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  • Training Camp Quotes

    Tuesday, August 17, 2004

    Marc Bulger

    (On his arm)
    “It’s just a little bit sore. It’s not bad. I was just getting ready to get rid of the ball, so my arm was coming forward and my arm was held back by an arm or a pad. I just tweaked it a little bit. (It scared me) for about two seconds. You pretty much know when you are hurt and I realized I wasn’t. We did precautionary treatment on it, because sometimes the next day it will hurt. It’s a little sorer than it was yesterday, but it is nothing serious.”

    (On if his sore arm affected his throwing in the morning session)
    “I don’t think so. You deal with sore arms all of the time, and different body parts that are sore. So I don’t think it affected it.”

    (On how he feels he has been throwing the ball)
    “I’ve thrown the ball farely well. It’s real important in our offense to put the ball where you want every time to let the guys run. So obviously you will not do that every practice, but if you can do it more often than not then you are doing well.”

    (On if the offense still needs work)
    “Yeah (the offense still needs work). I think some of the young guys think we have a lot in now, and they haven’t seen anything yet. It’s only going to get a lot more complicated and a lot more complex. I think the older guys are up to speed, but I think from here on out we’ll be tearing it up a little.”

    (On practicing with RB Marshall Faulk)
    “I think the first couple weeks he did limited reps, but he has been in there every day now. It’s fun to have him back there. He just knows what he’s doing. It’s like having another quarterback out there. He can help everyone on the field.”

    DE Anthony Hargrove

    (On finding out about the hurricane in his hometown)
    “The Weather Channel told me they were going to be alright and just get light rain, and at the last minute it turned into a category four, and hit Southwest Florida. My brother and everybody called me and told me. I actually talked to my brother during the hurricane, just hearing them screaming, and hearing my family in the background going hysterical over it, it was crazy. I left the day after the hurricane and was there.”

    (On losing contact with his family during the storm)
    “I lost contact with my family, I didn’t know what happened. A part of our roof came off, and the next thing I lost connection with my brother. I was trying to call him all day, and get back with him, but the power was down. I couldn’t get a hold of my son and his mom, and nobody could find them, so that was another worry of mine. I realized I had to get back and try to find them.”

    (On how hard it was to find his family)
    “Once I got to Florida, my brother called me and told me where he was. I couldn’t get a hold of my parents, but luckily, they went back to the house, and we met with them at the house.”

    (On where his son and girlfriend)
    “They were out in Desoto Co. where it got hit real bad. I didn’t even get a chance to see them, because of the roadblocks and curfews, and not having power.”

    (On ever seeing anything like that before)
    “Up close in person, no. I hope that’s something nobody every goes through again. Now everybody has to start all over. The thing that really hit me hard, now we lost our house, and you think maybe you can go down to a friends house, and stay with them for the weekend, but you realize they don’t have a house either. It was crazy, because you were wondering where your next meal was coming from, there was no water, no gas, no cars or nothing.”

    (On what was going through his mind)
    “I was just lost. I was so use to living in St. Louis, where everything is given to you. You don’t have to worry about anything, you can come and go as you please. Now to go back to a situation like that, it brings you back down to reality. You realize everything is a blessing in this life, and nothing should be taken for granted.”

    (On the condition of his house)
    “Everybody has a sunroof in their room now. It’s just gone, they said they watched our pool get picked up out of the ground, and just tossed. My brother said the roof just started coming up and down, like somebody was clapping, and at one blow, it was just gone.”

    (On what he did once he arrived in Florida)
    “My family, we had nowhere to go, so we had to find a hotel, and all the hotels were booked. We finally got to Sarasota, and stayed at the Marriot Springfield Suites. The next thing was finding them a place to live, so we went and found them an apartment. Now I have my brothers here with me in St. Louis. I’m raising two of my younger ones, I’m putting them in school when I get back, and my two other brothers are going to live and work out here in St. Louis.”

    (On the community after the hurricane)
    “It’s a real humble place. Now everybody is kind of on the same page, and everybody is feeling for each other. You drive through the city, and you can see everybody just sad and hurt. It’s probably one of those things that you can’t really explain, but you just look at the faces of the people, and your just like, ‘man.’ People are still missing, it was crazy, I actually road down the highway and you could see people bring bodies out from places. You were just thinking, that could have been one of your loved ones, or a friend that I didn’t get to see or hear from.”

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  • general counsel
    Sam Shields article in The Players Tribune
    by general counsel
    Someone please find the article by Sam Shields today in The Players Tribune online and post it to this site. It is one of the most inspirational, emotional and moving articles i have ever read. Shields describes his battles with concussions and his road back to the NFL in a way that is extremely moving and real. I am now a GINORMOUS Sam Shields fan.

    Ramming speed to all

    general counsel
    -10-26-2018, 01:37 PM
  • RamDez
    G Tom Nütten Q and A
    by RamDez
    G Tom Nütten Q and A
    Friday, August 20, 2004


    (On if his return happened quick)
    “Yeah, I would say so. I’m still having a hard time believing that I’m here. I have a long way to go, but I made the commitment. I do believe that it’s doable, and I’m here to help in any way I can.”

