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  • Summary of Orlando Pace Interview on Sirius Radio

    First of all, I know the Postons are known for hiring guys that aren't exactly the sharpest knife in the shed, and I'm not sure what his Wonderlic was, but Pace sounded very VERY intelligent in the interview. Didn't fumble for words, answered questions very professionally. He surprised me, that's for sure.

    Anyways, some tidbits...

    -Orlando Pace said the Rams were in a situation where they had to pass against the Pats and it didn't work out. Said they wanted to take advantage of a weakened secondary.

    -He hopes the Rams can get a chance to run the ball this week.

    -Pace didn't notice that Troy Brown was in the secondary because he was focused on the line, but said Martz wanted to attack them, but the Pats were prepared and ready.

    -They have to get Steven the ball more, and said he thinks Martz will get him the ball. Said he ran the ball well in practice.

    -Pace says that the offense needs a complete game with no hiccups on offense, and they need to be able to run the ball to be effective and put points on the board. Said he thinks Seattle will be fired up and give them a full game. The division is on the line and he thinks they'll play hard.

    -Orlando is again asked about the run, and says when they run effectively, it opens things up for the offense.

    -Pace said that the Rams will be prepared. They got back to the basics this week after two performances that weren't good the last two weeks. Says we need the tiebreaker and they've prepared hard for Seattle this week.

    -He said that they stressed the importance of the game to the younger players because of the playoff implications but also because of their last two losses.

    -Pace said that you never know who wins and loses going down the road, but they understand that each game from here on is an important game if they want to make the playoffs. They have to be focused week in and week out if they want to make it happen.

    -When asked about everyone picking Seattle in August to win the West, Pace said the team felt they were under the radar, which they like because they like to come up and beat the people getting hype.

    -Pace said regarding the soft nature of the defense that they did live drills this week and the defense understands that they have to play better.

    -He said that they need to be aware of the Seahawk defense and how hard they play. Said he didn't know if Wistrom was playing, but they'll give you a lot of effort and will make plays. Says that he likes the match-up between the Rams WRs against the Seattle secondary and feels they can take advantage of them.

    -Adam Shine and Pat Kerwin kept joking with Pace about having him on tape saying the Rams need to establish the run. Pace cracks up.

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    Re: Summary of Orlando Pace Interview on Sirius Radio

    I thought Pace fired the Postons?

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    • #3
      Re: Summary of Orlando Pace Interview on Sirius Radio

      He did...

      Speaking of, I actually got a chance to call in prior to Pace's interview. I talked about the defense with the two hosts (Adam Shine and someone else, not Riggins) but I should have told them to ask Pace about his contract situation and whether or not he intends on signing long term this offseason if the Rams put up a figure similar to what they offered this spring.

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      • RamDez
        Pace wants a victory - and an agent
        by RamDez
        Pace wants a victory - and an agent
        By Jim Thomas
        Of the Post-Dispatch
        Thursday, Jan. 06 2005

        Orlando Pace said Thursday that he still doesn't have an agent. But finding one
        will be at the top of his offseason to-do list.

        "After the season, I'm going to attack that pretty good," Pace said. "Probably
        the first week after the season."

        For now, Pace and the Rams are still working. Despite an 8-8 finish, the Rams
        qualified for the playoffs.

        "It was a goal of ours," he said. "We didn't have the season that we wanted to
        have. But obviously, we're here now. ... So we've got to go out and play our
        style of football, and try to get a win."

        Asked to assess his play this season, Pace replied: "It's tough to say. When
        you're 8-8, I don't think anybody's playing as well as they want to play. So
        obviously, I haven't played as well as I wanted to play."

        Even so, Pace was voted onto the Pro Bowl team at left tackle for the sixth
        consecutive season.

        "It feels good," Pace said. "Any time you're selected by your peers to be in
        the Pro Bowl, it's always an honor and a pleasure."

        Pace has played in only three of his previous five Pro Bowls, missing two trips
        to Hawaii because of injuries.

        Before the Rams' Dec. 19 game in Arizona, coach Mike Martz offered only
        lukewarm praise when asked about Pace's play.

        "He's playing pretty well ... but he can play better," Martz said at the time.

