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    St. Louis Rams' offense is a perfect fit for Steven Jackson

    St. Louis Rams' offense is a perfect fit for Steven Jackson

    By BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    09/09/2009

    There certainly were question marks. But Pat Shurmur knew when he accepted Steve Spagnuolo's invitation to become the Rams' new offensive coordinator that the key elements for the scheme he wanted to run already were in place.

    Sure, Shurmur would have to reconstruct a much-abused offensive line, and assemble a cache of sure-handed wide receivers and tight ends. But he felt that quarterback Marc Bulger and running back Steven Jackson provided a solid foundation around which to build.

    "Marc is very precise, an extremely accurate quarterback ó attributes that are very fundamental to being successful," Shurmur said.

    And Jackson, Shurmur added, "is such a magnificent player, it's silly not to give him the football."

    Jackson, who will be happy to take it, said, "It's a fun offense, and it's a proven winner. As we see time and time again, teams that run this kind of offense are among the tops in the NFL when it comes to offensive statistics."

    So, just what is "this kind of offense?" Opinions vary.

    Backup quarterback Kyle Boller calls it "the true West Coast." Other observers see it as a hybrid incorporating West Coast principles. Still others say it only marginally resembles the original West Coast offense that Bill Walsh helped cultivate in the 1970s.

    Spagnuolo pleads that the West Coast label not be applied at all.

    "I know everybody's putting that tag on it because Pat came from Philadelphia and their quote, unquote West Coast," he said. "I think this offensive coach and this team will develop their own kind of offense. Will there be elements of the West Coast? Yeah. Will there be elements of some other things? Yeah.

    "It's going to be a mixture. I think it's unfair to tag it anything."

    Unlike Walsh's prototype, a pass-first, run-second approach, Shurmur seeks the kind of parity that was displayed in the four preseason games, when the Rams rushed 122 times and passed 123 times.

    "What you hope to be is balanced enough where people can't get a bead on you one way or another, creative enough where you take advantage of some things that they give you, and sound enough that when you get in those situations where you've just got to have something ó whether it's a long throw or whether it's just 2 yards on a running play ó that you're able to do that," Spagnuolo explained. "When you get to that point, you can be pretty good."

    The Rams aren't near that point yet. They averaged 271 yards in the four outings, the second-lowest norm among the league's 32 teams.

    Bulger asks for patience.

    Shurmur, who had been a defensive assistant with the Eagles since 2002, "is really deliberate, and he's confident," Bulger said. "He's been in this system for so long, he knows it in and out."

    PRECISION PASSING

    Precision in the passing game is vital, Shurmur stressed, "in terms of throwing a high percentage of completions. And an accurate ball allows the receiver to run after the catch. That allows you to make a high-percentage-type throw with big-play capabilities."

    Or as Boller put it, "You don't have to always throw the ball 30 yards to get a 30-yard gain. You can throw it 5 yards and get 30 yards."

    The more receivers that are targeted, the better to stretch the field and keep defenders honest, Shurmur added ó and 18 different Rams caught at least one pass in the preseason games.

    "That means the quarterback's normally doing the right thing," he said. "You expect the defense to do something, and you call a play to attack it. If you get something different, the quarterback's got to see it and execute it."

    The goal is basic: quickly get the ball into the hands of the various playmakers and let them do their thing. "The passing game is timing, and the running game is pretty much one cut and go north," Jackson said. "That's as simple as it gets."

    ACTION JACKSON

    In 2006, the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Jackson led the NFL in yards from scrimmage, with 2,334 ó 1,528 rushing and 806 receiving. For the Rams' new attack to prosper, he'll have to come much closer to those numbers than the ones he amassed in 2007 and '08, when he missed a total of eight games because of injuries.

    Simply put, the Rams' offense ó no matter what you call it ó won't function without a major, and diverse, contribution from the running back. "But we also need a quarterback that orchestrates it properly, we need receivers that'll catch the ball, we need offensive linemen that'll come off the ball and block," Spagnuolo emphasized. "It'll never be about one guy; Steven and I have talked about that. But certainly he's an important part of it."

