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    Tuesday, July 27, 2004
    RACHEL BACHMAN


    In the past six days, Steven Jackson has experienced an NFL head coach's anger, his 21st birthday and life as a new millionaire.

    And he hasn't even played a down of pro football.

    Jackson begins final preparations for his rookie season Wednesday, when the St. Louis Rams' training camp begins in Macomb, Ill. He has a freshly inked, $7 million contract and a new appreciation for the high-profile business he has joined.

    Last Wednesday, Rams coach Mike Martz blasted Jackson in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, painting him as no-show at workouts, calling him "far behind" and saying Jackson would have to shake off the "glitz and glamour of being the No. 1 guy" and go to work.

    Jackson called Martz's comments shocking, but said the coach merely has not gotten to know him.

    In fact, NFL rules prohibited Jackson, the Rams' top draft pick at No. 24 overall, from attending full-squad practice sessions last May because Oregon State's senior class had yet to graduate. On Monday, Jackson explained that he skipped the Rams' rookie mini-camp this month because he did not want to injure himself before he was under contract.

    "The few times I had a chance to talk to him, he comes across as a stern guy," Jackson said of Martz. "I haven't really felt him out, and I don't think he's felt me out, either. Because the way he portrayed me in the paper and in the media . . . everyone who's gotten a chance to know me knows I'm not like that.

    "I don't shy away from any workload or anything like that."

    After Martz's outburst, Jackson encouraged his agent, Rocky Arceneaux, to get a deal done quickly. On Saturday, Jackson and his parents were watching TV in Arceneaux's office as he negotiated Jackson's contract by phone.


    "We were all sitting in the next room while Rocky was negotiating," Jackson said. "And when he came out and told us the numbers, it was kind of like watching someone on 'The Price is Right.' "

    The price was right: Jackson has a five-year, $7 million deal, including a $4 million signing bonus.

    Jackson and Arceneaux have the same birthday -- July 22 -- so they had much to celebrate when they went out for dinner Saturday night. Jackson had spent his actual birthday at a low-key dinner with his parents, in town from Las Vegas.

    The weekend was full of emotion. On Friday, he learned of the death of Justin Williams, the Oregon State redshirt freshman killed in an auto accident on Interstate 5 near Wilsonville.

    "I was actually at a party that night and I got the phone call from (former OSU players) Lawrence Turner and Richard Seigler," Jackson said. "They called to tell me that, and I immediately left. It was devastating, a young kid to lose a life that early."

    On Sunday, Jackson had another surprise: the unexpected retirement of Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams. Jackson had emulated and often was compared with Williams before Williams sheared his dreadlocks.

    Jackson said he spoke with Williams about a month ago at a charity auction held by Rams running back Marshall Faulk. Williams did not mention retirement.

    "I was looking to the Oct. 24 game that was at Miami, but that was because I was going to have a chance to watch Ricky in person," Jackson said. "But as of (Sunday), I'm not going to be able to do that."

    Yet Jackson has a mentor much closer to home: Faulk. The seven-time all-pro running back is entering his 11th NFL season and shares with Jackson an agent (Arceneaux) and a position. Jackson said the situation is a familiar learning experience.

    "I've just been treating it like my freshman year, dealing with Ken Simonton," Jackson said. "Me and Ken keep in touch still to this day. We're really good friends.

    "It's something that it's friendly competition, and I'm the type of person that, I take a little bit from everyone. So things that Marshall uses that have helped him succeed, I'm going to try to add to my game."

    Jackson, a popular player at Oregon State, could have an interesting start in St. Louis. He acknowledged that Martz's comments made Jackson sound like the typical NFL prima donna.

    "In the business that he's in and dealing with the guys that he's probably dealt with, he probably figures that comes with the territory," Jackson said. "But that's not me."

    As of early Monday afternoon, Jackson had not spoken to Martz since the comments were published. But, showing he still has his sense of humor, Jackson said that when he sees Martz the first thing he will ask is what happened to his "Happy Birthday" phone call.

