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    Jackson again reaches 1,000 yards

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Dec. 31 2007

    GLENDALE, Ariz. A thousand-yard rushing season might not mean as much as it
    did in the days of 12- and 14-game schedules. Yet as the Rams' Steven Jackson
    pointed out, "It's still definitely the standard" for a running back in the NFL.

    Jackson reached that standard Sunday for the third consecutive year, since he
    succeeded Marshall Faulk as the club's primary ball carrier. It was a more
    formidable hurdle to clear this time.

    Only 9 minutes 37 seconds remained in the season when Jackson churned off left
    tackle for a 2-yard gain against Arizona that put him at 1,000 exactly. He
    added another 2-yarder later, then gave way to rookie Brian Leonard for the
    Rams' final series in a 48-19 spanking by the Cardinals.

    After getting 1,046 yards in 2005 and 1,528 last year, Jackson wound up with
    1,002 despite missing four games and most of another with groin and back
    injuries.

    "Any team getting a thousand yards or more is a huge accomplishment, (even
    with) a 16-game schedule," Jackson said. "I never thought that it'd be to the
    wire, to make sure that we got the thousand yards. Those games that I missed,
    I do wish that I could get them back."

    Individual milestones were hard to come by in this 3-13 season, but the Rams
    reached several Sunday. In addition to Jackson's quadruple-figure finish:

    Isaac Bruce had two receptions, giving him 942 for his career and pushing him
    past Art Monk for sixth place on the league's career log.

    With seven catches, fellow wideout Torry Holt surpassed the 800 mark. Only
    five active receivers have more than Holt's 802.

    Kicker Jeff Wilkins' lone extra point was his 371st in a row without a miss,
    tying him with Denver's Jason Elam (1993-2002) for the NFL record.

    Donnie Jones broke the franchise record for gross punting average. Jones'
    three punts traveled 158 yards, and he finished with a 47.2-yard average. Danny
    Villanueva had held the previous mark (45.5) since 1962.

    Holt, who ended with 93 catches, 1,189 yards and a seventh Pro Bowl invitation
    despite a balky right knee, isn't figuring on lowering his standards as he
    looks toward his 10th season and beyond.

    "Yeah, I'm thinking I have maybe, what, another 800 in me?" he said, laughing.
    "The knee deal didn't help. But I'm just going to keep playing and keep
    catching."

    Wilkins was noncommittal as to whether he planned to keep kicking after
    wrapping up his 14th season. "We'll see; I've got some issues with some health
    things that I'm trying to get fixed up," he said. "It's been a rough season.
    I'm going to contemplate the next couple of weeks and hopefully things will
    work out and we'll go from there."

    The record-tying kick came early in the third quarter, following a 36-yard
    touchdown pass from Marc Bulger to tight end Joe Klopfenstein. After safety
    Oshiomogho Atogwe took his eighth interception of the season 52 yards to the
    end zone later in the period, Wilkins was heading back onto the field.

    But with the score 31-19, coach Scott Linehan ordered a two-point attempt
    (which failed).

    In his first year with the Rams, and fourth in the NFL, Jones topped his
    previous high average by almost 4 yards per punt.

    "It's definitely an accomplishment," Jones said. "I just try to do my best to
    help our team win, and ultimately football is a game of field position. By
    far this has been my best season. It was a great group of guys to work with,
    and it starts with (Chris) Massey. He's awesome, just a great snapper."


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    Re: Jackson again reaches 1,000 yards

    Did Linehan do the right thing going for the 2 point conversion or should he have given Wilkins a shot at breaking the extra point record?

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    Re: Jackson again reaches 1,000 yards

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    Did Linehan do the right thing going for the 2 point conversion or should he have given Wilkins a shot at breaking the extra point record?
    I did not see the game,so I don't know at what point he went for 2,but it would have been nice to get Wilkins the record.

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    Re: Jackson again reaches 1,000 yards

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    Did Linehan do the right thing going for the 2 point conversion or should he have given Wilkins a shot at breaking the extra point record?
    Yea I think so... Knowing the game was a loss, he should've let Wilkins do it... Heck even the Colts played people in the first quarter just to break records.

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    Re: Jackson again reaches 1,000 yards

    I was at the game; it was a total lost cause, Linehan should have just given Jeff a shot at the record.

    And props to Jax for doing what he did with our O-line and with being out for almost five games.

    Go Rams! :r

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    Re: Jackson again reaches 1,000 yards

    There may be a couple more reg season games on the schedule now, but the game is also much more about passing than it used to be.

    Wilkins should have been given the opportunity to get the record. Almost makes one wonder if there was something behind the scenes influencing Linehan's 2 pt conversion attempt.
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    Re: Jackson again reaches 1,000 yards

    LINEHAN BLOWS.. Fire this tool NOW!!!

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    Re: Jackson again reaches 1,000 yards

    Wilkins has all next year to break that record unless he plans on retiring, and the 2 point conversion would've brought the Rams to within 10.

    So I have no problem with the decision.

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    Re: Jackson again reaches 1,000 yards

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortuninerhater View Post
    Wilkins has all next year to break that record unless he plans on retiring, and the 2 point conversion would've brought the Rams to within 10.

    So I have no problem with the decision.
    I didn't get a chance to see the game so I was wondering what the situation was, thanks. I agree, I have no problem with the decision in that circumstance either.
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    Re: Jackson again reaches 1,000 yards

    Quote Originally Posted by ramsanddodgers View Post
    There may be a couple more reg season games on the schedule now, but the game is also much more about passing than it used to be.

    Wilkins should have been given the opportunity to get the record. Almost makes one wonder if there was something behind the scenes influencing Linehan's 2 pt conversion attempt.
    I wonder if there was any bonus money tied to that record. I certainly hope they weren't being cheap. Wilkins has had a bad year this year but he has been money for us for many of the previous years. I sure this season was very frustrating for him. It sounds like he is thinking about retirement.
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