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  • Martz shifts from mad to furious

    BY JEFF GORDON
    Post-Dispatch Online Sports Columnist
    11/10/2004
    Mike Martz was ticked off Sunday evening after his team lost to the New England Patriots.

    He was still upset Monday afternoon when he broke down the game for reporters.

    And he was absolutely furious this afternoon before taking his team back onto the practice field.

    We’ve never seen Mike carry on like this at a news conference before. He became more and more agitated during his brief exchange with reporters.

    “I’m not happy with how we’re playing, period, regardless of a division race or anything else,” he said. “I think the way we played the last two games was embarrassing. Not so much whether we win or lose the game, just the way we played the game, period. We’re going to do everything we can to rectify that.”

    Can he go back to tape of the earlier Seattle victory and become energized by that?

    “I don’t need to look at tape to get energized. Not me. I don’t have to look at a tape to go to a happy place, to get energized. That’s just not who I am, sorry.”

    How did he assess the offensive line play after breaking down the tape?

    “We made our corrections,” he said. “That was unusual. That is the exception to the rule with that group. I’ve been very pleased with that group overall most of the year. That was not one of our better performances, but I wouldn’t single them out.

    “As a football team, we haven’t played well, period. We haven’t coached well, obviously, otherwise we’d play better. We can do something about all those things.”


    Geez, Mike, you haven’t been like this since becoming head coach. How did it come to this?

    “What difference does it make?

    “I know what the problem is. I do know how to resolve it. I’m going to see if we can get it done.”

    Will change come by doing things differently in practice; by saying different things to the team?

    “I would expect us to come out and compete better. That’s what I would expect, as a football team. We have a core of guys that you can hang your hat on. You can get up in the middle of the night and go out and practice them and they will give you all they got.

    “Now what we’re trying to do is get the rest of the guys up to that level. We were there for a while and we’ve fallen off a bit in a couple of key areas. This is about attitude, pure and simple.

    “It’s not about ability. It never has been, never will be. Everybody in this league has the ability to play. Everybody is talented, everybody is fast, everybody is big, everybody is strong. If you think that’s the difference, you’re sorely mistaken. This is purely a game of attitude.”

    Have any of the veteran players spoken up to the younger players?

    “We don’t hold hands, get in a stance and sing Kumbaya My Lord. I’m not into that. We have a direction we’re going. You’re on the train or you’re not. If not, get out, period.

    “I know where we’re going. I know where I’m going. You’re either with me or you’re not. Anything else? OK, thanks.”


    And that was it. Martz stalked off, eager to get busy with his team. The first guy that got caught daydreaming on the practice field is probably still running sprints.

    It was refreshing to see Mike worked into a lather. The days of “Shoot, we’ll fix it” apparently are gone -- as they should be.

    As we’ve noted, it’s tough to change a team at this point in the season. Little can be done with personnel eight games into the campaign and a team’s attitude can become rigid, too.

    Martz will try to fix that during the next few days. Mad Mike is now Furious Mike. We won’t know whether he got anybody’s attention until the Rams line up to face Seattle at noon Sunday.

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    “I’m not happy with how we’re playing, period, regardless of a division race or anything else,” he said. “I think the way we played the last two games was embarrassing. Not so much whether we win or lose the game, just the way we played the game, period. We’re going to do everything we can to rectify that.”
    My point exactly. I can stomach losing as long as we're playing hard, but not the way we've been playing the last few weeks.

    Go on Martz....kick some ass!

    Furious is good!
    Clannie Nominee for ClanRam's Thickest Poster

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    • #3
      Re: Martz shifts from mad to furious

      This is what I've been waiting to hear from him for weeks!

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      • #4
        Re: Martz shifts from mad to furious

        Let the madness begin anew. Fast and furious -- or whatever. Just do it. :helmet:

        We've got to win Sunday Vs. Seattle!

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        • #5
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          Mike on the Mike...