    "You don't want to start off on the wrong foot with your coaching staff and the front office," Jackson said. "But at the same time, the guys that negotiated the contract did a great job of getting me what I deserve, and on time."

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    Level headed, didn't blow this out of the water like some of the fans did. Just keeps his cool and says he has to prove it.

    Liked what I heard.

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    • #3
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      After Martz's outburst, Jackson encouraged his agent, Rocky Arceneaux, to get a deal done quickly.
      You want you're rookie signed...a little public negotiation... and Voil`a!
      The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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      • #4
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        Does anybody else love this kids attitude as much as I do? What a great find.

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          After Martz's outburst, Jackson encouraged his agent, Rocky Arceneaux, to get a deal done quickly. On Saturday, Jackson and his parents were watching TV in Arceneaux's office as he negotiated Jackson's contract by phone.
          Looks like Our Head Coach Mike Martz pushed the right button :mask:

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          • #6
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            Just another motivational move by Martz. He seems to do these kind of things with players whose performance is critical with Ram success. QB's and now RB's.
            Roman18 :helmet::helmet:

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              Originally posted by Roman18
              Just another motivational move by Martz. He seems to do these kind of things with players whose performance is critical with Ram success. QB's and now RB's.
              If you're right, I better start hearing his mouth make some noise about the D-line. That's where the season will be won or lost this year.
              The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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              • #8
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                I don't think Martz feels that is his responsibility. He hires someone in charge of the defense and seems to let them be in charge of that. I have never heard him talk about a defensive player unless they cross the line. ALA Kevin Carter.

                I respect that!


                Originally posted by HUbison
                If you're right, I better start hearing his mouth make some noise about the D-line. That's where the season will be won or lost this year.

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                • #9
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                  He called Kennedy lazy and fat last year, but that's about it.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by RamWraith
                    I don't think Martz feels that is his responsibility. He hires someone in charge of the defense and seems to let them be in charge of that. I have never heard him talk about a defensive player unless they cross the line. ALA Kevin Carter.
                    Wraith, my post was intended to allude to the importance of the D-line this year as compared with the QB & RB position, based on the post by Roman...
                    Originally posted by Roman18
                    Just another motivational move by Martz. He seems to do these kind of things with players whose performance is critical with Ram success. QB's and now RB's.
                    ...not necessarily suggest a motivational technique that would appear to be against Martz' nature. But I hear what you're saying. ;)
                    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                      Hear that hubbie!!!

                      Alot of our success will depend on them

                      Originally posted by HUbison
                      Wraith, my post was intended to allude to the importance of the D-line this year as compared with the QB & RB position, based on the post by Roman...

                      ...not necessarily suggest a motivational technique that would appear to be against Martz' nature. But I hear what you're saying. ;)

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                      • #12
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                        Looks like Martz did exactly what needed to be done to get the deal closed. Well done on both sides.

                        Jackson seems like a very professional young man. I'm very excited about him potentially being a cornerstone of this team's future success.

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                        • #13
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                          Good move by Martz, Good move by Jackson to hear what was being said and acting on it and good response by Jackson as well. I'll bet they will have a good laugh about this the first or second day.

                          Now let’s extend this to the O-Line. (Left tackle specifically.)
                          OPIE! Hey OPIE Listen up. Coach has something he would like to say to you.

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                          • RamWraith
                            Rams' Jackson in search of new ground
                            by RamWraith
                            By Tom Weir, USA TODAY

                            ST. LOUIS — As a student of architecture who's planning a trip to Italy next year, St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson knows Rome wasn't built in a day.
                            But Jackson isn't patient about the delay in his plan to erect a running legacy in the NFL. In nine games last season, he had 17 or fewer carries, and St. Louis was a miserable 1-8 in those contests.

                            That's why Jackson lets out a laugh when asked whether he's the Ram who's happiest to see Scott Linehan replacing Mike Martz as St. Louis' coach.

