Friday Coach Haslett Press Conference

Friday Coach Haslett Press Conference

Rams head coach Jim Haslett talked Friday on if he is optimistic about Steven Jackson being ready to play Sunday, on Adam Carriker, Derek Stanley's status, on playing away games, and on Oshiomogho Atogwe's career.

Head Coach Jim Haslett
October 24, 2008

(On if RB Steven Jackson will be able to play)
"It will be a game day decision. He came out, I think before you guys came out, but he was working, took limited reps, but he did take some stuff. He doesn't need a lot of reps because he knows everything, but the new stuff he took."

(On if he is optimistic about RB Steven Jackson being ready to play Sunday)
"I don't know, to be honest with you. I think it's probably 50/50."

(On DL Adam Carriker)
"He did a little bit today. He was in there, I think he's in the same boat,  we'll work them both out on game day and see how they are."

(On if DL Adam Carriker and RB Steven Jackson will be listed as questionable on the injury report)
"Yes, both of them."

(On if there was a point in S Oshiomogho Atogwe's career when he knew Atogwe was going to be good after struggling in his first year as a starter)
"When we came in we inserted him based off of what we saw in college, based off our college grade, not necessarily based off a guy that was here. So, we just gave him an opportunity and in the first six games of the year he kind of struggled with it. Then you could see he was starting to come on, he was understanding what he was doing. He worked at it because the guy didn't have really great ball skills when he first came here, but then (Secondary) Coach (Ron) Milus worked with him and now he has outstanding ball skills. I think it's more his will. He started to come on and then he made some plays at the end of the year and then obviously he had the big year last year and he's picked up from last year to right now."

(On WR Derek Stanley's status for the game)
"Yeah, Stanley will be up and he's ready to go. He'll be doing some special teams and also getting involved in the offense."

(On how he feels about playing away games)
"I like playing on the road, I think it's a great environment. I don't want to do it every week, but you go out there and it's a great challenge because you're going out there against a team like this and then you've got about 70,000 people screaming and you have everybody against you. When you win on the road in this league and then, obviously you have to win at home, but if you can split on the road or win five on the road then you have a good football team."

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