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  • Martz on the Mike

    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Wednesday, December 15, 2004

    (Opening Statement)
    “As you look at Arizona, particularly on defense, this is a team that from the beginning of the year, creates some challenges for you. I think they’re much improved, they’ve got a good pass rush from the outside, and the linebackers are very active. They’ve changed their defense in that they are much more pressure oriented. They are getting after you and creating all types of structure problems that you have to account for. They are very disruptive and they’ve done a great job. They are playing with a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement. A passionate defense would be a good word for them. They look like they are really well coached on defense, they’re impressive to look at. They are a different defense than we saw at the beginning of the year in that they were much more of a seven-man front than opposed to some of the things that they are doing now. Offensively, with the receivers healthy, they create a real issue for you. Obviously the quarterback can move around and he has the big arm to get the ball down the field. With the big receivers they do like to do the long passes and get the ball down the field and score quickly if they can, and make some big plays. I would say it’s a challenge. Obviously they are a team right now that are kind of finding their way and have been on again, off again, much like us. It’s a big challenge for us. It’s a divisional game, the final one of the season for us, and that’s an exciting aspect for us.”

    (On WR Anquan Boldin being healthy)
    “He makes a huge difference. Just in the short time that he’s played, I can’t remember what his numbers are, but they are pretty impressive. I can remember standing on the sideline last year watching him down there, we had three or four defensive backs around him, and he pulled the ball away and scored. He’s a very electric and exciting player in this league. He’s a guy you have to account for.”

    (On if RB Steven Jackson will play)
    “Yeah. He ran full speed on the treadmill on Monday, and there was no swelling the following day. They also took him outside and did some drills. I saw him this morning and he had no swelling from the work that he’s done over the last few days. I’m real encouraged that we will have him. I assume that we will have him for practice today. Marshall (Faulk) wants to go today at practice. I asked him to be very careful, and he said he would tell me within a day or two how he feels. He’s very encouraged, he feels like he will be fine. I think we might be at full strength at running back. Marc (Bulger) is going to throw today, which about knocked me off my feet when they told me that today. I don’t know what that means, but evidently he threw on Monday, and pitched it around pretty good. We’ll just see what he does, and if there’s any doubt, obviously we will keep him out.”

    (On when QB Marc Bulger will know if he’s healthy enough to play)
    “I think Sunday morning is pretty good. We’ll get him out of the hotel in the parking lot, pitch it around a little bit, and we’ll roll. Done that before. I think he’s fine with that. I wish I could explain to you where he is as a quarterback right now. It’s such a thrill to be involved with that. When you get guys like Kurt (Warner), Marc, and Trent (Green), when they are going, they are really going good. Nothing phases them, they are on top it, they understand things immediately, and they recognize things. It’s such a thrill to be a part of that, and that’s kind of where he is. I wouldn’t hesitate one minute (starting Marc), if on Friday he’s ready to play.”

    (On if the veteran leadership on the offensive line will turn it around this game)
    “I think it’s a little bit more complicated than the mindset. I know Tom (Nütten) is really banged up, he’s playing on one leg. I know what Adam’s (Timmerman) shoulders are like. Adam doesn’t’ know this yet, but I’m not going to let him practice today. He doesn’t have a choice. I’m going to pull him out for practice. We just have to have them ready. We’ll give them some work tomorrow and maybe Friday. We’ll give some of these other guys some repetitions. They’re both physically beat up pretty good. And we have a rookie in there at right tackle. It’s not a question of wanting to play good, or the effort, or anything. That’s never been the issue with these guys. They are just banged up, trying to fight through it, and struggling a little bit. We have to do the right thing by these guys and give them the opportunity to get back physically. Particularly Adam, Adam will not come out of practice, he just refuses. He gets upset with it, and says he can’t leave his guys. It’s a very emotional thing for him, he’s the rock out there. Everything is kind of built around him in that offensive line, and if he leaves that huddle, even in practice for a minute, he has a hard time with that. We need to make sure we take care of him at the same token so he’ll be in shells the rest of the year. The attitude and the physical part of the game is back. I think the young guys understand that now. We’re playing with great passion on defense. We’ve moved up several notches on defense, just in the rankings these last few games. I’m very encouraged by the attitude of this football team, I really am. Obviously we have some weaknesses that we have to compensate for, and we will. We’ll line up and battle the best we can.”

    (On C Larry Turner)
    “Tom (Nütten) can’t walk without a limp, let alone play, so Larry will practice all day today at the left guard position. He deserves the opportunity, he’s absolutely good enough. I don’t have any problems with he or Darnell (Alford) going into guard at this point. They’ve been in our system long enough, and they’ve done very well in practice. They have a ceratin air about them, a calmness. This isn’t too big for either one of them. I’m not worried about that part of it. In retrospect, I should have gotten Tom some help earlier. I didn’t realize the extent of how bad his foot is. We’re going to try and get him some rest.”

