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    Wednesday, January 5, 2005

    S Adam Archuleta

    (On how it feels to be in the playoffs)
    "This is three times in four years for me. It's definitely a better feeling than going home and being in Arizona right now. Which definitely could have happened. It feels good, especially after everything that we have been through, to get a chance to go on."

    (On his back)
    "It is what it is. It's a situation where I have had to pretty much battle it out, and grind it out throughout the end of the year. Really the only thing that is going to help is rest and rehabilitation. It's been manageable, I've been able to play and get through it, and it's starting to feel better. But Just like any injury, there's setbacks. It's just football, it's NFL football. I think it is evident that I haven't been as physical (this year). I'm not a guy who is going to sit here and make excuses, and say, 'the back has done this, and it's affected me this way,' because I still have a responsibility to my teammates and this organization to go out there and do my job. I know that I haven't forgot how to play football, to be physical, and how to run around and fly around. It just doesn't happen overnight. I have to say that due to not being able to workout throughout the season, my body going a little bit downhill, and not having that explosion and that pop, I have to say that it has been a factor."

    (On how he hurt his back originally)
    "It was in training camp. I had a back twinge. It was kind of my fault, I tend to overlook little injuries. Throughout my career they've always kind of gone away and taken care of themselves. So I really didn't say anything about it. This time it just kept getting worst. After the Arizona game I went to (Rams' Athletic Trainer) Jim (Anderson) and said, 'Jim, my back is really tightened up, it's really starting to bother me.' Then we took the MRI and saw that there were some disc issues, and it just kind of snowballed from there. So it's a little bit of my fault for not taking care of it when it first started acting up, and just kind of let it get out of control."

    (On how frustrating his injury is)
    "Like I said, it's frustrating because I have an obligation to my teammates. That's what they expect out of me, and that's what I was brought here to do. When I don't bring that style of play, when I don't bring that intimidating physical presence to the defense, to me I feel like I let everybody down. It's hard to look at the guys in their eyes when I had an opportunity to make a play and I didn't make a play. It's hard as a football player, and it's been difficult."

    (On if will be back to 100% next year)
    "I'm fine. Trust me, this won't happen again. I've learned a lot about how to take care of my body through this experience. I just can't ignore things, and put them off, and have the mentality that they'll take care of themselves, like I have in the past. Definitely this season has been a tremendous learning experience in all types of phases of the game. It's been a tremendous learning experience with all the adversity that I've had to face, and this team has had to face."

    (On the problems with special teams)
    "That's a great question. That has really hurt us this season. It's evident that that is something that we need to fix. You just can't have a kick returner go downhill at your kicker, with a lead blocker. We can't expect Jeff Wilkins to make the tackle, he's not suppose to. A kicker should go through an entire football season and not make a tackle. It's up to us, we have to be accountable. It's something that needs to be fixed, and is a glaring weakness on our football team."

    (On if Seattle will look at this game as revenge)
    "Perhaps. They had their shot at revenge. That game against Seattle has kind of been indicative of the way our season has gone. We were down and out that game. They were really taking it to us, offensively and defensively. At a time, like at the end of the season, when we could have packed it in, and taken it home, this team persevered and found a way to win, when almost all of the odds were against us. It's just kind of been a reoccurring theme with us."

    (On the Seattle comeback win)
    "I was elated. It was unbelievable to come back from those kind of circumstances, and to see Shaun McDonald catch that ball and go into the endzone. It was one of the better feeling that I've had as a football player, just knowing that this team was able to bounce back, offensively and defensively, from such adversity. It was an unbelievable feeling, just one of those great feelings in sports."

    (On how the defenses confidence is making a difference)
    "I think it does a lot. Confidence is key, and I don't think that we played with a lot of confidence throughout most of the season on defense. I think that when things got tight, or something bad kind of happened, guys tended to wallow around, and feel sorry for themselves. We were really kind of unsure of what we were doing. We didn't know if we were doing things right, or why didn't I make that play, or who's play was that. Instead of just saying, 'we know what kind of players we are, we know what we can do, we are just going to go out there and be physical, we're going to play fast, and we're going to know what we're doing.' And regardless of what happens, we're going to try and set the tone on defense. I think you can see in the last in few games we have definitely had more of that attitude, and guys flying around and being physical, and really having fun out there."

