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  • Martz on the Mike

    (On LB Pisa Tinoisamoa)
    “What happened to Pisa, is that his elbow started to swell up yesterday. He’s go some kind of infection in his elbow. He came in this morning and it was very painful, and he was running a fever, so I think they will keep him in the hospital overnight to put IV’s in him. He should be fine, but we are just being very cautious with it.”

    (On LB Robert Thomas)
    “He’s got probably this week, then next week, then he should be alright (with his ankle injury). It’s a lower ankle sprain, which you can play through. It gives us a chance to get Trev (Faulk) in there, and Brandon Chillar, and they are doing a really good job. It’s valuable work. Trev has been out so long, he needs to get the work. He’s done a remarkable job.”

    (On Seattle’s offense)
    “You need to try to keep their linemen off our linebackers with the defensive front. It’s like putting your finger in a leak in the dam, it will spring somewhere else. All of a sudden (QB Matt Hasselbeck) is pulling the ball out of (RB Shaun) Alexander’s belly and throwing it down the field. That’s how they work.”

    (On G Tom Nütten)
    “He’s still a little bit gimpy with that toe, but if had to play, he’d be fine. And again, he’s in our goal-line offense. Scotty (Tercero) was back today, and he should be fine. Like Adam (Timmerman), (Tercero) probably had the best line I’ve ever heard about offensive linemen, ‘He’s an offensive lineman, it’s just a wrist.’ Body parts don’t matter to them, I guess.”

    (On DE Bryce Fisher)
    “There has been terrific competition at defensive end, and Bryce has won the job because he has played so well. He has made remarkable progress from just a year ago, coming from a completely different system. He’s very intelligent. He has the same kind of motor that Grant (Wistrom) has. He was such a big factor for us in the special teams, and now he has moved into a different arena. It’s like what Leonard Little did. He was a big special teams players, and now he’s become a starter on defense.”

    (On DE Anthony Hargrove)
    “Anthony needs to step forward. He wants to play, he’s just a little like a bull in a china closet. It’s just not enough to go hard and fast, you also need to know the blocking schemes and how to react. Which doesn’t happen in the matter of a few minutes. He’s learning. (Defensive line coach) Bill (Kollar) spots him in there in certain situations, and the more reps he gets in the game, the more comfortable he is with things.”

    (On S Rich Coady)
    “When you look back in 1999 and see he was a starter for half of the season, as a rookie, so obviously (starting) is not too big for him. He played so well (against San Francisco). I was so proud and excited for him, to have the opportunity and to take advantage of it. So many guys on this team have been able to do that, and that’s what makes you win. Obviously he was ready to play, which is a message to all of the other players. Just like QB Marc Bulger, who was the third quarterback, and all of a sudden by midseason he’s starting. Those guys, when they weren’t playing, they weren’t wasting time. Rich is that way, we’re fortunate to have him.”

    (On everybody on the Rams roster being a potential starter)
    “We look really hard at it. That’s they hardest thing to evaluate, especially with young players. So many times when you draft, or pick up a free agent, they are just trying to make the roster. You want to get rid of that mentality as quickly as you can. If you get guys that are just happy to be on the roster, then they need to get on someone else’s roster. We want guys that just don’t know enough yet, that’s their mindset. They’re going to learn as much as they can, and get themselves ready, and when their opportunity comes, they will be ready. A great example is RB Arlen Harris. He didn’t play in two years. Initially, a guy like Arlen would be content with just making the roster. Well, he started and helped us beat Pittsburgh. Those are the guys you are looking for. That’s the toughness, character, and ability we’re looking for.”

    (On CB DeJuan Groce)
    “He had an outstanding day today. He and J.B. (Jerametrius Butler) (Played well). (DeJuan) had a couple of really nice interceptions. He looked 100 percent to me. Last week, he wasn’t quite right. We wanted to play him, but it just wouldn’t have been right. In his mind he is healthy and ready to go 100 percent and that makes all the difference in the world. He’ll start for us.”

    (On it being an advantage coming off of a bye week)
    “I don’t know. It’s an interesting question, and everybody has different feelings about that. I like the bye week in the middle of the season because it gives everyone a chance to catch their breath, and if you have some injuries you would like to give some guys the ability to mend. If you’re on a roll sometimes people feel like it interrupts that, I don’t believe that. I’m kind of ambivalent about it to be honest with you. I don’t know what to tell you about it, I never really think much about it. Our bye is in the middle of the season, so I think when we get to it, everybody physically, will appreciate a little bit of a break. There’s so many factors involved, it’s not an easy question to answer. There’s so many things, everywhere from where the team is from an emotional standpoint, your preparation and how much you change what you’re going to do. You can take that time and over work it. My philosophy has always been, give them the week off. Get them away mentally as well as physically, and bring them back and be ready to go. A bye in the middle or late in the year gives your staff a chance to kind of recharge their batteries a little bit too.”

