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    Rams move Williams back to safety
    Compiled by Jeff Gordon
    Post-Dispatch Online Sports Columnist
    Wednesday, Sep. 29 2004


    The Rams are bolstered by the return of cornerback DeJuan Groce, who has
    recovered from his sprained knee.

    That allows veteran defensive back Aeneas Williams to move back to safety for
    Sunday night's game at San Francisco.

    "Aeneas has spent so much time getting himself ready at safety, and he's
    playing so well in terms of his duties and his break on the ball and getting
    guys lined up and the calls he hs to make . . . and then to move out to corner
    was very disruptive," coach Mike Martz said. "It's a totally different world
    out there. That's a hard thing to ask somebody to do, but we were in a real
    bind at that point.

    "Going back into safety, I'm sure he's relieved and excited to be back inside.
    I think it helps us a lot."

    Here are some other highlights from Martz's Wednesday news conference:


    On the health of his team:

    "Chris Dishman is questionable. It was just a strained (ankle) capsule. We
    should get him back in short order. How much he can do this week, he will
    probably be limited. Arlen Harris, who did play the rest of the game on a
    strained hamstring, is also listed as questionable. I would expect we would
    have him in some capacity. Tony Newson with the ankle sprain, what they call a
    grade 2, is also questionable. We probably will not have him.

    "The rest of the guys, we do get Trev Faulk back. Trev is now rehabbed almost
    100 percent with that hamstring, so we should have him. That helps us a great
    deal on defense with a linebacker and another corner (Groce), of course."


    On the rivalry with the *****:

    "It's a divisional game. It's been a long-standing rivalry. We're all excited
    about. It doesn't get any better than this, an old-time rival, early in the
    season, out there in San Francisco, a Sunday night game."


    On moving forward from a 1-2 start:

    "We did get better (against New Orleans). We didn't win that game, but we knew
    we would have our struggles early. We are trying to fight our way through this.
    A lot of good things happened in that game. We can't lose sight of that. We
    need to fix what's broken, certainly, and do whatever you can to correct the
    miscues and then move on. That's done with, that's over with. We're working on
    getting better this week."


    On the challenge of facing the ***** defense:

    "They have done a good job over the years of really improving their speed
    defensively. Bryant Young is playing the best football I've ever seen him play.
    He is absolutely outstanding. Julian Peterson and Derek Smith, the linebacker
    crew is as good as you're going to find in football. They are very outstanding.
    Real good speed on defense and really do a good of matching up. They are the
    fastest team we've seen so far on defense.

    "(Petersen) is very active. A guy that height and that size, to be as fast as
    he is really unusual. He has to be one of the better defensive players in the
    league.

    "Their pressure package, in terms of what you do in your protections and your
    tendencies . . . they are on top of things very well. They try to keep you on
    your heels. They pressured the heck out of Atlanta and had them reeling there
    for quite some time."


    On the Niners offense:

    "I would expect (Tim) Rattay to start at quarterback. Kevan Barlow, as we all
    know, can be a very explosive and physical runner and is a threat to go the
    distance at any time. We've seen him do it.

    "Offensively, they are rebuilding to some extent. Obviously they lost (Terrell
    Owens) and the quarterback injuries have been a little bit of a problem for
    them. With Tim more than likely being back, they are certainly more than
    capable of getting back in rhythm as they were earlier."
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