    (On Seattle RB Shaun Alexander)
    "He's huge. Our first game he had about 180 yards, and our second game he had about 200 yards on us. That's embarrassing. We know what kind of running back he is, he is a heck of a back. So much of what they do on offense is obviously centered around him. In the NFL you can't allow teams to run on you. When they have that success, usually the advantage goes to them. We have to stop him, we have to shut him down, and allow them to make plays in other areas of the game."

    DE Bryce Fisher

    (On the defensive line playing better towards the end of the year)
    "I think guys are really starting to understand what Coach (Larry) Marmie, and Coach (Bill) Kollar wanted us to accomplish on each different play. The real good thing that we've been doing, is the last couple of weeks we've known what teams are going to do based upon their formations. If the fullback moves in this direction we can pretty much key in on what kind of play is going to happen, and guys are just selling out."

    (On playing a playoff game in his hometown Seattle)
    "I love it. I already called my mom and asked her to cook, and a friend of the family is making cookies. All of that is good, but once we get there Saturday morning, the only thing that is going to matter is getting a win. It doesn't matter that it is going to be in front of everybody that I grew up with."

    (On leading the team in sacks)
    "Actually I didn't really pay too much attention to it. Obviously, the way teams set their protections, it's to account for Leonard (Little) on one side, and if we bring a safety or a linebacker down in the box. I've been lucky that this year I've gotten some one-on-one matchups against running backs and some tight ends, and I've taken advantage of some of those opportunities."

    (On going into the playoffs with confidence)
    "We feel like on any given Sunday, if we play our type of football, which is with a lot of intensity, guys knowing what they are supposed to do, and with a lot of enthusiasm, there's not a team in this league that can beat us. We have the talent, and all year we have shown that we have talented guys, but we've been making crucial mistakes in crucial moments. If we eliminate those kinds of mistakes, and play with the kind of enthusiasm and intensity that we're capable of, then things will work out well for us."

    (On Seattle RB Shaun Alexander)
    "The thing about Shaun Alexander is that he starts to play one way, and then checks every single gap coming back. If he finds a guy that's not where he is suppose to be, then he is going to exploit that weakness. It's going to be important that we trust that the other six or seven guys that we have in the box are going to be in their gap, and none of us come out of our box. Otherwise, what should be a two-yard gain, can turn into 20. We don't want him running on our free safety all day."

    (On if he thinks the last couple of games have been his best performances)
    "As an individual, I think I've played pretty well over the last couple of weeks. I think I've had a couple of games earlier on in the year that I probably played better, but didn't get noticed, because we weren't able to come out with the win. I think when we win it's easier to highlight guys that are playing well, and it's easier to cover when guys are playing poorly. Earlier in the year, when we were winning some games, and I was playing as well, it didn't get noticed. But when we were losing some games, and I wasn't playing very well, obviously it was noticed."

    (On the Rams' special teams problems)
    "We've tried a lot of different things, from putting different guys in different positions, and different movements. I think it's going to come down to the 10 guys that are out there, other than (Jeff) Wilkins, has to play with their hair on fire. Whichever one of us is covering, we have to be in our lane, we have to be disciplined, and we have to blowup the wedge and force the kick returner to make cuts that he doesn't want. If he can run downhill, any kick returner in the league looks great. If you can make him make a cut that he's not ready to make, then most of the time it's a tackle inside the 25."

    (On if the hit he took in Miami set him back)
    "I don't want to make excuses, but it shook me a little bit. It was definitely hard as far as I couldn't breath for a couple of weeks right, and I was coughing up blood for probably another 10 days or so. I don't think that was necessarily the reason for that four weeks that I didn't play very well, I think it was just a matter of not making plays when I had the opportunities."

    (On if he is shocked that they are in the playoffs)
    "We believe that anything can happen in the league, but it was definitely a thin chance. The funny thing is, it doesn't matter where the statistics or ranking are going into the game, the only thing that matters is the 52 yards and 100 yards on the field, and when it comes down to it, those 22 guys out there competing."

    (On if he thinks they are the long shot to make the Super Bowl)
    "We're still the St. Louis Rams. We still have as talented of an offense and defense as there is in the league. I'm sure that there are a lot of teams that when they saw us make it in, where kind of wishing somebody else did."

