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    Thursday, September 9, 2004

    QB Marc Bulger

    (On opening weekend)
    “It’s always a lot more exciting when it counts, and especially when you know you have a good team. So we’re excited in here. Arizona, obviously, spent their whole offseason game planning for us, and likewise. So it’s anybody’s game, this first game, because you don’t know what people are going to do. It’s exciting. I’m probably just as excited as everyone else in here. It’s not a playoff game, but it counts. They all count from here on in. You only have 16 opportunities, and I think we understand, and I understand the magnitude of each game.”

    (On how much of the offense was held back in the preseason)
    “Our game plans are pretty minimal in the preseason. Our main thing is game planning. We don’t do any of that in the preseason, so now Coach Martz can get real creative and we can start to find different ways to get the ball to different guys. That’s what’s fun about this offense.”

    (On preparing for the Cardinals)
    “In the NFL, week to week, every defense is so different that guys that have played before and been around, it’s all a refresher. But it’s tough, because it’s the first game of the year and you don’t really have film.”

    (On having OT Orlando Pace back)
    “It’s good to have Orlando back. It was weird going into the huddle and not seeing him in there. It would be like going in there and not seeing Marshall (Faulk), Isaac (Bruce), or Torry (Holt), guys you just assume that would be in there. So having him at practice on Monday was good. You never worry about Orlando, he’s going to do his job. He came back in good shape. And I think that is why (the holdout situation) was not an issue, with the players at least. We weren’t worried that when he came back he would be in shape. It feels more natural with him in there. No disrespect to the other guys, but it’s just his position with the Rams.”

    (On his confidence)
    “Last year I had the same approach (as this year). I play the way I do regardless of the play before, the series before, or the season before. I’m not going to change that. It’s nice to have the whole preseason, but I never change the way I play.”

    DT Tyoka Jackson

    (On defensive coordinator Larry Marmie coaching against his former team)
    “This is our first game, so it’s a big game for our whole team. He hasn’t brought anything personal into it. He’s a Ram. I don’t think he’s even worried about all of the subplots. In the first game, you have so much excitement that we have enough motivation. We are just so focused on trying to get a win against Arizona, get off to a 1-0 start, and defend our home turf, that we have enough things to be motivated by. Knowing coach Marmie, it’s not even about him. He’s so unselfish that he just wants to get a win for the Rams.”

    (On if coach Marmie’s familiarity with the Arizona defensive players will help the Rams)
    “You can always say that those thing might help you, but at the end of the day, the game is going to come down to the guys on the field. We can talk about a lot of things in the meeting room, but in terms of execution and winning the game, especially up front in the trenches, it’s going to come down to man versus man.”

    (On how the defensive line has developed)
    “I think we’ve played well. I think our young players have gotten better through camp. And that’s what camp is for, for the young players to get those reps, and get them ready to roll. They have gotten better. With football, it’s an ongoing thing. You are never really there. Ten years in the league and I’m not there. I’m still trying to figure out how I can get better and how I can beat the guy in front of me.”

    RB Steven Jackson

    (On what to take away from the preseason)
    “The preseason is a confidence builder. It lets you know that you are capable of playing on this level. Now, you have to respond to the ones, the big guys. Once you get out there, you just have to play the game of football. The preseason lets you know where you are at, how you are coming along, and how you are progressing. I think I did a pretty good job there. Now, I just need to get out there, learn from Marshall (Faulk), and see what he has done to separate himself from other backs.”

    (On his pass protection and blitz pickup)
    “It’s coming along pretty well. All you can do is ask questions, and take the repetitions you get in practice and learn from them. By me doing that, and having the chance to sit down with Marshall, I’m going to learn pretty fast.”

    (On if he felt he was ready, physically, to enter the NFL)
    “I think it was a given. I’m coming into the National Football League as one of the bigger backs, so it’s an attitude thing. I was confident that physically I could play at this level.”

    DE Leonard Little

    (On opening day)
    “I think this whole team is excited. A lot of people are counting us out this year, saying that we won’t be as good as last year, but this team has a lot to prove and hopefully we can do that Sunday.”

    (On the defensive line)
    “We feel pretty good. We have a nice rotation going on. I think with the guys we have, we’ll be able to play well and get the win.”

