlen Harris)
    “Last year, Arlen, like the young wide receivers, was trying to so hard to figure everything out and it’s different conditioning wise for them because you’re so much more fatigued when you don’t know what’s going on because you’re stressed. However, when you have a better idea of what’s going on you’re conditioning is better and everything is just better.”

    (On development of WR Dane Looker, WR Kevin Curtis, and WR Mike Furrey)
    “Well, all those guys, Looker particularly, has such a great feel for what we’re doing. When we get in that seven-on-seven in the red zone he makes nice little moves and just has a great feel for that. Mike and Kevin have progressed very well. We’re in a good spot with these guys, but you can’t get satisfied with them. We just want to make sure that they improve every week.”


    (On the development of S Adam Archuleta)
    “The hardest thing about Adam is we’ve thrown him into a role since a rookie, in terms of leadership, making plays, and being an impact player. That’s way too much to ask of any rookie, but we did that with him and he’s responded very well. He’s carried a certain load and a stress level that very few people can tolerate or deal with, and he’s done it extremely well. He’s extremely vital to what we do on defense. He’s an emotional leader just by how he plays, and the aggressiveness that he brings to the defense. The passion and the love for playing this game and his competitiveness are just hard to find. When you find a guy like Adam, they just stick out like a sore thumb. As good as everybody else is in the NFL, guys like Adam are just truly unique, they’re hard to come by.”

    (On hearing anything from T Kyle Turley)
    “No we haven’t. Our medical staff and Jay (Zygmunt) have been in contact with Kyle’s agent. Kyle’s down in the dumps, this thing isn’t as far along as he wants it to be. He’s very frustrated. We just have to get a conclusion medically in terms of the course of action he needs to take. We’re not there yet, so I’m not going to worry about it. I understand what Kyle’s going through, I feel for the guy. As soon as we can get some sort of answer to his medical situation, I’m sure we can move forward with it.”

    (On Optimism of Turley’s return)
    “I don’t know what to think, because we don’t have all the facts from the three doctors he knows.”

    (On RB Lamar Gordon’s Ankle Injury)
    “Lamar is going to have surgery on his ankle. Nothing has shown up on the MRI or x-rays. They did a scan on him and they think there’s a potential slight bone chip in there somewhere. They would like to go in and explore and see if they can’t take care of that. He’s been really consistent with this pain and in the same spot, so we’re pushing forward to try and see if they can reveal something. It’s nice to have it resolved, to know exactly what’s causing him all this pain.”

    (On C Dave Wohlabaugh)
    “He’s in St. Louis today, and he’s going back to Ohio tomorrow. He’s going to be seen by two doctors (for further examination).”

    (On DE Kevin Aldridge)
    “Aldridge has been given permission to leave camp. He has a personal issue that he needs to deal with, so we gave him permission to leave. Yes, (we anticipate him back). I don’t know when it’s going to be, but he’ll be back.”

    (On T Jeremy Phillips)
    “Jeremy went down with Lamar (Gordon) to get a scan on his neck. He (Phillips) has some stingers on his neck and we want to make sure he takes care of that.”

    (On G Adam Timmerman)
    “Adam has a sore shoulder. They treated him and he was sore today, so we kept him out. We had a lot of those things today. So as you can see, we are running them today to still get conditioning done.”

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  • RamDez
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    by RamDez


    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Saturday, August 14, 2004


    (Opening statement)


    “All in all I was very pleased, with particularly the first half with both groups. We were a little taped together there in the offensive line. I thought Adam Timmerman was outstanding. Scott Tercero has really come to the forefront, he has really done well in the past few weeks. I hate to admit this, but I didn’t know he played this well, but he did, he played exceptionally well. You would have to give him terrific marks on anybody’s evaluation. I’m very pleased with him particularly. Offensively, Steven (Jackson) is learning the offense, he’s getting better. He still doesn’t have the leg strength back yet that he will have eventually. He’s still learning our offense, but he did a terrific job in pass blocking, which for a rookie, is a big challenge. He did a great job in recognizing blitzes and getting over. Fortunately, they did blitz us, and that’s good for us, because with him back there, he has to get tested before the season starts. We made some mental mistakes in there on a couple of sacks, and two of the sacks were due to mental errors. We’ll clear those things up, that’s easy to fix. I thought (Shaun) McDonald was terrific, in every phase, from a blocker to a receiver, and punt returner on special teams, he was quite remarkable. Defensively, I was pleased with the effort. We overran some things, which resulted into some big plays, which is good because you can fix that. I thought that DeJuan Groce was outstanding, he had a terrific game. Robert Thomas, I thought, was just absolutely exceptional, just outstanding in the time that he was in there. I thought that Bryce (Fisher) was exceptional, for a guy that had that ankle he came back, if you watch his effort for the time that he was in there, he was really outstanding. Of course Tyoka (Jackson) and Leonard Little did a good job. A rookie that stood out, that makes you take notice, is Brian Howard, he was good. Those were the guys that I thought were up and above everyone else. Not that anyone else played poorly, but those guys certainly deserve special mention. Brandon (Manumaleuna) was really significantly good, I think on that fourth and one we probably should of challenged it.”