    (On playing Seattle for the third time this year)
    "We know what Seattle is going to do, they know what we're going to do. They're a fairly simple offense, we're a fairly simple defense. So it will come down to whichever guy has an opportunity to make a play, be it their offensive guys, or our defensive guys stepping up and making a play. When it comes down to our offense scoring, our offense has scored on their defense forever. So we're going to need to hold up our end of the bargain."

    (On the comeback win against Seattle)
    "They were stunned, their fans were upset, but that's why you play the whole 60 minutes. The game isn't won in the first half, and it's not won in the third quarter. It's not over until that last bell is rung. Shaun (McDonald) made a couple of huge plays in that game. Last year he didn't have a whole lot of opportunities to make plays, this year he has been making a ton of plays for us, and that's the kind of effort that we're going to need from a lot of guys on this team."

    QB Marc Bulger

    (On his shoulder)
    "It's about the same. I don't think it will ever get back to 100% as long as we're playing, just from landing on it a couple of times. It's still better than two weeks ago."

    (On warming up on the sidelines between series)
    "I've done it more this year. I started up in Green Bay doing it, and kind of found out, the loser I stay, the better I am. Especially like the Philadelphia game, we didn't throw the ball the whole first series. It had been 25 minutes since I'd thrown, so I figured I would keep throwing. It's worked, so I'm going to stick with it."

    (On if making the playoffs has taken a lot of criticism off the team)
    "Yeah, it helps getting into the playoffs. Obviously, if Minnesota would have won, we wouldn't be in there, and we would be taking a lot of criticism. We've brought a lot upon ourselves this year, going 8-8, but we squeaked our way in. I know there are momentum factors, and you can look at past games and say who we are going to win and lose against. The slate is clean right now. Sure we have to go on the road, but we've done it before."

    (On his progression from last year to this year)
    "I've been a lot more consistent this year. I've learned a lot from last year. There are mistakes that I made last year just because it was the first time I had seen the situations or protections. As long as I didn't repeat the same mistakes this year I thought that I would be better, and fortunately I haven't. I think, like what you were saying, last year to this year is like night and day to me."

    (On the fourth quarter of the Seattle comeback game)
    "I think coach did a great job of telling everybody to stay on course. Obviously we were down to six minutes, but we didn't have to get it all back in one play. I think that is a good way to keep guys in the game. You think you are going to score 21 points in five minutes, to think of it that big seems unrealistic. But just to take one series at a time. After Kevin's (Curtis) touchdown, I think guys started believing. You could see our defense feeding off of us and vice-versa. Not thinking we had to do it all at once was the key to that game."

    (On knowing they can come back in any game)
    "I think any team can say that, but unless you have done it, it doesn't have much credence. We, obviously, didn't make that many comebacks, but just knowing that no matter how bad it gets, we can always fight our way out of it. Who knows, maybe when we were 6-8 just those experiences helped us climb out of that hole a little bit."

    (On if Seattle is any different than the last time they played each other)
    "No. They have stayed with the same fronts and coverages. They play us a little different, in certain personnel groupings, than everybody else. Whether they will stick with that, we don't know. I think at this point in the year, you pretty much do what you do. They have a sense of what we do, and we have a sense of what they do. Now it's just a matter of old football, blocking and tackling."

    (On if their defensive backs can keep up with all the Rams' weapons)
    "They tried to go one-one with us when they came here, and I think they did that for about a quarter. To guard Isaac (Bruce) and Torry (Holt) is nearly impossible one-on-one. That being said, if you do that you get an extra guy rushing the passer. I'll go back to, if we can block them, and they want to go one-on-one, I think that is a good advantage to us. Like most teams, they usually double the wideouts, and try to get a pass rush with four guys. If they can do that, that's when we're in some trouble."

    (On how confident he is on his ability to recognize different defenses)
    "I think you recognize things so much quicker when you're walking to the line (from experience). You know why the safeties are cheating. Two years ago, if the safeties were down, I'm thinking they are blitzing from that side. You realize that's their disguise. So you see their disguise before they do. It's like driving your car home, you can do it almost blindfolded once you've done it so many times. If it's you first time, and you're lost, you're unsure about yourself. Now that I have such a good understanding of the offense, it just makes recognizing defenses so much easier."

