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  • Head Coach Mike Martz

    Thursday, August 12, 2004


    (On the weather conditions)
    “I love it, I think it’s great, it’s terrific. Football weather. It’s easier on the players. If we played in 90-degree heat with that kind of humidity, that would be a different thing, then we would have to condition for it. Obviously there’s a psychological toughness that goes with training in that kind of weather, but we can get that with the way we practice. All it does is wear your body down a little bit.”

    (On if he’s pleased with the way camp is going)
    “I am. I’m really concerned with our offensive line, we’re down to just a few bodies in there. We may only have six or seven available tomorrow. So that does concern me, we’ll just have to see.”

    (On G Adam Timmerman’s condition)
    “I don’t know, I don’t know if he’ll be up or not. (Chris) Dishman has got spasm’s in his back, so we’re down to the last few standing.”

    (On DT Damione Lewis’s performance in camp)
    “Good. Obviously when he’s healthy, and not having problems with his ankle, he does pretty good. He’s had a real good camp, and a good practice with the Bears. That inside pass rush is so hard to find, he looks like he’s got some of that going for him.”

    (On what he expects to get out of the first pre season game)
    “The execution part of it. These games are usually so full of errors, we spend so much time with those things. I would like to see one step further then we were a week ago, in terms of the crispness of it. Eliminate the mistakes, and be sharp. I would like to see them play fast.”

    (On how important it is to win the pre season games)
    “I like to win everyone of them, I think every coach does with the guys you are playing. Obviously you can choreograph it to keep your ones in for the whole game, and win if you feel like you have to win all of them. We still need to look at some players, but it is still very competitive.”

    (On if the play calling will change due to the offensive line injuries)
    “We’ll just kind of have to get a feel for how they’re doing when we’re in there, you just have to adapt to it. I feel good that the guys, knock on wood, if we can stay healthy, will be alright. Scott Tercero and Grant Williams are doing terrific jobs. We’re getting down to the Red Cross time.”

    (On if RB Marshall Faulk will play on Thursday)
    “No, Marshall will not play. He’s not physically ready to play yet and that’s the reason he won’t play.”

    (On if practicing the Bears will have a bearing on the outcome Thursday)
    “I think you just do what you do in (the preseason). There is very little game-planning going on. You just try to get your protection and running game squared away, they types of blocking, the defense, getting guys lined up, and going to the ball, the coverages. As always, it’s about us, that’s the way we look at it. But especially in the preseason, about the execution and trying to eliminate the mental errors and get better skill wise.”

    (On how a young player can get his attention)
    “Making plays in situations where he can stand up and be accounted for. If you put any young player out there and he makes a play, you say, ‘Wait a minute, now.’ That’s on either side of the ball and on special teams. That’s what happened with Kevin Garrett last year. For a while there he just disappeared, then we put him on special teams and he went down there and did a tremendous job, and now he’s in the thick of things.”

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    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

  • #2
    Re: Head Coach Mike Martz

    That’s what happened with Kevin Garrett last year. For a while there he just disappeared, then we put him on special teams and he went down there and did a tremendous job, and now he’s in the thick of things.”
    Tx, there's your boy getting some airtime from coach. That's always a good thing. We've talked offense and defense, but if special teams can make some improvements this year, we should be in business. If we can get the coverage teams and return teams to turn it up a notch, the offense and defense will look that much better. It's never easy starting from your own 15 or having to defend from mid-field. Martz has really been talking up the new ST coach, I hope he makes a difference.
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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    • #3
      Re: Head Coach Mike Martz

      You are right bison, Garrett is getting noticed. Not just by the media either, but Martz is talking him up.

      If Garrett and/or Groce step up and play solid in the nickel and dime packages, allowing Aeneas to stay at S, this defense is going to be stingy.

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      • #4
        Re: Head Coach Mike Martz

        This defense is tailor-made to stop the pass. Speed at end, more speed at OLB, even more speed at CB & punishers at S.

        Come to think of it, Martz has built a defense to stop his offense...ironic at least. Now if we only stop the run...
        The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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        • #5
          Re: Head Coach Mike Martz

          What I love about this defense is how it's built off of speed and zone coverages that aren't going to be hindered by the league's cracking down on illegal contact. Teams like Philly, Carolina, and New England are going to have a difficult time adjusting I believe because of their defensive strategy, but the Rams don't depend on that kind of thing to make plays.

