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    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, hopefully I can show that on Sunday.”

    (On what he has been doing in recent months)
    “I’ve been kicking and working out. I’ve been doing a lot of running, and stuff to, basically, stay game ready so if this opportunity did come, I would be ready. Ever since being cut in the preseason by Jacksonville, it has kind of set me back, so I had to look at things and re-evaluate where I was. I think I’ve done that and I’ve put myself in a pretty good position right now.”

    (On getting called for the try-out on Tuesday)
    “I was excited. I knew there was a chance that Jeff (Wilkins) might not kick this weekend, so there was a job opening. Sometimes you go into these workouts and they are just trying to see who is out there. So this is a good opportunity for me to get my name back out there. I know this will probably be for a week, but hopefully I can take this further.”

    WR Shaun McDoanald

    (On his punt returning)
    “I think if I get some time back there, where I can get the ball in my hands, and the guys block like they did (against Tampa Bay), we’re going to have a lot of returns. I think I’ll be able to find a lot of spaces to run through.”

    (On his confidence)
    “I think confidence helps a lot whenever you are plying a sport for any position. When you feel confident, you feel like you can do it, you are going to play a lot better, than if you are second guessing yourself. I’m real confident back there, if a punter punts a good ball that we can return, that we will be able to get a good return and set up a score.”

    (On what he expects from Miami)
    “Everyone in the league is desperate for a win. They are desperate for a win, and we’re 4-2 and desperate for a win. Every game you need to go in and fight, because every team has talent, so any team can play like Super Bowl champions any week. It’s going to be real tough on the offense, because their defense is playing as good as anyone out there. It’s going to be a good challenge. They have a lot of athletes out there making plays. Their corners will get in your face. They play a lot of bump-and-run, so it’s going to be a real physical game.”

    OT Orlando Pace

    (On playing the Dolphins)
    “Every week you just try to go out and win a ball game. I know they are trying to get their first win, so they are going to come out and play hard. They are playing at home, so we are going to take their best shot. We still have a lot of football left to play, and go down there and look at it like a business trip, and try to make it happen.”

    (On Miami’s defense)
    “It probably is (one of the best defenses we’ve faced). They have a lot of veteran players on that side of the ball, so we will have to be on our game. They are going to come out and fight. Their defense is one of the top defenses in the league, and we understand that. We are going to go out there and put on a good performance.”

    (On the similarities between this year and last year)
    “The biggest thing was, when you start the season 1-2, what we learned from last year is not to panic. Guys in this locker room and this organization did a great job not panicing, knowing what type of team we have in this locker room. The job is no where near being finished now. We still need to go out, play, and play well.”

    (On QB Marc Bulger)
    I think Marc is doing a great job. I think, each week, everyone is getting better, along with Marc. He is doing a great job of getting the ball to the receivers so they can make the big plays. We just need to continue that throughout the week.”

    WR Isaac Bruce

    (On playing the Miami Dolphins)
    “We realize that they are a dangerous team. They have one of the better defenses in the league. We are going to go in their with that mindset, and make sure we respect them. We will definitely respect them, as a team and as a whole. This is the NFL and anything can happen, we’ve all seen that before.”

    (On the Rams confidence)
    “On a week-to-week basis, I think we are playing good. Our confidence level is pretty high, with all of these young guys making plays. You can just look at the growth of Shaun McDonald, and the way he’s, from week-to-week, is making big plays, although that punt return got called back.”

    (On Miami’s defense)
    “It’s fun to go out and test yourself against top ranked defenses in this league. I think they have two of the better corners in the league, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of talent is going to be out there on Sunday for us, and how we respond to it.”

    (On Dolphins’ CBs Patrick Surtain and Sam Madison)
    “They are good cover guys. They stick and stay, and they can run with receivers down the field, which is important in this league. They have a really good change of direction, so it’ll be a challenge for us.”

    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

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  • RamWraith
    Locker Room Quotes
    by RamWraith
    Wednesday, January 5, 2005

    S Adam Archuleta

    (On how it feels to be in the playoffs)
    "This is three times in four years for me. It's definitely a better feeling than going home and being in Arizona right now. Which definitely could have happened. It feels good, especially after everything that we have been through, to get a chance to go on."

