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    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 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 for. Obviously, my off season is going to be two-and-a-half weeks long. I will do my best and I told them that. They know me. I’ve been around Rams Park long enough where they know me personally, and they know my commitment means a lot. They know I’m not here to waste their time, nor my time. I’m going to do anything possible to get to that weight, speed, and conditioning.”

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  • 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
  • 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, 07:14 PM
  • RamWraith
    They Said It: Quotes from Rams Park
    by RamWraith
    Rams Vitt
    Interim head coach Joe Vitt at Monday's press conference.
    (Karen Elshout/P-D)

    Here are transcripts of Monday's press conferences, as provided by the Rams' media relations department:


    MIKE MARTZ


    (Opening statement)

    “I want to thank all of you in the media. I have had so many calls and letters and flowers and gifts. It’s really been overwhelming, and I really want to tell you that it’s heartfelt and tell you how much I appreciate your concerns and your attention, and really, that’s why I’m here. I wanted to make sure, because so many of you called and wanted to know what’s going on, and you’ve treated me so well over the years, that’s the least I could do is to answer some questions and let you know what the situation is.

    “I was talking to Dan Dierdorf last week. He called. You guys know Dan, wonderful guy, great sense of humor. He asked how I was doing and, probably the best way to put it is, I didn’t know I was feeling so bad until I started feeling good. That’s kind of where I am right now. I really do feel good. However, I met with Vicki Fraser, Dr. Fraser, from Wash. U, and it was her conclusion that it was in my best interest, health-wise, to not coach the remainder of this season. For at least four more weeks, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything, and then there was a possibility of coming back under a limited capacity. Somebody who has this in a normal job, I say normal, but who has a normal job, right, a nine-to-five job, that’s probably do-able. I can’t do that. She understood that, and she said the best chance for a full recovery, which I will have a full recovery, and get back to normal is to stay away. For me to have one foot in and one foot out is not fair to the organization, to these coaches or these players. To be back next year with the Rams, here, as a head coach, the best think I can do, personally, is to take care of my health.

    “After talking to Julie [Martz], and obviously Dr. Fraser was adamant about this, this is a tough thing to do, and there is a lot of guilt involved here. You feel like you are letting so many people down, the coaches and the players and the organization. There is a responsibility that, when you take this job, you feel. No matter where you are, when you go to bed at night, when you are out to dinner, if you are on the west coast, wherever you are throughout the season, there is that responsibility that is your life. So, not to be here when you feel like you need to is hard to deal with.

    “The only good part of that, at this point, is that I know Joe Vitt and the job that he has done the past two weeks. What a remarkable man he is. He really deserves to be a head coach in his own right. I think he is. He’s just done an outstanding job. The way the players and the coaching staff have rallied to this point is remarkable, and I’m excited about that. So, that’s a relief...
    -10-25-2005, 05:04 AM
  • RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    by RamWraith
    Sunday, August 15, 2004

    (On getting back to practice)
    “With that time off they ran and lifted this morning, kind of got the blood going a little bit. We’re out here in full gear, and it’s hard to get use to that after you’ve been off for a little bit. I thought they did a good job trying to get into it.”

    (On having so much time between the first and second preseason game)
    “I think it’s good for us, because it’s the week we’re breaking camp. It’s also late in camp where you can continue to use a lot of your two-a-days. So there is a great deal of time here and that gave us an opportunity to give them a couple of days off. Normally you can’t do that and let them recover. They’ve recovered pretty good, we should have a real good week of practice.”

    (On the weather conditions being so cool)
    “I’m not worried about the heat, we play indoors and it’s air conditioned. The conditioning part of it is the cardiovascular condition, not endurance to the heat. If you played in the heat all the time, you would have to condition for it, we don’t play in it. If you play in all this heat, you just get run down, and the work doesn’t come out as well. That’s why when it’s real hot we go indoors.”