    WR Isaac Bruce

    (On what he remembers about the comeback against Seattle)
    "I just remember guys flying around making plays all over the field. Defensive guys stepping up and making plays, and special teams stepping up and making plays. I think (Shaun) McDonald had a big return on a punt. It kind of led up to a pretty nice ending."

    (On being the underdog)
    "It just lets us know, and kind of remind us, that we still have to go out and play. We're going to have to be able to come out and play a full 60-minute game, and keep in our minds that there is no tomorrow. So we have to go out and perform."

    (On the difference between QB Marc Bulger this year as opposed to last year)
    "He's played well. He's really stepped up. Anytime he's not in there, things don't seem to go as well as they've been going. He's a really important piece in what we do as far as this offense is concerned. He's played marvelously this year."

    (On if the series with Seattle has become a rivalry)
    "I think it has. From a standpoint that I think players from both teams pretty much know each others names on a first name basis right now. From that standpoint it's a rivalry. We kind of know their tendencies, and they know ours. That's what translated into a rivalry. Plus they're in our division, and two top teams that usually fight for the division title. Here it is in the playoffs."

    (On Seattle's secondary)
    "They have two really good corners. I think (Marcus) Trufant has the best feet I've seen in a long time in a cornerback, as far as changing direction is concerned. He has good enough hands and awareness to play the football. You usually don't find that in a total package with a defensive back. A guy who can play the ball, and get in and out of his breaks really well. I think he would be a pretty good receiver."

    (On appreciating making the playoffs more as he gets deeper into his career)
    "Definitely. My first five years I didn't even smell the playoffs, so I really didn't know what to expect. I was always home right after Christmas just watching games on FOX, just being a part of playoffs that way. As time has gone by, I am accustomed to playing in the postseason. I seem to get my mind ready to play in the postseason now every year. I think I'm spoiled now, and it's good being spoiled that way."

    (On if he thinks they are a better team now than earlier in the season)
    "I believe we are playing a whole lot better overall. It's important to peak this time of year. I'm not saying that we are peaking, but I just think we are playing football as a unit a whole lot better than we've been playing."

    (On the progression of WRs Kevin Curtis and Shaun McDonald)
    "It's kind of amazing to see. You see Curtis coming in and making plays consistently. When Shaun gets in the game and he makes a big play, it's kind of like a coat of confidence overtakes him. He'll go around and give high fives to guys. It's amazing to see, because he's a guy that doesn't say much, and when a big play like that comes his way, he automatically turns into a leader. It's kind of funny to see sometimes on the field."

    (On if it was hard to keep his head up during the season)
    "Not really. Me honestly, I haven't sat back and just looked at the season. I'm still in the presence of the season, so I haven't had the chance to go back and look at it to see if it's been crazy or not. But that season is done. I'm still working in the postseason, and still happy to be doing it."

    (On the young players understanding the playoff intensity)
    "I'm sure they've seen it on television. They've seen how intense every game is, from the standpoint that we can't afford to make mistakes, we can't afford to have a missed assignment, and can't afford to turn the ball over. I'm sure they've seen it through their college careers. But just being in the mist of it, like any other sport in the world, it's hard to compare."

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  • RamWraith
    Linehan and others comments
    by RamWraith
    Rams Head Coach Scott Linehan

    September 17, 2008



    (Opening Remarks)

    The out players are (WR) (Drew) Bennett and (WR) (Keenan) Burton. Burton did have the scope yesterday afternoon, everything went great, wasn’t anything more than what we thought. He’ll be out for the bye right now for him, we’ll see where he is at that point. (G) (Jacob) Bell and (DE) (Leonard) Little were limited in practice as far as their participation, but we’ll know probably by Friday, I would think, it might be a gameday decision, but probably by Friday.”



    (On if there’s any lineup changes)

    “Not anything yet. Even if we did we wouldn’t announce it.”



    (On if there are going to more changes on the offensive side of the ball)

    “Kicker. We’re not going to play (K) Josh Brown, he’s just too nervous going back to Seattle.”



    (On why he doesn’t want to announce any of lineup changes)

    “I don’t see an upside about having any personnel changes in what we do the week before. I don’t think there’s any upside to it as far as, given the information, it has nothing to do with giving it to you guys it has more for what we’re doing for the gameplan.”



