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    Head Coach Jim Haslett

    (On injuries)
    “The only injury we had was G Richie Incognito, he got light headed right before the half and the doctors wouldn’t clear him to go back in. We moved T John Greco over and went with John the rest of the way.”

    (On the game)
    “Obviously, this was not the result we wanted, so I am disappointed from the standpoint. I felt we played hard. I appreciate those guys like RB Steven Jackson going out there and giving everything he had, T Orlando Pace who really had a two to four week injury and DL Adam Carriker. We have a bunch of guys who are beat up with nicks and bruises. You can hang your hat on one thing, those guys went out and competed and fought through all of the adversary and injuries that they had.”

    (On RB Steven Jackson having only one touch during the fourth quarter)
    “He was gassed and his leg started to bother him, so we told him before the game to go as far as you could go and then we will play the other guys.

    I appreciate Steven getting out there under the conditions; he hasn’t done much in the past month. To go out there and carry the ball in which I thought he was very effective in running the ball, but in a game like situation he just hasn’t had anything for a while.”

    (On Jackson’s play shows he is a “difference maker”)
    “It is a big reminder. We have said it before; during some games if we had him we might have won the game. He is a heck of a football player, when you loose a guy like him it is hard to replace him.”

    (On LB David Vobora)
    “It is hard to tell, but I think he did ok. He had good instincts and good position and he is a good leader. There are a couple of plays that I can pick out that he did very well with. I am sure that if I look at the film I will find something. For a guy in his first start and a seventh-round draft pick I thought he did fairly well. “

    (On interceptions)
    “The picks didn’t really hurt us, defense did a great job. After the first pick they got nothing, after the second pick they got a field goal, and the third pick was at the end of the game. Obviously, three interceptions is three interceptions. Our problem is that we have to score touchdowns, as an offense we haven’t scored any touchdowns. We didn’t score this week, we didn’t score last week and it has been that way all year in the red zone. We just are just not getting the job done. I am not sure what the answer is, we will keep researching and trying to get it done. We are not really good right now in the red zone. You are not going to win kicking field goals in this league, you have to score touchdowns.

    QB Marc Bulger

    (On the loss)
    “We find ways to lose. We hung in there the first half. We got that corrected, which is good. We played good in all phases at some points, but we struggled at others.”

    (On RB Steven Jackson being back and his impact on the game)
    “I think it was quite evident when he was in there. That first half, he was really rolling. Any little hole he hit with such authority and arm tackles won’t bring him down, getting six or seven yards on first down. It’s nice to have him back.”

    (On if he didn’t see the linebackers on the interceptions)
    “It happens. I wish I had them back, but trying to explain it probably wouldn’t work. I just can’t do that.”

    (On if the injury from last week had any effect on him today)
    “I don’t think so. We just have to play better in the red zone and our defense bailed us out on those picks which was nice. Usually, we turn the ball over and the game will be over, but they fought hard and only gave up six points on those, which was a positive step.”

    (On how OL John Greco played at guard)
    “I think good. Our line played pretty well up front all day. I didn’t notice he was in there so I’m sure he did pretty well.”

    (On the inefficiency in the red zone)
    “When you get down to the five yard line, you want to be able to just grind it in or make something happen throwing the ball. They did a pretty good job covering everything and our gameplan going in was to manage the game, so again, they covered everything pretty well and it was just a matter of me having to throw the ball away. Hopefully we will be able to run the ball a little better once we get into the red zone.”

    S OJ Atogwe


    (On today’s game)
    “I think we played a very competitive game out there with them. They came in with the No. 1 offensive team in the red zone and they were scoring a lot of points on a lot teams. I think we did a good job of keeping the points down and controlling what they do best. I think we are going to take pride in that and build off of it next week.”

    (On if Miami did anything new that the St. Louis Rams did not see before)
    “No. We knew they were a team that did a variation of things so we kind of expected the unexpected. Having that mindset allowed us to play as well as we did.”

    (On if there is any moral victories that can be taken from this game)
    “It is always about the journey and not the destination. The fact that we played well this week and we did a lot of good things that you have to take and build from. Going into next week’s game and the rest of the season, you have a better foundation rather than saying we lost or we suck. We played well and we put ourselves in a position to win and that is what we have to keep doing.”

