St. Louis Rams Zac Stacy steadily improving
But his gamble has paid off. Nowadays Stacy doesn’t play like a fifth round pick. He performs more like a first round draft pick. The Rams offense now has one focus, and that is to sustain drives. And Stacy has been a major player in making that happen. The Rams running game has improved over the past few games with several games of over 100 yards. He's second among rookies with a 4.6 yard average and has racked up 475 rushing yards.
"From the moment that Zac Stacy took over that No. 1 spot, he's been a great weapon for us," said Kellen Clemens, quarterback for the Rams who is himself a replacement for the starting quarterback Sam Bradford. "We're lucky to have him. He's stepped up in a big way."
Stacy got his opportunity to prove his talent when their starting running back Daryl Richardson injured his foot. He has excellent footwork, knows his way around the field and runs close to the ground, making him a difficult target to take down.
"It just comes down to taking advantage of opportunities. Week-in and week-out we stress being detailed,” Stacy said.
When the Rams faced the Tennessee Titans last week, Stacy was the one who made the match tying touchdown possible after breaking three tackles that led to a 32 yard run. Coach Jeff Fisher praised his effort, saying that play was definitely a good one.
"It was a great run," Fisher said. "He's a very instinctive runner, he's a smart runner."
Stacy wasn’t one to go around bragging his game and humbly said that the secret was practice and the plays being made.
"Just making plays, that's what it all comes down to. Week-in and week-out we stress making plays all across the offense,” Stacy said. “There's no secret sauce to what I'm doing, just making plays."