    (On how hard it is for New England to be going for their 19 straight win)
    “I think you’re talking about one of the best coaches to ever coach the game to begin with, in Bill Belichick. To be able to do what he’s accomplished, and put together what he’s put together is remarkable in today’s NFL, how things are done. I don’t know if people really appreciate what he’s been able to do to keep that team together. To have changes, and the injuries he’s had, they just keep finding a way to win. The best thing he’s done, as good as anybody in the league, is keeping his team as a team. They’re connected, and they really kind of disdain that superstar mentality, and I think it works well.”

    (On Bill Belichick being fired early in his career by Cleveland)
    “I don’t know, it’s a tough business I guess. I’m not familiar with any of that, but that happens so much in the NFL. Some guys struggle in one place, look at Mike Shanahan with the Raiders, and then he goes back to Denver and he’s terrific. Not everything is a fit. I’m really happy for him, he’s really a gentleman and a good guy. Really, he’s one of the guys you want to be happy for. He’s probably the best at during the game, feeling the pace of the game, and making good game-time decisions. When they have to make a play, offense or defense, they find a way to make a play, and that’s the difference.”

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  • RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan--Wednesday, October 11, 2006
    by RamWraith
    (Opening statement injury report)

    “Paul Smith, you know we had somewhat of an optimistic view on when he would be back…still optimistic. He’s going to be fine, but he had to have some surgery to correct the damage that was around his eye. The surgery happened yesterday. It went real well. It looks like it could be anywhere from three to five weeks for him until some of that damage is healed. It required some surgery because there was some spasm around his eye and things like that. Pretty delicate thing there so it’s fortunate that he was able to get that corrected, but he’ll be pushed back a little bit. Travis Fisher and Fahkir are going to be questionable. Both did, on a limited basis, quite a bit of work today. Fahkir a little more than Travis. Travis has got a little bit of swelling there in that quad groin area. His MRI showed some swelling, so we’re going to go day to day with him. He was able to run and work. He did quite a bit. Fahkir did a little bit more. He got a new tape spat to his ankle that he was real happy with. We’ll still go day-to-day with him, but that’s kind of where we’re at. From that advantage point, I think we’re relatively healthy.”



    (Opening statement announcement)

    “Very glad to announce that Pisa has signed a five-year extension with our football team. I think there will be a formal announcement this afternoon. You’ll get all the information on that, details, whatever there is there. I can say one thing that this is certainly the type of thing we want to get done; maintaining continuity with our football team. Certainly players who have been here, that have kind of earned this opportunity that Pisa has. We’re really glad to say that Pisa will be a Ram for years to come. He exemplifies what we’re looking for in a player in our program, and a teammate, and all those things. I’m really happy about that new news. Just found that out about two hours ago myself.”



    (On LB Will Witherspoon and CB Ron Bartell’s conditions)

    “Full practice, didn’t miss a rep. Will—slight ankle sprain. Didn’t miss anything, didn’t look affected by it at all. Bartell—we were just making sure that it was cramping from the game, which it was. It was general soreness on Monday, and he was able to go full go today.”



    (On FB Paul Smith being out three to five weeks from now)

    “From now, yeah. He had the surgery yesterday afternoon, and actually had to spend the night to make sure he was pain free. He was released this morning and actually was sent home—home here to St. Louis. He didn’t come to practice. The prognosis is good; it’s just going to be later than sooner. That was disappointing, but I’m glad the surgery went well, and it’s supposed to correct the problems.”



    (On the type of surgery Smith underwent)

    “From what I was told, there was some muscle damage around...
    -10-11-2006, 04:10 PM
  • RamWraith
    Martz on the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Thursday, September 30, 2004

    (Injury update)
    “Chris Dishman is questionable. When they did the MRI here the other day, there was no damage to the capsule, fortunately, or to the muscle, or ligaments. It was just a strained capsule. We should be able to get him back in short order. Just how soon, I don’t know. How much he can do this week will probably be limited, we’ll just have to get a feel for that. Arlen Harris, who did play the rest of the game on a strained hamstring, is also listed as questionable, and we will just have to see where he is. I would expect we would have him in some capacity, but we’ll just have to see. Then Tony Newson, with the ankle sprain, what they call a ‘grade two’, is questionable, and probably, we won’t have him. We do get DeJuan Groce back. We do get Trev Faulk back. These two guys have looked real good here in the last few days, and Trev now is almost 100 percent with that hamstring (injury). And DeJuan, with that knee (injury), looks pretty good and should practice today. That helps us a great deal on defense with another linebacker and another corner.”

