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  • Martz on the Mike

    Tuesday, November 2, 2004

    (On if he watched the New England game at Pittsburgh)
    “Yes I did. In fact I just looked at the tape before we came out to practice. They lost that game the same way they’re winning games. They gave the ball up early and Pittsburgh was able to get some points on, and they held on. That has kind of been their formula. They are a good team.”

    (On if there’s a chance DT Jimmy Kennedy will play this week)
    “Yeah, absolutely there’s a chance. We’ll just see how he goes through practice. It looked like he did a nice job out there today.”

    (On if he wishes the Rams could have had a chance to stop New England’s 21-game winning streak)
    “For us right now, where we are, we are struggling to stay on top of the division any way we can. That’s the most important thing. Obviously the Patriots and the history we have with them is kind of special but we’re just so concerned right now with getting better. We’re just trying to get them going in the right direction and stay on top of it (the division) if we can.”

    (On how practice went after the bye week)
    “It was unusually good. Like you said, that Monday after the bye week we’ve never really had a really sharp practice. Today was very good, but we’ve always been in shells, and we came back in pads today and I thought practice was outstanding.”

    (On why they practiced in pads and not shells)
    “We were by and large healthy. We have so many young players that need to work that I thought it was beneficial.”

    (On being so healthy this far into the season)
    “We still have some guys that are dinged, but nothing serious. We’ll start getting guys back like Jimmy (Kennedy), and having (Travis) Fisher back full-speed, and Trev (Faulk) is back. These guys coming back is pretty big.”

    (On why he doesn’t make the players practice during bye week)
    “It’s hard to do initially. You don’t know how the players are going to take it. You trust these guys, and you tell them why you’re doing it. I think if we had a bye earlier in the year, we probably wouldn’t do this, but all of our byes have fallen around the seventh, eighth, and ninth week. When you look at camp, preseason, and the first half of the season, their bodies need a break. We’ve gone into the bye with some pretty good records, undefeated at times, but their bodies still need a chance to catch up. When they come out of a bye, they usually feel pretty good. It’s work, when we first did it I was a little nervous about it, but I just felt if was the right thing to do. It seems to work pretty good, we’ll see what happens.”

    (On if he assesses the team at the midpoint)
    “We reflect back on some of the things. Tendencies as a play caller, personnel groupings, what we have healthy now, and some of the guys who have started to come to the top, and how we want to better utilize them. We look at all aspects of it.”

    (On LB Trev Faulk)
    “For him to do what he did down in Miami is just incredible. He has seized the starting role, it’s his to lose. For him to do what he did mentally, to stay up on everything, without taking any reps, is pretty incredible. Everything is so fast, and he has to read and react, he’s physical, gets to the ball, and is an excellent tackler. Everything you want a ‘Mike’ linebacker to be, he is right now. He’s probably the best hitter we have on the team. He can get through traffic so easily, he’s just a natural inside.”

    (On if he likes the bye week)
    “I think it is very good. I think it’s healthy, it gives guys a chance to regroup physically. Particularly young players that are just out of college, by this time they are thinking about a Bowl game or something. They don’t really realize the drain physically. I think it’s beneficial. I’m very pleased that we have been able to have it towards the middle of the season, I think it has helped us.”

    (On if it’s harder going into the bye coming off of a loss)
    “I think that never helps you. You have to find a way to turn that around, and use it to benefit you somehow. I think that’s something we can always learn from.”

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  • RamDez
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    by RamDez
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Friday, October 22, 2004

    (Injury Update)
    “It looks like Travis Fisher will practice this week. We’ll get him into the mix. Jimmy Kennedy will practice to some extent. We’ll see how he is out there on the field. He has conditioned and ran real well over the past week or two. We’ll give him some individual drills to see where he is, and measure his progress by how sore he is tomorrow. Other than that, we are in pretty good shape. Jeff Wilkins is nursing a sore ankle from an ankle sprain. We won’t know for a few days what we will do. It’ll come down to the wire on Sunday to see how he is. Tyoka still remains questionable with that hamstring. He’s not quite there yet, so we have a couple of days to see (where he is). We are starting to get people back , which is always a good thing.”

    (On Miami)
    “This is a short week and we head to Miami. This defense, a week ago, was the number one rated defense in the National Football League, and now they are two or four. But whatever it is, they are very substantial on defense, like they always are. Offensively, they have struggled somewhat. They have a lot of injuries, but they have moved the ball well enough to score points and win.”

    (On the difficulties of finding a kicker at this point of the season)
    “I think it’s all relative to what he has been doing. When we worked (Jeff Chandler) out, he was fine. I’m just going to make the assumption that he is ready to go if we need him.”

    (On getting Jimmy Kennedy and Travis Fisher back)
    “We were starting to wear down on the defensive line, with Tyoka out, and particularly on the inside having Jimmy (Kennedy) back, I mean that is a big man. If he can pick up where he left off, so to speak, which will be hard to do. I don’t know when he will be back, completely, but I’m really excited about his attitude and his approach to getting back here as fast as he can. In terms of (Travis) Fisher, he was playing so well when he broke his arm, that we feel he is a top-flight corner. And it looks like he should be ready to go, which will help us tremendously in the secondary.”

