Bernie Bits: Jackson's ire should go to teammates, front office
By Bernie Miklasz
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Memo to Steven Jackson:
Instead of disparaging Rams fans who have supported your franchise by selling out every home game since the team moved here in 1996, you should man up and speak out against those who deserve your criticism.
Instead of suggesting that Rams fans have gone soft, go ask members of the defense why they're so soft against the run.
Instead of blasting Rams fans who didn't show Monday because they sold their tickets to Bears fans, ask your teammates why they didn't show up for recent games against Carolina, Arizona and Chicago.
Instead of questioning the loyalty of hard-working people who save their money and hand it over at the ticket window in support of the franchise, ask your teammates if they're being loyal to the fans by refusing to play hard in gutless performances in losses to Carolina and Arizona.
Instead of suggesting that the Rams would be better off back in Los Angeles, why not ask your bosses about the reasons the team moved here in the first place.
(Hint: The management team that made horrible personnel decisions in LA is making terrible personnel decisions in STL, and that leads to losing football and fan unrest.)
Instead of dogging Rams fans for profiting by selling tickets to Bears fans, ask your teammates about the paychecks they're stealing with their half-hearted efforts and repeat mistakes.
If Jackson wants to take a stand, he ought to quit picking on anonymous fans from a safe distance and directly confront his teammates and his bosses. Because the Rams' players, coaches and executives are responsible for the deterioration of the on-field product, which is creating ambivalence among customers.
One more thing: If Jackson thinks it's inexcusably wrong for Rams fans to sell their tickets to the highest, out-of-town bidder, we'll see if he holds himself to that same standard when he becomes a free agent.
When he's faced with a decision to stay in St. Louis or sell himself to another team for a bigger paycheck, we'll see if Steven Jackson sticks to his principles.
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Hal Pilger, Springfield (Ill.) Journal-Register, speaks out on behalf of Rams coach Scott Linehan:
"No doubt the Rams are deficient in many areas on offense, defense and special teams. But the Rams have been deficient in these same areas for some time, and well before Linehan's time began in St. Louis. Most of the pieces — good, bad, broken or simply Not Ready For Prime-Time — already were in place when Linehan took over. He deserves the opportunity to evaluate during a full season, and again once it ends, and he deserves the opportunity to ferret out the infidels and incompetents and replace them with his choices — draft or otherwise.
"Linehan deserves the chance to go into next April's draft with a full season as Rams coach under his belt, and he deserves the chance to make any changes he deems necessary regarding his staff of assistant coaches. And Linehan deserves at least one year of on-the-job training as an NFL head coach."
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