    (On preparing for San Francisco)
    “San Francisco week, as you all know, is a special week for us. It’s a divisional game that has been our long-standing rivalry. We are excited about it. Defensively, they have done a good job over the years. They have really proven their speed defensively, probably over the last four or five years. Bryant Young, right now, is playing the best football that I have ever seen him play. He is absolutely outstanding. Obviously, Julian Peterson, Derek Smith, and (Jeff) Ulbrich, the linebacking crew is as good as you will find in football. I think they are outstanding. They have real good speed on defense, and they do a good job of matching up. Offensively, I would expect (Tim) Rattay to start at quarterback. Everything we hear, anyway, sounds like he will start. Kevan Barlow, as we all know, can be a very explosive and physical runner. He is a threat to go the distance at anytime. We have seen him do it. It doesn’t get any better than this. An old time rival, early in the season, at San Francisco, and it’s a Sunday night game. We’re excited about it.”

    (On where S Aeneas Williams will be playing)
    “Aeneas will be going back to safety, with DeJuan Groce back at corner. Aeneas spent so much time getting himself ready to play safety, and has played so well in terms of his keys, breaks on the ball, lining guys up, making calls, and then to move out to corner is very disruptive. It’s a totally different world out there. That’s a hard thing to ask somebody to do, but we were at a bind at that point. Going back to safety, I’m sure he’s relieved. I haven’t talked to him about it, but I’m sure he’s excited. He had a lot of pass break-ups on plays where you didn’t expect a free safety to make a play, early in the year.”

    (On if San Francisco’s...
    -09-30-2004, 11:58 AM
  • RamWraith
    Wed. Quote Sheet (very long)
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    Wednesday, November 15, 2006



    (Opening statement)

    “The injury report is pretty much the same as it was on Monday. (T Orlando) Pace was already announced as out for the year. Evaluation of (CB Travis) Fisher was not real positive as to when he would be back. It looked more like six weeks than four. With that in mind, we made a decision to place him on I.R. (Reserve/Injured list) as well. It would have been the soonest back maybe second to the last game, or even the last game, but that wasn’t even guaranteed. You re-injure an arm that’s already got a plate in it; you’re going to be a little more cautious than anything else.”



    (On why they placed Fisher on I.R.)

    “I think it’s just the logical thing to do. It’s tough for any player to not be able to come back or know that they aren’t going to have a chance to return. You have to make this decision to free up a roster spot too; knowing you’re not going to have that player available, really, six of the next seven games. At best, it would maybe be the last game of the season, but that’s the best case scenario, probably. With that in mind, we utilized the hierarchy rule, and opened up a roster spot.”



    (On what WR Willie Ponder can bring to the table)

    “He’s a specialist in that area. He’s one of those guys that you set returns up for his running style…he’s a straight ahead, gains a lot of speed, one cut returner. He’s done it. He led the league, or was close to one of the leaders in the league at New York (Giants) at one time with certain return styles and types. I think those are the kinds of things we’ll try to implement with him. I think he can impact the game with not just positive field position, but with a big return, and have the ability to hit the home run.”



    (On CB Tye Hill’s performance)

    “I think he’s improved weekly. He’s a great competitor. He’s had to overcome ups and downs, as all rookies do, and I think he’s done a great job of that.”



    (On where G Adam Goldberg will fit into the lineup)

    “Right now we’ll probably just leave (T Alex) Barron on the right side. I think both are more comfortable…and as we talked it through, we were more comfortable not changing. We finished the game that way, so there’s a certain level of comfort there. We’re really not changing anyone’s position. It would be really changing two guys and having to overcome all those issues.”