    Rams LB Pisa Tinoisamoa

    (On defense remaining competitive in the second half)
    “We played better ‘D’. We played between the points. We got a big turnover from O.J. I think special teams helped out a lot. Our offense for the most part drove the ball well and gave us a rest. I think we played well as a unit today.”

    (On playing against wildcat formation)
    “I think (the Dolphins) ran about a series and a half of (the wildcat formation) and that was it. They had to close it down because it really wasn’t working against us, so that was good because we worked hard against it. It’s one of those things that if you stop it once, they’re never going back to it. “

    Rams DE Chris Long

    (On playing against Dolphins T Jake Long)
    “It was cool. You know, a friend of mine- someone I respect. Obviously the hype was the one and two match-up, but we were just out there having fun playing football. They won the game so that’s all that matters to me. I talked to him after the game but we just had fun with it.”

    (On defense’ performance today)
    “We still didn’t stop the run the way we wanted to, but we at least slowed the bleeding there. That makes it possible for us to use our strength, which is to get out to the quarterback a little bit. I thought we did a good job. I don’t know if we actually got to him at all with any sacks but we were definitely back there.”

    (On if a loss can be an encouraging thing for a defense)
    “We certainly can’t hang our heads as much as we did the past couple weeks. The past couple weeks were just chokes for us. We had to put the blame squarely on our shoulders the past couple weeks especially out front feeling like we can’t stop the run. This week it got a little better.

    Rams K Josh Brown

    (On kicking game)
    “I’ve kicked a lot of field goals this year. It’s been a pretty typical game. We’ve had a least two (field goals) a game. We had four today - connected on those and it was a good day for special teams. Unfortunately no win.”

    (On RB Steven Jackson’s presence in the offense)
    “Obviously it made a huge difference. He’s a big - game back and it means a lot to us guys knowing he’s coming out here playing injured - not playing 100 percent. That’s pretty awesome to see a guy in his role to be able to do that. He made a big difference today.”

    (On the remainder of the season)
    “We’re on the road again. We’ve got a conference game coming up with a division rival. We just (have to) put a game together. Today felt like a good step for us because we played as a team and that was the first time in a while that we’ve played that way. Hopefully that will carry over. We got 28 days left of football. Four games left to accomplish some wins. That’s basically what it is. We’ve got a four-week job interview. We’re just going to have to play and see how it turns out.

    LB David Vobora
    November 30, 2008

    (On how he played in the first start of his career)
    “I feel like I settled in and played pretty well. Defensively, I felt like we were back today. We played with some swagger and we played as a team. We had some guys banged up and a lot of guys put the effort in on the D-line and that is all you can ask for.”

    (On making all the defensive calls using the radio in his helmet)
    “My heart rate at the snap may have been a little high but after that I settled in and got my reads and made the calls and we had no problems.”

    (On if he was nervous)
    “I did not sleep as much last night but that is the way it is and I love that feeling.”

    (On defending the Miami Dolphins running attack)
    “Both (RB) Ricky (Williams) and (RB) Ronnie (Brown) are good athletes and they wait for you to flow past them and they hit seams. They really did not have those big seams. We had a series early, the one that they scored on, where we did not tackle really well but we regrouped and came back out and I think we had a better day from that point.”


    RB Steven Jackson

    (On how he felt)
    “I felt pretty good. That first half, I felt amazing. I really thought that we were going to continue to run successfully and continue to dominate like we were in the first half. They made some adjustments in the second half and hats off to them and their coaching staff.”

    (On only getting one carry in the fourth quarter)
    “The situation was that we felt like we felt like we were going to have to pass a little bit more and (RB) Kenneth Darby has been doing a great job for us in that aspect, so we thought that we would go that route. If it was going to be a short run, we would come back with me.”

    (On how his leg felt after the game)
    “The leg is just a little tight, sore, all of the things that the doctor said to expect is definitely what I’m feeling. I just have to ice it tonight and make sure that it doesn’t swell up on me like what happened a couple of weeks ago when I tried to go.”

    (On his number of carries being a product of coming off the injury)
    “Coming into the game, we were thinking about 15 carries. I don’t know what I ended up with, but I already knew that I was going to share a lot of time today, just to make sure that the leg continued to go in the right direction.”

    (On the specific adjustments the Dolphins made in the second half to stop the run)
    “They realized that we were getting a ton of our yards up the middle. They loaded up the box on us and (LB Channing) Crowder did a great job of pressuring the ‘A’ gap.”



