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The Rams Need Steven Jackson

By Laurie Brown

As probably every Rams fan knows by now, SI’s Peter King shocked us a little this morning by suggesting the possibility of a Steven Jackson trade or even release. As quick as he cast his line he reeled it back in but we were all left pondering this scenario.

I was debating (arguing) via twitter with a well-know Rams poster/writer/enthusiast this morning and this question came up. He didn’t feel it would be devastating to the team to lose Steven Jackson and that someone would step-up to fill the void. He felt they had recovered post-Kurt Warner and would again. I couldn’t disagree more. For over a decade they have shuffled through dozens of quarterbacks, head coaches, front-office staff, etc. and still they flounder. They never recovered.

Despite Jeff Fisher always looking like he’s ready to kill someone he is still very much a question mark. Sam Bradford, good guy, maybe a great quarterback but not a big leader. Who else is there? I’m among the Rams most ardent fans and I’ll just say it, the Rams are a little light in the leadership department..

I’ve always felt that Steven Jackson was a reluctant leader, being sort of thrust into that position due to being the most stable and talented member of the Rams organization. He is hugely respected across the board. His teammates look up to him. He performs, he doesn’t cause trouble, and he’s active in the community. He’s a bonafide hero in St. Louis and all that equals defacto leadership.

This is yet another season of massive transition for the Rams. I know they’re “pros” but they’re still human beings. They are a team and a team by definition needs a leader. The Rams need Steven Jackson.

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5 Responses to “The Rams Need Steven Jackson”

  1. Justin says:

    Unless you get a lot for Steven Jackson this would just create a hole where we are used to seeing the most consistency on the team. Why create a new area of need when the secondary, receivers, and even the lines who have had so many 1st round picks poured into them still have not come into their own. (Why not mention the linebackers as well…)

    The only reason I would see to do this is Steven Jackson is 29 and for a running back that would signal he may be closing in on the end of his career.

    Hopefully the young lines come into their own this year, we find some weapons for Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson gets to carry the Rams to the playoffs.

  2. T K Walther says:

    I can’t even imagine or believe they would consider letting Jackson go. He is the most stable person on that team. He is the most productive person and a motivator. I can’t wrap my head losing Jackson.

  3. Sean says:

    You would have to be an idiot to let Steven Jackson go. Steven Jackson knows the organization better than the man who owns it. Someone please find me a running back who runs that hard every time he touches the ball, not to mention how great he is at blocking and recieving out of the backfield. And not once has he complained about losing or how much money he’s making. The man has put his heart and soul into the organization. Give him a few pieces to that o-line and he will run for at least 1800.

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