The St. Louis Rams Desperately Need to add a running back for 2012

12/21/11 in NFL   |   bondu23   |   11 respect

Steven Jackson is the 28-year-old running back for the St. Louis Rams, he was drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft and since then has been a prolific part of the Rams' team.


So far Jackson seems to be having a good season for the team, chances are that he will most definitely beat the 1000-yard mark and this would be for the seventh consecutive time. Right now Jackson has rushed for 966 yards in 14 games.


He is an exceptional player stuck on a mediocre team, at best. 


Jackson has clearly defined himself as the Rams' most deadly and consistent weapon on the field though disappointingly for the Rams’ fans their favorite player seems to be taking a beating this year.


This sites more to the sense that Jackson is not a player to be traded but is a player that needs to be worked on in the coming offseason as 28 years old is a number drawing very close to an NFL’s running back career end.


This also points to the matter that the Rams can try to bag another running back if they find a player good enough in the free agent pool, or somewhere between the second and third round NFL Draft.


The fact of the matter is that it is always a healthy move for a team to have a second running back as injuries tend to be a common occurrence on the football field and this can drastically affect the team’s performance in the season. Such an example comes from this season’s Cadillac Williams injury after which Steven Jackson has had to carry the weight of the team which has clearly affected his performance.


When considering the free agent market then there are only a few names that stand out and the ones on the top of the list are Mike Tolbert, Peyton Hillis and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.


Another option for the St. Louis Rams would be to draft an offensive tackle or a receiver, but at running back the potential golden choice would be LaMichael James as he is an strong pass catcher and his style is the opposite of Steven Jackson and this combo could work wonders for the team.

Another option would be Cyrus Gray from Texas A&M, some people have even ventured on ideas of Montee Ball who is a St. Louis-area-native and would be a great complimentary asset to Steven Jackson as he has already run 39 touchdowns for Wisconsin.

 

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12/22/11   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

derms33 wrote:
sadly there is not too much loyalty in the "BUSINESS" of the NFL

Which makes Jackson all the more baffling to me. The guy is an enormous talent, and what's more, he knows it. St. Louis is not a huge market team, nor is it a perennial contender. Head coaches pop in and out faster than truck drivers at a topless bar, and coaching staffs right along with them.

12/22/11   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

chevleclair wrote:
I can't agree more.  Archie Manning, Sterling Sharpe, Jeff Backus, Lee Evans(he's finally with a good team, and he gets hurt), Stanley Morgan, Marv Cook, Jason Hansen, the list could go on forever.

sadly there is not too much loyalty in the "BUSINESS" of the NFL

12/22/11   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

derms33 wrote:
I am a Browns fan, ask D'Qwell JAckson...and  many others before him

I can't agree more.  Archie Manning, Sterling Sharpe, Jeff Backus, Lee Evans(he's finally with a good team, and he gets hurt), Stanley Morgan, Marv Cook, Jason Hansen, the list could go on forever.

12/22/11   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

chevleclair wrote:
My point exactly. It's a shock someone else remembers him. A great number of folk blame Alex Smith for the niners' trouble last season, but it came down to unproven coaching and a bad playing atmosphere. Barlow, John Engleburger, and Ahmed Plummer actually were not bad and played hard for such a lost cause.

I am a Browns fan, ask D'Qwell JAckson...and  many others before him

12/22/11   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

derms33 wrote:
Kevan Barlow?  Haha, are you f-in serious?  He has to be a relative to even be namedropped on da Q

My point exactly. It's a shock someone else remembers him. A great number of folk blame Alex Smith for the niners' trouble last season, but it came down to unproven coaching and a bad playing atmosphere. Barlow, John Engleburger, and Ahmed Plummer actually were not bad and played hard for such a lost cause.

12/22/11   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

chevleclair wrote:
There are very few backs of Steve Jackson's ilk in the NFL. with the exception of maybe Frank Gore, and Gore's predecessor in San Francisco, Kevan Barlow, are the only three running backs I'd ever heard of that played their hearts out for perennial lost causes.  however, it's time for the Rams to turn their eyes toward the future and move on, and as much as it horrifies me, the great Steven Jackson needs to go. He'd be better suited to another team, and finally get his shot at a deep playoff run. The Rams wasted his best years, and he is doomed to fall apart during the Rams' rise in the future.

Kevan Barlow?  Haha, are you f-in serious?  He has to be a relative to even be namedropped on da Q

12/22/11   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

I gotta agree with Scott here and Big time, plus he is the resident Rams guru in these parts.  Steven Jackson is far from the reason that the Rams struggle.  First priority should be o-line and the 2nd priority should be OL.  So any fantasy u may have of drafting Richardson can go away swiftly.  I think they draft Blackmon to pair up with Lloyd and put to bed the excuse that Bradford struggles because he has no weapons.  Bradford struggles because he has no time to throw, as a Browns fan I know exactly whats thats like, we dump QBs because they think they can't play and refuse to address the right side of their OL and sign noone to replace an injured LG.  Rams will not contend for a few years, then again, their division is comparable to an NCAA conference so anything is possible if they get hott in december

12/21/11   |   billywa   |   658 respect

 Personally, I think it would do the Rams no good to get another RB until they fortify their O line and pick up a WR or two.  With a leaky line and guys who can't catch, St. Louis' offense has been fairly one-dimensional and Sam Bradford has been pounded and, subsequently, hurt the better part of the year.  Granted, playing an 8-8 schedule this year was a step up from the 2-14 sked they played in 2010. With their poor record this year, 2012's schedule will be easier again, but this year's flaws have exposed the fact the team has far more problems than the potential decline of Stephen Jackson...

12/21/11   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

There are very few backs of Steve Jackson's ilk in the NFL. with the exception of maybe Frank Gore, and Gore's predecessor in San Francisco, Kevan Barlow, are the only three running backs I'd ever heard of that played their hearts out for perennial lost causes.  however, it's time for the Rams to turn their eyes toward the future and move on, and as much as it horrifies me, the great Steven Jackson needs to go. He'd be better suited to another team, and finally get his shot at a deep playoff run. The Rams wasted his best years, and he is doomed to fall apart during the Rams' rise in the future.

12/21/11   |   Scott   |   52002 respect

It would be a "waste" of a 2nd or 3rd round pick to get a running back when the Rams have other areas they need to address.  Off the top of my head, this team needs a wide receiver, linebacker, guard, safety and cornerback BEFORE they need a running back.  Jackson still has a lot left in the tank and you can always pick up guys like Cadillac Williams for cheap to serve as a back-up.