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    Martz lashes out at players


    By Jeff Gordon
    STLtoday.com Sports
    11/08/2004
    Rams coach Mike Martz is tired of taking the fall for poor player performance.

    So "Mad Mike" was "Really Angry Mike" on Monday – and he said as much during his news conference at Rams Park.

    “This is my fifth year doing this,” Martz said. “I’ve never tried to mislead you, sugar-coat anything. If I’ve screwed something up, I’ll tell you. I try to take a bullet whenever I can for somebody to help them.

    "There comes a time when some of these guys just have to play. They just have to play.

    “Players make plays. That’s the way it is. That’s not a cop-out or brushing it off on guys. I’m upset. We’ve got some guys we’re counting on, they have to step up. That’s the way it is.”

    Here are some other highlights of his heated chat with reporters:


    On his team’s sloppy play against the Patriots:

    “That’s a good football team, they played very well. The mistakes we made in that game we obviously can’t do against a good football team. The fumbled punt . . . the fake field goal, obviously, the fumble before the half ends up being a six-point swing, potentially . . . those are the kinds of things that put the defense on a short field.

    “The intensity was good, but we did not play well in certain areas. Those are things we have to rectify. We met today and made some changes. We kind of understand what needs to be done at this point; now it’s a question of getting it done.”


    On what changes may be made:

    “We understand what our problems are, what we need to address. There may be some personnel changes. Just a couple things we have to address. There are things we can do. The problem is not real hard to identify. The solution is hard. I’m confident we will get that done.

    “There are some things that rose up in this game that I didn’t believe were problems in the past. There are some areas that we’ve played very well in that we did not play very well in (Sunday). The consistency is what we need out of the guys.”


    On what went wrong on the Patriots’ fake field goal:

    “We practiced that all week, the exact same thing, several times. Walked through it, talked about it, ran it. What had happened is they had lined up quickly, we were going onto the field, the two corners decided they were going to switch. One corner had a sore shoulder. As they were switching, (the Patriots) got the pass off.

    “It’s one of those things. They recognized it, but they were caught in the middle of changing over. It ended up becoming a comedy of errors, really, more than anything else. The smart thing to do would have been to call time out. We recognized it . . . call a timeout is what you would have liked to do against the fake punt in Miami, too.

    “It’s inexcusable, really. I’m really kind of at a loss for words on that."


    On holes in the rush defense:

    “That is one of the issues that we needed to address. I think I have a pretty good understanding looking at the tape, what we needed to do. I talked to (defensive coordinator) Larry (Marmie) for quite some time this morning. I talked to our players. I have a pretty good feel for it.”


    On the holes in pass protection:

    “We just didn’t play well there. They know that. It’s not a secret, we all saw it, we didn’t play very well. We’ve played much better in the past. I’m confident we’ll do that again. I’m disappointed, very disappointed, in the way we all played. We’re better than that, I think.”


    On changing his pass protection calls as the game progressed:

    “Yeah, we did. The thing I got caught up in is there was such a mismatch, cover-wise, to throw four wide receivers out there, I just felt like we could block them. At the end of the game, we were.

    “Right before the half, when Marc (Bulger) scrambles out of there and unfortunately makes a bad decision to try to throw the ball, we get the fumble, we had them all in blocking, basically – and we got pressure. Then what do you do? We have that sack coming out at the beginning of the second half where we got one, two, three, four, five, six guys, seven guys blocking and we get beat.

    “When you’ve got a guy to block, you’ve got to block him. There weren’t any magical schemes that Bill (Belichick) did or they did. There wasn’t anything magical about it. When you’ve got to block a guy, you’ve got to block him.”


    On the failure to exploit receiver Troy Brown playing cornerback:

    “We were able to get a guy or two open occasionally. Troy, for all his credit as a DB . . . it doesn’t take much to play defensive back when all you ever do is grab ahold of guys. We've got (pictures of Rams receiver Shaun McDonald) running across the field with (Brown) in his hip pocket. For the first seven yards, he’s got ahold of (McDonald's) jersey. I wouldn’t get too excited about him as DB.”