    (On Travis Fisher’s play before he was injured)
    “When he broke his arm in that preseason game against Kansas City, he was playing as well as he’s ever played. To have three corners like we have healthy, that’s quite an advantage. Most teams have two really outstanding corners, and with him, we feel like we have three substantial starters and we’re excited about that.”

    (On the Dolphins)
    “A few years ago we were sitting in here at 0-5. The Oakland Raiders came in here, and they were the best team in the National Football League at the time. They led the league in both offense and defense, they led the league in both categories. We played them and we beat them handily. You just don’t know. There are no breathers in this league. It just doesn’t exist. This will be...
    -10-23-2004, 01:53 AM
  • RamWraith
    Vitt comments and others
    by RamWraith
    Coach Joe Vitt

    Monday, November 07, 2005

    (Opening statement)

    “We had a good practice and that was a good first day. We worked on some of the things, self-scout-wise, that we had done as coaches last week. And the guys came back with a great attitude.”

    (On whether he was able to take a break during the bye week)

    “Not really. Not really, but that’s okay. I’m having fun.”

    (On WR Isaac Bruce’s status)

    “Well, he was out there today, and he did some real positive things. It’s going to be an ongoing process. We’re just going to wait and see how it goes.”

    (On how WR Torry Holt is doing)

    “Same thing. He did some good things today.”

    (On QB Marc Bulger’s guarantee that he will be back this week)

    “Right, right. I thought he threw the ball well today. He’s excited, so he’ll be ready to go full slate on Wednesday.”

    (On the status of other players who were injured last game)

    “Chris is fine. Fish is fine. Leonard came back and had a heck of a day for us. So we’re probably about as healthy right now as we have been all year long.”

    (On whether G Claude Terrell is better)

    “Yeah, went full slate today.”

    (On the conditioning that was done after practice today)

    “Yeah, just to break a sweat and get the rust off, and ready to go to work.”

    (On whether the players have more energy after the bye week)

    “Yeah. They have fresh legs, so yeah, I really do. I think they are excited about the prospects.”

    (On what it will mean to have DE Leonard Little back)

    “What do you think? They guy is a playmaker. He presents problems for anybody’s pass protection. They have to account for him every time. He’s great in pursuing the run. So it’s huge.”

    (On how he is doing mentally)

    “He’s great. He’s great.”

    (On why RB Marshall Faulk was not at practice today)

    “Marshall has been excused since August. No really. He had an appointment that he had to have today, and he’s been excused. He called me up and said, ‘Do you want me back there?’ I said absolutely not. I know exactly where he’s at and what he’s had done.”

    ( (On DeJuan Groce having his arm wrapped)

    “He had that all last week. It’s been ongoing with him.”

    CB Chris Johnson

    Monday, November 07, 2005

    (On how tough it was to miss a game)

    “A little bit. I was just trying to make sure that the back was good to go this week. The week off really...
    -11-07-2005, 04:06 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
  • RamWraith
    Quotes from the Players
    by RamWraith
    CB Tye Hill

    (On having some time off)

    “I’m definitely going home. Try and regroup and get ready to come back. I think this bye week couldn’t come at a more perfect time for me. I’m just looking forward to it.”

    (On this bye week being much different from the bye week in college)

    “I don’t think there is too much difference between Clemson, because our bye week, sometimes you can…the only good thing about the bye week is that you get to go home, but if you wanted to know when they’re going to stop practice…but here it’s a little different because I think we will practice up until like Thursday. We’ll be in full pads, hitting. The good thing about it is that it does help a lot of people to get healthy. They take it real light on the players that really need to get healthy. For me, if anything, I don’t think it could come at a better time for me.”

    (On how he feels physically going into the bye week)

    “I feel like my legs get a little tighter now than in college. When you look at it, we played four preseason games, and then the regular season, so I think we’ve played a total of 10 games already. The bye week really seems like it’s coming at the end of the season. My body is ready for it.”

    (On learning from DE Anthony Hargrove’s situation)

    “I really don’t know what to say about the situation. I really don’t know his whole situation, because like you said, we play two totally different positions, and we’re in two different rooms. I really don’t know what his real situation was. I’ve been too busy worrying about how to play. I hate to see him go. It’s a job. You’ve got to take it as so.”

    (On going into the bye week with a loss)

    “Losing before the bye, I think it gave us extra motivation to really work hard, and to really sit back and think about thing, and come back next week and just get ready to play. I think losing probably would help us coming off the bye.”

    (On the pass interference call)

    “That just goes to show that I’m a rookie. That just goes to show you what kind of season it is so far.”

    LB Will Witherspoon

    (On his speed contributing to his skills at the linebacker position)

    “I think it does a great job utilizing my skills. My skills aren’t worth nothing if I don’t have a great group of guys to work around me. Pisa and Chillar, you know, that defensive front. The DE’s. All of us have to work together to really accomplish something.”

    (On his job being more difficult if others aren’t doing their job properly)

    “It makes it a whole lot tougher. That’s really what it comes down to. Knowing that the guys are going to get the job done all around.”

    -10-17-2006, 04:07 PM
  • 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