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    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 situations like we had them in. He really responded very well, he took their best pass rusher on a couple occasions. He didn’t panic, played under control, and technically was very sound. He’s very athletic, that’s why we moved him outside on the edge, he does a great job with that. I’m very pleased with Scott so far.”

    (On Chris Chandler’s performance)
    “He was outstanding, probably really should have been nine for nine. He had complete control of everything. Very poised, as you would expect, a guy with his experience and success, and not just a veteran, a guy with a great deal of success is a veteran, that’s the difference. He has bought into what we do whole-heartedly. He’s allowed himself to reinvent himself in this system, which is very hard for a veteran to do, who’s had success doing it in another way. For him to buy into everything, and try and do it just the way we want him to do, is truly remarkable. It’s hard to find a quarterback who’s played in the league for at least ten years that will come in and buy into what you do completely, and not have his own take on things.”

    (On LB Robert Thomas’s performance)
    “I think that the leadership on the field, the calls, and just taking charge of the entire defense to begin with, before the ball is even snapped. Everything was impeccable, there wasn’t any wasted motion. He tried to do everything exactly the way Joe’s (Vitt) coached him to do it. Once the ball is committed he’s there, great coverage. I think his was probably the best performance of the entire team.”

    (On RB Arlen Harris and LB Pisa Tinosiamoa)
    “Arlen is fine. He’s just had a little bit of a stinger. He’ll practice tomorrow. Pisa could’ve played. He has a minor ankle sprain. We should have them for practice.”

    (On C Dave Wohlabaugh and T Kyle Turley)
    “There just isn’t any update on either Kyle or David. Kyle is going to take some time. That whole thing is going to take some time. We have four weeks yet before we know anything about Kyle. The doctors have said that four weeks from now they would have an idea of how he will feel and what direction we’re going to go. And David is going to take some time. That’s a three month deal. I thought we would have him for camp, that’s what I understood from his doctor in Ohio. Then I really thought we would have him by now. Obviously we are disappointed. And he’s very disappointed. He wants to play. This isn’t something that anyone is happy about. He has what they call an impingement. They fixed that and they though that would take care of the problem, but it didn’t.”

    (On the offensive line replacements)
    “That happened last year to us, just at other positions. That’s why other guys are there. If you didn’t feel good about those other guys, like a Scotty Tercero or a Grant Williams, then they shouldn’t be there. And fortunately both those guys have risen to the occasion.”

    (On the illegal contact call on CB Dwight Anderson)
    “He (Anderson) grabbed his jersey. You can definitely see he grabbed his jersey. You can see him reach his hands to the jersey. It was the right call. It was a holding. It was a defensive holding call and it was the right call. Unfortunately, it was the right call. It’s third and 27, you just don’t do that. Those are the kinds of things that when these guys get their opportunities, they get exposed a little bit.”

    (On losing to a team that committed 19 penalties)
    “Like I said before the game, we want to win that game. There is no question about it. You could play marbles here and my blood is going to get going. I just like to compete. I also know that it’s my responsibility as head coach to make sure we have an opportunity to evaluate these guys, like Anderson, in these types of situations. (S Jason) Shivers, (DE Anthony) Hargrove, we need to know about these guys. You just try to keep things simple and just kind of let them play and see what they can do. Our whole deal is about us. I could care less about the Bears. How many penalties they had, what they did, blitzes, I could care less about that stuff. I’m just concerned about our guys, evaluating where they are, and what we need to do to get better. And we need to start to draw an idea about these young players and we will have to make some cut-downs here pretty soon.”

    (On using generic defense/offense)
    “We were very generic. Larry (Marmie) and I talked about that. Offensively we were very simple too. We had some offensive linemen who hadn’t played, so you want to make sure that before we start moving into that next level they can function on this level. We want to see Steven (Jackson) run with the football and have to block a blitz in protection.”

    (On if Steven Jackson did much blocking in college)
    “He was tuned in and that’s what’s impressive about him. I was very impressed with that. That’s very important. I’m pleased with him in his progress. I really am. He still has a long way to go. He’s very talented. He’s a little bit of a misguided missile right now. The hardest thing about a running back is, he’s still not familiar with the angles we are trying to block and the anticipation, and setting guys up. He doesn’t know this running game like he will. There’s a lot to be said for that. It’s just like a quarterback coming in and not knowing where the receivers are. You can kind of guess, but it effects you a little bit. His leg, where he had his scope, is not quite as strong as it used to be. You can see that. He favors it a little bit.”

