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  • Martz Q&A--Bryce Fisher OUT!

    Compiled by Jeff Gordon
    Post-Dispatch Online Sports Columnist
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    So what's up with the Rams? The team was busy Wednesday at Rams Park.

    After practice, coach Mike Martz reported that defensive end Bryce Fisher and guard Tom Nutten would miss the Arizona game with injuries. "Other than that," he said, "we're pretty healthy. (Safety) Zack Bronson turned an ankle and I think it is a pretty significant ankle (injury.)"

    Martz also ran through the team's various personnel moves in the last couple of days. Here are some highlights of the news conference:


    On trading running back Lamar Gordon to the Dolphins:


    "Lamar is a terrific value. I believe he is a terrific back. This is a situation for him to go down there and be the starter. We do have these backs that played very well. It was just an opportunity, value-wise, that we couldn't pass up.

    "He is excited about this opportunity. He feels great. The reason we gave him the ball 22 times in the course of that (Raiders) game in two quarters, we needed to know if he was ready for go for us this year. Obviously, other people were watching, too. I thought he was terrific in that game. We'll miss him. I think he is a terrific talent. It always makes you nervous when you have a talent like that move on."


    On his confidence in Steven Jackson as the No. 2 running back and Arlen Harris as the No. 3:

    " . . . Arlen (Harris) has such a significant role on our special teams, Steven has done a terrific job. We feel Steven, at this point, is ready to play. We feel very good also about Arlen Harris and the camp that Marshall (Faulk) has had. We feel he is ready to go.

    " . . . You don't know, in the crystal ball, what could happen. You could go through all those guys.


    On Jackson's progress:


    "His work ethic, his commitment, his maturity really kind of surprised me. . . . He conducts himself with a great deal more maturity than you would expect a rookie to have. He seems to thrive on the pressure. He wants to be in the game all the time, he wants the ball all the time. Yet he has a certain dignity, a quiet confidence about him."


    On Faulk's status:


    "If there was any doubt at all about Marshall's health, or how far along Steven was, or even that Arlen can play, all three of those things are statements about each one of those guys."


    On safety Jason Sehorn's failure to pass his physical because of his lingering foot injury:

    "After the second surgery, it just hasn't healed as well as we had hoped, where he might consider coming back. It just wasn't a situation where he felt comfortable, nor did the doctors."


    On the addition of offensive linemen Darnell Alford from the Chiefs and Blaine Saipaia from the Raiders:


    "Obviously, we think this is really going to help us. I think both of these offensive linemen that we picked up, they are both young players that have a potential to have a future here. They are excited about being here."


    On making so many personnel moves right before the season opener:

    "It can be a distraction . . . It's good to have so many of these things finally completed. Some of these guys we would have liked to have had (earlier), but thank goodness they're ours now. We're trying to create some depth on the offensive line. Maybe there is another move or two left, who knows. We're always trying to get better.

    "This is the most (movement), but there are significant reasons. Alford is from Kansas City, which is exactly the same system, so it's going to be a much easier transition for him. Saipaia the same thing, playing for Norv (Turner) in Oakland. These are two things that are very significant in the decisions. They are talented guys, they fill a need for you and they come from the same system."


    On the prospects for more moves:


    "We're a little thin at the defensive tackle spot. We think Brian Howard is going to end up being a terrific player. To move Tyoka (Jackson) back inside when he has had so much success outside is tough, but we'll see. We'll make do with that."


    On preparing for the Cardinals:


    "It's always difficult to play a team in the opener that has a new staff and two new coordinators. We're not really quite sure on either side of the ball what we're going to see. In the preseason, so much of what you do is not what you end up seeing in the regular season. So you look at the people. It'll be a little bit of a feeling-out situation as we try to figure out the philosophy offensive and defensively."
    Last edited by RamWraith; -09-08-2004, 07:35 PM.

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    Re: Martz Q&A--Bryce Fisher OUT!

    FYI, this was misreported. It should have read Travis Fisher, not Bryce Fisher, for those who were concerned.

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    • #3
      Re: Martz Q&A--Bryce Fisher OUT!

      Originally posted by NickSeiler
      ... for those who were concerned.
      Concerned? I don't know about that. But it can make a difference. I do know that the likelihood of the Rams not covering the spread just went down.

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      • #4
        Re: Martz Q&A--Bryce Fisher OUT!

        Originally posted by adarian_too
        Concerned? I don't know about that. But it can make a difference. I do know that the likelihood of the Rams not covering the spread just went down.
        BTW, what is the spread? I haven't heard.
        The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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        • #5
          Re: Martz Q&A--Bryce Fisher OUT!

          Originally posted by HUbison
          BTW, what is the spread? I haven't heard.
          Ranges from 9 1/2 to 11, depending on the book.

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          • #6
            Re: Martz Q&A--Bryce Fisher OUT!

            Originally posted by adarian_too
            Ranges from 9 1/2 to 11, depending on the book.
            Thanks, A2. If Holt plays, I'd take the Rams. If not, you may make some money with the birds and points.
            The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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            • #7
              Re: Martz Q&A--Bryce Fisher OUT!

              I was kinda interested to see how Hargrove did on the right side. Ah well, someday.