        Pace said Thursday he was unaware of Martz's comments.

        "I just try to go out and play," Pace said. "I understand we were going through
        a tough part of our season - not only myself. But I need to play better.
        Everybody needs to play better."

        The team played better in victories over Philadelphia and the New York Jets to
        qualify for the playoffs. After the Eagles game Martz singled out Pace, saying
        it might have been his best performance in two years.

        After being designated as the team's franchise player for the second year in a
        row, Pace skipped training camp for the second year in a row last summer. On
        Thursday, Pace disagreed with a reporter's suggestion that he may have missed
        the benefits of training camp more this year than in 2003.

        "Training camp is training camp," Pace said. "I don't think I missed it any
        more."

        When Pace fired agent Carl Poston just before the start of the 2004 season,
        hopes were raised that Pace could sign a multiyear contract with the Rams. But
        Pace couldn't say for sure Thursday if he'd be back in St. Louis next season.

        "It's up to the people...
        -01-07-2005, 12:11 AM
      • RamWraith
        Pace Proves a Pleasant Surprise to Rams
        by RamWraith
        R.B. FALLSTROM

        Associated Press


        ST. LOUIS - Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace broke a three-day silence on his contract holdout Thursday, saying a lighter playing weight would help him get back into playing shape in time for Sunday's opener.

        Earlier this week Pace agreed to a one-year, $7.02 million contract as the team's franchise player, and he practiced for the first time Wednesday. He reported at 325 pounds, almost 20 pounds below last year, and believes that will offset the fact he's got only four practices to get ready.

        During the offseason, in addition to working out on his own, Pace largely eliminated fried foods from his diet and cut back on his soft drink intake.

        "I feel light years better than I did last year," Pace said. "I feel a lot quicker, a lot fresher. That was one of the elements I dealt with last year, just trying to get the weight down."

        After two workouts, the Rams have been pleasantly surprised by Pace's conditioning.

        "It looks like he's been here all camp, honest to goodness he does," coach Mike Martz said. "No mental errors and he's quick, he's physical.

        "At this time last year he was very sluggish and the conditioning was a factor for him."

        Martz said there's no question Pace will be ready for the opener.

        "If there was any doubt, if he was not in great shape or if he was sloppy and making mistakes out here, you'd have to consider otherwise," Martz said. "But it's clear in my mind, he's looked terrific."

        Pace, the first overall pick of the 1997 draft, has been a holdout in three of his eight seasons. He said there's been no backlash from teammates who went through two-a-days plus four preseason games.

        "Really the bottom line, and what matters most in this locker room, is how the guys feel," Pace said. "And they're happy to see me and they're happy I'm back on the team."

        Pace said a holdout was his only option when the Rams designated him as their franchise player for the second straight season. Now that he's signed the Rams and Pace's agents, the Poston brothers, can negotiate a long-term deal.

        Not that he's holding his breath, considering the sides were far apart the last time they talked.

        "Right now I'm not really focusing on next year," Pace said. "Whatever happens at the end of the season, hopefully I can sign a long-term deal. If not, we'll be sitting here talking about the same thing next year."

        After three holdouts, Pace remains steadfast in support of his high-profile agents. He also said the bottom line is these are his decisions.

        "I always have confidence in the people that represent me," Pace said. "They're professionals in what they...
        -09-09-2004, 03:26 PM
      • RamWraith
        Pace dismisses retirement talk
        by RamWraith
        By Jim Thomas
        ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
        Friday, Oct. 26 2007

        Is he retiring? Everybody in his family has asked. Several of his friends, too.

        It's a fair enough question. Orlando Pace has been in the NFL for 11 seasons.
        He turns 32 on Nov. 4. But now he has suffered season-ending injuries two years
        in a row.

        So ... ?

        "I'm going to come back and play," Pace told the Post-Dispatch. "I will play.
        Initially, (retirement) crosses your mind. You think, 'Man, I can't go through
        another year like this.'"

        But like many players, Pace wants to leave the game on his own terms. In fact,
        he's adamant about it.

        "I have a lot of pride in wanting to do that," Pace said. "I've done a lot of
        good things in the league, and I want to continue to do more. I don't want to
        have an injury force me out, or somebody else telling me: 'You can't play
        anymore.'