    (On WR Shaun McDonald getting his attention)
    “No question he (got my attention). I think that Kevin (Curtis) has a real bad case of shin splints. He really is hobbled up pretty good, so we need to back off of him a little bit. Dane (Looker) is going to have to pick up the load a little bit. We will try to let Kevin recover a little. I’m very pleased with those two (McDonald and Curtis), Dane as well. And Mike Furrey. All six of the receivers (I’m happy with).”

    (On the Looker fumble)
    “It doesn’t matter. We fumbled the ball. It’s a situation where Dane just needs to get down, spot the ball, and lets go. He should’ve avoided that and he knows that.”

    (On losing the game)
    “I just don’t like to lose. I knew what was going on out there and it’s hard to bite the bullet. I felt like we were in control. They had a couple of big runs where we just overran things, otherwise I think we shut them down pretty good. In fact, I know we did. I feel good about all those things. That first group on offense is ready to roll. I was pleased with Marc (Bulger). I just want to see those other guys who you want to see have a chance to make the team do well, and when they don’t you get frustrated. I want to see some of these guys step to the forefront, like Arlen Harris did last year.”

    (On having 11 days before the next game)
    “This gives us a terrific chance now where we can give the (first team) a little more reps, and getting into things that you will be doing during the season, which we have stayed away from. As weeks go by, these young players are going to have less of a chance to make this team. This was the biggest opportunity they will have with the playing time and

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    (On LB Robert Thomas’s performance)
    “I think that the leadership on the field, the calls, and just taking charge of the entire defense to begin with, before the ball is even snapped. Everything was impeccable, there wasn’t any wasted motion. He tried to do everything exactly the way Joe’s (Vitt) coached him to do it. Once the ball is committed he’s there, great coverage. I think his was probably the best performance of the entire team.”
    Those are big words; very encouraging.


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      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.”

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    • RamWraith
      Martz on the Mike
      by RamWraith
      Head Coach Mike Martz
      Tuesday, December 14, 2004

      (Opening statement)
      “Obviously we’re all disappointed in the way that we played that football game, particularly on offense. I think up front we had some issues, we did not play very well. We did not protect the quarterback, and he got a little rattled. We just could not get things going offensively. To have that many turnovers, and to hold them to 20 points, is kind of a miraculous job by the defense. We struggled early on defense. We gave up three real big plays in a row on that first series, but after the first quarter, I thought defensively we played really well. I was very pleased with CB Jerametrius Butler. I think (Antuan) Edwards is coming along just fine. He’s doing a good job. I think DE Bryce (Fisher) probably played his best football game since he’s been here. I really felt like RB Arlen Harris played exceptionally well. I think RT Blaine (Saipaia) probably played as well, if not the best, of all the offensive linemen. He basically blocked (Julius) Peppers. On the touchdown throw he had him by himself. We were doubling the tackle with our right guard and our center, and he had him by himself. It was a long count pass, and he blocked him. He’s good enough, and he’s going to be fine, he just needs to play. I love his toughness and his competitiveness. Offensively, there are some things that we need to clean up. QB Chris (Chandler) just got off the mark here a little bit. He got pressured early, and couldn’t settle down. I didn’t do a much better job of helping him in what we called. It’s kind of a flow of things that you get into, but you have to be able to run the ball and mix it in there. Kind of the nature of the way that game went early, we felt like we had to play a fast-paced game. As it turned out, that was not the case. If I had to choose to do it again, I wouldn’t have done that. I would have mixed it up a little bit better. I was just afraid of it getting away from us.”

      (On simplifying the offense for QB Chris Chandler)
      No, not really. In our passing game, you can have seven or eight passes that are really the same read for him. Just the mechanics of what you do here as a quarterback, in terms of what you’re looking at, how you make decisions, and how quick those decisions are, those kinds of things. He’s had a lot of systems now, and a lot of different coaching, and when you get under pressure like that, sometimes you revert back to another system, and how you would deal with things in the past. I kind of think that’s where he is. I really do think he will be fine. He’s just devastated.”

      (On how QB Marc Bulger is feeling)
      “He threw today. It was a little sore. Who knows, we may have him, but I’m not going to count on it. They gave him some treatment this afternoon, and we’ll see. He has to feel good about the shoulder holding together and playing. The structure has never been an issue. It’s just the pain that...
      -12-14-2004, 01:22 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...
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    • RamDez
      Head Coach Mike Martz
      by RamDez
      Head Coach Mike Martz

      Wednesday, July 28, 2004

      (Opening comments)
      “We’re making progress, we have a long way to go. Efforts terrific but as we all know efforts not enough. So we have to do things right, and that’s what we’re here for. We’re going in the right direction, I’m pleased with the effort, after the first day there’s not a whole lot to tell you.”