                            "I'll try to say this nicely," said Jackson, putting down a fork in midmeal at the Rams' training-camp cafeteria. "I wasn't happy because Mike Martz was losing his job. I was happy because I felt I was going to get to start my career over."

                            In the waning years of St. Louis' pass-happy, "Greatest Show on Turf" era under Martz, Jackson felt left out. With 1,046 rushing yards in 15 games last season, Jackson did manage St. Louis' first 1,000-yard running season since Marshall Faulk's in 2001, but he felt there was plenty more ground that could have been gained.

                            The conflict peaked after a loss to the Washington Redskins on December 4, when Jackson had only 11 carries. Jackson's complaints to the media led to one headline that read: "Give me the damn ball."

                            Jackson now contends that wasn't an exact quote and says his words "kind of got twisted." But he also added, "I didn't mind."

                            On his issues with Martz, Jackson said: "We could go back and forth all day. He has problems with me; I have problems with him."

                            But when reminded that Martz said Jackson needed to be ready to play more if he wanted the workhorse role, Jackson readily admitted, "That's truthful."

                            Jackson is focused on improving his durability.

                            "I'm getting that at this camp," he said. "Since we started, it's been full pads every day," even on 100-degree days.

                            St. Louis will have a more balanced attack than the one that passed 61.2% of the time last season, Linehan said.

                            New offensive coordinator Greg Olson says much of his planning has focused on "how are we going to make sure Steven Jackson touches the ball 20 times a game? ... I think that's a good starting number."

                            Entering his third season, Jackson has goals of 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns. He makes no secret that he wants the fame that would accompany those numbers.

                            "I don't need to be a household name because I want to be recognized," Jackson said. "I want to be a household name because I believe I have a gift."

                            The obvious part of that gift is the bruising style of the 6-2, 231-pound Jackson. In one of only two games in which he carried 25 times last season,...
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                          • RamWraith
                            Jackson Eager for New Beginning
                            by RamWraith
                            Wednesday, March 29, 2006

                            By Nick Wagoner
                            Senior Writer

                            Steven Jackson thought 2005 was going to be his breakout season. It was his first year as a starter and things were supposed to be different from his rookie year.

                            Jackson expected plenty of carries, yards and touchdowns and he expected the Rams to be a Super Bowl contender. And many people expected the same thing.

                            After a tumultuous season in which the team finished 6-10 and Jackson was essentially an afterthought in the offense, Jackson is ready for a fresh start.

                            “I am approaching it with a focus of saying this is me getting a new beginning,” Jackson said Wednesday. “I feel like I have a chance to start over my career.”

                            Granted, Jackson acknowledges that he isn’t exactly a grizzled veteran with just two years of experience. But Jackson also is looking to be in on the ground floor of a new direction in the organization.

                            By now, everyone knows and remembers the troubling times Jackson went through last season. With coach Mike Martz on the shelf for most of the season because of a bacterial infection of the heart valve, Jackson never got much of a chance to take off.

                            Even when Martz was calling the plays, Jackson was probably even less of an option. Going as far back as the 2004 season, at Arizona when Jackson was deemed healthy, but not on the field for most of the game, Jackson believes that he and Martz simply did not mix.

                            “You don’t want to be in the doghouse of the head coach,” Jackson said. “No matter what you say about him, no matter how you feel about him, you don’t want…this is the guy that is calling the plays. You don’t want to be in the doghouse of a guy like Coach Martz. At the same time, you have to address him as a professional and ask him if it is a problem can we sever it and get on with it. At times, I thought we did sit down, discuss what the problem was and move on. At times, in the heat of the battle of the games, it just seemed like I wasn’t getting my touches.”

                            Jackson certainly had moments where he flashed his enormous potential a season ago. In week eight against Jacksonville with most of the Rams’ top skill players out, Jackson had his best game. He rushed for 179 yards on 25 carries with a game-winning touchdown catch in the closing minutes.