    On whether he fears for Bulger’s safety:

    “Nah, shoot . . . we’ve got six or seven quarterbacks . . . of course I’m worried about his health. I’m worried about all our guys. I understand the issue with Marc.”


    On whether he considered throwing more slant passes to counter the pass rush:

    “We did. We’re in the shotgun and we threw a bunch of slants, I think. Got it going. Then you’ve got to start getting some chunks when we’re down. We max protected, we changed up.”


    On the continuing failure to force turnovers:

    “We’re not getting enough guys on the ball. We’re not gang-tackling. We’re not getting enough people on the ball carrier, plain and simple.

    "We’re not getting off blocks, we’re not getting to the ball, not getting the ball out. It’s very clear. . . . They have to get off blocks and all 11 on the ball carrier, not rely on one or two guys to make a play.”

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  • Nick
    Martz lashes out at players
    by Nick
    Martz lashes out at players
    By Jeff Gordon
    STLtoday.com Sports
    11/08/2004

    Rams coach Mike Martz is tired of taking the fall for poor player performance.

    So "Mad Mike" was "Really Angry Mike" on Monday – and he said as much during his news conference at Rams Park.

    “This is my fifth year doing this,” Martz said. “I’ve never tried to mislead you, sugar-coat anything. If I’ve screwed something up, I’ll tell you. I try to take a bullet whenever I can for somebody to help them.

    "There comes a time when some of these guys just have to play. They just have to play.

    “Players make plays. That’s the way it is. That’s not a cop-out or brushing it off on guys. I’m upset. We’ve got some guys we’re counting on, they have to step up. That’s the way it is.”

    Here are some other highlights of his heated chat with reporters:


    -On his team’s sloppy play against the Patriots:

    “That’s a good football team, they played very well. The mistakes we made in that game we obviously can’t do against a good football team. The fumbled punt . . . the fake field goal, obviously, the fumble before the half ends up being a six-point swing, potentially . . . those are the kinds of things that put the defense on a short field.

    “The intensity was good, but we did not play well in certain areas. Those are things we have to rectify. We met today and made some changes. We kind of understand what needs to be done at this point; now it’s a question of getting it done.”


    -On what changes may be made:

    “We understand what our problems are, what we need to address. There may be some personnel changes. Just a couple things we have to address. There are things we can do. The problem is not real hard to identify. The solution is hard. I’m confident we will get that done.

    “There are some things that rose up in this game that I didn’t believe were problems in the past. There are some areas that we’ve played very well in that we did not play very well in (Sunday). The consistency is what we need out of the guys.”


    -On what went wrong on the Patriots’ fake field goal:

    “We practiced that all week, the exact same thing, several times. Walked through it, talked about it, ran it. What had happened is they had lined up quickly, we were going onto the field, the two corners decided they were going to switch. One corner had a sore shoulder. As they were switching, (the Patriots) got the pass off.

    “It’s one of those things. They recognized it, but they were caught in the middle of changing over. It ended up becoming a comedy of errors, really, more than anything else. The smart thing to do would have been to call time out. We recognized it . . . call a timeout is what you would have liked to do against the fake punt in...
    -11-08-2004, 05:48 PM
  • RamWraith
    Martz on the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Tuesday, September 21, 2004

    (Opening comments)
    “Obviously we are disappointed with the game yesterday. I think that they got us on our heels in all three phases. On the road, this team needs to learn to fight back. I think we did that and got the game back to 17-17, then we just did not make a play on the reverse and a couple of other things happened offensively, and we didn’t finish this thing the way you would like to see it. There are some lessons to be learned from this game. We have gone through a lot of things with our players today. There were a lot of mistakes in this game. More mistakes than we would’ve thought. We prepared well, and again, in that environment, we just didn’t see it on the field. We just need to put this one to bed, learn from it, and get ready for the Saints.”

    (On responding to a loss)
    “We have been in so many of these games in the last five or six years, that our veterans, Isaac (Bruce), Torry, (Holt), and Marshall (Faulk), know how to respond. What’s happened, has happened. Now you just have to go back and make the corrections. We understand what we need to do this week to get it done, now the process begins.”