    (On when the Rams contacted him)
    “Not too long ago. I think it was Wednesday late afternoon. Then it happened very quickly. With my history, they needed to do a couple of medical checkups, which apparently I passed. Then there were a couple of official things that we needed to take care of. I came prepared. If it was going to be a go, I wanted to be ready to stay and here I am. I apologize to the kids who signed up to my football camp. That was the biggest decision I had to make, with the commitment (of his football camp in Germany) I had over there. But this was an opportunity, for me personally, that doesn’t come around too often. Hypothetically, people always ask ‘what would you do if a team calls you and wants you to come out of retirement?’ I always say, ‘I don’t know.’ Knowing that it’s a long shot that a team calls you anyway, especially an old team. If it would have been any other team, it would have been an easy answer, ‘No, no thank you.’ It was a hard decision. The hardest part was overcoming my commitment I had in Europe, but it’s an opportunity I didn’t want to slip away. And again, I apologize to the kids and hopefully I can make it up to them in some way.”

    (On how he feels after the year off)
    “It’s been a while since I pushed people around, so not doing that for a while helps the body. I trimmed down a little bit. There was no need for me to stay at (his playing weight), back then fighting weight. I try to stay in shape in a certain way, obviously not football condition. But it will definitely take a couple of day, if not a couple of weeks, to get back into the shape I like to be in. I told the Rams, that my goals are the highest goals set and it will be hard for me to reach those. I have memories of 1999 to 2001 that a level I remember playing at. That is what I would like to get back to. Will I be able to do that? I don’t know. All I know is that I will give 100 percent to get to that point.”

    (On if he followed the Rams and if he was aware of the offensive line injuries)
    “Limited. I am somewhat computer literate, enough to get on the internet. I see ESPN and other media, so I was able to keep up. I didn’t really know to what affect (the injuries) were. I didn’t get to see the game against the Bears. I had an idea, and I was crossing my fingers that they were going to find somebody. I didn’t think they were going to call me.”

    (On if he wants to gain weight now that he’s back)
    “Yeah, that’s definitely one of my goals. Quick weight gains, strength gain, and conditioning, all of the things that the off season is there
    ...
    -08-20-2004, 11:18 PM
  • RamDez
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    by RamDez
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Friday, August 20, 2004


    (On being back in St. Louis)
    “It’s good to be back. We had a spirited workout. The guys were moving around pretty good, so we’re ready to go.”

    (On having G Tom Nütten back)
    “Tommy is a ways away from playing, obviously. He’s a little light, but the good news is, when he left here his body was pretty well beat up and he’s been able to recover. He checked out very good medically. When (he’s ready to play) he will. I think that (G Chris) Dishman is doing a real good job, so as when he works himself into better condition we’ll be fine. Obviously he played for us for a lot of years and played at a high level. So having Nütten back in that frame of mind is terrific. ”

    (On RB Joey Goodspeed)
    “He has a tight hamstring, so we kept him out a little bit. Same thing (with LB Tony Newson). He has a little bit of hamstring (injury). Anybody that gets a little tight back there, we’re a little gun-shy about that, so we’ll keep them out.”




    G Tom Nütten
    Friday, August 20, 2004


    (On if his return happened quick)
    “Yeah, I would say so. I’m still having a hard time believing that I’m here. I have a long way to go, but I made the commitment. I do believe that it’s doable, and I’m here to help in any way I can.”

    (On when the Rams contacted him)
    “Not too long ago. I think it was Wednesday late afternoon. Then it happened very quickly. With my history, they needed to do a couple of medical checkups, which apparently I passed. Then there were a couple of official things that we needed to take care of. I came prepared. If it was going to be a go, I wanted to be ready to stay and here I am. I apologize to the kids who signed up to my football camp. That was the biggest decision I had to make, with the commitment (of his football camp in Germany) I had over there. But this was an opportunity, for me personally, that doesn’t come around too often. Hypothetically, people always ask ‘what would you do if a team calls you and wants you to come out of retirement?’ I always say, ‘I don’t know.’ Knowing that it’s a long shot that a team calls you anyway, especially an old team. If it would have been any other team, it would have been an easy answer, ‘No, no thank you.’ It was a hard decision. The hardest part was overcoming my commitment I had in Europe, but it’s an opportunity I didn’t want to slip away. And again, I apologize to the kids and hopefully I can make it up to them in some way.”

    (On how he feels after the year off)
    “It’s been a while since I pushed people around, so not doing that for a while helps the body. I trimmed down a little bit. There was no need for me to stay at (his playing weight), back then fighting weight. I try to stay in shape in a certain way, obviously not football condition. But it will definitely take...
    -08-20-2004, 11:18 PM
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    lol must read this
    by Guest
    I got this from the cards M-board


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  • 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.”

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    -08-03-2006, 06:54 PM
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