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  • RamWraith
    Martz enjoying Rams latest win
    by RamWraith
    By Jeff Gordon Sports
    Monday, Oct. 11 2004

    Rams coach Mike Martz is feeling pretty good these days. During his Monday
    afternoon news conference, he had the pleasure of breaking down his team’s
    dramatic 33-27 overtime at Seattle.

    “It was such a thrill to be on the sideline and watch them, their attitude, how
    they responded to everything, how positive they stayed throughout the game,
    even the first half,” Martz said.

    Here were some highlights of the session:

    On the big comeback: “Obviously this is a terrific win for this team. It’s
    obviously understated. We ARE getting better. They did not get disillusioned.
    We have a lot of young players that are learning how to compete. We had some
    players show up in this game and make plays to help us win this game, guys like
    (Shaun McDonald) and Kevin Curtis and of course Brandon (Manumaleuna) and the
    running back, Steve Jackson. DeJuan Groce came in and did a tremendous job.

    “We are making progress and getting better. I know the first half didn’t come
    out the way any of us wanted, but they went in at halftime and it was what we
    need to do, it’s a step-by-step process and here is the way we need to go about
    it. They weren’t discouraged and they were able to get the job done.”

    On the play of quarterback Marc Bulger: “To have three interceptions and come
    back and compete and to play at the level that he did and make those kinds of
    plays under pressure, it’s clearly a statement of what an incredible player he

    “He does have ice in his veins. He doesn’t ever get unnerved. I’ve never seen
    him get unnerved in any situation.”

    On the play of the offensive line: “I was very, very pleased with the play of
    the offensive line, particularly Grant Williams in the second half. He gave up
    a sack in the first half on a rush on that side. He came back in the second
    half and was outstanding on the left side. He was a major reason why Marc was
    able to move around and make some of the throws that he did.

    “It all starts in one particular area, that’s the front, the offensive line. If
    (Bulger) can hold the ball and make the throw, he’s going to make it and we’ll
    catch it. If we can hold up like the last play of the game, when they came
    after us with everybody, and he hangs in there . . . it’s just a terrific
    effort by the offensive line, and by Steven Jackson, stones the blitzer over
    here. Marc hangs in there and he knows because they are picked up . . . instead
    of taking the shorter throw, he is able to take the deeper throw and it ends up
    with the touchdown.”

    On the play of the special teams: “The punt return (by McDonald) was huge. I ...
    -10-12-2004, 06:21 AM
  • RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 17, 2007

    (Opening Remarks)

    “Claude Terrell does have a sore left thigh. It’s categorized as a bruise. He had an MRI today. We do not have any results from it, but we don’t anticipate anything other than that. Randy (McMichael) has a tight right hamstring that he pulled on the first catch of the game. He played with it, but it’s fairly sore today. Milford Brown did come out with a left ankle injury. Unless he has issues with it on Wednesday, as far as it being too sore to play on, we’ll assume he’s going to be okay. If he does have any problems at Wednesday’s practice we’ll MRI it, but he seemed to be getting better. Drew Bennett came out of the game okay. Pisa (Tinoisamoa) and Richie (Incognito) will be evaluated each practice this week as to how realistic they will be for being up this game. Both of them are still in question.”

    (On DE Leonard Little)

    “He has a sprained toe. He’s okay. He’s played with it, on and off throughout his career. He should be fine. I wouldn’t even anticipate him missing any time in practice.”

    (On QB Marc Bulger)

    “He just has sore ribs. He’s been hit a lot. It’s not just the line not blocking. We’ve been in some situations where we got third down and they (San Francisco) got free on a couple of their blitzes. He got a couple of them off, but he got hit on two. That’s a normal day’s work for a quarterback. I’d like to keep it to a minimum if we can. That’s going to be the key to our success in upcoming games.”

    (On the game vs. San Francisco)

    “It’s a similar story to the week before. We entered halftime with a lead. We came out of the blocks with the ball and we weren’t able to add to a six-point lead eventually. We had opportunities two weeks in a row to make it a two-score game, twice. Both times we turned it over. That will always come back to haunt you. I don’t know if it’s a lesson learned. We haven’t learned it yet. If we’re going to win these kinds of football games we’re going to have to take care of the ball better and we’re going to have to play better in the second half.”