    (On Arizona’s offensive line)
    “They are real good. They always have big guys over there, guys like Leonard Davis. We are going to have to use our speed and quickness to our advantage.”

    (On how happy he is that the preseason is over)
    “It feels great. We are playing for something now. We are playing for wins and want to do our best. I’m glad we have preseason over with and we can get down to business.”

    (On defensive coordinator Larry Marmie coaching against his former team)
    “He’s a real laid back coach, so he’s not really fired up or anything. He’s just trying to get us ready. He knows that this is a real important game for us, being the first game of the season.”

    (On what the defense needs to improve on)
    “I think our run defense needs to be more consistent. There were times when we played Green Bay, and held him to 37 total yards. And then the next week we’ll give up 125 yards to somebody. We just have to be more consistent in the run game and that would help us out.”

    WR Isaac Bruce

    (On playing the Cardinals)
    “It’s time to get it going. A division rival, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m hoping that we can set the tone for the season. I think we go in looking at the personnel they have this year, the coaching staff, the new players they got through free agent acquisitions, and that type stuff. We want to make sure they don’t surprise us, and not taking them lightly.”

    (On how the officiating crews called pass interference in the preseason)
    “(I noticed) just a little. I think they called it a couple times when we were playing. They seem pretty serious about it, but this is the regular season now so we are going to have to pay attention to how the game is being called. (The five-yard contact rule) has been in the rule book, so we’ll just see if they enforce it now.”

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    Players and Coaches Quotes from Sept. 7
    by RamWraith
    Wednesday, September 7, 2005

    Head Coach Mike Martz

    (On making the transition to the regular season)

    “There’s just no similarity. [During training camp] you’re looking at personnel, it’s time to scrimmage, you’re looking at plays. You’re trying to find out who you have that’s new to the team that can help. Now you’re starting to run, so it’s totally different.”

    (On preparing for a team with as many new players and coaches as San Francisco)

    “Anytime you play a team that is new like this with new coordinators, they’re new on both sides of the ball, there’s a little bit of trepidation. You need to go back and do your homework on it. Obviously, you have a number of things ready, just in case, so to speak. So I think we’ve done our homework and we’re prepared for those kinds of things, and we’ll adjust as need be, but it does give you a little more problem.”

    (On how early he started thinking about the San Francisco game)

    “I guess, as soon as they were on our schedule. At first when the schedule came out, but we do that each year, especially with the fact that it is a division game and we’re opening up with them out there. So we’ve been thinking about this for some time.”

    (On whether this game being opening day and against the ***** makes it special)

    “I’m more concerned about the Rams, really, to be honest with you. That’s what we talked about. We concern ourselves about the Rams and our uniforms and all that stuff. I’m not being disrespectful to them at all, that’s not the point. We can’t control anything about the *****. It’s a great rivalry. There’s a lot of tradition behind it. We pay our due respect to that. They are well coached. They are a good team. We understand all of those things, but that is as far as that goes.”

    (On whether there is a noticeable difference having T Orlando Pace participating all preseason)

    “Yeah, there’s just a remarkable difference. The fact that he’s been here, where he is in the offense, allows us to insert things that this time last year we couldn’t do because we had to wait for him to get in and get him up to speed. One guy can keep the entire offense under wraps until the season starts, and that’s what happened the last two years. With him here now we have been able to move on.”

    (On whether the rivalry has the same meaning as when the Rams were in Los Angeles)

    “It does. I think that Isaac [Bruce] and myself, we are the only two that are left that were coaching or playing at the time in L.A. that made the transfer here…this goes way back. Even growing up in San Diego watching this rivalry for many years, you have a real respect for the competitive nature of this matchup.”

    (On whether he takes pride in his record against San Francisco)

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  • RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan--September 6, 2006
    by RamWraith
    (Opening Statement)

    “I guess this is our first official Wednesday, but like I said yesterday we moved our schedule. Yesterday we did our Wednesday-type practice and today was our Thursday-type practice. We’ll do essentially two Friday-type practices tomorrow and Friday, mainly because that’s a lot of situational work. We’ve been working on a lot of things you’d normally work on when you only have a week to prepare for somebody prior to this week, actually. So, that’s where we are. I think we are pretty much set unless we get some surprises this week with the 53-man roster as well as our eight practice squad players. Marques Hagans cleared (waivers) and we resigned him and released the kid we had on for 24 hours (S Etric Pruitt). Initially he was going to be our practice squad defensive back, and then we ended up having J.R. Reed come available the same day we signed Pruitt. You realize it’s a business when something like that happens. I introduced myself as I told him we were signing somebody else. It was pretty bizarre.”