    Head Coach Tony Sparano

    (On the play of the game)
    “Figuring out ways to win. You come on the road; don’t expect it to be easy. There is no opponent in this league that you take for granted. Like I told you during the week, I have seen what this team did to the Cowboys, I have seen what they did to the Redskins; it’s a good football team. They play hard. Coach has got them playing hard right now. We knew at the end of that first quarter, when you are trading blows like that it was going to be one of these types of football games.”

    (On the team’s defense)
    “What I am proud of the defense about is the way they stepped up during the course of the game. Particularly when we got down into the red zone. They did not break down there, they played solid defense. I thought discipline defense when we got in the red area and held them to field goals. If you can do that; then you have a chance. We scored a touchdown early in the ball game and we gave one back with the penalty, but I thought the defense did a nice job.”

    (On the defense vs. Steven Jackson)
    “I think it is pretty important, especially when you got him back there. I mean, that guy comes rolling down hill; he looks like a defensive lineman running through the secondary out there. I thought early in the game he had a couple of big runs come out of there, but as the game went on I thought the defense stepped it up. They were hitting him there and they were 3 yard gains. So that put us in a little bit better situation on some third downs. In the second half we were able to get off the field a couple of times.”

    (On making the play back to QB Chad Pennington)
    “Yeah, it was supposed to go back to (QB) Chad (Pennington), but there was a defensive lineman in his face. Obviously (RB) Ronnie (Brown) made a heck of a play there. Had it had gone back to (QB) Chad (Pennington), the way the rest of the play was going to go, it kind of could have looked like that thing down in Houston, when you look at it. (RB) Ronnie (Brown) made a nice play. We turned the ball over, not what you wanted to do. At the end of the day this game was 3 to 1 turnovers; that’s how you lose and that’s how you win.”

    (On Ronnie Brown’s innovation of the previous play)
    “I applaud him for making a play. I trust him to throw the ball, obviously, or we would not have him back there in the Wildcat and we would not of had the play in. Ronnie did a good job there, he had some space and I think he felt like he could get the ball down the field so I applaud him for that.”


    (On playing PR Devone Bess)
    “We wanted to get Devone involved, this was a big game for us to get a chance to evaluate him a little bit and to see exactly where he is in this full-time roll. We thought we were going to get a lot of one-on-one stuff out there, some man-to-man coverage. We thought Devone is a guy that could win in some of those, so when he does win he can run after the catch with the ball; he had a couple of those today.”

    (On playing in the dome with rookie K Dan Carpenter)
    “It’s huge. He has been big for us the entire season. It gives you some comfort, particularly when you are inside like this and there is no weather involved. Where you know that the yards make it to the 35 or the 37 and you got a chance to get some points out of this. There is a couple of those deals where we got turnovers on the defensive end and we have been turning some of those things into touchdowns and here we had to turn them into field goals and we were lucky to do that.”

    QB Chad Pennington

    (General comments)
    “Sometimes it can be real easy to be frustrated and down when you have an inconsistent performance, but I’ve been in this league long enough to understand how each win is so precious and each win is a gem. So, I rather win and learn from my mistakes than lose and learn from my mistakes. We need to go back to the practice field. We need to work extremely hard. We need to practice better which will then allow us to play better.”

    (On the running game)
    “We had inconsistency. We’d have a run play that went well and then we’d get a penalty to put us in a passing situation. Or we’d have a mishap here or there. It was inconsistent football offensively. It was a grind all day long and you have to give St. Louis credit they did a good job of coming out here and being ready to play. We were ready to play, we just didn’t play well, but at the end we got the job done.”

    (On winning tight ball games)
    “We’ve done a great job of keeping our poise and composure in tight games. We’ve done a really good job of not getting down and getting stressed out over the situation and trying to remain focused even though today was a tight game. We had some opportunities to not let it be a tight game but it was. This year we’ve done a good job of that and I think that first starts with our coaching staff and how they prepare us with the things that Coach Sparano preaches to us on a daily basis and how we need to handle ourselves as professionals and then we have to carry that over to the field.”


    RB Ricky Williams

    (On running the wildcat offense)
    “We only ran it once and we didn’t block the nose, you still have to block him.”

    (On the Miami running game)
    “We had success going wide and we did a good job of running the ball against them. We knew there would be space to run.”