    (On G Adam Timmerman’s shoulder injury)
    “Well he had some treatment on it, and the way they treated it made it a little bit sore, which is the normal treatment. Once he had that soreness out, he was ready to go. Adam, you can put in any competitive situation and he’s just got two speeds- stop and go. He’s what your looking for as a leader, and an example in every form.”

    (On G Scott Tercero being so successful in camp)
    “I think that there’s a toughness in Scott that I didn’t realize was there, because he’s such a quiet young man. There’s a resolve, if you will, you don’t know about these guys until you put them in pressure...
    -08-15-2004, 02:15 AM
  • RamWraith
    Martz on the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Wednesday, December 15, 2004

    (Opening Statement)
    “As you look at Arizona, particularly on defense, this is a team that from the beginning of the year, creates some challenges for you. I think they’re much improved, they’ve got a good pass rush from the outside, and the linebackers are very active. They’ve changed their defense in that they are much more pressure oriented. They are getting after you and creating all types of structure problems that you have to account for. They are very disruptive and they’ve done a great job. They are playing with a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement. A passionate defense would be a good word for them. They look like they are really well coached on defense, they’re impressive to look at. They are a different defense than we saw at the beginning of the year in that they were much more of a seven-man front than opposed to some of the things that they are doing now. Offensively, with the receivers healthy, they create a real issue for you. Obviously the quarterback can move around and he has the big arm to get the ball down the field. With the big receivers they do like to do the long passes and get the ball down the field and score quickly if they can, and make some big plays. I would say it’s a challenge. Obviously they are a team right now that are kind of finding their way and have been on again, off again, much like us. It’s a big challenge for us. It’s a divisional game, the final one of the season for us, and that’s an exciting aspect for us.”

    (On WR Anquan Boldin being healthy)
    “He makes a huge difference. Just in the short time that he’s played, I can’t remember what his numbers are, but they are pretty impressive. I can remember standing on the sideline last year watching him down there, we had three or four defensive backs around him, and he pulled the ball away and scored. He’s a very electric and exciting player in this league. He’s a guy you have to account for.”

    (On if RB Steven Jackson will play)
    “Yeah. He ran full speed on the treadmill on Monday, and there was no swelling the following day. They also took him outside and did some drills. I saw him this morning and he had no swelling from the work that he’s done over the last few days. I’m real encouraged that we will have him. I assume that we will have him for practice today. Marshall (Faulk) wants to go today at practice. I asked him to be very careful, and he said he would tell me within a day or two how he feels. He’s very encouraged, he feels like he will be fine. I think we might be at full strength at running back. Marc (Bulger) is going to throw today, which about knocked me off my feet when they told me that today. I don’t know what that means, but evidently he threw on Monday, and pitched it around pretty good. We’ll just see what he does, and if there’s any doubt, obviously we will keep him out.”
    ...
    -12-16-2004, 06:18 AM
  • RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz Speaking--more injured
    by RamWraith
    Thursday, August 5, 2004

    (Opening statement)
    “Good work today, we had a real solid days work. It’s good to get in there and see somebody different, get a little tempo going.”

    (On talking to Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith)
    “A little bit, he came in this morning and we just has a short visit in the office. I think he pulled his hamstring. I told Lovie this (having so many hamstring injuries) is so silly to me. I know one year when we went to the Super Bowl, we had seven guys with hamstrings at this time of year, so it just amazes me, I guess it’s whatever way you look at it.”

    (On Lovie Smith running his practice the same way as the Rams)
    “It’s just one of those things, how you do it has nothing to do with it, it’s just luck. There’s nothing you can do to prevent that stuff (hamstring injuries).”

    (On G Chris Dishman’s intent to retire)
    “Chris did not want to come back and play for a team that he felt like didn’t have a chance to contend. He was excited when I called, to be honest with you. He mentioned a couple of other teams that he would consider. He was coaching high school football. He has great passion for this game, he sounds like a coach when you talk to him. It’s going to take a little while to get some of that weight off and get into playing shape. I’ve always admired the way he plays, I know he’s got terrific ability, he’s a good addition for us. We’re going to be careful with him, and get him back into shape and get him mentally into what we’re doing, which is going to take about two weeks before he can line up and feel pretty good about knowing what to do. He just sounds very passionate on wanting to play this game. In his position he could easily retire, he’s got a nice living going and coaching some high school football. But obviously he wants to play, and he’s going to come in and compete for this thing. Our players and (defensive coordinator) Larry (Marmie) gave him such a strong endorsement, from a character standpoint, as a professional and how he prepares to play, and all those things. We felt like if we could just get him into this environment that he’d have some success and we could help him.”

    (On new TE Ryan Prince)
    “I was really impressed with him on the one-on-one stuff out there. He looks like he’s a pretty nifty guy. He’s a terrific receiver, just watching him down there. In terms of the other things I don’t have a whole lot about his background, this is something that Jay (Zygmunt) and Charley (Armey) researched. There’s obviously a number of tight ends out there, we just want somebody that can come in and have the potential of making this squad. Not somebody just to have in camp to take a place and then you cut. He looks like he has a little something to him, so it will be interesting to see what he does here in the next week.”

