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Looking Ahead: Running Back

With the Rams completely out of contention this season, and everyone already looking ahead to the Rams Super Bowl (also known as The NFL Draft), it is already time to take a look at where the Rams roster stands for 2012 and beyond.  Today, we are going to take a look at the running backs.

2012 Starter: Steven Jackson – Jackson is a quality NFL player still and has kept his body in great shape.  He has entered his decline phase, but is still a serviceable NFL starter caliber running back for 2012 and the Rams offense suffers when he is not in the lineup.  He is under contract for 2012 and 2013 unless he puts up gigantic numbers through the pass game over the last 5 games.

2012 Backups: Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood both have proven themselves to be frequently injured, as was their history before coming to St. Louis.  They both are on 1 year contracts and probably will not return to the Rams. The Rams need to get younger at the position in a hurry.  Quinn Porter is a decent kickoff return man and should deserve a chance in camp in 2012.  Fullback Brit Miller has been a good, cheap option at blocking back and could come back for another season of sparse usage.

2012 Needs: Steven Jackson is slowing down, but keeping a remarkable level of fitness as he ages to slow Father Time.  But Father Time is undefeated and the Rams need to have a plan for his eventual replacement.  Jackson’s large personality has prevented the Rams from drafting a RB in past, but they should invest a mid to late round pick on speedster LaMichael James out of Oregon or all around back, Dan Herron out of Ohio State.  They should also add a veteran player in free agency like Thomas Jones, Steve Slaton or Jason Snelling (to pick a few veterans that could help spell Jackson).


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One Response to “Looking Ahead: Running Back”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Or, if Trent Richardsen comes out, draft him (impact player). Stick with wr’s from last draft as the teams higher needs list has shifted to line play and edges!

    Then go DT in second
    Then go OG or OLB in third
    Then go opposite of 3rd in fourth
    Then go DB’s rest of way…..

    I am accepting our OL tackles for another developing season.
    I am accepting the WR’S from past draft for developing reasons.

    Sad state of affairs cuz had the Rams followed my guidances on blogosphere as to how to select picks over the past 3 drafts, Rams would not suck. To the “T” I nailed it, as well as other fans….so, we scream and shout, speak-out and ponder why the pros can’t cut it for the Rams organization…..kinda like a jynx with Rams Org.

    Anyhow, I know fans would want that bigtime wr over a big time rb…, ;or, would they? Be a great discussion to have amongst fans because the first 3 rounds must always be used to select “impact players” hopefully that fulfill positional needs.

    I belive Rams selections hinge majorly on lack of money cuz Sam is the most over-rated and over-paid #1 selection of all-time, imo. I knew he was being over-billed as some franchise qb….which is why I was Suh in 1st and McCoy or Clausen in 2nd……a scenario which would have made the organization better for less money. When Rams start thinking team concept again over high priced players, then maybe we will see a trade down or something cuz having a top 2 pick for the umpteenth millionth time (sarcasm) gets costly…..not in just the base value….but the destreuctive value of contributing the the perpetual flounderings of an organization that can’t match talent with budget….as evidenced by the Free Agency signings and cuts of roster talent over the years……If I am Rams, I throw a monkey wrench into the Luck Sweepstakes and pitch a curveball to the league….offer Bradford to the Colts straight-up so Rams can draft Luck. I know, I know, put my kevlar flack-jacket on, for I just ticked some diehard fans off….but just a consideration. Heck, Colts know that Luck would command less money, so again, Rams get stuck with a colossel mistake…..being the last in the Ponsai scheme to pay the most for a #1 pick…..seems to me NFL should give Rams some financial cap subsidies for pete’s sake….since competetive values, franchise valuations, wins and losses, etc… all now become unfair bi-products of league changes that affect #1 pick values and the financial cap hit a team takes….not to mention having to over-pay for the services of a lackluster #1 selection QB face of any franchise.

    Rams are horrific because they make stupid personnel decisions…..same old, same old front office Rams….less that miracle season +1.

    Go Rams Fans, we want change cuz we know it is gonna happen. Now. lets talk our first 3 selections and maybe re-signing back some of last camps’ cuts….like Selvie and a few others……I can’t imagine why Selvie got cut…he’d be a better converted olb than the starter Rams currently have….Oh, I forgot, Rams have to actually draft a player with the intention of changing their playing position, lol, ala Smith or Saffold to start with…could that be why draft picks are not playing as euphoriated over??? They play a different position in the NFL as compared to collegiate level.

    Thank You for being a voice and ears to exchange ideas….

    Cheers

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