RAMS COACH MIKE MARTZ
How much of a role do you think Strahan will play in the game?
I don't know. Obviously, he the best pass rusher, probably the best defensive end overall in the league today, so we have to account for him. And how well we account for him will dictate how much success he will have. I know we have our hands full. We are in for a battle.
Does it scare you knowing how much depth the Giants have at corner and can bring Sehorn in the game as the nickel back?
I think our focus is just on how well we play. How good your opponent is, you don't have any control over that. I know they are outstanding. They have had great success in the past. We've got a challenge here. But our focus is always on how well we play. We try not to focus on how good the other team is.
Do you feel there is a blueprint to beat you, based on what the Patriots did and what the Giants did last year?
I think usually it is just a performance level. What the Patriots did to us in the Super Bowl, defensively, schematically, was completely opposite of what the Giants did. There wasn't much correlation coverage-wise at all, or front-wise. What the Patriots did do was play they way basically the rest of our division plays. So we should have been prepared for that. I'm not sure we played particularly well. I don't know that I had this team ready for the Super Bowl. I know that sounds odd. We had some miscues that we normally don't do. I don't want to take away from New England. They did such a tremendous job in that game. From a structure standpoint, schematically, they are apples and oranges from way the Giants played us.
Is this going to be a battle of top offenses or is this going to be a low-scoring game?
I don't know what to expect. I really don't. I have great respect for them. Obviously we have had some great games with them in the past. I really don't know what to expect because I am not really sure where our team is yet.
What are some of the things you'd like to see your club do better against the Giants?
I am more concerned about our line play up front. We were fairly inconsistent last week. I think we'll play better this week. Defensively, we need to swarm a little bit better than we did last week and special teams-wise, I think we've gotten better. So, pursuit on defense and I think we need to play at a little bit better level on the offensive line.
Have you had any opportunity to communicate with Jason Sehorn since last season?
I have and I felt kind of bad about it. Jason made that remark and, you >know, during the course of a season, someone makes a criticism of you, the first and knee-jerk reaction is to swing back, which is what I did. It's unfortunate, and as a head coach you have no business doing that.
So if you had the opportunity to see him face to face, you would apologize to him?
I don't know if I need to apologize. I just think that it was in very poor taste. But I think that if an apology is needed, absolutely.
Do you think the Giants are trying to be like to Rams, going to a more spread attack, with Shockey working the middle of the field?
I think they have moved towards utilizing a little bit more of the field. I think having Shockey there...I think everybody would do that. I think he is just an incredible player. He has a great career ahead of him. They have done a great job of finding way of getting him the ball.
Going into the game, what do you feel is your biggest advantage over the Giants?
I don't know if we have an advantage. I'm not sure we do have an advantage at this point. It's a pretty dead-even heat and I think it's going to be a slugfest.