    (On being hurt at the tight end position)
    “We are, we can always...
    -08-05-2004, 08:14 PM
  • RamWraith
    Martz on the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Thursday, September 30, 2004

    (Injury update)
    “Chris Dishman is questionable. When they did the MRI here the other day, there was no damage to the capsule, fortunately, or to the muscle, or ligaments. It was just a strained capsule. We should be able to get him back in short order. Just how soon, I don’t know. How much he can do this week will probably be limited, we’ll just have to get a feel for that. Arlen Harris, who did play the rest of the game on a strained hamstring, is also listed as questionable, and we will just have to see where he is. I would expect we would have him in some capacity, but we’ll just have to see. Then Tony Newson, with the ankle sprain, what they call a ‘grade two’, is questionable, and probably, we won’t have him. We do get DeJuan Groce back. We do get Trev Faulk back. These two guys have looked real good here in the last few days, and Trev now is almost 100 percent with that hamstring (injury). And DeJuan, with that knee (injury), looks pretty good and should practice today. That helps us a great deal on defense with another linebacker and another corner.”

    (On preparing for San Francisco)
    “San Francisco week, as you all know, is a special week for us. It’s a divisional game that has been our long-standing rivalry. We are excited about it. Defensively, they have done a good job over the years. They have really proven their speed defensively, probably over the last four or five years. Bryant Young, right now, is playing the best football that I have ever seen him play. He is absolutely outstanding. Obviously, Julian Peterson, Derek Smith, and (Jeff) Ulbrich, the linebacking crew is as good as you will find in football. I think they are outstanding. They have real good speed on defense, and they do a good job of matching up. Offensively, I would expect (Tim) Rattay to start at quarterback. Everything we hear, anyway, sounds like he will start. Kevan Barlow, as we all know, can be a very explosive and physical runner. He is a threat to go the distance at anytime. We have seen him do it. It doesn’t get any better than this. An old time rival, early in the season, at San Francisco, and it’s a Sunday night game. We’re excited about it.”

    (On where S Aeneas Williams will be playing)
    “Aeneas will be going back to safety, with DeJuan Groce back at corner. Aeneas spent so much time getting himself ready to play safety, and has played so well in terms of his keys, breaks on the ball, lining guys up, making calls, and then to move out to corner is very disruptive. It’s a totally different world out there. That’s a hard thing to ask somebody to do, but we were at a bind at that point. Going back to safety, I’m sure he’s relieved. I haven’t talked to him about it, but I’m sure he’s excited. He had a lot of pass break-ups on plays where you didn’t expect a free safety to make a play, early in the year.”

    (On if San Francisco’s...
    -09-30-2004, 12:58 PM
  • RamWraith
    Mike and the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Wednesday, January 12, 2005

    (Opening comments)
    “The only guy that is questionable would be DL Tyoka (Jackson) for this game. We’ve got some bumps, nicks, and bruises, but it’s two short weeks that we had, so to give them an extra day off I thought was important. So we are going to treat this week as a short week, so we will go Wednesday practice, Thursday (practice), and a shorter version of our Friday practice on Friday, and then travel down to play the game. RB Arlen Harris, we may or may not have him. We are not real sure with his hamstring (injury). At this point everybody else should be in pretty good shape for this game. We have the normal annoying injuries that most teams have at this time of year. This is a terrific opportunity for us. We are excited about the opportunity to go down there and play in the divisional playoffs. I think the challenge is obvious with QB Michael Vick and their offense. I said on the conference call a few minutes ago that, playing their offense is a little bit like trying to defend the option. You’ve got RB Warrick Dunn, you can hand that ball off, or you can bootleg, or throw the football. The threat to do all of those things in one play is unique to the National Football League. It really creates problems for us, and then everybody is scrambling to adjust to it. He’s such a terrific player, probably the best athlete in the league today. He is capable of single- handily beating you, as much as anyone I’ve seen in this league since I’ve been in it. He’s a lot of fun to watch. What a terrific player he is. We’ve got our work cut out for us. Defensively, I think their whole defensive line, their defensive front, is very active, and very physical. They are very, very well coached. They did a terrific job of adjusting. They are tenacious. They stay after you the entire time. They are a very well coached football team throughout, that’s one of the reasons why they are in it. They have good people. Their defensive line is one of more impressive groups, overall, that we’ve seen all year.”

    (On what has been clicking on offense)
    “I think a lot of things. I think that when things calm down on the offensive line, you start to settle in on some personnel. With G Blaine (Saipaia) gaining more experience, and his play goes up every week. Having Tommy Nütten who has played an awful lot of games for us, and Super Bowls, having that calm down has had an enormous effect on our offense, and what we can do. Everything that we do, is predicated on that group up front. As they go, we go. If we can protect the quarterback, obviously, we had problems with New England, for instance. They were getting at us with a four-man rush. That’s tough duty to either run or throw the ball. We’ve come a long way on our offensive line. It’s remarkable if you consider all of the changes that have gone on, and the guys have done a terrific job...
    -01-13-2005, 05:41 AM
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