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    DT Ryan Pickett

    (On if Seattle being picked as the team to beat bothers them)
    “No, it doesn’t bother us. Actually, we kind of like the position we’re in, the underdogs. We don’t mind that position.”

    (On playing up in Seattle)
    “I love playing up in Seattle, it’s a nice field. Every time I’ve played there I’ve had a pretty decent game, so I’m looking forward to playing up there. The crowd is a little crazy, but not like the St. Louis crowd. Nobody’s like that.”

    (On Seahawks’ QB Matt Hasselbeck)
    “He’s pretty strong and moves well. He doesn’t run for a lot of yards, but he avoids a lot of sacks. He’s a real great athlete. In tape, we have a whole segment of plays that people look like they had him, and they didn’t. It happens every week.”

    S Rich Coady

    (On if playing strong safety is a big adjustment for him)
    “No, it’s really not. I’ve been doing it so much throughout camp. Pretty much the past couple of years, it’s been my role to know both of the safeties. So it’s not much difference.”

    (On trying to put on weight this year)
    “No, not really. I didn’t make a conscious effort to, I put on a little bit. I usually play anywhere from 215 to 210.”

    (On the helping out in the run support against Seattle)
    “Oh yeah, they’re playing as good as anybody. When you watch them on film, they really play mistake free football. They don’t turn the ball over, they don’t have assignment gaps, they’re not giving up free sacks, and they’re not running the wrong routes. They’re playing as sound as anyone is out there right now. That’s what makes them so tough to beat, they don’t make mistakes, they don’t kill themselves. They’re running the ball extremely well obviously, Shaun Alexander is a Pro Bowl running back. They’re good, and it’s going to be a real test for us to go up there and play mistake-free as well.”

    (On Seahawks’ RB Shaun Alexander)
    “When defenses start making mistakes, he’s going to take advantage of it. I think he’s done that, and I think that’s why they’ve been so successful. They’re playing as a team, they’re playing really well. That’s why they’re 3-0, you don’t 3-0 in this league unless you’re doing something right, and they’re doing everything right.”

    (On Seattle’s wide receivers)
    “Their receiving corps, is basically just like their whole team. They run good routes, and they’re in the right positions. Hasselbeck is running the West Coast offense as good as I’ve seen since I’ve been in the NFL. He knows where his receivers are, he’s one of the few quarterbacks that will go through all three of his checks in one play. He knows where the defense is at, and that makes him effective and makes the receivers effective. They know where to find the soft spot in the zone, and they’re good against man. Like I said, they’re as good offensively as we’ve played all year.”

    (On if Seattle’s throwing to the tight end much)
    “They’ve been throwing to everybody really. They throw to the two lead receivers, but they really spread it out. They’re throwing it to the back, I think Shaun (Alexander) has six catches, and they’re throwing it to the tight end, and they have two really good tight ends. He’s spreading it around, and when the West Coast offense is really going well, everybody gets the ball.”

    (On how he feels about everybody saying Seattle was the team to beat in the West)
    “They went out and got some big free agents this offseason, in particular Grant (Wistrom). Obviously they were going to be the talk in the offseason. We kind of stayed put with the team we had. You’ve got to play the game, so we’ll go up there and play the game and then we have to come here one time, so I’m sure it will sort itself out by the end of the year.”

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  • RamWraith
    The Quote Sheet - Thursday
    by RamWraith
    Thursday, October 12, 2006

    Head Coach Scott Linehan
    October 12, 2006

    (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.”

    (On his confidence level in CB Jerametrius Butler) “We have 100 percent confidence in J.B. to start and play. He came in and did a nice job when he played. He’s done a nice job when he’s played before. I think just like you said before, you’ve got to be ready because you never know when your number’s going to be called. That came true last week. He could be in a similar situation again this week.”

    (On G Todd Steussie’s performances) “He’s going good. Our first week, I think, of OTA’s he was playing guard for us if you remember right. His role’s going to be as needed, and in this particular case, because of the moving around we had to do on our line. He fills in very nicely there. It’s still a good thing to have him helping a young center and being next to a young center, and having two veteran guards next to Richie [Incognito].”

    (On the magnitude of Sunday’s game vs. Seattle) “The division games always carry extra importance, somewhat, just because, like you said, you’ve got to do well within your division. Now we’re 1-1 within our division. It’s going to be big playing the front-runners, preseason favorites, not only in our division, but in the whole NFC. It would certainly be a huge win for us if we were fortunate enough to be accomplish that goal. We’ve got a long way to go as far as preparation and getting ready for them. Sunday will be here soon enough. We know it’s a big game.”

    (On Seattle having an advantage coming off the bye week) “Sometimes it can go either way. We’ve one a couple on the road here, so sometimes you just don’t really want to have a break during that time, so sometimes it can go either way. I think it always is an advantage for the team with the bye, as far as preparation, but you’ve still got to go out there and play and execute and all those things. It’s still a home game, which maybe, if anything, evens it out, that would be it. we’re definitely an underdog. We have to go into this game, regardless of how much time they’ve prepared, and try to do a lot of things off the momentum we have, confidence, whatever it is that keeps going what we have going. It’s a whole new week, whole new opponent....
    -10-12-2006, 04:59 PM
  • RamWraith
    Locker Room Quotes
    by RamWraith
    Wednesday, January 5, 2005

    S Adam Archuleta

    (On how it feels to be in the playoffs)
    "This is three times in four years for me. It's definitely a better feeling than going home and being in Arizona right now. Which definitely could have happened. It feels good, especially after everything that we have been through, to get a chance to go on."