    (On giving up a score after tying the game)
    “I felt we were in positions to make plays, and didn’t do it. We had some penalties. This was problematic throughout the game. Whether it’s a face mask penalty or a false start, you just can’t have those, particularly in critical times. And we made mistakes at critical times that you just can’t make. When the game is that close, and there is a play there to be made, you just have to make that play. When we needed to make a play, we couldn’t make it. You need to learn from that. There are a lot of things that need to straighten out.

    (On playing on the road)
    “I think that a young team like this, particularly on defense, where we have a lot of young players, have not had that kind of adversity. When you get down like that, you cannot panic and you just have to stay focused, and know how to respond. You need to teach them how to respond. They need to learn that lesson. On the sideline, it was real good when we were on our way back to tying that game up. We just need to finish it at that point. And again, making plays that are critical in the game, that’s the most critical game of the year right there. At that point you need to step up and make those plays.”

    (On stopping the run)
    “A lot of those two-back runs were at the end of the game were, obviously, a let down. Before that they were averaging about three yards a rush. Their two-back run against the defense was, below what you would want as a football team. Vick, that whole situation, really hurt us. They did a nice job of changing up what they do and getting (Vick) out to the perimeter and challenging us out there. We made a couple of changes at half-time,...
    -09-22-2004, 06:06 AM
  • Nick
    Martz: 'We have to fix some things'
    by Nick
    Martz: 'We have to fix some things'
    BY JEFF GORDON
    STLtoday.com Sports
    09/20/2004

    Rams coach Mike Martz still expects big things from his football team.

    But after that 34-17 loss in Atlanta, Martz said there will be plenty of work to do at Rams Park.

    "We have some things to clean up," Martz said. "That stuff doesn't happen overnight. But we're going to end up being a real good team.

    "But we have to fix some things, no question about it."

    Here are some other highlights of his Q & A session with reporters:


    On what went wrong in Atlanta:

    "They got us on our heels on all three phases of the game, and on the road, this team needs to learn to fight back. I thought that we did that, getting the game back to a 17-17 position. Then we did not make a play on a reverse and a couple of other things happened offensively. We did not finish this thing the way you would like to see us do it. There are some lessons to be learned from this.

    "There were a lot of mistakes in this game, more mistakes than we would have thought. I think our players did prepare well. Again, in that environment, we just didn't see it on the field.

    "This is one of the few times in my career that we practiced very well and did not play well. A lot of it has to do with getting down early and not responding well as a football team."

    "Coming out of our own end zone, we have a penalty on a kickoff return that's unnecessary. We get into a little bit of a panic offensively, you know, and put ourselves in a hole.

    "A young team like this, particularly on defense, a lot of the young players have not had that kind of adversity. When you get down like that, you cannot panic . . . you just have to stay focused, know how to respond. You teach them to respond. That's where we are with this.

    "What's happened has happened. Now you have to go back and make the corrections. We understand what we need to do this week to get it done. Now the process begins."


    On why the game went south:

    "We were in position to make a play and didn't do it. We had some penalties . . . this was problematic throughout the game, whether it was a facemask penalty or false start or all those things. We just can't have those, particularly at critical times. We made mistakes at critical times that you just can't make.

    "When the game is that close and there is a play that's there to be made, you have to make that play. In those three phases of the game, when we had to make a play, we couldn't. They need to learn from that. There are a lot of things that need to be straightened out."


    On the struggles against the run:

    "A lot of those two-back runs were...
    -09-20-2004, 09:19 PM
  • RamWraith
    Martz on Monday: Still simmering over Sunday
    by RamWraith
    Compiled By Jeff Gordon
    STLtoday.com Sports
    10/03/2005

    Are you still upset about how the Rams played Sunday?

    You’ve got company. Coach Mike Martz is still simmering, too. He didn’t rub the game video in the players’ faces Monday, but he hadn’t forgotten the poor performances and blown plays in the 44-24 loss at Giants Stadium.

    Corrective action will be taken.

    “I was disappointed with some things that happened to us on defense,” Martz said at his Monday news conference. “It’s not the defense as a whole, it’s not what we’re running on defense. We’ve got some guys that didn’t play as well as we have in the past. You can’t have one or two guys do that, you’re going to give up big plays. We had a couple of big plays in that game that have no business ever happening.