    (On CB Travis Fisher’s injury)
    “He thought he would be ready to go, but he’s still got a little bit of weakness back there, he just doesn’t feel right. He’s frustrated, obviously. Over the years, with all these hamstring injuries, if it doesn’t feel right, it’s not right. So until that thing feels the way it should, we’re going to be very careful with him.”

    (On G Chris Dishman not being at practice)
    “When we signed Chris he didn’t get a chance to say bye to his family. So we gave him a day to get back and kind of get his things in order, like everybody else has a chance to do before they come to camp. He needed an opportunity to get back, and get some things squared away.”

    (On RB Joey Goodspeed’s performance)
    “As a fullback what’s so terrific about Joey is he’s really a good lead blocker, but when you throw him the ball, as you could see up at the scrimmage, his mobility, he’s a good runner. That’s something we haven’t had in a fullback in quite sometime. I think he’s a complete player.”

    (On RB Marshall Faulk playing in preseason game against the Chiefs)
    “If he did it’s because he really wants to. We’re on pace not to play him. We sat down with him before camp started, and we went through this and mapped it all out, and he’s very comfortable with it. But we’ll see.


    (On DE Anthony Hargrove)
    “Anthony’s family was in that hurricane, his girlfriend was missing, he’s got some people that were missing, so he flew down there. Fortunately, they had gone to another town, and were accounted for once he got down there. He’s got a lot of things to do with his family, to help them get...
    -08-16-2004, 05:13 AM
  • RamWraith
    The Quote Sheet - Wednesday
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan
    September 27, 2006

    (Opening statement) “Pretty good shape on the injury front. Orlando [Pace] did not participate much today in practice. He was out there. Didn’t feel great the last couple of days. Precaution is with these things is to go pretty slow, so we just kept him out. He probably felt pretty much like he did last week. That’s part of the evaluation with these things. We’ll evaluate him day to day here as we get closer to the game.”

    (On Pace’s condition) “I’m not sure you’d say it was nausea, but he said his head’s not quite right. He just doesn’t feel quite right so we’ve got to be a little bit cautious with him, as we have been, but kind of do it day by day.”

    (On when Pace will be evaluated) “I think every day we’re going to evaluate him. Evaluate him today, see how he feels after a full day at work, and do it again tomorrow. From what I understand, the evaluation process is part on how you feel and the other on how you may to respond to questions. The post-concussion syndrome is something that goes on and on and on for weeks so we’ll just keep an eye on him.”

    (On if Pace took any blows to the head in Arizona’s game) “Not that he felt or we noticed, so it wasn’t anything like that. I think it’s just…he came back pretty quickly. He wouldn’t have been cleared had he not passed all the tests, but I think he’s still got to go through some of the residuals from that.”

    (On if there’s a possibility of Pace sitting out against Detroit) “He could. I think it could go on for a while now. That would be a consideration if it got worse.”

    (On if Pace should have sat out against Arizona) “Not from what I understand, because had felt this way as the week went out, he certainly wouldn’t have played. He improved so much that he was cleared to go. I’m not sure that sitting would have made him feel any better now. He said he started feeling worse as the week went on. That’s why we really evaluate it up until game time.”

    (On his thoughts about the offensive line) “You’ve got to start with Richie [Incognito] because he started his first game as our left guard, and then, boom, he’s right over there at the center spot, and hadn’t really done it. I think he’s done a heck of a job making that move. We had a little bit of an idea that he could do it but you’ve still got to go into the games…I think he’s played very well there. Todd [Steussie] has been in the league so long, he understands how to play the position, even though he’s more comfortable at a tackle spot, he’s able to go in and function very well at the guard spot. Our right side, with Alex [Barron] and Adam [Timmerman], that really hasn’t changed, and up until Orlando’s injury, he’s been there. I’ve been really happy with the fact that they’re adjusting. We worked a lot last week with Adam in there at the left guard spot and Todd out there at...
    -09-27-2006, 04:49 PM
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