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Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB

Posted on: April 21, 2011 10:18 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 10:20 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit
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There are some who believe the Rams need a running back to complement Steven Jackson. The 27-year-old Jackson is not one of them.

"I think right now, while I'm still young and jubilant, that I still have the ability to carry this team and carry the load," Jackson told 101 ESPN St. Louis. "Basically, I know we would like to spread the responsibility of that to help lengthen my career, but right now, I think we have so many other needs that finding someone to spell me for five or six plays a game, I would rather let's go get some more help on the outside, some more skill players and some more guys on defense to help this team come along while I am still able to youthfully do my job at a high level."

Jackson’s bravado is understandable, but the reality is he’s a true power back who is already showing signs of wear and tear. In studying the film, it’s apparent that if Jackson is forced to handle a three-down load in 2011, he’s all but guaranteed to hit a wall in 2012.

But it’s possible Jackson’s workload could decrease without the Rams finding a No. 2 back. Josh McDaniels’ new system is shotgun heavy and might require fewer touches from Jackson. In the very least, the system will feed Jackson the ball in space more often, thus decreasing the number of body blows he endures.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:45 am
 

Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB

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Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB

imo the rams will have multiple situational backs next year. old mc'ego is gunna ruin sjax in terms of production most likely. he doesnt know or value talented backs. ask denver. every time i think about the hillis trade makes me wanna hurl.

in terms of helping sjax out though another guy to help shoulder the load some at tailback would extend his career big time.

and i understand how he feels about not wanting to give up touches hes been the offense there for a long time.

and sjax is right they need some help on the outside. certainly they have some guys that need to step up and improve and can. and with mc'dummies throw first offense im pretty sure some guys will blow up outta that group.

fantasy wise sjax could be a good value pick but some will get him high and probably be very dissappointed. bradford and some of the recievers from that group would be great sleeper picks.....q brandon llyod.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB

Andy,

I normally really enjoy your blog, but I've got to call you out on this one.

"In studying the film, it’s apparent that if Jackson is forced to handle a three-down load in 2011, he’s all but guaranteed to hit a wall in 2012"

Since when does studying film tell you what will happen in the future? What is it in Sjax's film that "all-but guarantees" that he will hit a wall in 2012 if he carries the load in 2011? I agree that he has had injury trouble, etc. but we don't need film to know and discuss that. This is a case where "in studying film" seems to translate more to "I'm going to play the guru card because only experts study film, so you will just have to trust me."

Could you explain what it is in the film that predicts things such as hitting a wall in two seasons?



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB

Jackson is only concerned about keeping his job as a starter. He has slowed down the past few years and was injured quite a bit as well. He knows that there are plenty of quality running backs in the draft who could take his job away because they are younger, faster have sustained fewer injuries and they will be cheaper to pay. No, any running back who says that the team does not need a backup for him is a fool. What if the star running back breaks down? What does the team do? Stephen Jackson is arrogant, selfish and delusional. If the team drafts a running back he won't be playing only 5 or 6 plays a game. He will be eased into the starter's role. Jackson knows it but won't come out and say it. The dude should be a lawyer....he is that smooth.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB

I appreciate Jackson's fire and his desire to see the team succeed even if he pays part of the price with his body.  I also understand that the Rams have plenty of other needs to address in the draft due, primarily, to the horrible drafts perpetrated by the regime prior to Billy Devaney taking over this responsibility.  (Trung Candidate?  Thanks Mad Mike!)  Having said that, RB's get hurt.  Jackson has missed plenty of games over the years.  How big is the hole when he's off the field, especially if he has to miss extended time? 

Drafting a RB is a good idea unless they're sure they can land a quality vet once the labor issues are resolved, and I don't know how anyone could be sure of anything right now.  And I trust Devaney not to overreach.  If a 1st round talent is there in the 3rd, GET HIM!  That'd be better than drafting two crappy tight ends in the 3rd like we used to.  If they see a guy they available in later rounds at a spot below where they have him rated, I trust them to pull the trigger.  It wouldn't be so bad to groom someone for a couple of years anyway. 



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB

What worries me is that the Rams haven't been able to develop a running back since they left LA.  The only starting caliber backs they've had in that time are Faulk and Jackson and both were 1st rounders (Faulk was acquired by trade, but he was a high 1st round pick himself).

Alot of other teams can find a starting caliber back in the mid to late rounds (Gore, heck any Denver Bronco backs during Shanahan's reign, Ahmad Bradshaw, fill in your own example here) but the Rams can never seem to do that.  They have tried (Chris Ogabayanna).  They've even drafted backs in the 1st round that flopped too (Trung Canidate).  If they had been able to hit on any of these guys then this wouldn't be an issue.  Keith Totson is ok but Jackson is the only back they have that is an NFL starter type.

And they've passed over quality backs like Rashard Jennings to get guys like Ogabayanna, so I'm guessing its a mix of draft failings by the front office and development failings by the coaching staff.

Based on this, I wouldn't bother drafting a back at all until Jackson hits the wall, they can survive with Totson.  After SJ hits the wall, then they can spend their 1st rounder (expecting a mid round pick) on one to make sure the guy is gonna be a quality performer.  No late 1st round or later round guy has seemed to perform for the team since Greg Bell and Charlie White took turns when Eric Dickerson left on that weird Halloween night back in the 80s.





Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:43 am
 

Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB

Probably the more appropriate angle is that they shouldn't use their First pick on a RB. But no worries. There aren't any First Round RBs in this draft. And since the closest thing is supposed to be Ingram (not in my opinion, but that seems to be the consensus anyway), and Ingram plays the same style, then Jackson's comments are really pretty unnecessary. If they pick a scatback (Jacquizz Rodgers?) in the 5th round, then its hard to criticize the approach.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:12 am
 

Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB

he's absolutely right. Not that it wouldnt be a good idea for the rams to snag up a backup to give a few touches a game and give him a breather, but the rams have far far far more pressing needs than running back. Their draft picks need to be directed at wrs, and defense



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:46 am
 

Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB




Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:39 am
 

Steven Jackson doesn't think Rams need a RB

Finding another back to compliment Jackson is just smart. I could understand Jackson's problem with this but everyone knows its just good buisness to have a back up plan just in case. There is always the scenario of jackson getting hurt and having a guy there ready to step in is just a nice security blanket for this young talented team. Jackson is right however that another weapon on the outside will help. It will help Bradford have another option as well as make the defense back up and respect the passing game which in turn will save Jackson in the long run. The rams taking another back in the late rounds of the draft is smart but i wouldn't waste an early round pick when u do need more weapons as well as more more defense.


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