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    Rams RB Jackson shouldn't get lost in Bradford shuffle

    With their third article about the Rams in 2 days, NFL com seems to be noticing and giving the Rams more attention.

    It's easy to look at the St. Louis Rams' draft and wonder if, in their zeal to maximize Sam Bradford's passing numbers, they forgot about the need for offensive balance.

    The Rams clearly went out of their way to stock up on pass-catchers, using three of their first four picks on a tight end and a pair of wide receivers. But it would be wrong to conclude that they view their running game as a mere afterthought.

    The Rams still will make every effort to get ample production from running back Steven Jackson, because he still has ample production to give. And when the time comes, they also can be expected to make a fairly strong push in free agency for a complementary back, such as speedy Darren Sproles.

    I've heard from multiple Rams followers who are concerned that new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is going to be so consumed with making his mark on the passing game that the rushing attack -- and the offense as a whole -- will ultimately suffer.

    Based on all of the feedback I have received from in and around the team, nothing could be further from the truth. The organizational thinking, as set forth by coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney, calls for balance to be an offensive priority. Spagnuolo's defensive roots make it natural for him to want the offense's efforts to align with the ability to have success on the other side of the ball. The rest of the NFC West teams might not have as promising a quarterback as the Rams do, but their offenses still must be stopped if St. Louis is to realize the full benefit of Bradford's talent.

    McDaniels won't sway from that thinking. Despite his struggles as a head coach for the Denver Broncos, McDaniels is expected to remain true to the mentoring he received as an offensive coordinator for Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. Among the many lessons he learned was contouring his game plan to each opponent's strengths and weaknesses, meaning he must be just as open to utilizing his running game to the fullest as he is to relying on Bradford's arm.

    McDaniels also knows how much Bradford will appreciate what the threat of a legitimate ground attack can do to help slow down the opponents' pass rush.


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    Re: Rams RB Jackson shouldn't get lost in Bradford shuffle

    Hope we can at least compliment Jackson with a serviceable backup back before he gets put into a potential LT-situation in San Diego and I wouldn't want to see the beast get too emotional or even in a uniform of a different team...

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    Re: Rams RB Jackson shouldn't get lost in Bradford shuffle

    Despags tried to trade up for a running back but it just didn't work out. They didn't want to grab a rb just to grab they didnt wanna reach. They stuck by their board. And I am anxious to see what they come up with. Im going to be loving kendricks our 2nd round picks have been homeruns look at laur and saffold. Heck our first pick last year wasn't half bad. I applaud despags to sticking to their board now let's see them play. Running backs are a dime a dozen. I've said it before and ill say it again two best rb's from last draft weren't drafted.

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    Re: Rams RB Jackson shouldn't get lost in Bradford shuffle

    Quote Originally Posted by sjacksonrules View Post
    Despags tried to trade up for a running back but it just didn't work out. They didn't want to grab a rb just to grab they didnt wanna reach. They stuck by their board. And I am anxious to see what they come up with. Im going to be loving kendricks our 2nd round picks have been homeruns look at laur and saffold. Heck our first pick last year wasn't half bad. I applaud despags to sticking to their board now let's see them play. Running backs are a dime a dozen. I've said it before and ill say it again two best rb's from last draft weren't drafted.
    I disagree with this quote.

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    Re: Rams RB Jackson shouldn't get lost in Bradford shuffle

    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
    I disagree with this quote.
    Your kidding right?

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