        "So that's the one thing that really drives me, and that's going to drive me to
        play another couple years, hopefully."

        Following this season, Pace will have four years remaining on a seven-year,
        $52.9 million deal he signed in March 2005. Starting with the 1999 season, Pace
        was selected to seven straight Pro Bowls. But the trips to Hawaii came to an
        abrupt halt last season for the former No. 1 overall draft pick from Ohio State.

        A torn left triceps injury against Seattle on Nov. 12 ended Pace's 2006 season.
        He was punching out with his left arm, blocking former Rams teammate Grant
        Wistrom, when that injury occurred.

        The nightmare was revisited last month on another innocent-looking play in the
        Rams' opener against Carolina. Late in the first half, Panthers defensive
        tackle Kris Jenkins came at him on a running play. Pace thought the Panthers'
        Mike Rucker was going to loop around to the inside, but that never happened.

        "So I kind of just stuck my (right) hand out on Jenkins," Pace recalled. "I
        don't even think I hit Kris that hard. It was one of those freak things."

        Pace felt his right shoulder pop. He thought it was dislocated. At worst, he'd
        miss a week or two, get fitted for a brace and return to action. Or so Pace
        thought.

        "But once they got the MRI back, it was bad," Pace said.

        He had suffered a torn rotator cuff and a torn labrum in the shoulder. His
        season was over even as it had barely gotten started, and Pace would need
        surgery.

        "I was really excited about playing," Pace said. "I remember the night before
        the (Carolina) game, just being happy to be back out there. And then that
        happens. It's almost like your world is crushed a...
        -10-26-2007, 06:09 AM
      • RamFan_Til_I_Die
        Pace wants to go out on his own terms
        by RamFan_Til_I_Die
        Pace wants to go out on his own terms

        Left tackle has been hindered by injuries for last two seasons

        BY STEVE KORTE
        News-Democrat


        MEQUON, Wis. --St. Louis Rams left tackle Orlando Pace could have walked away from football after suffering two serious injuries over the past two seasons.

        He is financially secure, and his legacy in the NFL is already assured with seven straight Pro Bowl appearances, two Super Bowl appearances and one NFL championship in 11 seasons.

        So why did Pace, 32, return for his 12th season in the NFL?

        "I want to be able to walk off the field on my own terms and not with a doctor by my side," Pace said.

        When Pace came off the field holding his arm against his side late in the first half of the season-opener against Carolina Panthers last season, it was a deflating moment for the Rams' entire team.

        "Left tackles are hard to come by, and he's one of the best of all time," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "It's hard to come by guys like that, and you miss them when they are gone. You can't really replace them."

        Pace missed the rest of the 2008 season as he underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder. He'd missed the final eight games of the 2007 season because of a torn triceps muscle in his arm.

        "There is luck involved in this game, and Orlando has had bad luck the last two years," Linehan said. "Generally, luck doesn't stay bad. I think he's really worked hard getting himself in the best shape that he has been in for a long time. You can worry all day about injures and things happening in games, but you just have to think positive and know we have better days ahead."

        Pace has been cleared medically to practice, but the Rams are being cautious about bringing him up to full speed in training camp. He hasn't taken part in any one-on-one blocking drills.

        "I knew they were going to work me in slow, so this is what I expected," Pace said. "I'm getting used to tackling and hitting again, getting my body ready."

        Pace said he's still learning to trust that his surgically repaired shoulder will hold up.

        "The tough thing about practicing now is mentally being willing to throw my arm in the there and use it without even thinking about it," Pace said.

        Just having Pace on the practice field has been uplifting for his teammates.

        "Physically, it is kind of self-explanatory," Rams center Brett Romberg said of the impact of having Pace back at left tackle. "But, when you are a defensive end on the other side of the ball who is going to go against a legend like Orlando, it's a little more mental work.

        "Whether Orlando is a 100 percent or 80 percent, he is going impose some kind of...
        -07-28-2008, 11:02 AM
      • bruce4life
        hmmmm... pace doubtful..
        by bruce4life
        dont look like pace will be playing this weekend against the lions... thats going to hurt us but i believe adam goldberg can get it done
        -09-29-2006, 02:37 PM
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