    (On the snowball effect of losing consecutive games and what’s different this week)

    “Because we’ve only played two games. Really, every year is a different schedule and timing of things, all that stuff, and we didn’t play particularly well in our first two games, but we played two tough opponents that were probably preseason, Super Bowl, got a lot of accolades as to what they were going to do. We would like to be sitting here in a better situation after two games, but also knowing who we played, and it’s not like it's getting any easier, but I just feel, this is our first division game. Really all the goals we’ve set for our team are right in front of us at this point in the season. Every season, in my lifetime and it might be different for other people, but in my lifetime, has just had a unique feel or flavor to it and this will be no different in my opinion. The guys have been really, really responsive to rebounding and so we’ll see, but I just have a good feeling about it.”



    (On the atmosphere and attitude on the first day of the work week)

    “That’s great; actually it was really good. I didn’t expect any different, but you still have to see. Everybody in the building has to be consistent in that way and I think it’s been outstanding. Again, it’s early and we’d like to go back and have a couple do-overs, but that’s not the way life is and that’s definitely not the way football is so if we can keep our head and wits about us, we can really, really get something going at this point because it’s still early in the season and we’re in a good spot. We haven’t played in...
    -09-18-2008, 04:21 AM
  • 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)

    “We’ve managed...
    -09-19-2007, 03:56 PM
  • RamWraith
    Wed. Quote Sheet (very long)
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    Wednesday, November 15, 2006



    (Opening statement)

    “The injury report is pretty much the same as it was on Monday. (T Orlando) Pace was already announced as out for the year. Evaluation of (CB Travis) Fisher was not real positive as to when he would be back. It looked more like six weeks than four. With that in mind, we made a decision to place him on I.R. (Reserve/Injured list) as well. It would have been the soonest back maybe second to the last game, or even the last game, but that wasn’t even guaranteed. You re-injure an arm that’s already got a plate in it; you’re going to be a little more cautious than anything else.”



    (On why they placed Fisher on I.R.)

    “I think it’s just the logical thing to do. It’s tough for any player to not be able to come back or know that they aren’t going to have a chance to return. You have to make this decision to free up a roster spot too; knowing you’re not going to have that player available, really, six of the next seven games. At best, it would maybe be the last game of the season, but that’s the best case scenario, probably. With that in mind, we utilized the hierarchy rule, and opened up a roster spot.”



    (On what WR Willie Ponder can bring to the table)

    “He’s a specialist in that area. He’s one of those guys that you set returns up for his running style…he’s a straight ahead, gains a lot of speed, one cut returner. He’s done it. He led the league, or was close to one of the leaders in the league at New York (Giants) at one time with certain return styles and types. I think those are the kinds of things we’ll try to implement with him. I think he can impact the game with not just positive field position, but with a big return, and have the ability to hit the home run.”



    (On CB Tye Hill’s performance)

    “I think he’s improved weekly. He’s a great competitor. He’s had to overcome ups and downs, as all rookies do, and I think he’s done a great job of that.”



    (On where G Adam Goldberg will fit into the lineup)

    “Right now we’ll probably just leave (T Alex) Barron on the right side. I think both are more comfortable…and as we talked it through, we were more comfortable not changing. We finished the game that way, so there’s a certain level of comfort there. We’re really not changing anyone’s position. It would be really changing two guys and having to overcome all those issues.”



    (On the challenges that Carolina’s team possesses)

    “Great talent. You look defensively, they’ve got one of the best, if not the best, front four. They’ve really improved their…they’ve had an injury. I know (LB Dan) Morgan was hurt early. They’ve patched things up nicely at linebacker, and their secondary…they’ve got some really good players...
    -11-16-2006, 05:27 AM
  • RamWraith
    Head Coach Jim Haslett December 3
    by RamWraith
    Rams Head Coach Jim Haslett

    December 3, 2008



    (Opening Remarks)

    “Injury wise, (DE) Victory Adeyanju has a neck (injury) and he was limited today. He’ll be day-to-day. We’ll see how he goes. (LB) Chris Draft practiced today with his broken foot, I thought he did ok, we’ll see how he is tomorrow. (CB) Tye Hill was running on the side, but he still…we’ll have to make a decision on him pretty soon. I think that’s the three major ones.”



    (On if G Richie Incognito is ok and if he had to take a psyche test)

    “Yeah (he’s ok). No, he didn’t have to take one, he’s fine, he practiced today, he did fine.”



