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  • Head Coach Mike Martz

    Saturday, October 16, 2004


    (On DE Tyoka Jackson’s hamstring injury)
    “He’s got I think a grade two hamstring. When these guys get hamstrings, about a week later they feel pretty good, they feel like they can go. But it’s not ready, you have to make them sit down on this thing. He’s played with everything, he’s like Adam Timmerman, they just play. But this thing was pretty hard, pulling a hamstring.”

    (On if Jackson’s injury put a stress on rotating the defensive line)
    “A little bit. It just means Tony (Hargrove) is going to get more repetitions. Really our starters play most of the game. We haven’t rotated like we did a year ago.”

    (On DE Anthony Hargrove)
    “He’s fine. He’s going to be just fine, he’s going to be a real good player. He’s learning, but he has the effort and physical ability. We just have to keep working with him, and getting him in there. The only way you learn that stuff is to play, and unfortunately sometimes you’re going to make mistakes, but that’s the only way you’re going to get them better.”

    (On it being confusing for Hargrove moving him from right defensive end to left)
    “Yeah, that is confusing, it’s confusing for everybody. It doesn’t sound that difficult for people. It’s like tackle, going from a left-hand stance to a right-hand stance. It is really bizarre. It’s not an easy thing to do for anybody.”

    (On Tampa Bay DE Simeon Rice)
    “He has speed. His get-off is pretty incredible, it’s like Leonard’s (Little). You have to be focused, because he can get you at any time, I don’t care how good you are.”

    (On T Orlando Pace)
    “I think he’s playing extremely well. I think this is as well as he’s ever played since he’s been here, to be honest with you. That whole line has just gotten better. They have really just all come together. They have a terrific attitude, they’re doing things right, and are paying attention to all the little details. I’m just tickled with their progress and where they are.”

    (On G Scott Tercero playing with an injury)
    “It’s just one of those things that everybody is hurt in the NFL today this time of the season. Everybody has an ankle, a rib, or a wrist, or something, but you just have to play. Young players have to learn to do that. In college you get to sit out a week or two, it doesn’t work like that in the NFL.”


    (On QB Marc Bulger’s shoulder)
    “He’s fine. He threw yesterday. He really wasn’t strong yesterday, but he needed to throw yesterday. He said he felt great today, and he’s back to normal. I was very concerned originally, but there is no effect on it at all.”

    (On Bulger’s performance at the end of the game)
    “He’s been pretty good. He’s gotten better every week. He had one get away from him. He underthrew one, and one took off on him, he lost the ball, it slipped off his hand. The first one was my fault, we were just trying to lay one for Torry (Holt) and see if he could go get a play on third and medium. We thought they would sit on the run and they didn’t, they played it pretty well.”

    (On him not wanting the players to dwell on the Seattle game)
    “It’s a distraction. We want to keep that good feeling of winning, the confidence, and the great feeling that has. But one game does not make a season, we have an entire season left. We enjoyed it, but it’s still a distraction for this week. We have to stay focused on Tampa Bay. It’s a great feeling, and a boost of morale. Most importantly it has given this team confidence and energy. But we need to move on and focus on Tampa, that’s what’s really important at this point.”

    (On him reinforcing to the team that they are never out of a game)
    “I was so proud of the way that they played that game in every phase, special teams, defense, and offense. The coaches kept coaching hard, they just kept trying to make a break. Players make plays, not coaches. There wasn’t any magic play on offense, or magic defense, or return, we just had guys step up and make plays. That’s what winning is all about, players making plays.”

    (On Tampa Bay)
    “They’re not the same team offensively that they were, and that’s what I told our football team. This football team will be very good on offense. (Brian) Griese is very accurate, gets rid of the ball very quickly, and their running game now is up and running. They’re going to be a very substantial offense, it’s not the same offense that they were earlier. Now they have given life to their defense. This football team coming in here is going to be an excellent team.”

    (On LB Robert Thomas)
    “That ankle is still bothering him a little bit. So we’ll rest him like we did last week.”

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  • RamWraith
    Martz on the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Saturday, October 16, 2004

    (On DE Tyoka Jackson�s hamstring injury)
    �He�s got I think a grade two hamstring. When these guys get hamstrings, about a week later they feel pretty good, they feel like they can go. But it�s not ready, you have to make them sit down on this thing. He�s played with everything, he�s like Adam Timmerman, they just play. But this thing was pretty hard, pulling a hamstring.�

    (On if Jackson�s injury put a stress on rotating the defensive line)
    �A little bit. It just means Tony (Hargrove) is going to get more repetitions. Really our starters play most of the game. We haven�t rotated like we did a year ago.�

    (On DE Anthony Hargrove)
    �He�s fine. He�s going to be just fine, he�s going to be a real good player. He�s learning, but he has the effort and physical ability. We just have to keep working with him, and getting him in there. The only way you learn that stuff is to play, and unfortunately sometimes you�re going to make mistakes, but that�s the only way you�re going to get them better.�

    (On it being confusing for Hargrove moving him from right defensive end to left)
    �Yeah, that is confusing, it�s confusing for everybody. It doesn�t sound that difficult for people. It�s like tackle, going from a left-hand stance to a right-hand stance. It is really bizarre. It�s not an easy thing to do for anybody.�

    (On Tampa Bay DE Simeon Rice)
    �He has speed. His get-off is pretty incredible, it�s like Leonard�s (Little). You have to be focused, because he can get you at any time, I don�t care how good you are.�

    (On T Orlando Pace)
    �I think he�s playing extremely well. I think this is as well as he�s ever played since he�s been here, to be honest with you. That whole line has just gotten better. They have really just all come together. They have a terrific attitude, they�re doing things right, and are paying attention to all the little details. I�m just tickled with their progress and where they are.�

