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    Tampa Bay Head Coach Jon Gruden
    Saturday, October 16, 2004


    (Opening statement)
    “Really quickly I would like to introduce the injury report. Joey Galloway is out with a groin, Chris Simms the quarterback is doubtful with a shoulder injury, Shelton Quarles is probable with a quad strain, We’ll list Matt Stinchcomb with a chest injury as probable and we added Ellis Wyms to the list as probable with a lower back strain.”

    (On being disappointed with QB Chris Simms’s injury)
    “I’m very disappointed obviously. But they’re excited that the injury is what it is. There is no structural damage, and no surgery is required. He’s a young quarterback that has paid a great price, and we’re seeing the dividends, and we would have liked to continue that. It’s a good thing he’s not hurt for a prolonged period.”

    (On QB Brian Griese)
    “We like Griese. I have coached against him a number of times. I have a lot of respect for what he’s done in this league. He’s led the AFC in passing, he was a guy that was hand picked to succeed John Elway by one of the coaches in football that I have great respect for. He’s still a young guy, he’s 29-years old, he has a great grasp of what we’re doing, and I think he has a good amount of talent. I’m excited about it, and hopefully he’s at his best Monday night.”

    (On the club changing identities after losing so many players)
    “We don’t lead the league in continuity here. I know when I got the job we had 30 new players, I think we had close to 30 the next year, and we’re probably close to that number this year. We have to put together some back-to-back-to-back drafts. We have to try and rejuvenate our team by conquering the salary cap problem that is a reality for us. At the same time I’m very proud of these guys. We’ve been in a position to win a lot of games this season. We’ve played some really good football at times, and we’re going to have to do that again Monday night to win because the Rams are dangerous.”

    (On the challenges of the Rams’ offense)
    “They lead the league in presenting challenges. Obviously Mike Martz is a great creative coach. The surface in which they play I think really helps the Rams with their speed. Marshall Faulk has a running mate now, Steven Jackson, who looks outstanding. What can you say about Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce, they’re two of the best in football. They have every key component necessary to be a great team, with Orlando Pace, a solid quarterback, and all the gifted skilled players and a creative attack.”

    (On the Rams younger receivers getting involved in the game plan)
    “Obviously the more weapons you have, the more ferocious you become. I know a couple of years ago when they lost Az-Zahir Hakim, he was a key playmaker for them, but they’ve drafted young players and they are doing a heck of a job to elaborate in St. Louis to keep this offensive machine what it is.”

    LB Derrick Brooks
    Saturday, October 16, 2004


    (On the disappointing start of the season)
    “It’s kind of hard for me to go back and look backwards. We’re just trying to build each week, and play better than we did the week before. Obviously we didn’t get off to the start that we wanted to get off to. Quiete frankly, we just didn’t play well enough as a team to win those games.”

    (On the expectations of the team after winning the Super Bowl)
    “The expectations are higher, the teams are better. In the early days we just wanted to establish an attitude of how to do things and get a sense of direction. Once that was established and we had some stability, we were able to develop a foundation of winning.”

    (On the win last week)
    “It just got us 1-0 in the second quarter (of the season), 1-4 overall. We looked at the tape, evaluated it, and put it in the past. Now all it is, is focusing on coming up to St. Louis and finding a way to win. We need to get our second win of the season, and our second win of this quarter.”

    (On the Rams’ offense)
    “They get big plays down field. I think now with the addition of (Steven) Jackson in the backfield, you have another fierce threat at running back besides Marshall Faulk. I think that’s another element that has been added since we’ve played them. The passing game is still coming down to big plays, and Marc (Bulger) is doing a good job of finding the open receiver.”

    (On if he enjoys the rivalry)
    “Obviously. Good football teams, matching head-to-head is always fun. They are going to test you, we’re going to test them. At the end of the game it’s a hard competition. Hopefully we’ll get a win.”

    (On the keys of their pass defense)
    “Finishing plays, and making it physical. They’re going to catch balls on you in the NFL, and when they catch them, tackle them. Don’t let a five-yard pass turn into an 80-yard touchdown. Play solid football, and know what to do. Obviously if you know what could hurt you, you defend that. Do a good job at running to the football. At the end of the day, a lot of plays are made by hustling to the football.”