    Jackson will be deployed much the same way the Eagles use Brian Westbrook, as a dual-threat rusher-receiver. That would seem to be a good fit for Jackson, who in some sets lines up in the slot or even splits out as a wide receiver.

    "A guy like Steven who's versatile inside and outside, that's what we're going to take advantage of," Boller said. "If we can get a mismatch with him on linebackers and safeties ... good night."

    An effective ground game will provide more space for the multiple receivers to slip into, as well as lure the defensive backs nearer the line of scrimmage, thus providing chances to air it out vertically.

    Conversely, a proficient, multi-proponent passing game will keep the defense from clogging the box between the tackles to combat the run.

    "In different offenses, some guys are decoys, just to open up different coverages. In this one, everyone has a good chance of getting the ball on any play," Jackson pointed out.

    Rest assured, Jackson will get the ball on many plays.

    "I'm going to do my best to be an incredible threat on the field each and every Sunday," he promised, "and trust in my teammates that they're going to do the same."
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    Re: St. Louis Rams' offense is a perfect fit for Steven Jackson

    Quote Originally Posted by eldfan View Post
    St. Louis Rams' offense is a perfect fit for Steven Jackson

    By BILL COATS
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    09/09/2009

    The goal is basic: quickly get the ball into the hands of the various playmakers and let them do their thing. "The passing game is timing, and the running game is pretty much one cut and go north," Jackson said. "That's as simple as it gets."
    We have speedy Avery so itís hard not to read this and get excited man I canít wait to see how it goes.
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    Re: St. Louis Rams' offense is a perfect fit for Steven Jackson

    This all sounds really great..can't wait until Sunday!! It might take a few games for everyone to get in sync, but I really think the Rams have some good coaches who finally have a plan.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' offense is a perfect fit for Steven Jackson

    Quote Originally Posted by eldfan View Post
    We have speedy Avery so itís hard not to read this and get excited man I canít wait to see how it goes.
    The O-line must block and block some more .. Avery may be fast, but Bulger isn't. If we can knock people off the ball and produce a respectable running game, play action will work, if not, it could get ugly early ... One thing we haven't seen yet under Spags is our starters playing 4 quarters of football. I am excited too, yet at the same time, I'm somewhat apprehensive. Sometimes I feel like that cartoon character who keeps getting suckered into trying to kick the ball only to have it snatched away at the last second ..

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' offense is a perfect fit for Steven Jackson

    Maui's right, it all boils down to the offensive line. The offense can be perfect for everyone involved, but if the line can't block for four seconds reliably, and can't get ground in the run game, the offense isn't going to run and we'll look just like last year.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' offense is a perfect fit for Steven Jackson

    Bell has got to play better than he did in preseason. How many times did we see the rush come from inside rather than outside?

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' offense is a perfect fit for Steven Jackson

    Bell looked good when he was sandwiched between Roos & Maewe..i know thats hardly a ringing endorsement for Bell himself but hopefully Barron and Brown can help him out when the pass rush is aimed in his direction...its pretty clear to me that Bell is not a player that is worth the salary he is on..but we can only hope that he become an atleast serviceable LG for us...i was thinking at the end of last season..maybe due to his size (or lack of) that he might be worth trying out at Centre..but the Brown move scuppered that..

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' offense is a perfect fit for Steven Jackson

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan View Post
    Bell has got to play better than he did in preseason. How many times did we see the rush come from inside rather than outside?

    tex:

    J. Bell was hurt (sustained a concussion) on the second play of the first preseason game against the Jets and did not practice or play until the last game against KC. Whatever O-line problems we had the preseason was obviously someone else's fault as Bell was not on the field until just last week.

    However, having said all of that I certainly agree with you that he has to step it up this year or we are going to be in trouble again.

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