    (On the challenges that Carolina’s team possesses)

    “Great talent. You look defensively, they’ve got one of the best, if not the best, front four. They’ve really improved their…they’ve had an injury. I know (LB Dan) Morgan was hurt early. They’ve patched things up nicely at linebacker, and their secondary…they’ve got some really good players...
    -11-16-2006, 05:27 AM
  • RamWraith
    Mike and the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Wednesday, January 12, 2005

    (Opening comments)
    “The only guy that is questionable would be DL Tyoka (Jackson) for this game. We’ve got some bumps, nicks, and bruises, but it’s two short weeks that we had, so to give them an extra day off I thought was important. So we are going to treat this week as a short week, so we will go Wednesday practice, Thursday (practice), and a shorter version of our Friday practice on Friday, and then travel down to play the game. RB Arlen Harris, we may or may not have him. We are not real sure with his hamstring (injury). At this point everybody else should be in pretty good shape for this game. We have the normal annoying injuries that most teams have at this time of year. This is a terrific opportunity for us. We are excited about the opportunity to go down there and play in the divisional playoffs. I think the challenge is obvious with QB Michael Vick and their offense. I said on the conference call a few minutes ago that, playing their offense is a little bit like trying to defend the option. You’ve got RB Warrick Dunn, you can hand that ball off, or you can bootleg, or throw the football. The threat to do all of those things in one play is unique to the National Football League. It really creates problems for us, and then everybody is scrambling to adjust to it. He’s such a terrific player, probably the best athlete in the league today. He is capable of single- handily beating you, as much as anyone I’ve seen in this league since I’ve been in it. He’s a lot of fun to watch. What a terrific player he is. We’ve got our work cut out for us. Defensively, I think their whole defensive line, their defensive front, is very active, and very physical. They are very, very well coached. They did a terrific job of adjusting. They are tenacious. They stay after you the entire time. They are a very well coached football team throughout, that’s one of the reasons why they are in it. They have good people. Their defensive line is one of more impressive groups, overall, that we’ve seen all year.”

    (On what has been clicking on offense)
    “I think a lot of things. I think that when things calm down on the offensive line, you start to settle in on some personnel. With G Blaine (Saipaia) gaining more experience, and his play goes up every week. Having Tommy Nütten who has played an awful lot of games for us, and Super Bowls, having that calm down has had an enormous effect on our offense, and what we can do. Everything that we do, is predicated on that group up front. As they go, we go. If we can protect the quarterback, obviously, we had problems with New England, for instance. They were getting at us with a four-man rush. That’s tough duty to either run or throw the ball. We’ve come a long way on our offensive line. It’s remarkable if you consider all of the changes that have gone on, and the guys have done a terrific job...
    -01-13-2005, 04:41 AM
  • RamDez
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    by RamDez
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Friday, October 22, 2004

    (Injury Update)
    “It looks like Travis Fisher will practice this week. We’ll get him into the mix. Jimmy Kennedy will practice to some extent. We’ll see how he is out there on the field. He has conditioned and ran real well over the past week or two. We’ll give him some individual drills to see where he is, and measure his progress by how sore he is tomorrow. Other than that, we are in pretty good shape. Jeff Wilkins is nursing a sore ankle from an ankle sprain. We won’t know for a few days what we will do. It’ll come down to the wire on Sunday to see how he is. Tyoka still remains questionable with that hamstring. He’s not quite there yet, so we have a couple of days to see (where he is). We are starting to get people back , which is always a good thing.”

    (On Miami)
    “This is a short week and we head to Miami. This defense, a week ago, was the number one rated defense in the National Football League, and now they are two or four. But whatever it is, they are very substantial on defense, like they always are. Offensively, they have struggled somewhat. They have a lot of injuries, but they have moved the ball well enough to score points and win.”

    (On the difficulties of finding a kicker at this point of the season)
    “I think it’s all relative to what he has been doing. When we worked (Jeff Chandler) out, he was fine. I’m just going to make the assumption that he is ready to go if we need him.”

    (On getting Jimmy Kennedy and Travis Fisher back)
    “We were starting to wear down on the defensive line, with Tyoka out, and particularly on the inside having Jimmy (Kennedy) back, I mean that is a big man. If he can pick up where he left off, so to speak, which will be hard to do. I don’t know when he will be back, completely, but I’m really excited about his attitude and his approach to getting back here as fast as he can. In terms of (Travis) Fisher, he was playing so well when he broke his arm, that we feel he is a top-flight corner. And it looks like he should be ready to go, which will help us tremendously in the secondary.”

    (On Travis Fisher’s play before he was injured)
    “When he broke his arm in that preseason game against Kansas City, he was playing as well as he’s ever played. To have three corners like we have healthy, that’s quite an advantage. Most teams have two really outstanding corners, and with him, we feel like we have three substantial starters and we’re excited about that.”

    (On the Dolphins)
    “A few years ago we were sitting in here at 0-5. The Oakland Raiders came in here, and they were the best team in the National Football League at the time. They led the league in both offense and defense, they led the league in both categories. We played them and we beat them handily. You just don’t know. There are no breathers in this league. It just doesn’t exist. This will be...
    -10-23-2004, 01:53 AM
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