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    Player Q & A
    Wednesday, October 6, 2004

    QB Marc Bulger

    (On Seattle’s defense)
    “They’re real good, they all know their responsibilities. Their linebackers hit the line pretty good and they are aggressive. Their corners are real good, and can play a lot of man and match up one-on-one. Their defensive line is really good, we all know what Grant (Wistrom) can do from his time here. All around, they don’t have any weaknesses.”

    (On Seattle DE Grant Wistrom going against T Orlando Pace)
    “Hopefully we won’t notice it. Hopefully Orlando can just do what he has been doing and neutralize him. Grant’s a good player, and I’m sure he’s going to make a few tackles. But hopefully “Big-O” can take care of him this week.”

    (On his statistics)
    “I think the offense is just playing good as a whole right now. We have to score more points, but the numbers don’t mean anything if we aren’t winning games.”

    (On the offense not scoring in the second half against the *****)
    “We only had four possessions or so in the second half. We wanted to come out and finish strong. But when you are on the road, and have that big of a lead, you don’t want to be overly aggressive and give them a way to get back in the game. It got to the point where we didn’t have to be as aggressive.”

    (On the offensive line)
    “They were doing well in the preseason. The first week or two, was a little awkward, I think, working together. But Scotty Tercero, who has been around for a couple of years now, he has worked with (the starters), and the way (Chris) Dishman played, these guys aren’t first or second year guys. These guys have played in the league for some time, and it was just a matter of them working together, then we knew they would be ok.”

    (On the Rams’ running game)
    “We had six or seven runs over 10 yards, that gets those linebackers aggressive and it opens up the play action. I think it was evident, watching Isaac (Bruce) get behind the linebackers in that big zone, that’s pretty much what you are trying to get, and it worked last week.”

    (On getting a win against the Seahawks)
    “I’m 0-1 (at Seattle). It would be nice to win there. It would be nice to win anyway. But like I said, they are supposed to win the division, they are undefeated, they have a good offense and good defense, so it will be a good test.”

    DE Tyoka Jackson

    (On playing against former teammate Grant Wistrom)
    “I’m looking forward to seeing him. He is a great guy, and we have a lot of respect for him, so it will be fun seeing him. It will be a little weird seeing him in a different uniform, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m also looking forward to him going against Orlando (Pace) for four quarters, that should be fun to watch too.”

    (On if the defense is still trying to fill Wistrom’s void)
    “No, not at all. You have to remember that he was on this team last year, and we gave up 200-some odd yards in a playoff game that we lost and he was here. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great player, great in the locker room, great on the practice field, the whole nine (yards). But one guy, generally, isn’t going to take a whole defense down. Now if it is #91 (Leonard Little), if you take him from us, then we have some problems.”

    (On playing Seattle)
    “This one is going to say a lot about who is going to control the division. The season isn’t over after this game, but this is the most important game because it’s the next one, because it’s a division (game), because it’s Seattle and they’re sitting on top of the league right now. So this is a huge game, it’s a road game, and we should be nice and jacked up for this one.”

    (On Seattle’s offense)
    “They have great balance. They run it and throw it very well. (QB Matt) Hasselbeck has a good command of their offense. The offensive line is the best we’ve played against so far. They have a very good runner, who can bounce the ball outside and make big plays and break tackles. They have wide receivers that are explosive. They have two good tight ends, and they run a lot of two tight end sets. So, again, they have all the weapons that they need. Their quarterback is the key to the whole deal, because he is very efficient at what he does. We want to be ready in all phases of our game to beat these guys.”

    WR Shaun McDonald

    (On the offense’s play in the first half against San Francisco)
    “We were moving the ball pretty good. I think we scored on every possession we had, and that’s what we are trying to move into. It’s good to see that we are progressing and getting better.”

    (On his first career touchdown)
    “I was excited because I wasn’t expecting to go out there. Torry (Holt) went out for one play, and I got in there. Coach (Martz) called a play that I could score on, so I tried to run a good route. I ran a pretty good route, got open, and scored a touchdown. It was a great feeling, especially since we ended up winning the game.”

    T Orlando Pace

    (On playing against former teammate Grant Wistrom)
    “It’s going to be a nice battle. Grant knows me well, and I know him well just from going against him for the past six years or so. So it should be a good match-up on Sunday. Grant’s one of those high energy, high motor guys. I know that going in and I’ll try to stay with him all game. He’s hard-nosed. I understand that about him and I just have to ready.”