          Blah... Blah.... Blah...... (We better fix that......)

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          • #6
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            Martz is about to show everyone why he's just as good of a HC as he is OC. The Rams are about to go on a winning streak.

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            • #7
              Re: Martz shifts from mad to furious

              May your words ring ever so true, TX. I'm with you -- and with Coach Martz. :helmet:

              Knock on wood, knock on helmets, knock on opponent's end zone. Score AND win!

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              • RamWraith
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                by RamWraith
                Head Coach Mike Martz
                Wednesday, November 10, 2004

                (On CB Travis Fisher)
                “He got them fixed (his teeth). I think he got braces, and I think they wired it together. He’s fine. He can play, and he can practice. He’s in pain obviously, but there’s nothing wrong with his legs.”

                (On T Scott Tercero)
                “He’s got that shoulder issue that just pops out a little bit, actually a lot. He just continues to play. But he’s okay. You kind of have to probably keep him at a guard because it’s better suited for that shoulder than at tackle.”

                (On the NFC race being within a game or two of each other)
                “They understand that, and we’ve talked about that. It’s way past that at this point; I’m not worried about that. I’m not happy with how we’re playing period, regardless of a division race or anything else. I think the way we’ve played in the last two games is embarrassing. Not so much whether you win or lose a game, just the way we play the game period. We’re going to do everything we can to rectify that.”

                (On if practice will be different)
                “I don’t know. That’s family business. What we do in practice, and how we change things is something I normally don’t talk about.”

                (On getting energized by looking at the Seattle tape from last game)
                “I don’t need to look at a tape to get energized. Not me. I don’t have to look at a tape to go to a happy place to get energized. That’s just not who I am.”

                (On the offensive line)
                “We made our corrections. That is the exception to the rule with that group. I’ve been very pleased with that group overall most of the year. That was not one of our better performances. I wouldn’t single them out. I think as a football team we haven’t played well, period, and we haven’t coached well obviously. Otherwise we would play better. We can do something about all of those things.”

                (On any personnel changes)
                “Right now there isn’t any significant. We’ll see as the week goes on though.”

                (On doing something different in practice to get the intensity level up)
                “I would expect us to come out and compete better, as a football team. We have a core of guys that you can hang your hat on. You can get them up in the middle of the night and go out and practice them, and you can get all they’ve got. Now what we’re trying to do is to get them to get the rest of the guys up to that level. We were there for awhile, and we’ve fallen off a little bit in a couple of key areas. This is not about ability, never has been and never will be. Everybody in this league has the ability to play. Everybody is talented, everybody fast, everybody is big, and everybody is strong. If you think that is the difference, then you’re sorely mistaken. This is purely a game of attitude.”
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              • RamWraith
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                By Bryan Burwell
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                It sure has been some wild and wacky week right here in the River City, hasn't
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                Peale on us - not once, but TWICE this week - in a very public
                effort to make friends and influence football players.

                "We don't hold hands and get in a seance and sing Kumbaya. I'm not into
                that. ... You're on the train or you're not. Get out, period. I know where I'm
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                -Mike Martz


                So now that Mike Martz has thrown down another verbal gauntlet to a world full
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                Jones Dome with supremacy of the NFC West at stake. And once again Martz has us
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                purely a game of attitude."

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              • Yodude
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                by Yodude
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                By Nick Wagoner
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                With perhaps the most important game of the season at hand, the Rams are making changes in many areas. There might be some changes to the personnel, maybe a few tweaks to the gameplan, but the one area where a change is almost certain is clear: attitude.

                St. Louis has lost its past two games, losing a shot to open a comfortable lead in the NFC West Division. Rams coach Mike Martz said he has not been pleased with the team’s performance recently and things need to change, not just in scheme and personnel, but on the mental side also.

                “This is a game of attitude, pure and simple,” Martz said. “This is not about ability, it never has been, never will be. Everybody in this league has got ability to play. Everybody’s talented. Everybody’s fast, everybody’s big, everybody’s strong. If you think that’s the difference, you’re sorely mistaken. This is purely a game of attitude.”