                            Instead of that becoming a stepping stone, Jackson’s touches fluctuated greatly the rest of the season. During the Dec. 4 game against Washington, Jackson received just 11 carries for 24 yards.

                            It became somewhat of a breaking point for Jackson, as he let his feeling become known during his weekly meeting with the media. When asked if he had spoken with the coaching staff about his lack of touches, Jackson said “No, I haven’t but you can. Give me the ball.”

                            Jackson battled a variety of minor injuries for the rest of the season and...
                            -03-29-2006, 01:38 PM
                          • RamWraith
                            Jackson feeling like a free man
                            by RamWraith
                            He didn't always see eye-to-eye with Martz
                            BY STEVE KORTE
                            News-Democrat

                            ST. LOUIS - There have been times over the past two seasons when St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson felt like he was locked up in former coach Mike Martz's doghouse.

                            "At times, I kind of felt that way," Jackson said. "For whatever reason it was, I don't know. It doesn't help having the guy who took him to the top still around the locker room. It is whatever it is. Me and Marshall (Faulk), we get along great, and for whatever reason, I wasn't getting my appropriate touches."

                            Jackson rushed for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He had 254 carries for the season, but he had 20 or more carries in only three games. He had only two games with 20 or more rushing attempts during his rookie season in 2004.

                            Jackson took his complaint about being underutilized to the media after getting only 11 carries in a 24-9 loss to the Washington Redskins on Dec. 4.

                            "No, I haven't, but you can," Jackson said when asked if he had talked to any of the Rams' coaches about his lack of carries. "Give me the ball."

                            On Wednesday, Jackson, who is taking part in the Rams' offseason conditioning program, said he met with Martz in attempt to clear the air.

                            "You don't want to be in the doghouse with the head coach, especially when that's the guy who is calling plays," Jackson said. "You don't want to get in the doghouse with a guy like Coach Martz.

                            "At the same time, as a professional, you ask him, 'If there is a problem, can we solve it and get on with it.' We did sit down and state forth what the problems was, and then move on. But, at times, when we were in the heat of battle in games, I wasn't getting my touches."

                            Jackson said he expects to be handed the ball more often next season under new coach Scott Linehan.

                            "The front office had a chance to hire a guy that they wanted to bring in," Jackson said of Linehan. "I think everyone is talking about making me the focal point.

                            "Two years ago when I was drafted that's what the plan was. We knew eventually that the team was going to be geared around me, and now it finally seems to be coming to the forefront. Now I have to show up on Sunday. That's not a hard thing to do."

                            Jackson said he's confident that he won't be collecting dust next season after seeing how Linehan rode running backs Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown last season as the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.

                            Brown had 207 carries for 907 yards, while Williams had a 168 carries for 743 yards.

                            "The way he used Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, and the running backs from Minnesota before that, he's shown that he likes to run," Jackson said. "I'm pretty...
                            -03-31-2006, 06:06 AM
                          • Nick
                            Jackson Makes His Presence Felt
                            by Nick
                            Jackson Makes His Presence Felt
                            Sunday, August 29, 2004

                            By Nick Wagoner
                            Staff Writer

                            Over, around, through. Pick a preposition and it probably applies to Steven Jackson’s running style.

                            The rookie running back from Oregon State, who played well in the Rams’ first two preseason games, made his official announcement to the rest of the NFL that he is going to be a force sooner than later.

                            St. Louis coach Mike Martz said he is impressed with the strides Jackson has made.

                            “The more you give him the ball, the stronger he gets,” Martz said. “He’s like a typical USC tailback. The more you give him, the hungrier they get and they just keep rolling. I think safeties get tired of hitting him after awhile.”

                            Jackson left Washington’s defense with a different shade of skin: black and blue Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis’ 28-3 win. Jackson finished his evening with a little more than five minutes left. He was efficient, bruising and most of all effective in racking up 125 yards on 25 carries, adding a touchdown for good measure.

                            Ask Jackson to describe his running game and it is likely you will receive a variety of answers. He makes no qualms about his propensity for taking on defenders in the open field with little more than a dropped shoulder.