    (On his back)
    "It is what it is. It's a situation where I have had to pretty much battle it out, and grind it out throughout the end of the year. Really the only thing that is going to help is rest and rehabilitation. It's been manageable, I've been able to play and get through it, and it's starting to feel better. But Just like any injury, there's setbacks. It's just football, it's NFL football. I think it is evident that I haven't been as physical (this year). I'm not a guy who is going to sit here and make excuses, and say, 'the back has done this, and it's affected me this way,' because I still have a responsibility to my teammates and this organization to go out there and do my job. I know that I haven't forgot how to play football, to be physical, and how to run around and fly around. It just doesn't happen overnight. I have to say that due to not being able to workout throughout the season, my body going a little bit downhill, and not having that explosion and that pop, I have to say that it has been a factor."

    (On how he hurt his back originally)
    "It was in training camp. I had a back twinge. It was kind of my fault, I tend to overlook little injuries. Throughout my career they've always kind of gone away and taken care of themselves. So I really didn't say anything about it. This time it just kept getting worst. After the Arizona game I went to (Rams' Athletic Trainer) Jim (Anderson) and said, 'Jim, my back is really tightened up, it's really starting to bother me.' Then we took the MRI and saw that there were some disc issues, and it just kind of snowballed from there. So it's a little bit of my fault for not taking care of it when it first started acting up, and just kind of let it get out of control."

    (On how frustrating his injury is)
    "Like I said, it's frustrating because I have an obligation to my teammates. That's what they expect out of me, and that's what I was brought here to do. When I don't bring that style of play, when I don't bring that intimidating physical presence to the defense, to me I feel like I let everybody down. It's hard to look at the guys in their eyes when I had an opportunity to make a play and I didn't make a play. It's hard as a football player, and it's been difficult."

    (On if will be back to 100% next year)
    "I'm fine. Trust me, this won't happen again. I've learned a lot about how to take care of my body through this experience. I just can't ignore things, and put them...
    -01-06-2005, 06:27 AM
  • RamWraith
    Linehan and others comments
    by RamWraith
    Rams Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 17, 2008

    (Opening Remarks)

    The out players are (WR) (Drew) Bennett and (WR) (Keenan) Burton. Burton did have the scope yesterday afternoon, everything went great, wasn’t anything more than what we thought. He’ll be out for the bye right now for him, we’ll see where he is at that point. (G) (Jacob) Bell and (DE) (Leonard) Little were limited in practice as far as their participation, but we’ll know probably by Friday, I would think, it might be a gameday decision, but probably by Friday.”

    (On if there’s any lineup changes)

    “Not anything yet. Even if we did we wouldn’t announce it.”

    (On if there are going to more changes on the offensive side of the ball)

    “Kicker. We’re not going to play (K) Josh Brown, he’s just too nervous going back to Seattle.”

    (On why he doesn’t want to announce any of lineup changes)

    “I don’t see an upside about having any personnel changes in what we do the week before. I don’t think there’s any upside to it as far as, given the information, it has nothing to do with giving it to you guys it has more for what we’re doing for the gameplan.”

    (On the snowball effect of losing consecutive games and what’s different this week)

    “Because we’ve only played two games. Really, every year is a different schedule and timing of things, all that stuff, and we didn’t play particularly well in our first two games, but we played two tough opponents that were probably preseason, Super Bowl, got a lot of accolades as to what they were going to do. We would like to be sitting here in a better situation after two games, but also knowing who we played, and it’s not like it's getting any easier, but I just feel, this is our first division game. Really all the goals we’ve set for our team are right in front of us at this point in the season. Every season, in my lifetime and it might be different for other people, but in my lifetime, has just had a unique feel or flavor to it and this will be no different in my opinion. The guys have been really, really responsive to rebounding and so we’ll see, but I just have a good feeling about it.”

    (On the atmosphere and attitude on the first day of the work week)

    “That’s great; actually it was really good. I didn’t expect any different, but you still have to see. Everybody in the building has to be consistent in that way and I think it’s been outstanding. Again, it’s early and we’d like to go back and have a couple do-overs, but that’s not the way life is and that’s definitely not the way football is so if we can keep our head and wits about us, we can really, really get something going at this point because it’s still early in the season and we’re in a good spot. We haven’t played in...
    -09-18-2008, 05:21 AM
  • RamWraith
    Coach / players--Sept. 20
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan
    September 20

    (Opening Statement and Injury Report) “Pisa’s (Tinoisamoa) elbow is getting better. He’s still going to be listed as questionable. He worked some things on a limited basis in a red jersey on the field. We’re obviously keeping Orlando (Pace) out. He’s doubtful at this point. He didn’t get any practice today. We’ll evaluate him and due a psych test on him tomorrow and make the evaluation then, exactly whether he’ll be ready for this weekend.”