    (On turnovers)

    “It can’t last because we can’t allow it to last. It’s happening because we’re too loose with the football. That starts with coaching. We say that we practice it, but it’s not carrying over in the games. To me, you play in games like you practice. Hopefully it’s a lesson we’ve learned the hard way and won’t continue it.”

    (On if he wished WR Dante Hall had called a fair catch on the muffed punt)

    “We trust his judgment and we’ll always trust his judgment. It’s easy to say now that we rather he caught it and returned it. Fair catch or not – a lot of times what people do is push and distract the returner by pushing...
    -09-18-2007, 05:04 AM
  • RamWraith
    Post Game Quotes
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Jim Haslett

    (On injury to Derek Stanley)
    “Just to give you an injury update on Derek Stanley, he has a knee injury and he will have a MRI tomorrow. I think it is a significant injury, but we hope it is not, but he will have a MRI tomorrow.”

    (On the game)
    “If nothing else this team is going to learn quickly in the future that when you have a chance to put a team away early in the game, that these turnovers are going to come back and get you sooner or later. Derek’s (Stanley) turnover led to seven points, then (TE) Joe Klopfenstein took seven off the board when it should have been 24-0 at halftime. When you let a team like that hang around and they come out and get the ball in the second half and they get a couple of field goals, then they are back into the game. You have a chance to really take care of it in the first half and you don’t do it, if nothing else hopefully this team will learn that that is the most important thing in the game.”

    (On the Klopfenstein fumble and defenders being near him)
    “To me putting the ball to the ground doesn’t make a difference, you are responsible for that ball. He was wide open, he caught it, and he had enough time to cover it up and get to the ground.”

    (On G Richie Incognito’s penalties)
    “I saw the pre-snap penalty but I didn’t see the holding penalty.”

    (On WR Torry Holt’s offensive pass interference call by the referee)
    “I am not going to touch that. That is a young guy over there, a rookie referee. I am not sure what he saw, but obviously he thought it was pass interference and we have to live with it. If that is what he called it then that is what he called it.”

    (On RB Kenneth Darby being in for the last possessions and Steven Jackson)
    “Because RB Steven Jackson was light headed and the doctor said he was down and he (the doctor) didn’t want him to go in, then he came in on the third down. That is why he was in there.

    I am not really sure what happened with Steven, but when the trainer comes up and says that he is out until he is ready then he is out.”

    (On passing the ball three times during the final possessions)
    “We had no timeouts, and we were trying to get a first down. We were trying to get a field goal and try to win the game.”

    (On WR Derek Stanley attempting something different and risky)
    “I don’t know if it is risky, we ran about six or seven reverses today. I don’t think that was risky. He is a punt returner/kickoff returner, to me that is risky. Running a reverse is just carrying a football.”

    (On the play of RB Steven Jackson)
    “I thought that Steven had a great first half, he didn’t get much going in the second half as far as the running game. He had 81-yards rushing in the first half and ended the game with 91 yards. It was a good first half. Obviously we didn’t get enough going...
    -12-15-2008, 05:57 AM
  • RamWraith
    Post-game quotes
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Jim Haslett

    (On injuries)
    “The only injury we had was G Richie Incognito, he got light headed right before the half and the doctors wouldn’t clear him to go back in. We moved T John Greco over and went with John the rest of the way.”

    (On the game)
    “Obviously, this was not the result we wanted, so I am disappointed from the standpoint. I felt we played hard. I appreciate those guys like RB Steven Jackson going out there and giving everything he had, T Orlando Pace who really had a two to four week injury and DL Adam Carriker. We have a bunch of guys who are beat up with nicks and bruises. You can hang your hat on one thing, those guys went out and competed and fought through all of the adversary and injuries that they had.”