    (On if the defense feels that it needs to make plays to keep Tampa going)
    “We feel we have to get turnovers, because that is a formula to win in this league, the turnover ratio. We have to continue to win the turnover battle each and every week. Hopefully some of these turnovers will turn into opportunities to score touchdowns defensively.”


    (On his leadership role now that some key players have left)
    “My leadership is the same, period. I’m a big time-doer, not a talker. I let my actions do most of my leadership, and when I speak, it’s very selective, and very direct. I didn’t have to change any leadership skills of leadership styles just because of Warren (Sapp) and John (Lynch) not being here.”

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    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

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  • DJRamFan
    [Bucs] Bucs Locker Room Quotes
    by DJRamFan
    A TBO.com wire report
    Published: Oct 13, 2004






    The Bucs discuss Monday night's game against St. Louis and other topics:
    WR TIM BROWN

    (On Brian Griese coming in for Chris Simms) ''He came in and played great. It was incredible to see him really be flawless. The only bad thing is now you almost expect that every week and realistically, I think it's impossible for him to go out and play as well as he played last week. But, certainly, he can go out and play just as good and just as good would be good enough to win this game. So, we're looking forward to him going out and playing good football.''

    (On the opportunities presented with St. Louis' defense being down) ''There are plenty of opportunities. You just have to keep it focused, do what we do and everything will work out. In this league it doesn't matter who the defense is. Denver came in here as the number one defense and we did everything but win the game. This team could come up and play very well defensively. You just have to go out and take care of opportunities and if you do that everything will work out.''

    (On the dynamics that Griese brings to the team) ''The guy is cool as a cucumber. All day Sunday he just kept on saying, 'I just want to go out and have fun, man,' and never knowing that he would have the opportunity to go out and once he got the opportunity his demeanor never changed. He has the same swagger about himself. He did what he could do and was confident about going out and getting it done.''

    (On whether Griese's style opens up the game more) ''He is a guy that is used to throwing the ball down the field but I think that the most important thing that you get with him is experience. The guy started a whole bunch of games in this league, has played well, has been a Pro-Bowl player in this league and that's what you get with him. It's not a matter of changing the game plan when he's in there, it's just a matter of knowing that whatever you call he's going to be very comfortable in executing.''

    T DERRICK DEESE

    (On whether there is anything more exciting than Monday night football) ''No, not at all. Everybody gets to watch, so you have to bring your 'A' game.''

    (On what Brian Griese was like in the huddle) ''He's loose. He's laid back. When he came in, it was like he had started the whole game. He had confidence, good poise and everything else. He was confident the whole way through.''

    (On Griese playing so well off the bench) ''I think we have three great quarterbacks to be honest with you. At any given point, I think any of them could come in and fill in. He came in and did a great job. Now he is coming in and he is going to be a starter this week. We're ready to go out and play.''

    (On how important it is for the team to establish the run) ''It's important always to...
    -10-14-2004, 05:24 PM
  • RamDez
    Bucs Locker Room Quotes
    by RamDez
    Bucs Locker Room Quotes

    A TBO.com wire report

    Published: Oct 15, 2004
    The Bucs discuss Monday night's game against St. Louis and other topics:


    WR TIM BROWN

    (On Brian Griese coming in for Chris Simms) ''He came in and played great. It was incredible to see him really be flawless. The only bad thing is now you almost expect that every week and realistically, I think it's impossible for him to go out and play as well as he played last week. But, certainly, he can go out and play just as good and just as good would be good enough to win this game. So, we're looking forward to him going out and playing good football.''

    (On the opportunities presented with St. Louis' defense being down) ''There are plenty of opportunities. You just have to keep it focused, do what we do and everything will work out. In this league it doesn't matter who the defense is. Denver came in here as the number one defense and we did everything but win the game. This team could come up and play very well defensively. You just have to go out and take care of opportunities and if you do that everything will work out.''

    (On the dynamics that Griese brings to the team) ''The guy is cool as a cucumber. All day Sunday he just kept on saying, 'I just want to go out and have fun, man,' and never knowing that he would have the opportunity to go out and once he got the opportunity his demeanor never changed. He has the same swagger about himself. He did what he could do and was confident about going out and getting it done.''