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              • RamWraith
                Martz on the Mike
                by RamWraith
                Thursday, September 9, 2004

                (Opening statement)
                “We’ve had a couple of roster moves. We added a couple of offensive linemen in (G Darnell) Alford and (G Blaine) Saipaia, that we’ve added to the roster. And Dedrick Roper, a linebacker, we picked up off the practice squad of the Pittsburgh Steelers. So we have made a couple of moves. Nick Burley back to the practice squad. Some of these things we think they are really going to help us. Other than that, I think we are pretty healthy. Obviously, we are not going to have (CB Travis) Fisher in this game, or Tom Nütten, but other than that, by in large, we are pretty healthy. In terms of the Cardinals, it’s always difficult to play a team in the opener that has a new (coaching staff), and you’re really not sure what you are going to see on either side of the ball. Of course in preseason, so much of what you do, is not what you do in the regular season. They have made some roster moves lately, so it will be a little bit of a feeling out situation as we try to figure out the philosophy on both offense and defense. We think we have a good idea, but it’s always tough to do that.”

                (On S Jason Sehorn)
                “We brought Jason in to see where he was with his foot. After his second surgery, it hadn’t healed as well as we hoped, in which he might have considered coming back.”

                (On trading RB Lamar Gordon)
                “We did trade Lamar Gordon this morning to the Miami Dolphins. It’s all based on if he passed the physical down there, but I would assume he passed. I think Lamar is a terrific value. He’s a terrific back. This is a situation for him to go down there and become the starter. We do have three backs who have played well. Within the mix and getting all four players active, Arlen (Harris) has such a significant role on our special teams, Steven (Jackson) has done a terrific job, so this was an opportunity, value wise, that we couldn’t pass up. We talked to him this morning and he was excited about the opportunity. He feels great. The reason we gave him the ball 22 times (against Oakland), in the period of two quarters was that we needed to know if he was ready to go for us this year. Obviously, other people were watching too. I thought he was terrific in the game. We miss him. I think he is a terrific talent. It always makes you nervous when you have a talent like that move on, but none the less, I’m excited for him too. I think he will do very well.”

                (On if trading Gordon was a vote of confidence in Steven Jackson)
                “There is no question about that. I guess that would be the most obvious statement about the trade. We feel like Steven, at this point, is ready to play. We feel really good, also, about Arlen Harris. And the camp that Marshall (Faulk) has had, he has been outstanding in camp. We feel like all three guys are ready to go. It’s a little risky, but we feel like it was the right thing to do.”

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              • RamWraith
                Martz: 'It's like a whole new season'
                by RamWraith
                Compiled by Jeff Gordon
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                Mike Martz believes his team is a LOT different than the squad Atlanta hammered 34-17 back in September.

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                “Offensively, we’re starting to really get going. On both sides of the ball, we feel like we can feed off each other. We haven't been able to do that all year. Either the offense wasn’t doing well or the defense was struggling.

                “Really, in the last month or so, we’ve completely changed in a lot of this stuff.”

                Here are some other highlights from his Monday news conference:


                On the status of left guard Tom Nutten:

                “Since 1999, his nickname has been Lazarus. He has always raised up. The thing that happened with Tom is the same thing that happened the week before. He didn’t re-injure it. He just aggravated it, there was no damage to it. He’s much further along right now than he was at this time last week. I’m sure we’ll have him, he should be fine.”


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                On the play of defensive tackle Ryan Pickett:

                “As a nose guard, you just don’t have those opportunities to make a lot of plays. When it happens, it’s very unusual. Ryan Pickett, this is probably his best game -– four tackles, three assists . . . a quarterback hit, a quarterback pressure. He hasn't played better than he’s playing right now. He is just starting to take off.”


                On the play of defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy:

                “(He) just amazed me. I just underestimated him. To be able to come back halfway through the season and play at this level and this enthusiasm . . . you have to go back to what he did quietly while he was away, the way he redefined himself physically and the strength and the commitment he had to keep himself in shape. It was telling in terms where he was as a competitor, how much he wanted to play and help.”


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                -01-10-2005, 04:10 PM
              • RamWraith
                Rams Q-and-A: Martz on Monday
                by RamWraith
                Compiled by Jeff Gordon
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                Rams coach Mike Martz was in a predictably good mood the day after his team
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                “We’re very pleased with the effort of this football team, the intensity we
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                were able to run to the ball.

                “We had some mistakes in the running game. We had some guys out of place and
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                “We didn’t do everything right, there is no question about that. There is a lot
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                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
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                goes in and plays very well. It has taken him some time to get his weight and
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                tracked him a little bit. We were able to get ahold of him, bring him in here.
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              • RamWraith
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                Compiled by Jeff Gordon
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                On his team's offensive miscues:

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                On the red-zone inefficiency:

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                -09-15-2004, 04:59 AM
              • RamWraith
                Head Coach Mike Martz on th mike
                by RamWraith
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                (Opening comments on injuries)
                “CB Travis Fisher, obviously, (will get) surgery, with a plate in the bone. No one completely knows when we will be getting him back. We could be very optimistic and say eight to 10 weeks, or you can be pessimistic and say three to four months. Nobody really knows, so there is no sense in putting a time on it. When he’s back, he’s back. It’s very unfortunate. He was having a heck of a game. We were very excited about his play. He had about 15 plays. It was just a freak accident. QB Marc Bulger injured his knee in the first series. He’s getting an MRI as we speak. LB Tommy Polley has a shoulder injury, a rotator cuff. And then DT Tyoka Jackson had an injury to his shoulder. Everyone else came out clean, so the significant one is losing Travis. He’s a terrific corner and it will be hard to replace him. It just gives someone else an opportunity, like CB DeJuan Groce or CB Kevin Garrett, to step in there and take charge. That’s what they are here for. They get paid for this opportunity. They need to make the most of it, and I’m sure they will.”

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                -08-25-2004, 06:43 AM
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