    (On today’s practice)

    “It was a good day. Tony Hargrove was back out there in a red jersey. He participated in the entire practice, but he didn’t take any contact. He should be able to take some contact tomorrow. Jamal Brooks has a staph infection in his leg, a little bit like Raonall Smith had. They cleaned it out and he was able to practice today. I think we’re pretty much set. We won’t decide until game day on who’s going to be active and who’s going to be down, but we have a couple of options when it comes to who’s going to have the greater impact for us on special teams. Our starting lineups are set and our starting specialists are set.”

    (On S J.R. Reed’s performance in today’s practice)

    “It went smooth. He cramped up during practice. I asked him if he banged it up, but he said it was just cramped. He got a lot of reps on scout team and came over when we finished our kickoff returns. He looked fine and very comfortable out there. He knows the return and had actually been running a very similar return scheme that we’re running, so that’s a good thing.”

    (On getting used to working with a smaller number of players)

    “Yesterday wasn’t good enough. The biggest change was that we didn’t have the numbers out there. So, it was a little easier to work your way through it with the tempo we were going yesterday. The first day we just had our final group out there and it was pretty tough. Tony (Hargrove) didn’t practice yesterday so Victor (Adeyanju) was working with the ones and had to turn around and be on the scout team. He ended up getting about 120 reps yesterday. We just learned to manage our players through it, but today was 100 times better.”

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  • RamWraith
    Coach Scott Linehan / players September 4
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 4, 2008

    (Opening remarks)

    “Again we will release the practice stuff as soon as we can and go from there. Really no changing from yesterday, maybe (Brett) Romberg will be on there as far as full participation. I don’t know if he missed a period but he is ready to go. Everybody else is status quo.”

    (On practicing inside today)

    “We needed to use some noise so we were probably going to do it anyway so we could work down the road with stadium noise. It is a lot better inside to do that. We are ready to roll.”

    (On if Steven Jackson is ready to go)

    “Yeah I think so. He will play a lot. I don’t know how many snaps, we don’t have a number but the other guys will play a little bit. I don’t know how much that is either at this point. We have been preparing a significant amount of plays from Steven.”

    (On how he feels about this team, this year compared to last year)

    “I don’t know if that would be a fair assignment. Certainly every year is different. Certainly every year you have high hopes going into the season and every year is different. Really I don’t have any comparison from last year to this year. The way I look at it, we are in Philly week and getting ready for our road opener and then we will worry about everything else after this weekend.”

    (On if he is ready to finally play a game)

    “Yeah I think everybody is chomping at the bit. You could feel the energy on the team and like I said there is probably 31 other teams feeling the same way about their opening game. We have come along way from OTAs to going on the road for training camp. To playing four preseason games and we have gone through a lot of roster changes and things like that. We are here and it feels like it is time to go.”

    (On practice tomorrow)

    “It is real similar to what we have done in the past. You really work a lot of situational football, we really have to work on getting timing on certain plays both offense and defense and also special teams and try to get ourselves a few more snaps on things we need to look at.”

    “We do a walk through and practice tomorrow and then we do a walk through on Saturday before we leave. Then we fly to Philadelphia. “

    (On how he feels about Fakhir Brown)

    “He was out here and took every rep that we had scripted for him so I feel the same way today.”

    (On how he feels about Oshimogoho Atogwe)

    “Everybody looks good. I really feel the health of our team is a real bright spot right now.”