    (On whether Griese's style opens up the game more) ''He is a guy that is used to throwing the ball down the field but I think that the most important thing that you get with him is experience. The guy started a whole bunch of games in this league, has played well, has been a Pro-Bowl player in this league and that's what you get with him. It's not a matter of changing the game plan when he's in there, it's just a matter of knowing that whatever you call he's going to be very comfortable in executing.''

    T DERRICK DEESE

    (On whether there is anything more exciting than Monday night football) ''No, not at all. Everybody gets to watch, so you have to bring your 'A' game.''

    (On what Brian Griese was like in the huddle) ''He's loose. He's laid back. When he came in, it was like he had started the whole game. He had confidence, good poise and everything else. He was confident the whole way through.''

    (On Griese playing so well off the bench) ''I think we have three great quarterbacks to be honest with you. At any given point, I think any of them could come in and fill in. He came in and did a great job. Now he is coming in and he is going to be a starter this week. We're ready to go out and play.''

    (On how important it is for the team to establish the run) ''It's important always to establish...
    -10-16-2004, 03:06 AM
  • RamDez
    Buc locker room
    by RamDez
    The Rams’ defense was a hot topic in the Bucs’ locker room this week after it helped St. Louis complete an improbable comeback in Seattle...Tampa Bay players also discussed another QB change and more
    Overheard, Week Six


    Oct 17, 2004 - In 1999, it was the best-kept secret about a game that was billed as a battle between two elemental forces.

    The ’99 NFC Championship Game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams was rightfully hyped for its combination of the NFL’s best scoring offense and best scoring defense. No need to remind you which team had which. What the Rams had difficulty getting anyone to notice, given their mesmerizing offense, was that they also had the league’s sixth-best defense. That, more than the Rams’ offensive firepower, made the conference championship game a mismatch on paper, because Tampa Bay’s offense ranked just 28th.

    In the end, that game was no mismatch, as the Bucs proved by taking a 6-5 lead deep into the fourth quarter before losing, 11-6. That game bought the underdog Buccaneers a huge amount of respect and kicked off a memorable string of Monday-nighters, which continues this Monday in that same venue that held the aforementioned contest, the Edward Jones Dome.


    Once again, the Rams are flying high on offense, ranking fourth in the NFL with an average of 386.4 yards per game. And sure enough, the Bucs can again counter with a highly-ranked defense, one that also ranks fourth with an average of 274.4 yards allowed per game. By this point, five seasons later, those things have almost come to be expected.


    This time, however, the Rams’ defense is not statistically sneaking up on anybody. St. Louis stands 28th in the league on defense, allowing 372.2 yards per game. But just as the Rams’ defenders formed a secret weapon back in 1999, they are quietly a force to be reckoned with in this Monday’s game as well.

    St. Louis is fresh off a showdown game against the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks. The Rams won the game in overtime, 33-27, after rallying from a 27-10 deficit in the last six minutes of regulation. Overall, St. Louis gave up 391 yards in the game; however, the Rams’ defense clearly found itself in the second half.

    After the intermission, St. Louis allowed Seattle’s varied and potent attack to gain just 85 yards of offense, nearly half of it on one 41-yard run by Shaun Alexander. To hold Seattle to three second-half points, the Rams needed a string of big plays on defense, and they got them, a reminder that the once-again unheralded St. Louis defense has its share of big-time playmakers. There’s an elite pass-rusher in DE Leonard Little, a fast linebacking crew led by tackling machine Piso Tinoisamoa, a pair of first-rounders starting in the middle of the defensive line in Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis, and a head-hunting safety in Adam Archuleta. Safety Aeneas Williams is among the
    ...
    -10-17-2004, 11:38 AM
  • RamDez
    Locker Room Quotes
    by RamDez
    Locker Room Quotes
    Friday, October 22, 2004

    QB Marc Bulger

    (On playing with WRs Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce)
    “You look around the league and some teams have no one to throw to, I’m blessed because I have two Pro-Bowl guys, plus I have all these young guys coming up, plus I have Marshall (Faulk) in the back field. I’m really fortunate to not only have those guys, but everyone else. (Holt) and Bruce are right there, they are 1a and 1b in my book. I think every quarterback is going to pick their own guys, but I think some guys would like to take (the receivers) from me.”