    (On G Scott Tercero playing with an injury)
    �It�s just one of those things that everybody is hurt in the NFL today this time of the season. Everybody has an ankle, a rib, or a wrist, or something, but you just have to play. Young players have to learn to do that. In college you get to sit out a week or two, it doesn�t work like that in the NFL.�


    (On QB Marc Bulger�s shoulder)
    �He�s fine. He threw yesterday. He really wasn�t strong yesterday, but he needed to throw yesterday. He said he felt great today, and he�s...
    -10-16-2004, 07:53 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
    Coach Scott Linehan Wednesday, November 29, 2006
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    Wednesday, November 29, 2006



    (Opening statement)
    “The injury report is quite a bit more extensive this week than any other week. You all know Victor’s (Adeyanju) out probably the next two to three games, at the soonest, the second to last game he might have a chance to be up. Isaiah’s (Kacyvenski) out. We’ll evaluate him at the end of the week, and see his status for the next games coming up. Richie Incognito’s foot is actually nothing that showed up on the MRI, so it’s kind of a pain tolerance thing. He should be fine. Had actually very little problem with it in practice today. Marc Bulger’s got some ribs, but once he gets loosened up he’s fine. Paul Smith looked pretty good today with his hamstring, so he looks like he has a real good chance to be up. We’re a little more banged up than we’ve been. Had to limit a number of players today in practice at times so we can get the good guys through the game on Sunday. Got to manage that. That time of year.”



    (On CB Tye Hill’s condition)

    “Tye felt better today than he felt last Wednesday. We rotated his reps a little bit more than we did last Wednesday too, but he felt better than he did last Wednesday. It was never to a point where he couldn’t practice last week, he just never really got any better, and by Friday, it actually was starting to feel worse. Hopefully we can get through the week with a modified workload this week.”



    (On where LB Jamal Brooks fits in)

    “Right now he’s factored right in with the loss of Isaiah at this point. It made all the sense in the world to have him in special teams, and plus, he’s our backup “mike” linebacker now.”



    (On how Kacyvenski will be evaluated)

    “There’s just a psych testing, just to see that it’s all normal.”



    (On what’s considered “normal”)

    “I think there’s just normal levels, and there’s levels of concern. Not being a neurologist or any of that, I think it’s just if there’s anything abnormal, they want to make sure that it shows up more than just a couple days after the injury. He’s had a couple now, so we’re going to take it pretty slow.”



    (On how long Kacyvenski will be out)

    “It’s hard to predict when someone’s able to come back from having more than one concussion. We’ll take it very slow. There’s really no way to predict how soon he’ll be back to 100 percent.”



    (On testing Kacyvenski)

    “When you have one, you just have to keep track of it. If you don’t have a repeat, then it seems to be the best way to keep an eye on those. If you have another incident, now you start doing these testing…with Orlando’s (Pace) case, his was so severe, his symptoms were so severe afterwards, with the headaches and sleeplessness and all...
    -11-29-2006, 05:11 PM
  • RamWraith
    The Quote Sheet - Friday
    by RamWraith
    Friday, September 29, 2006

    Head Coach Scott Linehan
    September 29, 2006

    (Opening statement) “Orlando [Pace] didn’t practice today. I think it’s safe to say he’s been downgraded. It’s a doubtful, which is kind of what we were hoping what wouldn’t happen. Again, we’ve got to be careful with that thing. He just hasn’t feel as good this week as he did last week so there’s a good chance he won’t play Sunday.”

    (On Pace’s setback this week) “I think in the old days guys just played through it, they feel good. Now I think it’s a lot more analyzed for a good reason. I think sometimes guys feel the same or better, and sometimes you don’t quite feel as good. That’s the case with Orlando this week. I think he’s doing better; he just isn’t doing as well as he was last week. It’s safe to say we’re definitely going to err on the side of caution on this one.”

    (On Pace playing Sunday if he feels better tomorrow) “I think there’s a good chance he probably won’t play. I don’t want to definitely say he won’t because I don’t really know. Every day I get the new update. Last week he felt great, this week he feels okay. He’s a little better than he was yesterday. Good chance he won’t play though.”

    (On his confidence in T Todd Steussie and G Adam Goldberg) “I feel very confident. First of all, they’ve got all the work this week, as they did pretty much a lot of the work last week, so we’ve been able to practice on that the last two weeks.”

    (On DE Victor Adeyanju performance at practice this week) “Great. That’s one of the things that happens. A guy gets an opportunity and takes advantage of it. He’s had a really good week at practice. He’s doing a nice job.”

    (On knowing if DE Anthony Hargrove will play on Sunday) “We’re still going to discuss. We don’t know if we’re going to keep four ends up or four tackles. We haven’t decided yet.”

    (On how Hargrove’s responded this week) “He’s been great. I’ve kind of just been keeping an eye on him to see how he’s doing. He’s been working very hard. His interaction has been very positive, always has been. Really that’s not the issue. He worked very hard and got a lot of scout team work.”

    (On LB Will Witherspoon living up to his expectations) “I would say so. It was a projectional, but to play him at ‘mike’, just because he had been playing at will so much at Carolina, but he played ‘mike’ a number of times there when Dan Morgan got hurt. That was certainly the reason why we felt so good about him playing there. I think it’s a great position for him because he can basically play sideline to sideline. I think ‘will’ linebackers can as well, but based on formation a lot of times, you can run away from them. It’s hard to run away from a ‘mike’ linebacker. I think he has the ability to impact the game and get a lot of tackles like he he’s doing right now.”

    ...
    -09-30-2006, 01:59 PM
  • RamWraith
    Martz on the Mike
    by RamWraith
    (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...
    -10-08-2004, 07:12 PM
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