    (On how CB Fakhir Brown will react to contact)

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  • RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan September 5, 2006
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 5, 2006

    (Opening Statement)

    “In transition to our weekly schedule, today was a Wednesday-type practice. We got a lot of work done. It’s a little bit of a change because we don’t have the bodies. A lot of guys went from not being scout team guys to figuring out they have to wear a lot of hats in one practice. We’ll get better. I didn’t think our look was as good as it needed to be, but I predict we’ll have a better look tomorrow in practice. Other than that, I feel that we got a lot of things accomplished. Obviously, there have been a couple of moves on our roster. Yesterday was a gameplan day, so I didn’t get a chance to talk to any of you. We released WR Marques Hagans yesterday. Hopefully he clears and we’re able to re-sign him today on the practice squad, but there’s a 24-hour period there that has to be done. Also, the signing of J.R. Reed who has been a real gifted kick returner in this league. (Reed is) coming back from an offseason injury a year ago. He missed last year and this year he went through the entire training camp with Philadelphia and was in their last cut, but came and worked out for us and did a nice job. A couple of different changes there, but we’re getting closer and closer to what will be our 53 going into Sunday’s game.”

    (On J.R. Reed being the immediate kick returner)

    “I think so. We’re working kick returns primarily tomorrow and then we’ll work it Thursday and Friday as well. Today was a punt return day. He’s acclimated himself a little bit with some of the other teams. He plays on some of the other teams as a gunner and some other things. He worked some of that today while he was learning the schemes that we’re going to run. He’ll start that way.”

    (On getting medical assurances that Reed could still perform)

    “We did a pretty extensive physical on it. It was an odd injury. He had some nerve damage to his leg and an area in his foot. He has a custom brace that allows him to have that foot the way it needs to be so he can run on it. He came in and did a very lengthy workout on it as well. He has every reason in the world not to pass the physical, but there’s something about his will, desire, and want to that impressed all of us. I know it was tough for Philadelphia and I think it’s to our advantage because we were looking for someone who had been able to do that. I think he’s certainly got it inside of him to overcome any questions we might have. He looked pretty good; he worked out pretty good for us.”

    (On Reed’s role as a safety)

    “Right now he’s going to have to back up now. He’s an emergency safety. He’ll know a lot of the schemes because he’s an experienced player. But that’s what he’s going to have to do until he catches up.”

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    -09-05-2006, 07:24 PM
  • RamWraith
    Linehan and others comments
    by RamWraith
    Rams Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 17, 2008

    (Opening Remarks)

    The out players are (WR) (Drew) Bennett and (WR) (Keenan) Burton. Burton did have the scope yesterday afternoon, everything went great, wasn’t anything more than what we thought. He’ll be out for the bye right now for him, we’ll see where he is at that point. (G) (Jacob) Bell and (DE) (Leonard) Little were limited in practice as far as their participation, but we’ll know probably by Friday, I would think, it might be a gameday decision, but probably by Friday.”

    (On if there’s any lineup changes)

    “Not anything yet. Even if we did we wouldn’t announce it.”

    (On if there are going to more changes on the offensive side of the ball)

    “Kicker. We’re not going to play (K) Josh Brown, he’s just too nervous going back to Seattle.”

    (On why he doesn’t want to announce any of lineup changes)

    “I don’t see an upside about having any personnel changes in what we do the week before. I don’t think there’s any upside to it as far as, given the information, it has nothing to do with giving it to you guys it has more for what we’re doing for the gameplan.”

    (On the snowball effect of losing consecutive games and what’s different this week)

    “Because we’ve only played two games. Really, every year is a different schedule and timing of things, all that stuff, and we didn’t play particularly well in our first two games, but we played two tough opponents that were probably preseason, Super Bowl, got a lot of accolades as to what they were going to do. We would like to be sitting here in a better situation after two games, but also knowing who we played, and it’s not like it's getting any easier, but I just feel, this is our first division game. Really all the goals we’ve set for our team are right in front of us at this point in the season. Every season, in my lifetime and it might be different for other people, but in my lifetime, has just had a unique feel or flavor to it and this will be no different in my opinion. The guys have been really, really responsive to rebounding and so we’ll see, but I just have a good feeling about it.”

    (On the atmosphere and attitude on the first day of the work week)

    “That’s great; actually it was really good. I didn’t expect any different, but you still have to see. Everybody in the building has to be consistent in that way and I think it’s been outstanding. Again, it’s early and we’d like to go back and have a couple do-overs, but that’s not the way life is and that’s definitely not the way football is so if we can keep our head and wits about us, we can really, really get something going at this point because it’s still early in the season and we’re in a good spot. We haven’t played in...
    -09-18-2008, 05:21 AM