    (On RB Steven Jackson having only one touch during the fourth quarter)
    “He was gassed and his leg started to bother him, so we told him before the game to go as far as you could go and then we will play the other guys.

    I appreciate Steven getting out there under the conditions; he hasn’t done much in the past month. To go out there and carry the ball in which I thought he was very effective in running the ball, but in a game like situation he just hasn’t had anything for a while.”

    (On Jackson’s play shows he is a “difference maker”)
    “It is a big reminder. We have said it before; during some games if we had him we might have won the game. He is a heck of a football player, when you loose a guy like him it is hard to replace him.”

    (On LB David Vobora)
    “It is hard to tell, but I think he did ok. He had good instincts and good position and he is a good leader. There are a couple of plays that I can pick out that he did very well with. I am sure that if I look at the film I will find something. For a guy in his first start and a seventh-round draft pick I thought he did fairly well. “

    (On interceptions)
    “The picks didn’t really hurt us, defense did a great job. After the first pick they got nothing, after the second pick they got a field goal, and the third pick was at the end of the game. Obviously, three interceptions is three interceptions. Our problem is that we have to score touchdowns, as an offense we haven’t scored any touchdowns. We didn’t score this week, we didn’t score last week and it has been that way all year in the red zone. We just are just not getting the job done. I am not sure what the answer is, we will keep researching and trying to get it done. We are not really good right now in the red zone. You are not going to win kicking field goals in this league, you have to score touchdowns.

    QB Marc Bulger

    (On the loss)
    “We find ways to lose. We hung in there the first half. We got that corrected, which is good. We played good in all phases at some points, but we struggled at others.”

    (On RB Steven Jackson being...
    -11-30-2008, 07:48 PM
  • RamWraith
    Post-Game Quotes from the Rams and the Falcons
    by RamWraith
    Reaction from players and coaches after the Rams (3-9) 28-16 victory over the Falcons (3-9) at the Edward Jones Dome.

    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    (On injuries)
    “We had a couple of injuries, I am not sure exactly how serious they are yet. WR Brandon Williams had a right ankle sprain, he tried to go but he was unable to finish. We made some adjustments in our return game. RB Brian Leonard got hurt on the second to the last series, it was his left ankle. I don’t know what that means for next week, we will determine that at least by Tuesday.”

    (On player milestones)
    “When the players hit these monuments I just like to point them out. WR Isaac Bruce’s yardage put him at fifth all-time in the NFL. That is something that we all can be proud of. People have followed him around here for years and for this football team to be part of that is something special. DT La’Roi Glover has made his 81st sack, which is seventh amongst active and 40th overall. That is really a big deal. WR Torry Holt got his 70th touchdown and QB Gus Frerotte threw his the 100th touchdown pass of his career. ”

    (On game)
    “We had some turnovers in the second half that made the game tougher than we wanted it to be, but having enough points on the board to finish the game is something that we just haven’t been able to do. Winning three of the last four and gaining some momentum with how we are playing, when a lot of people thought we weren’t playing for much, I think shows a lot about the heart and character of this team.”

    (On win)
    “It has been a long season for a number of reasons and we have to defend our home turf. For me I really felt that as a home team the fans and the team really stepped up when we needed to. We made the most of the crowd noise in the second half, making some plays on defense, and the play at the end of the game.”

    (On QB Gus Frerotte’s performance)
    “Quarterbacks will always take a lot of heat when things don’t go well, and in last week’s game Gus accepted that. Being the stand up competitor that he is, I can respect that more than his right arm. By the way Gus came out and competed he really gave us a spark. He really only had two bad throws in the second half, which were critical errors.”

    (On punts during the second half)
    “I would rather punt than turn the ball over. At the end of the day we have to win the football game and trust me we put a lot of time into working on our second half. It is a matter of execution in all areas. We have to execute more.”

    RB Steven Jackson

    (On what best describes the win)
    “I think it was just an all-out team win. We started off fast and in the second half, once again, we kind of stalled out, but this time I think the offense really came together and put it on ourselves to finish the game and have no excuses.”

    (On his 50-yard,...
    -12-03-2007, 06:43 AM