    (On Miami’s seventh win)
    “It’s nice to be on a winning team. It’s nice to be in contention. It feels good going into the games with confidence, knowing that we can win. I’ve been on losing teams and it’s not fun. So, we’re having fun and we’re ready to go every week and we’re having fun in practices. It’s a long season when you get to this point and if you’re not winning, it’s tough.”

    (On the rest of the season for Miami)
    “We have to keep working hard, especially this time of the season your toughness is really tested both mentally and physically. So, if we can stay healthy and we can keep practicing hard and get better I think we’ll be in good shape.”

    (General comments on the game)
    “I think we had a hold on the game. We didn’t run away with it, but we kept them at enough distance. There were times we could have put them away, but we didn’t capitalize. But it’s nice to get a win.”

    CB Andre Goodman

    (On the play of the defense)
    “Going in, we felt we had a good sense of what they wanted to try to do. We could anticipate without having to jump around so much. They made their plays but we made our share.”

    (On the report that CB Will Allen was alerting the Miami defense of the Rams play calls)
    “He was, but that is what Will does. Have you ever prepared will with Will during the week? He is a big film guy. He gives me tips all the time. He always points thing out and he has been doing it all year. It doesn’t mean he is 100% right, but he’ll recognize a formation or see who’s inside or outside and link it back to the film study.”

    (On the interception at the end of the game)
    “I knew eventually that they would have to take a shot. They had been dinking and dunking and time was running, I knew they would have to take a shot. I just played the deep ball and was able to make a good play on it. #14 (WR Donnie Avery) is a speed guy that I have seen on film. I can’t remember the team he played against, but he made a great play deep. The guy had great coverage and he still came down with it. So when you see a guy like that coming inside, it kind of tells you something. It tells you that he is a better deep runner than an intermediate type of guy, so I played him for the deep ball. The quarterback threw it early and I was able to see it coming out of his hand. As a cornerback, any time you see the ball come out of the quarterback’s hand, it is easy to make a play on it.”

    (On winning the seventh game of the season)
    “Of course, we will be hard on ourselves, but we will enjoy this tonight. We didn’t play well today, but at the same time, after twelve games, we are 7-5 and it still gives us a chance at the playoffs and that is all you can ask for.”

    T Jake Long

    (On the running game versus the Rams)
    “As the game went on we started to run the ball better. We didn’t start off the game running the ball like we wanted to. We kept after it and we started to run the ball like we want to near the end of the game.”

    (On what the Rams defense did against the Miami running attack)
    “There wasn’t anything that we didn’t practice for or anything that we didn’t prepare for. We are going to have to see the film and see what happened, but nothing out of the ordinary.”

    (On getting the win)
    “It was definitely a huge win. It is hard to win on the road. We all know we have to play better and we have to keep improving. We have to get back to work and make sure we get better.”

    (On going against Chris Long)
    “He is a great player. Like I have said all throughout the week, he is relentless. He just keeps playing, keeps working. He got a couple pressures on me, but he is just a great player. It was a good battle all game.”

    (On the injury to Justin Smiley)
    “It is hard to see him go down, the way he works everyday in practice. Andy (Alleman) stepped in great and we all settled down after that and started to put together some good drives. Andy really stepped in and did a good job.”

    (On his ankle injury)
    “I was a little rusty the first couple of series. I had to get my balance back and everything, but once it warmed up it felt pretty good.

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    Re: Post-game quotes

    Originally posted by RamWraith View Post
    (Bulger On how OL John Greco played at guard)
    “I think good. Our line played pretty well up front all day. I didn’t notice he was in there so I’m sure he did pretty well.”
    He was in there the whole second half protecting his ass. Bulger must still be woosy from all the previous hits he has taken.
    Last edited by RamsSB99; -11-30-2008, 10:04 PM.

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      Re: Post-game quotes

      Originally posted by RamsSB99 View Post
      He was in there the whole second half so protecting his ass. Bulger must still be woosy from all the previous hits he has taken.
      I was planing on saying something about that comment. I realize Marc has a lot going on during a game, but he doesn't even know who is in the huddle with him? How can he lead or motivate or even make plays when he doesn't know who he is playing with? I mean come on...

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      • #4
        Re: Post-game quotes

        Originally posted by Jim Haslett
        For a guy in his first start and a seventh-round draft pick I thought he did fairly well.
        Well, this ought to make Vobora feel good. Yikes!