      (On where to begin in training camp)
      “We always repeat, when we were allowed to have two mini-camps, you just keep recycling things. We start off today just the same way we start off in mini-camp, same plays and same defense, all that stuff is the same. So they get reacquainted with the basics and the base of what we do, and then you begin to move on.”

      (On the new practice schedule)
      “To evaluate the effect of that will take some time. The way the practice is structured isn’t just for one day, it’s over a long haul. It allows these guys to recover in the afternoons. Because they’re not so tired in the afternoon they should be sharp. In the morning it’s a little bit cooler weather, and being in the morning they should be a little bit sharper. That’s kind of the logic behind it.”

      (On the different options at defensive end)
      “I know there’s a lot of concern, there’s a lot of emotional attachment to Grant (Wistrom) and he’s played so well for us for so many years we all thought that he was going to end his career here, as a Ram, he didn’t, it didn’t workout that way. On the other side of the coin, there’s six guys out there on the defensive end, on the left and right side, that you would be happy with lining up and playing with, I can safely say that. So whoever lines up at right defensive end, that’s who he is, and I’m sure whoever that is he will play very well.”
      (On moving Nick Burley to tight end)
      “One of the things, probably, he is a little slight in build, when you look at the numbers. He might make the roster, he might not. I think he has a terrific chance because just watching him catch the ball and run, his attitude is a little bit like we did with Robbie (Thomas). He (Robert Thomas) took to it. He learned it very well and it came easy to him. (Nick Burley) will have to adjust to some of the stuff in pads, being the hitter instead of the hitee, which always happens when you go from offense to defense and visa-versa. But for a guy who comes out with the right frame of mind and is an athlete like he is, he’s got a real chance to show himself. He’s a long ways away. It’s a bit of project here in the first few weeks until he gets things squared up, but he should be alright.”

      (On if Nick Burley played tight end at the off-season workouts)
      “He was there in OTA’s (organized team activities). We moved him early, when we thought he had a chance there. There are a lot of tight ends that you can go out and bring in the league, and we thought...
      -07-29-2004, 10:59 AM
    • RamWraith
      Martz on the Mike
      by RamWraith
      Head Coach Mike Martz
      Thursday, December 2, 2004

      (Opening Statement)
      “It’s 49er week. Big week. We took the extra day off like we always do after a Monday night game. We’re trying to get these guys back physically. Today will be a Wednesday practice, tomorrow will be a Thursday, and we’ll do some light work on Saturday morning. We’re excited about being back in the division with this game, and the *****, here at home. We’ve spent the last few days as a staff preparing for this game, and we’re ready to go.”

      (On playing the ***** on their down year)
      “I don’t think that ever has anything to do with anything when you line up. Whoever it is, whether it’s the ***** or anybody else, if you coach or play this league long enough, you understand when you line up it’s hard every week, no matter who you are. Nobody takes anybody lightly. The ***** certainly, defensively, are very stout. I think they are playing better than they were earlier, and I thought they were very good earlier. They play with a great deal of emotion, and they fly around. They present a lot of blitz issues for you. I think they are somewhere around 15th in the league on defense. They have good people, outstanding linebacker crew, and they make you spend a lot of hours preparing for them. They are a good football team on defense. They’ve struggled somewhat offensively at times. It seems to come together at times too for them. It will be a tough game.”

      (On if opponent’s records fools some players)
      “I think some players do. I think this league is full of players that do that, that’s why they don’t win. You can never do that. I think young players have a tendency to do that. They have not been through that, and experienced a season to know how hard it is week-to-week. In a veteran group, you won’t find that happening. Not on a team that wins.”

      (On if he is anxious to play this week)
      “Anytime you lose, you’re anxious to get that feeling out of your stomach. No matter what kind of game it was, and that one (Green Bay) was a hard pill to swallow. You’re always anxious to line up and play again.”

      (On if he thinks the Ram’s defense plays with the same intensity as the *****’ defense)
      “No we don’t. That’s what we have to resolve. It’s a major issue for us. We’re not like we’ve been at times. I think we have some guys that are afraid to make mistakes. They are very tentative. It’s not a ‘want to’ issue at all, or having heart, or being tough, it’s not any of those things. We’ve just got some guys that are very tentative for various reasons. We’re trying to get them away from that and get back to playing with a smile on your face and leaving the ball carrier in a bad mood.”

      (On the *****’ blitzing packages)
      “They are kind of selective in terms of who they play. I think, anywhere from 50-60% of the time, you’re getting some kind...
      -12-03-2004, 04:44 AM