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    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Thursday, November 25, 2004

    (Opening comments)
    “Monday night in Green Bay, it doesn’t get any bigger than that. We will practice today and tomorrow, the first half of tomorrow, then they will have the afternoon off for Thanksgiving. We’ll get a good practice in the morning, then the rest of the week we’ll finish as Friday is a Thursday, and Saturday is a Friday practice like we normally do for a Monday night game. Obviously, (Brett) Favre is playing very well. Defensively, they have gotten better and better throughout the season. They had some problems early, but they’ve been very consistent. They gave up some big plays early in the year, but they eliminated that. They are playing very sound right now. They are playing well as a football team.”

    (On Favre starting his 200th game)
    “It’s such an unusual feat at that position, it’s just hard to imagine any quarterback being able to accomplish that. To play through all of the things that he has played through, and to play at such a high level, I think we should all take our hats off to Brett, and the career he’s having. It’s a remarkable accomplishment, there’s no question.”

    (On what makes Favre special)
    “There’s so many things about Brett. His toughness, his competitiveness, at the highest level, it’s just unmatchable. He’s just a fun guy to watch. He looks like he’s having fun playing this game. He’d be playing anywhere, in the street, in the park, in the stadium, his passion for what he does is evident when he plays. His last game shows (against Houston), he can bring a team back at any point, from any deficit. He gets on a roll, and it’s hard to stop. That toughness and leadership qualities that he has, the whole football team relies on it. You can see the team feeds off of his personality.”

    (On the Rams’ injury situation)
    “Well DeJuan (Groce), with the knee, I don’t know if we will have him. We’ll just see where he is. He’s got a sprain fortunately. There isn’t anything there to be too concerned about. Other than that, we should be in pretty decent shape.”

    (On the lack of sacks Favre has taken)
    “He gets rid of the ball. The ball is gone. He moves around so well, and they are very active with him in the protections. He’s out on the edge an awful lot. They run a lot of play actions that keep him outside and away from some of the pressure. When pressure is on him, he gets rid of the ball quickly.”

    (On playing at Lambeau Field)
    “I don’t think about it. We’ve gone up there before and won. We went up there in our opener in 1995. When you start thinking about mystique and all that other stuff, you should play someplace else. Every stadium in the NFL has something special about it. We are not playing the mystique or the name, we are playing the Packers that are going to line up on the field.”

    (On the Rams’ resolve)
    “You have to have that resolve. We’ve been through this enough, the disappointments. The bad quarter there that puts you in a hole, and you have to climb out. If you don’t then you are going to go on a downward slide. You have to have a short memory. As painful as it is, when these things happen, you have to find out what the problems are, address them as well as you can, and make sure the players are clear about what needs to be done.”

    (On Green Bay’s offense)
    “They have always done a great job running the football. That’s an outstanding offensive line, and I think at this point, it’s the best one we’ve seen, maybe the best one we see all year. When we play them every time, that’s the comment that comes out of our defensive guys. They do such a good job in the running game, and changing things up. They stay on blocks so well and they create real nice seams. You’ll see that on third-and-one’s over the years, they’ll run that power play and the back will go 60 yards with it. They execute so well in the running game that it’s pretty impressive to watch on tape.”

    (On T Grant Williams)
    “Grant Williams, providing that he’s feeling pretty good, will probably start at right tackle. I think it was important to give Grant that week off. He feels much better today. I told him that we will work him in there this week, selectively to see where he is. We should have him available.”

    (On what players the Rams feed off of)
    “I think that Pisa (Tinoisamoa) on defense, there’s no question (players feed off of him). I think on offense, the two wide receivers (Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt), and Marshall (Faulk). I think they have an impact on this team with how they approach things, and with their personalities. Even though Isaac doesn’t say anything, just how he is and how he competes regardless of the situation, I think speaks volumes. I think everyone takes notice of that.”

    (On if P Sean Landeta will bounce back)
    “We’re going to have to practice outside this week sometimes. I want them to get out there in the weather. But we’ll see. We just want the best guy in there to do the job.”

    (On what he is thankful for)
    “I’m thankful for everything I have. I’m thankful for so much, I don’t even know where to begin. I’m thankful for this job, this opportunity, these players, these coaches, my family, my health, you guys (in the media). I’ve got a great job. I have the best job in the NFL. There’s so many things to be thankful for.”

    (On S Antuan Edwards)
    “He’ll be up this week. He’ll practice a great deal this week. We’re trying to get him ready to play. He was out at practice last week, and we were really pleased with how he moved around. He wasn’t 100 percent, but we were very pleased with what we saw. I’m excited about what he might be able to do to help us.”

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