                Essentially, the Rams need to toughen up to get a win Sunday. That is easier said than done against a Seattle team that doesn’t need a long memory to get fired up for this game. Rewind to the Oct. 10 meeting between the teams and you will find one of the best comebacks in NFL history, as St. Louis bounced back from a 17-point deficit to claim a stunning 33-27 overtime win. Actually, don’t rewind anything; Martz said he doesn’t need to watch any film to get excited for a game.

                “I don’t need to look at a tape to get energized,” Martz said. “Not me, I don’t have to look at a tape to go to a happy place to get energized. That’s not who I am, sorry.”

                With so much at stake this week, the thoughts of that game should be the furthest thing from the Rams’ collective mind. This game could be the defining game of the division this season. The Seahawks are 5-3, but have two losses in the division. The Rams are 4-4, but undefeated in the division.

                A win puts St. Louis firmly in control of the division and gives it an inside track to the playoffs. A loss could severely damage a team that is reeling and needs a win, not just to keep pace in the playoff hunt, but also to build some much-needed confidence.

                Nobody is giving up hope on the season, yet. There is plenty of season left, but the sense of urgency is certainly at its peak. Martz said the time has come for some of the younger players to make an impact.

                “I would expect us to come out and compete better,” Martz said. “I think that’s what I would expect, as a football team. We have core guys we can hang our hat on. You can get them up in the middle of the night, go out and practice and you’ll get all they got. What we are trying to do is get the rest of the guys up to that level. We were there for awhile and we fell off a little bit in a couple of key areas.”

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              • RamWraith
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                by RamWraith
                By Jim Thomas
                Of the Post-Dispatch
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                If he was Mad Mike on Monday, he became Really Mad Mike on Wednesday.

                The 2004 season has reached the critical-mass stage, and Mike Martz is doing
                everything he can to salvage it. Never mind the standings, the division race,
                or Sunday's NFC West showdown with Seattle. At the moment, Martz just wants the
                Rams to start playing better. A lot better.

                "I think the way we played in the last two games is embarrassing," Martz said
                Wednesday. "Not so much whether you win or lose the game - just the way we
                played the game. Period. We're going to do everything we can to rectify that."

                Including full-contact scrimmage work in practice.

                During the nine-on-seven run period, the first-team offense worked against the
                scout team defense. Then, the first-team defense worked against the scout team
                offense.

                With live tackling in both sessions. Yes, the Rams engaged in some live contact
                in training camp this summer, but those drills were performed almost totally by
                backups. Wednesday's work involved starters - basically everyone but running
                back Marshall Faulk on offense, and safety Aeneas Williams on defense.

                Scrimmaging in the regular season is unheard of in today's NFL. And it was a
                first for the "St. Louis" Rams. Not even in the Dick Vermeil days of three-hour
                practices did the Rams go full-contact.

                Longtime team officials said the Rams hadn't engaged in live practice
                scrimmaging in practice since the 1980s, during John Robinson's tenure as head
                coach.

                So Wednesday's work might fall under the category of desperate measures in
                desperate times. Martz wants the Rams to be more physical, and play a more
                violent brand of football. He wants them to block better. Tackle better.
                Compete better. Live tackling work in practices was a cattle prod to get that
                point across.

                "We've got a core of guys that you can hang your hat on," Martz said. "You can
                get out in the middle of the night, go out and practice them, and you're going
                to get all they've got.

                "What we're trying to do is get the rest of the guys up to that level. We were
                there for a while, and we've fallen off a little bit in a couple of key areas."

                So Wednesday's scrimmaging, coupled with Martz's message to the team Monday
                about accountability, are aimed at an attitude adjustment.

                "This is a game of attitude, pure and simple," Martz said. "It's not about
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                -11-11-2004, 06:46 AM
              • 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
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