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Rams Season Review: Running Backs Part II

In Part I ( I identified 3 groups of running backs on the St Louis Rams: young hopefuls, a veteran running back, and a super star.  The post then looked at the young hopefuls who have yet to really hit their stride.  Part II was going to analyze the recent performance of veteran FB Mike Karney, but as RamsGabbers already know, he was recently released (good bye old friend).   So, this post is moving on to the super star.

Steven Jackson was drafted in 2004 by the Rams.  He is the Rams’ all time leading rusher who has also accumulated over 10,000 yards from the line of scrimmage.  In 2004 he backed up HOF RB Marshall Faulk. Since then he has been the Rams starting running back, a 3- time Pro Bowler, and the one consistent shining light on the team.  He has played at an extremely high level on a team who hit rock bottom in the 2009 season with a 1-15 record.  He has played inspiringly while discouraged, underpaid, and injured.  For the first time in 7 years, he is now playing on a team who has a strong chance of making it to the post season.  With newly acquired offensive coach Josh Mc Daniels and rookie of the year Sam Bradford as QB, the Rams are finally in a position to start attracting talent in the free agency.  (Back to SJ…) SJ is everything you could ever want in a running back; everything except enough.

To get to the next level the Rams have got to pick up another big talent at this position.  No matter how good SJ is… one man is not enough.  When a defense can target a single player to shut down an entire offense you have problems.  No slight towards SJ, but there were times when he was not able to get the job down in 2010.  An example: early in the season when we played the 49ers Frank Gore was racking up 3rd and 4th quarter 1st downs and SJ simply was not.  The man needed some help.  We’ll keep you posted, but I think this could be the year when good things begin to happen for the Rams.  Hopefully now that Spagnuolo can focus on what he knows (defense), McDaniels can pick up some strong offensive reinforcements to give SJ and cast the support they need.  Go Rams!

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