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    BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Stacy?

    By Nathan Kearns 9h ago

    Even before Tre Mason said that the St. Louis Rams coaching staff suggested he’d have a shot at the starting running back job, we all had to suspect it was possible. After all, the Rams drafted the talented Auburn rusher in the third round when they already had a starting running back, as well as some serviceable talent in place behind him.

    So, what was the plan here? Mason himself says the Rams told him he’ll have a chance to compete for Stacy’s starting job right away, and I am inclined to believe him. Mason is indeed the superior athlete and brings more impressive play-making ability and versatility to the table, so putting a guy who can do more ahead of a guy who does less simply makes sense.

    We might be guilty of crossing our fingers for it to happen for fantasy purposes, but the reality is that Mason is the better pure talent.

    Is it the right move, though? Let’s break down both backs and come to a conclusion as to whether or not Mason should take over as the new starter and if it’d work out:

    Breaking Down Zac Stacy

    There’s no denying Stacy’s solid productivity for a rookie in 2013. He exceeded expectations and gave the Rams a solid ground attack when they simply didn’t have one. He’s undersized and not explosive in the least, but he displays good vision, cuts well and is a decisive runner. He also uses good strength and power to punish inside the tackles.

    Overall, his numbers weren’t bad for a rookie, as he ran for 973 yards and seven touchdowns on 250 carries. Even more impressive are some of his individual game efforts, such as a dominant performance against the Seahawks in week eight, as well as two 120+ yard days, one against the Saints and the other against the Buccaneers.

    He showed toughness and solid drive against some decent matchups, and naturally picked apart some easier ones, as well.

    With that said, he still only averaged 3.9 yards per carry, had several easy matchups and really disappeared down the stretch of the season. In fact, he rushed for less than 4.0 yards per carry in five of his last seven games.

    It grew apparent that Stacy is a volume rusher that does not have the speed or quickness or beat elite defenders or crack big plays consistently. That doesn’t make him a bad starting running back, but it won’t always make him an overly effective one. His week 17 season finale against Seattle (15 yards on 15 carries) shows you the low end of his ability.

    Breaking Down Tre Mason

    Mason also isn’t the biggest back in the world, but he has the frame and toughness to handle a big load, and showed that as a monster producer at Auburn. He also possesses borderline elite speed and athleticism, showing good quickness and solid short area burst. In addition, he’s a highly versatile threat that can develop into a true feature back.

    While not quite the tough runner Stacy is, Mason still packs a solid punch and does a much better job at getting yardage before the point of contact, as well as making defenders miss. Both of these attributes could get extra yardage in such a tough division.

    The biggest point of all when comparing these two backs is the fact that Mason is the better pure athlete and talent, and simply carries more upside. He has real issues with blocking and ball security, but both are easily correctable.

    The Verdict

    If I’m the Rams, I go to Mason as long as he can correct his flaws. Both of these guys are smaller backs, so size and durability goes out the window. The big issue is whether or not Mason comes in and becomes a liability in pass protection or ball security. If those aren’t serious issues, he offers way too much compared to Stacy and should be their lead rusher.


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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    Talk about jumping the gun. This guy isn't even talking about competition, he's already making up his mind before Mason has played a single down. I know everybody has an opinion, but this is ridiculous. SI must be desperate for Rams content.
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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    I agree with you Mike. There are miles of difference between Auburn and the NFL. Nuff said.
    Everyone thought Pead and Richardson were the second coming of Dickerson too.
    Let's wait til training camp and then form some opinions....

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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    Quote Originally Posted by R8rh8rmike View Post
    Talk about jumping the gun. This guy isn't even talking about competition, he's already making up his mind before Mason has played a single down. I know everybody has an opinion, but this is ridiculous. SI must be desperate for Rams content.
    It really is ridiculous. Stacy is just beginning his career - successfully in fact - and here there's an article about a rookie possibly bringing it "to an end". Instead, the theme should be about Stacy and Mason working together and supporting each other.

    This is something that neither Zac nor Tre should even be imagining. And I'm sure they're not.

    Ha, I wonder what Rams coaches would think if they heard this headline. LOL

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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    Just as there are people walking around who shouldn't be able to own a gun the same can be said for some people and access to a computer and the internet. We are in the time of year when football headlines are scarce, thus you get people like this who like to create controversy.

    The process will shake out in training camp and Stacy will have the advantage of a year in the league, while Mason will make an effort to gain a high status among RB's. Part of this controversy seems to stem from Mason shooting off his mouth before he's even played a game. We wanted swagger, well we seem to have it.

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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    It would not surprise me one bit if Nathan Kearns is an Auburn alum.
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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    Quote Originally Posted by RockinRam View Post
    It would not surprise me one bit if Nathan Kearns is an Auburn alum.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    That's just asinine.

    I don't get how some people don't get that having two high quality RBs is a GOOD THING.

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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    Who is Nathan Kearns?

    This is awful, clickbait journalism.

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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    What a tool.....let's say there is smoke where there is no fire......

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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    Following some research, Kearns is a writer at a rams blog called Ramblin' fans.

    It's a little site that appears to be an offshoot of SI. He's doing a reasonable job on twitter of directing traffic toward it, but so far the quality of what I'm reading isn't fantastic. As you were.
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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bar-bq View Post
    Following some research, Kearns is a writer at a rams blog called Ramblin' fans.

    It's a little site that appears to be an offshoot of SI. He's doing a reasonable job on twitter of directing traffic toward it, but so far the quality of what I'm reading isn't fantastic. As you were.
    Yeah, I found the article on SI.com, which obviously does a lousy job of quality control.

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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    Nathan Kearns is a no-one. We follow each other both being Rams fans, but he is no professional. He is no more qualified than anyone on this site.


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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    In the sports world. Breaking News:

    Rams' RB Zac Stacy has a confirmed hangnail, expected to miss several games at start of the 2014 NFL regular season. Newly acquired rookie Tre Mason from Auburn to take over, leaving Stacy on the bench and quite possibly overshadowing his career.

    ... Who did you say wrote that?

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    Re: BLOG: Is Tre Mason The Beginning Of The End For Zac Sacy?

    With that said, he still only averaged 3.9 yards per carry, had several easy matchups and really disappeared down the stretch of the season. In fact, he rushed for less than 4.0 yards per carry in five of his last seven games.

    It grew apparent that Stacy is a volume rusher that does not have the speed or quickness or beat elite defenders or crack big plays consistently. That doesn’t make him a bad starting running back, but it won’t always make him an overly effective one. His week 17 season finale against Seattle (15 yards on 15 carries) shows you the low end of his ability.
    Nothing to do with defenses going all out to stop the run and try and make Kellen Clemens beat them with his arm. Not at all. All down to Stacy being mediocre.

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