    (On QB Chris Chandler)
    “I talked to him on Monday, when we looked at tape. I looked at tape just with him, and I do that often with the quarterbacks. I just felt like I wanted to sit down with him and explain to him that he hasn’t lost my confidence, and that I believe and trust in him. We just have to fight through this thing. I have to get him ready to go, pick yourself off the deck, and let’s go. A veteran understands that. Things start going bad, and you just can’t seem to recover from it, and that happens sometimes, but you have to learn how to bounce back. That’s the beautiful thing about this game, having another opportunity to do that.”

    (On if the running game will take pressure off of Chandler)
    “It should. That’s one of the things that I regret about the game last week. Earlier, I just got into that sense of catch up, and we were playing well enough on defense, as it turned out, that I didn’t really need to do that. I put Chris in a couple of situations that he wasn’t ready for, and we were banged up on the offensive line. We have to run the ball, and in order to run the ball well, you have to run the ball early. We’ll try to get some of that stuff done.”

    (On OT Orlando Pace’s play)
    “He was injured. He’s better, and he’s playing pretty well. He was nicked. He had the calf and the knee (injuries). He can play better. He’s not playing bad, but he can play better. He can be a dominate player, and at times he is.”

    (On Timmerman not practicing)
    “He doesn’t know it yet. I have to walk out there and tell him. I tried this with him before and it’s hard to do. He doesn’t want to hear anything about that. But I think he needs a good day off, he really does. We need to get him out of there, and maybe keep him in some of the team work, but he needs to be out of that other stuff. Not keeping (the team) in pads should help, with his shoulder, too. He’s going to have to have surgery when the year’s over with.”

    (On the run defense)
    “I see guys in the right spot. I see the linebackers really filling the gaps hard and stuffing the run, and attacking downfield, the blockers and the ball carrier. The indecisiveness that was there at one time, learning the gaps in the schemes, is leaving. There still are some errors in the (run) game that we need to clean up, but we are way further along in that respect than we were in the past. I see a certain sense of confidence and passion in what they are doing. I think we are tackling a lot better, as well. Our force from the secondary is a lot better than what it was early. Just like the first play in (the Carolina) game, (defensive coordinator) Larry (Marmie) shifts the front, and we end up with Bryce (Fisher) on a back, and they aren’t sure who to block, and we get a sack right away. Those are the things that we want for that defense, where you can create pressure or issues for the scheme, as well as getting players in position to make plays. That’s what we are trying to do. It was nice to see that on the very first play of the game. So the run defense is coming along much, much better than it was earlier.”

    (On the injuries to LB Pisa Tinoisamoa and S Aeneas Williams)
    “Pisa will play, and Aeneas is probably, I think, done for a while. I haven’t talked to him yet, but talking to the doctor, (Aeneas) has a very severe arthritic condition in his neck. It’s inflamed and he just won’t be able to play for a few weeks. We’ll just have to address that issue, and I have not yet had a chance to talk to Aeneas.”

    (On S Antuan Edwards)
    “Antuan, you can see in the game, there’s a play on the goal line and he’s right there, and he knocks the ball out. The awareness back there, and he has a great feel for that position even though he has not played it his whole career. He has great ball awareness, athleticism where he can get on either a tight end or receiver man-to-man. He has terrific range, good ball skills, and you’ve seen he’s made some terrific tackles for us. At this point, if (Team President)John Shaw were to ask me what I thought of him, and I think that his might be the free safety that we’ve been looking for that can give us a good number of years back there. Time will tell, but I’m very encouraged with what he’s done, and I’m thrilled that he’s here.”

    (On if the Rams can compete with 12-1 teams in the league)
    “We can. Are you kidding? We can. That’s why I’m so excited. I stand here every week and tell you that. Things come up that you have to deal with, unfortunately. If it were that easy, which it’s not obviously, trying to get guys to that certain point, sometimes it takes longer than you think it would. But we’re going to get there. I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen, and I told the team after the game that they have nothing to be ashamed of. They played their butts off, and we just made some mistakes that we couldn’t overcome. If we eliminate those mistakes, this is going to be a real good football team.”

    (On RB Emmitt Smith)
    “He’s a remarkable back and a remarkable person to continue to play at this level, and to watch some of the runs that he pulls off at this point, he’s a pro. That’s what it’s all about. That is what the NFL is. What you think the NFL should be are players like Emmitt. They have a passion to play this game regardless, they just want to keep playing and you have to pull them off of the field. That gives you goose bumps. He’s terrific.”