    (On if they will have to keep WR Donnie Avery out to rest)

    “He sat, he did all the walk-throughs, he did individual walk-through and then we took him out of all the team stuff. Him and (WR) (Keenan) Burton and (WR) Torry (Holt) was limited. We tried to give the receivers a break today; they’ve been running a lot.”



    (On CB Tye Hill’s injury)

    “Well, we have to make a decision. Him sitting around doing nothing, this is week six and sooner or later you have to get back on the field. He’s been hurt for, this is what, he missed eight games last year and he’s going to miss 10 games this year and another 12 games this year, that’s a lot of games.”



    (On if he thinks RB Steven Jackson is full-go)

    “I think you have to have to ask him, so we don’t have a conflict here, but he looked fine to me today. I thought he was fine.”



    (On if he plans on giving RB Steven Jackson more touches this Sunday)

    “Yeah, I think they’ll be more. We’ll sit down, based on how he feels this week, we’ll try to give him…he looked good to me today, so we’ll add some of the reps based off how he feels. But he’ll get back in the swing of things full-go here. I thought he looked pretty good today.”



    (On how much it means to the team to have RB Steven Jackson on the field)

    “He’s a great football player. Any time you lose a player, he’s probably the best player on our football team, if you lose a guy like that and it means a lot to you. It means a lot to your offense obviously, and it means a lot to your defense because it keeps them off the field. You saw the results last week; I thought the defense played better, obviously, when you play less time. And it helps special teams because the field position. We said it from day one that for us to win games Steven has to do a great job of running the football along with ‘Pitt’ (RB Antonio Pittman) and (RB) (Ken) Darby as a compliment and (QB) Marc (Bulger) has to manage the game well.”



    (On if he talked to RB Steven Jackson about the comment he made in the locker room last Sunday)

    “Yeah,...
    -12-03-2008, 03:10 PM
  • RamWraith
    Linehan Quotes
    by RamWraith
    Head Coach Scott Linehan

    Tuesday, December 26, 2006



    (Opening statement)

    “The injury report, actually nothing real significant this week which is nice for a change. Leonard Little and Richie Incognito both suffered a couple bouts with some stingers that caused them some discomfort, but shouldn’t be anything that keeps them out. All of our other players that played in the game came out fairly healthy; nothing to report. Again, our approach this week, really no different than previous weeks. We’re focused on getting our eighth win of the year. I know if we win the game we’re going to need some help to get in, that’s the position we’re in. But if we don’t win the game then it doesn’t matter. That’s got to be our approach, and then maybe some luck falls our way, then who knows. Like I said before, and have said in previous weeks, it doesn’t matter unless we win the game.”



    (On how DE Victor Adeyanju and S Jerome Carter came out of the game)

    “Both those guys came out okay. We are going to try something different with Victor’s cast. He wasn’t real comfortable with the one he used. He was able to use his hand somewhat, but I think it was a little uncomfortable. He’s actually got a new one on. Just something to try to help his effectiveness with using that. Jerome Carter came out just fine.”



    (On how much Adeyanju played)

    “He got about 15 snaps, so he played quite a bit. Spelled some guys in there, Leonard, in some situations he was able to play; but significant enough to where I think it was beneficial for us, especially in the second half. I think guys were wearing down with…we had six linemen up for a couple games there. You could tell we were wearing down in the second half and I think it helped keep us somewhat fresh.”



    (On Adeyanju’s new cast)

    “It’s going to be a little smaller. It’s still got to protect it, that’s the primary reason. He just felt it was uncomfortable with the way he had his hand. It was set so he could use his hand. He really doesn’t have a lot of function with it. He’s got to have something to protect it so it doesn’t feel uncomfortable while he plays with it. Got another one on there; see how it feels during practice this week.”



    (On G Adam Timmerman going in for one play)

    “That’s when Richie (Incognito) got the stinger. He came out for one play, and that’s when Adam went in.”



    (On RB Steven Jackson being named offensive player of the week)

    “They just said Steven is offensive player of the week, which doesn’t surprise me. You don’t have a 150 (rushing yards) and 100 (receiving yards) too many times. Maybe once in a career.”



    (On trying to keep Jackson fresh throughout the week)

    “We’ve been doing that with...
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