    (On teammate Scott Tercero)
    “He’s played great. I think he broke a bone in his arm (against San Francisco), that just goes to show how tough he is. He stayed in the game and continued to play. Out (on the field) he is a warrior and he played well for us

  • #2
    Re: Player Q & A

    I watched a game where McDonald torched Trufant in college. Just made him look silly.


    • #3
      Re: Player Q & A

      Originally posted by txramsfan
      I watched a game where McDonald torched Trufant in college. Just made him look silly.
      Hopefully we can all see it again a few times this Sunday. :king:
      Clannie Nominee for ClanRam's Thickest Poster


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        Thursday, October 12, 2006

        Head Coach Scott Linehan
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        (On bringing S Dwaine Carpenter back because of all the injuries) “The week before we brought [Isaiah] Kacyvenski in; he wasn’t ready to play linebacker, so we stayed probably a little heavy at linebacker for a week just because we knew Kacyvenski was going to work mostly special teams. Didn’t know if that was going to effect whether we had another linebacker up, but we needed to have one ready in case. You never know what happens. I think we’ve got a more workable number as far as what we have on our roster now based on our secondary situation right now. Dwaine [Carpenter] would be available, and has gotten some work this week, possibly to be up.”

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        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.”

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        “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.”

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        Bulger and Jackons quotes November 14
        by RamWraith
        QB Marc Bulger

        November 14, 2007

        (On the improved performance of the offense in the last two games)

        “I’d say a big part of that is Steven (Jackson). You can’t ignore the fact that when he’s in there good things happen. He just brings that energy we need in the huddle and if we can keep him healthy I think we’ll continue to get better and score more points.”

        (On being more in sync with his receivers against New Orleans than any other game this year)

        “I think just having that extra second to let them get open. Those guys know when I’m getting hit early that they have to break their routes off short and our timing gets off, but when they know I’m getting time and the line’s going, they can get that extra move and know that I can hold it and they can get that separation. There’s definitely more separation this week than in the past and I think that’s because of the line giving me more time.”

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        “His health is good – that helps. We worked on that play in the end zone. We didn’t hook up earlier in the year. I threw an interception because I don’t think we were on the same page. We made a conscious effort to work on that. We got the matchup we wanted and it was just nice that we practiced it while the defense was going last week and it paid off. He did a good job on some deep routes, too, so if we can keep getting him going it’ll take some pressure off of Ike (Isaac Bruce) and Torry (Holt), too.”

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        Head Coach Mike Martz
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      • RamWraith
        Holmgren Conference Call
        by RamWraith

        Holmgren Conference Call
        Wednesday, October 6, 2004

        (On the team’s 3-0 start)
        “We had the first two games on the road and when I looked at the schedule, New Orleans at New Orleans and Tampa away, I wasn’t that excited about how they set it up for us. But winning those two, particularly after we struggled on the road last year, has done wonders for our confidence. I like how the team is playing. We have a lot of young kids flying around pretty good right now, and doing the right things for the most part. It’s good to get off to a nice start.”

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        “Last year when we finished, I felt, offensively, that the pieces were kind of there. We could move the ball decently at times. The quarterback is confident, and we had a pretty good line. On defense, we had trouble at times, and real trouble at times, stopping anybody over the past few years. Last year, Ray Rhodes came in, and we improved from the bottom of the barrel to up to about 20th in the league. It was our hope that the defense would continue to improve, and we’re doing that now. That’s encouraging to me. When your defense can get the other team off of the field, get your offense more touches, you get better field position, you get better chances for turnovers, good things happen. We are getting closer to what I envisioned when I came here.”

        (On the Seahawks defense)
        “I think the biggest thing has been our front. Acquiring Grant (Wistrom), who you guys know very well, was a big thing for us. He’s a good football player. We knew that when we played against him all of those years. But more than that, he brought an attitude and a work ethic, and his ability, that was good for us. Like I said, we are very young on defense. So to have guys that the young guys can look at, how they practice and how they play, that’s really important for us taking the next step defensively. Our defensive line, I’m not saying I’m surprised, but they put it together nicely. We’re playing a lot of folks in there. We drafted (Marcus) Tubbs in the first round. He’s in there and he’s a rookie. And Rashard Moore is a young guy, second-year player in there, and I’m pleased with how the defensive line is playing. They set the table for the linebackers and secondary.”

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