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        • #5
          Re: Post-game quotes

          Originally posted by RamsSB99 View Post
          He was in there the whole second half protecting his ass. Bulger must still be woosy from all the previous hits he has taken.
          I think you missed the point of this comment, as by Bulger not realizing he was out there likely implies that he didn't make any mistakes ....

          It's just like when you are watching on TV, if you don't hear an offensive lineman's name mentioned very often, it's likely he is doing a solid job. If you hear his name, more than likely he got beat and the QB got sacked or a runner got stuffed ...

          Geez, you guys will tear into Bulger for anything these days ....

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            Re: Post-game quotes

            Originally posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
            I think you missed the point of this comment, as by Bulger not realizing he was out there likely implies that he didn't make any mistakes ....

            It's just like when you are watching on TV, if you don't hear an offensive lineman's name mentioned very often, it's likely he is doing a solid job. If you hear his name, more than likely he got beat and the QB got sacked or a runner got stuffed ...
            Bulger's quote does sound a little funny, but I completely agree that his point was that Greco came in and didn't do anything to warrant any negative attention.

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            • RamWraith
              Post-Game Quotes from the Rams and the Falcons
              by RamWraith
              Reaction from players and coaches after the Rams (3-9) 28-16 victory over the Falcons (3-9) at the Edward Jones Dome.


              Head Coach Scott Linehan

              (On injuries)
              “We had a couple of injuries, I am not sure exactly how serious they are yet. WR Brandon Williams had a right ankle sprain, he tried to go but he was unable to finish. We made some adjustments in our return game. RB Brian Leonard got hurt on the second to the last series, it was his left ankle. I don’t know what that means for next week, we will determine that at least by Tuesday.”

              (On player milestones)
              “When the players hit these monuments I just like to point them out. WR Isaac Bruce’s yardage put him at fifth all-time in the NFL. That is something that we all can be proud of. People have followed him around here for years and for this football team to be part of that is something special. DT La’Roi Glover has made his 81st sack, which is seventh amongst active and 40th overall. That is really a big deal. WR Torry Holt got his 70th touchdown and QB Gus Frerotte threw his the 100th touchdown pass of his career. ”

              (On game)
              “We had some turnovers in the second half that made the game tougher than we wanted it to be, but having enough points on the board to finish the game is something that we just haven’t been able to do. Winning three of the last four and gaining some momentum with how we are playing, when a lot of people thought we weren’t playing for much, I think shows a lot about the heart and character of this team.”

              (On win)
              “It has been a long season for a number of reasons and we have to defend our home turf. For me I really felt that as a home team the fans and the team really stepped up when we needed to. We made the most of the crowd noise in the second half, making some plays on defense, and the play at the end of the game.”

              (On QB Gus Frerotte’s performance)
              “Quarterbacks will always take a lot of heat when things don’t go well, and in last week’s game Gus accepted that. Being the stand up competitor that he is, I can respect that more than his right arm. By the way Gus came out and competed he really gave us a spark. He really only had two bad throws in the second half, which were critical errors.”

              (On punts during the second half)
              “I would rather punt than turn the ball over. At the end of the day we have to win the football game and trust me we put a lot of time into working on our second half. It is a matter of execution in all areas. We have to execute more.”


              RB Steven Jackson

              (On what best describes the win)
              “I think it was just an all-out team win. We started off fast and in the second half, once again, we kind of stalled out, but this time I think the offense really came together and put it on ourselves to finish the game and have no excuses.”

              (On his 50-yard,...
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            • RamWraith
              Head Coach Scott Linehan
              by RamWraith
              Head Coach Scott Linehan

              September 17, 2007



              (Opening Remarks)

              “Claude Terrell does have a sore left thigh. It’s categorized as a bruise. He had an MRI today. We do not have any results from it, but we don’t anticipate anything other than that. Randy (McMichael) has a tight right hamstring that he pulled on the first catch of the game. He played with it, but it’s fairly sore today. Milford Brown did come out with a left ankle injury. Unless he has issues with it on Wednesday, as far as it being too sore to play on, we’ll assume he’s going to be okay. If he does have any problems at Wednesday’s practice we’ll MRI it, but he seemed to be getting better. Drew Bennett came out of the game okay. Pisa (Tinoisamoa) and Richie (Incognito) will be evaluated each practice this week as to how realistic they will be for being up this game. Both of them are still in question.”



              (On DE Leonard Little)

              “He has a sprained toe. He’s okay. He’s played with it, on and off throughout his career. He should be fine. I wouldn’t even anticipate him missing any time in practice.”