          What scares me is whether or not Marmie is going to ask Butler and Fisher to play more man coverage, which i don't think they're going to excel at. They're more than adequate cover corners in zone when we have a good pass rush, but I don't think they can hang one on one with some of the league's receivers.

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          • RamWraith
            Players and Coaches Quotes
            by RamWraith
            Players and Coaches Quotes from Oct. 13
            Thursday, October 13, 2005

            Interim Head Coach Joe Vitt

            (On the releasing of S Michael Hawthorne)

            “Well it was decision that our organization made. I talked to him last night and brought him into the office. I appreciated the hard work that he did right here, and we’re going in a different direction.”

            (On the players adjusting to Coach Martz absence)

            “The players showed up this morning to go to work. We had good installation meetings. We had good walk throughs. We had a good, sharp practice today, and we’re preparing to win.”

            (On whether any rules have been made for Coach Martz about how often he can call Rams Park)

            “There should be, but there isn’t, and he is.”

            (On how much Coach Vitt has heard from Coach Martz’s hospital room)

            “He has no discipline at all.”

            (On how often Coach Martz is calling)

            “He’s just concerned, and he’s just checking in every once in a while.”

            (On whether Coach Vitt expects a call from Coach Martz on Monday night)

            “I expect we’ll probably get a call at halftime. I talked to him. He’s concerned about the football team and everybody around us. We told him, ‘hey, get your treatment, relax, [and] let the doctors get you better.’”

            (On what is planned for the 53rd roster spot)

            “We don’t want to discuss that right now. We have a plan in mind. We’ve discussed it, and we’re going to hold off to see how some of our players, health-wise, are at the end of the week.”

            (On whether this is a ‘circle the wagons’ situation with Coach Martz out and facing the 5-0 Colts)

            “Yeah, there is a lot that goes into it, but I don’t know about that circle the wagons stuff. Hey listen, we’re all paid to get a job done. Let’s show up to work, roll your sleeves up, put your hard hat on, be disciplined, pay attention, do what we’re asking you to do, and it’s going to work. If that’s circling the wagons, then that’s circling the wagons.”

            (On how the defense corrects its mistakes of the last two games)

            “Well, like we’re doing out here, you work hard. Work is going to win and wishing won’t. We have to be more detailed. We have to be more disciplined. We can’t make the mistakes that we’re making. We’re making undisciplined mistakes, and today we took a step right. We took a step forward today.”

            T Alex Barron

            (On Coach Martz having to step away from medical reasons)

            “Coach Martz is pretty sick right now and has a lot of things going on. He had to follow doctor’s orders and do what he had to do.”

            (On how he feels he is progressing)

            “I’m coming along okay, just talking things week-by-week, trying to learn different things. I learn different...
            -10-14-2005, 04:28 AM
          • RamWraith
            Rams Q-and-A: Martz on Monday
            by RamWraith
            Compiled by Jeff Gordon
            STLtoday.com 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
            Martz on the Mike
            by RamWraith
            Head Coach Mike Martz
            Wednesday, September 1, 2004

            (On goals for the fourth preseason game)
            “I think in game three we just want our ones to have a good half and get them to play well. We wanted them to just start clicking, and that happened. We need to look at as many guys as we can in the second half, and see them compete. It will be the same goal here, but the ones won’t play as long. We’ll get them in early, but we are trying to look at as many guys as we can at this point. We need to make some decisions over the weekend, and there might be some guys that usually don’t play a quarter or two, get some significant time.”

            (On position competitions)
            “It’s very competitive in a couple of areas, there’s no question about it. That’s why some of these guys will play a great deal, they can kind of define themselves for the rest of the season.”

            (On WR Kevin Curtis)
            “He has shin splints, and after the game they seemed alright. But then he got out here and started running around and half way through practice they started getting aggravated. So we are going to try and back-off him a little bit. I don’t know what we are going to do about his shin splints, that’s something we haven’t had a lot. We’ll try to mess with his shoes, and they do tape up for shin splints, but he will be a guy that we will consider to play very little.”

            (On S Tom Knight’s injury)
            “He has a slight strain of the hamstring, nothing that is very significant. We will more than likely keep him out in this game.”

            (On T Orlando Pace still not being at camp)
            “To be honest with you I don’t think about it. This is our football team right now, I would just assume he’s not coming in. That’s his decision, and we’re moving on. You can’t let one player, no matter how good he is, or how good of a person he is, hold a team hostage waiting for him to come in. We have to move on, and get ready for September 12th.”