    (On the Dolphins)
    “Not too many guys in the league buy into records. You play Tampa Bay, and they have lost all of those close games, and our (game) was a close one. Miami has played all close games. Their defense keeps them in a lot of games, so it’ll be our job to score some points.”

    (On the Dolphins defense)
    “I think they are first against the pass and third overall. That group has been together a while, a lot like last week (against Tampa). Those corners are real confident. They’re up front, they have good linebackers, and they are solid all the way around on defense. You enjoy the challenge. It’s nice that we have been able to move the ball against (Tampa and Seattle) helps. San Francisco, someone like that, even though their records aren’t good, they still have good defenses. (Their secondary) has a lot of different looks that look the same. They do it well because they’ve done it for so long. They also get that rush up front, similar to Tampa a couple of years ago, and they bank on the fact that they are going to get to you. They’ve done a good job of making quarterbacks move around a little bit and throw, and those corners stay all over the receivers like a blanket.”

    (On the Rams success in the fourth quarter)
    “There are some adjustments that you make in the second half. I think it just says something about the guys, not me in particular, but guys getting open, guys blocking when we have to make plays. Our character has shown and guys have stepped up and made plays. Everyone seems to dig a little deeper and play extra hard for whatever reason.”

    (On similarities to last season)
    “You would like to start out quick, but that’s not always the way it works out. Sometimes you can get a spark, and maybe Seattle sparked us this year. But we are not looking down the road, by any means. It’s going to be nice to get some guys back after the bye week. I think we know what’s at stake. We want to get to 5-2 and keep our lead in the division.

    K Jeff Chandler

    (On his strengths as a kicker)
    “I like to think that my leg is pretty strong, but I have yet to prove that really. So it would be nice for me to go out there and prove that. I think I’m pretty accurate too. I think I’ve proved that in college and in my short time in the pros so far,...
    -10-23-2004, 02:52 AM
  • RamWraith
    Weekend quotes
    by RamWraith
    Interim Head Coach Joe Vitt

    (Opening statement)

    “We had a better football practice today than we had this time last week, and we’re going to need it because I believe this is the best football team we’ve played all year long. They have good balance on both sides of the ball. They have good balance offensively. We’re going to have to play hard, physical football in order to win this game.”

    (On why he thinks Jacksonville is the best team)

    “That we’ve played so far. I think they have a good balance on offense, with a lot of athletes. Whenever you have a running back of the caliber that [RB Fred] Taylor is and then you have [WR Jimmy] Smith on the outside lanes, it’s tough to go cover two and roll up and stop the run. It’s tough to play an eight-man front and stop him. So you have to be smart, and you have to be good, and you have to hit on some calls.”

    (On what makes RB Fred Taylor such a threat)

    “He’s a power runner with great change of direction and bounce. He has great vision, and when he gets to the second level, he’s a game breaker.”

    (On Jacksonville DTs Marcus Stoud and John Henderson)

    “They’re nightmares. They’re big. They’re strong. Great tackle-to-tackle players, they run good inside games. They’re violent. They like to play. They’re really the heart and soul of that defense.”

    (On whether he would call them a physical team)

    “That’s what they live on. They are physical. Their linebackers are physical, with [LB Mike] Peterson. Their defensive line is physical. They are well coached in the secondary. They do a good job.”

    (On how much the defense reflects the personality of Coach Jack Del Rio)

    “I would say they are well drilled; they are physical, and that is what he was.”

    (On the toughness of Jacksonville QB Byron Leftwich)

    “I have never to this point in the season take as many shots as he has and throw the ball on time, be accurate with it and dust himself off and get up and play the next play.”

    (On Leftwich’s level of mobility)

    “Not good, and that’s not his game. He’s a pocket passer who is accurate down the field. He has great arm strength.”

    (On Leftwich’s durability)

    “I have never seen anyone get knocked down as much as he has and get up and dust himself off and complete throws.”

    (On the Rams’ injury status)

    “We’re going to make a determination on Isaac [Bruce] and Torry [Holt] at the end of the week. Marc [Bulger] threw today. Marc was better today than he was last week. Chris Johnson has a sore back. We kept him out. His MRI was negative. Who else have I missed?”

    (On whether G Claude Terrell practiced today)

    “Yes. Yes, he spent the night in the hospital. He came back today, and he was...
    -10-28-2005, 05:51 PM
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