TALKS WITH S-JAX PROGRESSING, FAULK COMMENTS
Posted by Tom Mantzouranis on August 18, 2008, 1:10 p.m.
The relationship between Steven Jackson and the man he replaced in St. Louis, Marshall Faulk, was always rumored to be chilly. So now that Jackson has had a successful enough career to hold out in order to leverage a big deal, and Faulk has moved on to broadcasting, it shouldnít be surprising that heís taking Jackson to task for remaining at home while the Rams carry on through the preseason.
ďI am surprised heís holding out,Ē Faulk said on Sporting News Radio. ďI donít know where heís getting his advice. Heís played four years and heís played every game once and heís been hurt three times. I know if I was in the front office, even if it wasnít Steven, even if it was someone else on another team, it would be hard for me to justify giving them a lot of money, regardless if he was Ďthe team.íĒ
Faulk keeps a distance in those comments, but doesnít hesitate to get personal.
ďItís just unfortunate that sometimes ó and itís happened to a lot of great players ó when they play behind a player that had length and longetivity, and did it well in a way that people respect, they sometimes donít know how to deal with it. They donít know where to take it. And thatís one of those situations [where] heís trying to carve a niche for himself and he wants that to be so different from me that heís doing a lot of things that I didnít do, but those are the things I didnít do because you donít need to, not because I didnít want to.Ē
Faulk might want to tuck and roll as he falls from his high horse, because he seems to forget that he too once held out in 1999, the year he was traded to the Rams. That his holdout didnít last as long as Jacksonís is inconsequential; he should understand the motivation in holding out (and the hypocrisy in him railing against it).
Meanwhile, talks between the Rams and Jackson seem to be progressing. The Rams had previously stated they wouldnít negotiate with holdouts, meaning Jacksonís firm stance has caused the team to blink first, ostensibly realizing that with the state of the team on and off the field, they canít afford to open the season without their best player.