                            Quarterback Chris Chandler said he hasn’t been around many backs that can drive forward and finish runs the way Jackson does.

                            “That piles moves forward when he hits it,” Chandler said. “He’s got a ways to go, but he has a great start.”
                            Jackson said he likes the different aspects to his game, but he takes the most pride in leaving cleat marks on a defender’s chest.

                            “That’s the main ingredient in my game,” Jackson said. “That’s why the Rams brought me here, to add a little bit more of a downhill attack in their offense.”

                            Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 231 pounds, the chiseled Jackson is blessed with more than power.

                            Numerous times, Jackson has shown impressive finesse moves, such as his jump cut, where he takes a little hop to one side of the defender, adjusts his pad level and moves forward. Jackson also possesses enough speed to outrun most defenders. His ability to mix running styles is just one reason he was the first running back taken in the 2004 NFL Draft.
                            “I know a big part of my game is being so big and powerful, but at the same time I do have quick feet and I can get hit the holes,” Jackson said. “That’s another thing that can throw a defender off my game.”

                            Jackson has also displayed a soft pair of hands that make him a developing duel-threat back. In 36 games at Oregon State, Jackson rushed for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also caught 66 passes for 680 yards and six touchdowns.

                            Jackson entered the draft a year early and the Rams traded up with Cincinnati...
                            -08-29-2004, 10:47 PM
                          • Rambos
                            Jackson Ready to Carry Load
                            by Rambos
                            Jackson Ready to Carry Load
                            Thursday, September 8, 2005

                            By Nick Wagoner
                            Senior Writer

                            There is little doubt about the lasting impression Steven Jackson left on the ***** during his rookie season.

                            And that’s not even counting his 119-yard breakout performance in the second meeting with San Francisco.

                            In case any of those ***** forget this week what Jackson is capable of, they can turn to cornerback turned safety Mike Rumph and ask him what he remembers about his first meeting with Jackson.

                            "I remember thinking at the time, 'Why am I doing this?'” Rumph told the Associated Press. “But I stuck out my arm to try to trip him. When I was running off the field, I didn't even want to look at it; because I knew it was (broken) pretty bad."

                            This would be Rumph’s attempt at arm tackling the running back known around Rams Park as “Train.” As Jackson burst up the middle with the ball, Rumph dived at him, sticking his arm directly in the path of Jackson’s churning legs. In other words, Rumph’s arm was on the tracks as the train came through.

                            The result was a broken arm and a spot on the injured list for the rest of the season for Rumph. Jackson didn’t recall the play, but said he felt bad about what happened to Rumph.

                            “I don’t remember,” Jackson said. “But I remember it being brought up a lot, especially this week. Like I told the San Francisco media, you never go out and try to hurt anyone. We all understand this is our livelihood and guys do want to play and the biggest thing for me is just to protect myself at all times. What happened to Mike was unfortunate but that’s the game of football.”

                            Still, even Jackson was willing to admit that arm tackling him is probably not the best approach to bringing him down.

                            Rumph should get plenty of opportunities to tackle Jackson again Sunday when the Rams and ***** open the regular season at Monster Park. This time Jackson is the starting running back and will probably get more than his share of the work.

                            After a rookie season in which he shared time with Marshall Faulk, Jackson will start the season as the top guy this year. In his limited time last season, Jackson ran for 673 yards on 134 carries, an average of 5 yards per attempt.

                            Those numbers would have been satisfying for many rookie backs, but not Jackson who is hoping that the normally pass-happy Rams offense will make a commitment to him.

                            The confident Jackson is not scared to let the coaches know when he isn’t getting the ball. So what happens if it’s halftime and Jackson hasn’t gotten the touches he would like to get?

                            “I wouldn’t wait ‘til halftime to say it,” Jackson said. “I think a lot of people know how I feel about running the ball. I also understand when you have the likes of Torry and Isaac and Kevin and Mac we do want to...
                            -09-08-2005, 04:12 PM
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