    “For whatever reason, they did occur. We didn’t play well. Anytime you score five straight possessions . . . there are a lot of things you have to look at. There are some very significant concern about where this football team is.”

    But he chose not to browbeat the team Monday.

    “I believe this is an anomaly, I really do,” he said. “I did not look at this tape with these players. We’re going to move on. We’ve got to get ready to play Seattle. I understand what we need to do from a coaching perspective to get this right. Some of the guys we have . . . that did not play well, that would be confronted and corrected and if we have to make a change, we make a change.”

    “We need to get back on track to where we were building and get there quickly. I think we can do that. We’re not going do that by going back and rehashing what happened here last week. I know what happened. You all know what happened, you saw it. An old-fashioned whupping is what we took.

    “I’m not very pleased with some of the guys and their effort. We’ll rectify that. That I know we can fix.”

    “We’ll move on. If it shows its ugly head again, than we will make a change. That’s the way it’s going to be.”


    Here was Martz’s take on a number of other issues:

    On costly mistakes made by the safeties:

    “There were a couple of big plays by safeties that hurt us bad in this game, early too, where the receiver gets behind everybody. When we’re in Cover-2, that should never happen. There is no excuse for it. It’s just he decided to do what he wants to do, whatever that was. He’s got no business being up there. Those are the kinds of things that will be dealt with. That kind of thing can never be accepted. It can’t happen or else you cannot play.”

    “It takes just a few players to hurt a defense badly.”


    On the cornerbacks getting burned by rangy Giants receiver Plaxico Burress:

    “Yeah, he had a big day. We’ll get them some help. We’ll change some things. There are some coaching issues...
    -10-03-2005, 05:39 PM
  • RamWraith
    Martz on the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Tuesday, October 12, 2004

    (Opening statement)
    “Obviously this is a terrific win for this football team and organization. It means a lot in many respects. We are getting better, they did not get disillusioned. There were a lot of young players that learned how to compete, and stay in it. We had some players show up in this game that made plays to help us win this game. Guys like (Shaun) McDonald, Kevin Curtis, of course Brandon (Manumaleuna) with his touchdown catch, and Steven Jackson. DeJuan Groce came in and just did an outstanding job. We’re making progress, and we’re getting better. I know the first half didn’t turn come out the way any of us wanted, but they didn’t give up. When we went in at halftime, it was what we needed to do, it’s a step-by-step process, and here’s how we need to go about it, and they weren’t discouraged, and of course they were able to get the job done. I was very happy and pleased with the effort and how hard they played in the second half. When we had to make a play, somebody made a play. I was very pleased with the effort of the offensive line, particularly Grant Williams in the second half. He gave up a sack in the first half, and a rush on that side, but he came back in the second half and was outstanding on the right side. He was a major reason that Marc (Bulger) was able to move around and make some of the throws that he did. It was a great effort overall as a football team. I though special teams was very solid, the punt return was huge, and I though we covered their kickoffs very well. It was just a solid effort on the kickoff returns. It was Sean Landeta’s best effort so far, in my opinion, in terms of punting the ball. He had great hang time and distance, and there was only one return. Second half, we just need to continue from there, and continue to build. Offensive player of the game, although he had three interceptions, is Marc Bulger. To have three interceptions and to come back and compete and to play at the level that he did, and make those kinds of plays under pressure, is clearly a statement about not just what type of person he is, but the incredible player that he is. Special teams wise, Eric Flowers, four tackles on special teams, just an incredible job. Just a special mention for Trev Faulk again, he had three (tackles). Our defensive player of the game, Tommy Polley, with 10 tackles and a pass broken up. Just a great comeback by Tommy, he was out with a fractured rib, and did a great job coming back and making his presence felt on this football team. All in all obviously it was a terrific win for us, but as all games at this point, we have to have a short memory and get ready for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers here on Monday night.”

    (On Seattle’s defense on third down)
    “They changed quite a bit on third downs. They changed every third down. One was pressure, one was two, one was four, one was man, they changed everything. It all...
    -10-13-2004, 06:26 AM
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