            (On if there’s a momentum value to possibly winning your last two preseason games)
            “I think so, I’ve always believed that. You would like to win your last games, but not to the extent of exposing Isaac (Bruce) or Torry (Holt) or a player like that longer than you need to. Otherwise you end up with a (CB Travis) Fisher deal. If that happens in the season, that’s life, but during the preseason, you’re getting so close, it makes you nervous.”

            (On the defensive performance thus far)
            “Well I think with two new coaches, and a new coordinator, the defense is beginning to understand his expectations, and he’s got them in the direction we want them to go. I think that is all chemistry and communication that is starting to come together at this point. It takes time to do that, and I think last week you could see the bonding in that group, the staff and players, the enthusiasm and execution. I’m very pleased at where they are at now.”
            -09-01-2004, 03:28 PM
          • RamWraith
            Martz on the Mike
            by RamWraith
            http://stlouisrams.com/article/44967/
            Head Coach Mike Martz
            Friday, August 27, 2004

            (On having practice outdoors)
            “It was a change of pace. It was good to get them outdoors and move around a little bit. That’s what these fields are for. We haven’t been on them for about four months, or whatever it has been.”

            (On how the offensive line is progressing)
            “Good. I’m very pleased with the progress of G (Scott) Tercero and G Chris Dishman. We know our center and right guard are stellar performers. T Grant Williams is now on the mend, and he was really having a terrific camp. Those guys are solid and I’m very pleased with that. We are a little thin right now, particularly in experience. We’ll be fine.”

            (On T Grant Williams’ injury)
            “He has so much scar tissue from the surgery that every now and again he tweeks it. When that happens, from the way they explained it to me, sometimes it scares you. His biggest (problem) is not so much the pain, but keeping (his ankle) strong. I think he feels much better now than he did a week ago.”

            (On how G Tom Nütten has been playing)
            “Tommy had a nice practice yesterday and I think he’s coming back into it really well. I think a little faster than he anticipated. His stuff is coming back to him pretty good, He needs to play here. We’ll get him in there and let him play.”

            (On G Adam Timmerman)
            “He has had such a great camp, we are going to try to back off of him as much as we can, within reason. He still needs to get some reps in. I think (he will be ready to play) on Friday night.”

            (On DT Damione Lewis and DT Ryan Pickett)
            “They have had a real solid camp, particularly D-Lew (Damione Lewis) at times up there in Macomb, has really flashed on us. Hopefully that will emerge in the season.”

            (On the battle for the starting right defensive end)
            “It is very competitive. I think Bryce Fisher, right now, would be considered the starter. But when you look at the other two guys, and I would include (Anthony) Hargrove in there too, as he grows and matures with this defense and at his position I think he will be someone to contend. And of course Erik (Flowers) can go from side to side, and Tyoka (Jackson) can move back inside. The way we play our defensive ends, and the inside guys, we roll those guys. (Defensive line coach) Bill (Kollar) keeps those guys as fresh as he can. So they all play. It’s not like one guy is going to play 80 percent of the snaps. We don’t do that.”

            (On what he wants to see out of the team on a short week)
            “The biggest thing is, I want the ones to be sharp. Obviously, that is not what we did on Monday night. We did do that in the opener. I felt real good about our first group in there. And continue to take a look at some of these guys in the second half because we are going to have to make some hard decisions. When the first...
            -08-27-2004, 09:34 AM
          • Rambos
            Better late then never…
            by Rambos
            “Some of the stuff that we are doing front wise we are going to get away from,” Martz said. “We don’t like it. Some of the stuff that hurt us last year doesn’t fit our personality or our personnel. So we are going to change some of those things. A lot of this is about coaching.”

            Ok couple things, ““Some of the stuff that we are doing front wise we are going to get away from,” Martz said. “We don’t like it” Mike it’s not like you where forced to run these schemes again, you had all off-season to look at the film and see that these sets do not work.


            “So we are going to change some of those things. A lot of this is about coaching.”

            All of this is coaching; take a look at last year playoff game enough said. I can’t believe we wasted time practicing these sets this year, when did Martz realize that the new LB we brought in, where not the right guys to run this crap. . “We don’t like it”, translated means this crap does not work!
            -08-23-2005, 07:00 PM
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