              (On QB Marc Bulger)

              “He just has sore ribs. He’s been hit a lot. It’s not just the line not blocking. We’ve been in some situations where we got third down and they (San Francisco) got free on a couple of their blitzes. He got a couple of them off, but he got hit on two. That’s a normal day’s work for a quarterback. I’d like to keep it to a minimum if we can. That’s going to be the key to our success in upcoming games.”



              (On the game vs. San Francisco)

              “It’s a similar story to the week before. We entered halftime with a lead. We came out of the blocks with the ball and we weren’t able to add to a six-point lead eventually. We had opportunities two weeks in a row to make it a two-score game, twice. Both times we turned it over. That will always come back to haunt you. I don’t know if it’s a lesson learned. We haven’t learned it yet. If we’re going to win these kinds of football games we’re going to have to take care of the ball better and we’re going to have to play better in the second half.”



              (On turnovers)

              “It can’t last because we can’t allow it to last. It’s happening because we’re too loose with the football. That starts with coaching. We say that we practice it, but it’s not carrying over in the games. To me, you play in games like you practice. Hopefully it’s a lesson we’ve learned the hard way and won’t continue it.”



              (On if he wished WR Dante Hall had called a fair catch on the muffed punt)

              “We trust his judgment and we’ll always trust his judgment. It’s easy to say now that we rather he caught it and returned it. Fair catch or not – a lot of times what people do is push and distract the returner by pushing...
              -09-18-2007, 05:04 AM
            • RamWraith
              Linehan's conference
              by RamWraith
              Head Coach Scott Linehan

              September 10, 2007



              (Opening Remarks)

              “Orlando (Pace) is out for the year. He has a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder. I feel real bad for Orlando. He worked very, very hard to get himself back from his triceps injury a year ago. He probably is in the best shape he’s been in a number of years. He really worked his butt off to get back to what I thought was his best condition, at least since I’ve been here. He had a real unfortunate injury. We’ll have to pick up the pieces for him as far as our personnel goes in our line. Next Sunday we’ll have our best five out there. Right now we’ll be working on a couple different scenarios. We feel very badly for Orlando, but the team will pick up the slack from that loss.



              “Pisa (Tinoisamoa) had a right ankle injury. He’ll be day-to-day this week. It’s not a high ankle sprain, but it is a sprain. We’ll know more as the week progresses.



              “Dante Hall came out with some cramps, but he’s alright. Richie Incognito is improving. We’ll probably know more with him by Thursday. Drew Bennett’s left quad is also improving. We’re hopeful for this week. There is no change in his condition until we start practicing full-speed on Wednesday, but we’re very hopeful for him.



              “Victor Adeyanju had a left knee sprain that got worse as the week went on last week. That’s why he was inactive – no other reason. He just was not able to go full-speed. On Friday it had actually gotten worse, so we opted to put him down for this last game. He feels much better today and with an extra day – tomorrow’s rest, he should be fine.



              “We had our opportunities and we did not take advantage of it. Carolina had theirs and they took advantage of them and executed what they had to do in the second half. The bottom line is you have to play your best football in tight games, in the second half, third and fourth quarters. As always you have to credit them for doing what we weren’t able to do. The biggest key is how we respond to a tough loss. It’s early in the year. We can’t do anything about it now other than learn from it, pick up the pieces, move on and correct the things that need to be corrected, as always. We need to be very, very positive, yet very, very critical of ourselves and what we need to do better and move on. It’s very, very simple.”



              (On if the tape showed LT Orlando Pace’s injury)

              “The tape didn’t show much. It showed the pass-set. He was helping on the inside man with his right arm. You really can’t see it, but it must have been a pretty dramatic blow to have that kind of damage in there. You see him turn out of that. He turns towards his man, but he was unable to do much. You can see his arm drop. I have not talked extensively to him about whether it was the punch or the...
              -09-10-2007, 06:52 PM
            • RamWraith
              Coach Jim Haslett October 27
              by RamWraith
              Head Coach Jim Haslett

              October 27, 2008



              (Opening remarks)

              “(DE) Leonard Little has a strained hamstring and we will see how he goes in practice this week and that will determine whether he will play or not play this week. (DT) Adam’s (Carriker) ankle is questionable, probably 50-50. (TE) Joe Klopfenstein tore a ligament in his wrist. He has been playing with it so we will probably put a cast or brace on it and he will continue to play. (CB) Tye Hill should be able to practice this week and we will see how it goes.”