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    Mike and the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Wednesday, January 12, 2005

    (Opening comments)
    “The only guy that is questionable would be DL Tyoka (Jackson) for this game. We’ve got some bumps, nicks, and bruises, but it’s two short weeks that we had, so to give them an extra day off I thought was important. So we are going to treat this week as a short week, so we will go Wednesday practice, Thursday (practice), and a shorter version of our Friday practice on Friday, and then travel down to play the game. RB Arlen Harris, we may or may not have him. We are not real sure with his hamstring (injury). At this point everybody else should be in pretty good shape for this game. We have the normal annoying injuries that most teams have at this time of year. This is a terrific opportunity for us. We are excited about the opportunity to go down there and play in the divisional playoffs. I think the challenge is obvious with QB Michael Vick and their offense. I said on the conference call a few minutes ago that, playing their offense is a little bit like trying to defend the option. You’ve got RB Warrick Dunn, you can hand that ball off, or you can bootleg, or throw the football. The threat to do all of those things in one play is unique to the National Football League. It really creates problems for us, and then everybody is scrambling to adjust to it. He’s such a terrific player, probably the best athlete in the league today. He is capable of single- handily beating you, as much as anyone I’ve seen in this league since I’ve been in it. He’s a lot of fun to watch. What a terrific player he is. We’ve got our work cut out for us. Defensively, I think their whole defensive line, their defensive front, is very active, and very physical. They are very, very well coached. They did a terrific job of adjusting. They are tenacious. They stay after you the entire time. They are a very well coached football team throughout, that’s one of the reasons why they are in it. They have good people. Their defensive line is one of more impressive groups, overall, that we’ve seen all year.”

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    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.”

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  • RamWraith
    Martz on the Mike
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Mike Martz
    Tuesday, December 14, 2004

    (Opening statement)
    “Obviously we’re all disappointed in the way that we played that football game, particularly on offense. I think up front we had some issues, we did not play very well. We did not protect the quarterback, and he got a little rattled. We just could not get things going offensively. To have that many turnovers, and to hold them to 20 points, is kind of a miraculous job by the defense. We struggled early on defense. We gave up three real big plays in a row on that first series, but after the first quarter, I thought defensively we played really well. I was very pleased with CB Jerametrius Butler. I think (Antuan) Edwards is coming along just fine. He’s doing a good job. I think DE Bryce (Fisher) probably played his best football game since he’s been here. I really felt like RB Arlen Harris played exceptionally well. I think RT Blaine (Saipaia) probably played as well, if not the best, of all the offensive linemen. He basically blocked (Julius) Peppers. On the touchdown throw he had him by himself. We were doubling the tackle with our right guard and our center, and he had him by himself. It was a long count pass, and he blocked him. He’s good enough, and he’s going to be fine, he just needs to play. I love his toughness and his competitiveness. Offensively, there are some things that we need to clean up. QB Chris (Chandler) just got off the mark here a little bit. He got pressured early, and couldn’t settle down. I didn’t do a much better job of helping him in what we called. It’s kind of a flow of things that you get into, but you have to be able to run the ball and mix it in there. Kind of the nature of the way that game went early, we felt like we had to play a fast-paced game. As it turned out, that was not the case. If I had to choose to do it again, I wouldn’t have done that. I would have mixed it up a little bit better. I was just afraid of it getting away from us.”

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    by RamDez
    Head Coach Mike Martz
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    (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.”

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    “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.”

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    (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.”

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  • RamWraith
    Lots of good team quotes for the week
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 19, 2007

    (Opening Remarks)

    “Drew (Bennett), he got all of practice in so there shouldn’t be any issue with him playing this week. He was limited some, but just because we kept him out of things. Marc (Bulger) had full participation in practice. He was limited a little bit in his throwing, but he should be fine. Tye Hill did not practice. Richie Incognito did not practice. Claude Terrell had full practice and Pisa (Tinoisamoa) was limited. We’re headed in the right direction as far as getting guys back on the field. There shouldn’t be any surprises, hopefully we don’t have another Thursday like we had last week. Tomorrow we should be okay.”

    (On G Milford Brown)

    “He’s fine. There was no problem with him recovering from post game. He was a lot better yesterday and he went full today.”

    (On T Alex Barron’s attributes)

    “His athleticism. He’s ability to match up against speed. He has enough size to anchor. The ends aren’t getting any smaller these days. You go against some pretty incredible athletes over there. He’s been going against some pretty good ones on the other side. It’s kind of 50-50. He’s at the blind side of a right-handed quarterback. That’s very important for your quarterback knowing he’s going to see things to his right and to his left. He has to count on that guy and Alex’s No. 1 ability is to pass protect. He’s become a lot better run blocker as he’s progressed in his career. His overall talent. He’s really improved since he’s played for us in the last two years, and certainly since he came in the league.”

    (On how to reduce the number of hits on the quarterback)

    “You have to do it. The No. 1 best way to protect your quarterback is the run game. We have to get our run game going. It has not been satisfactory in the first two games. That has to be our strength – for our football team to run the ball offensively and to stop the run defensively. If you get your run game going there is a certain amount of respect that the defense gives the run game and it definitely helps your pass protection and puts you in better third-down position which is critical when you get in third-and-long or extra long. It gets the defensive ends; I know our defense is much, much better, when we get in those long-area situations because we’re equipped that way as far as our speed and all that. Until we do that it’s going to be a concern. There are other ways, protection schemes. It’s not always match protecting or keeping lots of people in. There is timing of routes. Everyone knows we have a deeper design to a number of our plays, but we have to pick and chose when we do those as well.”

    (On averaging 5-6 yards a carry for a short period of time in each of the first two games)

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    -09-19-2007, 03:56 PM