    (On his back)
    "It is what it is. It's a situation where I have had to pretty much battle it out, and grind it out throughout the end of the year. Really the only thing that is going to help is rest and rehabilitation. It's been manageable, I've been able to play and get through it, and it's starting to feel better. But Just like any injury, there's setbacks. It's just football, it's NFL football. I think it is evident that I haven't been as physical (this year). I'm not a guy who is going to sit here and make excuses, and say, 'the back has done this, and it's affected me this way,' because I still have a responsibility to my teammates and this organization to go out there and do my job. I know that I haven't forgot how to play football, to be physical, and how to run around and fly around. It just doesn't happen overnight. I have to say that due to not being able to workout throughout the season, my body going a little bit downhill, and not having that explosion and that pop, I have to say that it has been a factor."

    (On how he hurt his back originally)
    "It was in training camp. I had a back twinge. It was kind of my fault, I tend to overlook little injuries. Throughout my career they've always kind of gone away and taken care of themselves. So I really didn't say anything about it. This time it just kept getting worst. After the Arizona game I went to (Rams' Athletic Trainer) Jim (Anderson) and said, 'Jim, my back is really tightened up, it's really starting to bother me.' Then we took the MRI and saw that there were some disc issues, and it just kind of snowballed from there. So it's a little bit of my fault for not taking care of it when it first started acting up, and just kind of let it get out of control."

    (On how frustrating his injury is)
    "Like I said, it's frustrating because I have an obligation to my teammates. That's what they expect out of me, and that's what I was brought here to do. When I don't bring that style of play, when I don't bring that intimidating physical presence to the defense, to me I feel like I let everybody down. It's hard to look at the guys in their eyes when I had an opportunity to make a play and I didn't make a play. It's hard as a football player, and it's been difficult."

    (On if will be back to 100% next year)
    "I'm fine. Trust me, this won't happen again. I've learned a lot about how to take care of my body through this experience. I just can't ignore things, and put them...
    -01-06-2005, 05:27 AM
  • RamWraith
    Player Q & A
    by RamWraith
    http://www.stlouisrams.com/article/46234
    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...
    -10-07-2004, 05:40 AM
  • 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, 04:21 AM
  • RamWraith
    Coach / players--Sept. 20
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan
    September 20

    (Opening Statement and Injury Report) “Pisa’s (Tinoisamoa) elbow is getting better. He’s still going to be listed as questionable. He worked some things on a limited basis in a red jersey on the field. We’re obviously keeping Orlando (Pace) out. He’s doubtful at this point. He didn’t get any practice today. We’ll evaluate him and due a psych test on him tomorrow and make the evaluation then, exactly whether he’ll be ready for this weekend.”

    (On T Orlando Pace’s recovery) “I asked him how he felt and he said he felt better. He’s feeling better everyday. I think he’s still feeling it a little bit. That’s got to be a good thing that he says he’s feeling better.”

    (On not being surprised if LB Pisa Tinoisamoa is ready to play on Sunday) “That would be standard for Pisa. That’s just the way he thinks and that’s why he has a good chance of playing this weekend.”

    (On players taking time off to recover from injury) “It helps, but I prefer that guys practice. If he can get something done Friday, we won’t do anything tomorrow. If he could get something done Friday, that would make us feel better. I’m more concerned with the fact that he is 100 percent. The plan is secondary to making sure he’s okay.”

    (On the idea of putting T Alex Barron on the left side of the offensive line) “That’s because he’s been on the right side here. We’ve had to move enough and we want to try to keep things as stable as we can with (Todd) Steussie at left (Tackle). Adam (Goldberg) has played a lot of guard. He started quite a few games at Minnesota last year at guard. That would be our contingency plan right now.”

    (On Barron’s progression) “I think he’s playing pretty good. I think he’s doing the things you want to improve on from your first year to your second. His run-blocking is better. I think he’s a very good pass protector. When we have both him and Orlando (Pace) healthy I think that’s going to be very positive for us. He’s progressing very well. He’s made a lot of improvement from his rookie year.”

    (On G Adam Goldberg’s performance) “I think he did fine. With very limited time here, I think he’s very familiar with a lot of the things we’re doing, terminology wise. He worked our offense two years ago and was basically working a new system. Just getting the reps up a little bit was some of it. Just like everybody, he had a couple of errors in the game, but he’s a good player and I’m glad we have him.”

    (On determining Pace’s status) “I’m optimistic. They are guys that have played a lot. Those two guys on the left side have played a lot more football in the NFL than Richie (Incognito). Anytime you have to re-shuffle things it’s not easy, but these guys are pros and having a week to prepare will certainly give us a better chance to have more success.”

    (On C Richie Incognito’s...
    -09-21-2006, 04:30 AM
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