With the threads and articles concerning Marshall Faulk presently being responded to this will be a bit redundant. There are alot of different opinions being posted regarding Marshall's future.
I have a few thoughts in my mind that I will try and put my spin on. In no particular order. Again these are just random thoughts, thinking outloud if you will.
Let's assume that Marshall is healthy and passes all the physical tests put on him by Scott Linehan.
1. Marshall says he hasn't lost the love for the game and wouldn't play anywhere else?
It's great to hear that he wants to continue his career as a St. Louis Ram. (I want him back) If the Rams say no, will he really retire? He wants to play, says he has 2 to 3 years left in the tank. I find it hard to believe that he wouldn't go play for someone else in the NFL. I'm not sure of Marshall's contract situation with the Rams? I think he's under contract for 1 more season? So what happens if he's not welcomed back? Trade? Release him? What are the RAMifications in those scenarios?
2. Does Scott Linehan want him back?
To me this is a very interesting decision that Linehan is going to have to make.
Does Steven Jackson have any imput? Does Linehan approach Jackson and weigh his opinion on bringing Marshall back? If Marshall is ready and Linehan says, "no thanks" how's that going to go over with the veterans on this team like Bruce, Holt, Bulger etc.? How will the media and the fans take it? On the other hand if Linehan brings Marshall back how will Steven Jackson take it?
Is this a no win situation for Linehan? Would bringing Marshall back effect the chemistry on the offense in a positive or negative way?
3. Have the Rams moved on?
Let's face it, Steven Jackson is the back of the future, he certainly proved it. There's no way Marshall will get much action at the rb position. The chemistry between Marshall and Steven was weak at best. Stephen Davis filled Marshall's shoes in that arena. So what role would Marshall play?
4. Would the Rams offense improve with the additon of Marshall?
The obvious answer is absolutely! With Marshall's leadership qualities and over all knowledge of the game, seems like a no brainer. In what capacity would he be used? 3rd down back? Doubtfully? Jackson can do it all. 3rd or 4th down short yardage situations? That's again an area Jackson can handle or even Stephen Davis. What about Kevin Curtis, is he coming back? I mean Curtis played a reduced role last season will he really be missed all that much? Could Marshall be used to replace part of that role? Although I don't see Marshall as a deep threat he can certainly catch the ball. So say Marshall gets on the field for 10 to 12 plays a game as the 3rd or 4th receiver. Sounds good to me. What about the rest of the NFL? Will they have the same approach/concern when Marshall is on the field? The opposition always had to pay extra attention to #28 when he was on the field. Is he still the threat he once was? Will his effect on the opposing defenses still be there? Or will he be a decoy? I just don't know.
5. What if he's brought back and injures a knee again?
Is he worth the risk of passing on someone else? Say Tony Fisher for example.
How many backs do we start the season off with? Bottom line is, is he worth a roster spot?
6. Is Marshall's situation a distraction?
We need the answer on Marshall either way. I want our staff focusing on defense and o-lineman. As much as I want the sentimental favorite back. It's time to stop pussy footin' around and make a decison. The sooner the better.
Of course if Marshall isn't healthy enough to play these thoughts and opinions are a mute point. The next time we see Marshall will be on the NFL Network and his induction into the HALL OF FAME. Thanks for the memories Marshall! Marshall! Marshall! Faulk!:r