    (On T Orlando Pace’s recovery) “I asked him how he felt and he said he felt better. He’s feeling better everyday. I think he’s still feeling it a little bit. That’s got to be a good thing that he says he’s feeling better.”

    (On not being surprised if LB Pisa Tinoisamoa is ready to play on Sunday) “That would be standard for Pisa. That’s just the way he thinks and that’s why he has a good chance of playing this weekend.”

    (On players taking time off to recover from injury) “It helps, but I prefer that guys practice. If he can get something done Friday, we won’t do anything tomorrow. If he could get something done Friday, that would make us feel better. I’m more concerned with the fact that he is 100 percent. The plan is secondary to making sure he’s okay.”

    (On the idea of putting T Alex Barron on the left side of the offensive line) “That’s because he’s been on the right side here. We’ve had to move enough and we want to try to keep things as stable as we can with (Todd) Steussie at left (Tackle). Adam (Goldberg) has played a lot of guard. He started quite a few games at Minnesota last year at guard. That would be our contingency plan right now.”

    (On Barron’s progression) “I think he’s playing pretty good. I think he’s doing the things you want to improve on from your first year to your second. His run-blocking is better. I think he’s a very good pass protector. When we have both him and Orlando (Pace) healthy I think that’s going to be very positive for us. He’s progressing very well. He’s made a lot of improvement from his rookie year.”

    (On G Adam Goldberg’s performance) “I think he did fine. With very limited time here, I think he’s very familiar with a lot of the things we’re doing, terminology wise. He worked our offense two years ago and was basically working a new system. Just getting the reps up a little bit was some of it. Just like everybody, he had a couple of errors in the game, but he’s a good player and I’m glad we have him.”

    (On determining Pace’s status) “I’m optimistic. They are guys that have played a lot. Those two guys on the left side have played a lot more football in the NFL than Richie (Incognito). Anytime you have to re-shuffle things it’s not easy, but these guys are pros and having a week to prepare will certainly give us a better chance to have more success.”

    (On C Richie Incognito’s...
    -09-21-2006, 05:30 AM
  • RamWraith
    Lots of good team quotes for the week
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 19, 2007

    (Opening Remarks)

    “Drew (Bennett), he got all of practice in so there shouldn’t be any issue with him playing this week. He was limited some, but just because we kept him out of things. Marc (Bulger) had full participation in practice. He was limited a little bit in his throwing, but he should be fine. Tye Hill did not practice. Richie Incognito did not practice. Claude Terrell had full practice and Pisa (Tinoisamoa) was limited. We’re headed in the right direction as far as getting guys back on the field. There shouldn’t be any surprises, hopefully we don’t have another Thursday like we had last week. Tomorrow we should be okay.”

    (On G Milford Brown)

    “He’s fine. There was no problem with him recovering from post game. He was a lot better yesterday and he went full today.”

    (On T Alex Barron’s attributes)

    “His athleticism. He’s ability to match up against speed. He has enough size to anchor. The ends aren’t getting any smaller these days. You go against some pretty incredible athletes over there. He’s been going against some pretty good ones on the other side. It’s kind of 50-50. He’s at the blind side of a right-handed quarterback. That’s very important for your quarterback knowing he’s going to see things to his right and to his left. He has to count on that guy and Alex’s No. 1 ability is to pass protect. He’s become a lot better run blocker as he’s progressed in his career. His overall talent. He’s really improved since he’s played for us in the last two years, and certainly since he came in the league.”

    (On how to reduce the number of hits on the quarterback)

    “You have to do it. The No. 1 best way to protect your quarterback is the run game. We have to get our run game going. It has not been satisfactory in the first two games. That has to be our strength – for our football team to run the ball offensively and to stop the run defensively. If you get your run game going there is a certain amount of respect that the defense gives the run game and it definitely helps your pass protection and puts you in better third-down position which is critical when you get in third-and-long or extra long. It gets the defensive ends; I know our defense is much, much better, when we get in those long-area situations because we’re equipped that way as far as our speed and all that. Until we do that it’s going to be a concern. There are other ways, protection schemes. It’s not always match protecting or keeping lots of people in. There is timing of routes. Everyone knows we have a deeper design to a number of our plays, but we have to pick and chose when we do those as well.”

    (On averaging 5-6 yards a carry for a short period of time in each of the first two games)

    “We’ve managed...
    -09-19-2007, 04:56 PM
  • 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, 06:27 AM