              (On the status of WR Drew Bennett)

              “He is going to start to run this week so we will see how he feels at the end of this week.”



              (On the status of RB Steven Jackson)

              “(RB) Steven (Jackson) should be ready to go this week. He looked good today and he was questionable yesterday and we thought it was best for him to sit out and get him ready for this game.”



              (On if DE Leonard Little had an MRI today)

              “Yes. I don’t know how it came out but he seemed upbeat and he worked and felt pretty good today.”



              (On how the offensive line played yesterday)

              “Not as good as we have done in the past. I think we could have done a better job but you have to look at the team we played against. Their front three guys are good football players. Three first-round draft picks that have played a lot of ball and (DE) Richard (Seymour) is as good as it is going to get up front. We did not do as good as we would have liked. We threw for a lot of yards, we had 300 yards throwing, but I thought we could have done better.”



              (On the penalty differential in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots)

              “We did commit some penalties. We were down field early on a punt. We had a holding on a punt return which is a shame because we could have had the ball at the 25 and that was on (LB) Quinton (Culberson) and not (LB) Chris Draft. There were penalties but I thought there should have been some called on the other side. The face mask on (QB) Marc (Bulger) was a penalty and tapping (QB) Marc (Bulger) after he threw it was a penalty. But again they were are subjective judgmental calls, for me to put myself in position to make the calls, your eyes and my eyes may see two different things. They were all subjective and that is kind of how that works.”



              (On if he was bothered by some of the penalties that were called against the Rams)
              “The thing that bothered me more than anything was the special teams calls. We haven’t had any all year and then we had the four or five in the game because it kept putting us in a bad position on offense. I was not mad at the refs, I was mad at our football team for getting that many penalties. We try to go into a game and come out...
              -10-27-2008, 05:12 PM
            • RamWraith
              Lineahn/Ram players post-game
              by RamWraith
              Rams Head Coach Scott Linehan

              (On injuries)
              “Andy McCollum has a left knee issue that doesn’t look very good. We will get the MRI, check it tomorrow and update you. Jimmy Kennedy had a fracture to his hand; he was able to play with it. We will evaluate that for next week. Those are the two significant injuries, other than that we came out pretty healthy.”

              (On game)
              “I couldn’t be more proud of our football team. There are no such things as style points in winning and sometimes we get caught up in that. I think these were some pretty interesting style points in how we won today, with the way our defense came out and pretty much dominated the game. When they had to dig down, they stopped them and got turnovers and gave us great field position. Offensively, we didn’t take that good of an advantage of it, but we are going to figure it out. It is one of those things that you can make too big of a point of it. We probably worked our red zone offense five times as much as I normally would this week. That is not what today is all about, today is about this new team, players, and staff alike and support people that work for the team are off to a great start. That is all it is, it is one game. We have a 24-hour rule: enjoy it for 24 hours and move on to next week. I am very happy for everyone in this organization.”

              (On the work of the defensive coordinator)
              “It was pretty impressive, I would credit the entire defensive staff and the players as well. Jim (Haslett) did a great job of preparing and we have a great defensive staff that has worked well together for years. Our defensive players have embraced everything we are doing. Half the battle is believing, and it paid dividends today. Just like anything else we have to back it up next week with a better effort. I will say it every week, there are key elements to this game there are stats with meaning and the number one stat is who takes care of the ball and who doesn’t. We were able to take care of the ball today and I was very happy about that.”

              (On special teams)
              “I now understand why they call Jeff Wilkins ‘Money’. We made him kick six field goals and he only missed one of them because we kept backing him up or else he would have made all seven. That is impressive. Our coverage teams were outstanding, and we could see that during the preseason, as we became a better coverage team. The play I will always remember is J.R. Reed returning that kick and then just willing himself into 15 more yards during the kick return. It is 10 percent technique and 90 percent desire. I think our special teams were pretty special today. “
              Game Notes

              WR Isaac Bruce made five receptions to total 818 career receptions, passing Henry Ellard (814) and Shannon Sharpe (815) for 11th place on the NFL’s all-time reception list.

              Bruce had 64 yards receiving (12,342), passing WR Jimmy Smith (12,287) for 11th on...
              -09-10-2006, 06:12 PM
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