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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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    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
    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
    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
    The Quote Sheet - Wednesday
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan
    September 27, 2006

    (Opening statement) “Pretty good shape on the injury front. Orlando [Pace] did not participate much today in practice. He was out there. Didn’t feel great the last couple of days. Precaution is with these things is to go pretty slow, so we just kept him out. He probably felt pretty much like he did last week. That’s part of the evaluation with these things. We’ll evaluate him day to day here as we get closer to the game.”

    (On Pace’s condition) “I’m not sure you’d say it was nausea, but he said his head’s not quite right. He just doesn’t feel quite right so we’ve got to be a little bit cautious with him, as we have been, but kind of do it day by day.”

    (On when Pace will be evaluated) “I think every day we’re going to evaluate him. Evaluate him today, see how he feels after a full day at work, and do it again tomorrow. From what I understand, the evaluation process is part on how you feel and the other on how you may to respond to questions. The post-concussion syndrome is something that goes on and on and on for weeks so we’ll just keep an eye on him.”

    (On if Pace took any blows to the head in Arizona’s game) “Not that he felt or we noticed, so it wasn’t anything like that. I think it’s just…he came back pretty quickly. He wouldn’t have been cleared had he not passed all the tests, but I think he’s still got to go through some of the residuals from that.”

    (On if there’s a possibility of Pace sitting out against Detroit) “He could. I think it could go on for a while now. That would be a consideration if it got worse.”

    (On if Pace should have sat out against Arizona) “Not from what I understand, because had felt this way as the week went out, he certainly wouldn’t have played. He improved so much that he was cleared to go. I’m not sure that sitting would have made him feel any better now. He said he started feeling worse as the week went on. That’s why we really evaluate it up until game time.”

    (On his thoughts about the offensive line) “You’ve got to start with Richie [Incognito] because he started his first game as our left guard, and then, boom, he’s right over there at the center spot, and hadn’t really done it. I think he’s done a heck of a job making that move. We had a little bit of an idea that he could do it but you’ve still got to go into the games…I think he’s played very well there. Todd [Steussie] has been in the league so long, he understands how to play the position, even though he’s more comfortable at a tackle spot, he’s able to go in and function very well at the guard spot. Our right side, with Alex [Barron] and Adam [Timmerman], that really hasn’t changed, and up until Orlando’s injury, he’s been there. I’ve been really happy with the fact that they’re adjusting. We worked a lot last week with Adam in there at the left guard spot and Todd out there at...
    -09-27-2006, 04:49 PM
  • RamWraith
    Martz on the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Wednesday, December 15, 2004

    (Opening Statement)
    “As you look at Arizona, particularly on defense, this is a team that from the beginning of the year, creates some challenges for you. I think they’re much improved, they’ve got a good pass rush from the outside, and the linebackers are very active. They’ve changed their defense in that they are much more pressure oriented. They are getting after you and creating all types of structure problems that you have to account for. They are very disruptive and they’ve done a great job. They are playing with a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement. A passionate defense would be a good word for them. They look like they are really well coached on defense, they’re impressive to look at. They are a different defense than we saw at the beginning of the year in that they were much more of a seven-man front than opposed to some of the things that they are doing now. Offensively, with the receivers healthy, they create a real issue for you. Obviously the quarterback can move around and he has the big arm to get the ball down the field. With the big receivers they do like to do the long passes and get the ball down the field and score quickly if they can, and make some big plays. I would say it’s a challenge. Obviously they are a team right now that are kind of finding their way and have been on again, off again, much like us. It’s a big challenge for us. It’s a divisional game, the final one of the season for us, and that’s an exciting aspect for us.”

    (On WR Anquan Boldin being healthy)
    “He makes a huge difference. Just in the short time that he’s played, I can’t remember what his numbers are, but they are pretty impressive. I can remember standing on the sideline last year watching him down there, we had three or four defensive backs around him, and he pulled the ball away and scored. He’s a very electric and exciting player in this league. He’s a guy you have to account for.”

    (On if RB Steven Jackson will play)
    “Yeah. He ran full speed on the treadmill on Monday, and there was no swelling the following day. They also took him outside and did some drills. I saw him this morning and he had no swelling from the work that he’s done over the last few days. I’m real encouraged that we will have him. I assume that we will have him for practice today. Marshall (Faulk) wants to go today at practice. I asked him to be very careful, and he said he would tell me within a day or two how he feels. He’s very encouraged, he feels like he will be fine. I think we might be at full strength at running back. Marc (Bulger) is going to throw today, which about knocked me off my feet when they told me that today. I don’t know what that means, but evidently he threw on Monday, and pitched it around pretty good. We’ll just see what he does, and if there’s any doubt, obviously we will keep him out.”
    -12-16-2004, 05:18 AM