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    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Sep. 24 2007

    TAMPA, FLA. — There was no sideline tirade this week by Steven Jackson. Chances
    are, he was too weary to raise a ruckus.

    A week after noisily venting his frustration near the close of a one-point loss
    to San Francisco — and later apologizing to his teammates — Jackson was
    unleashed Sunday against Tampa Bay.

    Jackson carried 30 times for 115 yards and caught four passes for 18 yards. But
    in the end, little changed for the woebegone Rams. Again, their offense fizzled
    with the end zone in sight, and they limped home toting a punchless 24-3 loss
    and a feckless 0-3 record.

    "(Jackson) ran hard," quarterback Marc Bulger said. "The first half he was
    getting a ton of touches, and that was good to see, because as the game goes on
    he gets stronger. It was working. Unfortunately, we still couldn't put it in
    the end zone."

    Jackson led the NFL in yards from scrimmage in 2006, averaging 145.9 per game
    rushing and receiving.

    But in the first two games this year, he'd produced a meager 157 yards total;
    that ranked 38th in the league. He was shackled partly because the coaches
    called twice as many pass plays as runs.

    It was different vs. the Bucs: Of 61 Rams plays, 34 — or 55 percent — were
    runs.

    "That was a huge emphasis," center Brett Romberg said. "Steven Jackson is one
    of the prime backs in this league, and to have him have nowhere near what he
    wanted to have, it's pretty embarrassing on our part."

    Said Jackson: "We kind of figured we were going to be able to pound the ball on
    them, go up and down the field. And in the red zone, we wanted to be able to
    execute. That's where we came up short."

    The Rams ventured inside the Bucs' 20-yard line twice. The first trip ended
    with an interception in the end zone; the second resulted in a field goal. For
    the season, the Rams have produced just two touchdowns in eight red-zone tries.

    What's the problem? "I don't know, but it's not from lack of trying," Bulger
    said. "We're trying as hard as we can, but ... trying only gets you so far.
    Maybe in high school or grade school it works. But in the NFL, it's about
    productivity, and we're not getting it done."

    Nobody in the dreary visitors' locker room, however, was questioning Jackson's
    effort. "He's really a delight to block for, because he'll make the most out of
    everything," said tackle Adam Goldberg. "It's nice to have No. 39 behind you."

    Even nicer would be to put a few touchdowns on the scoreboard.

    "You've just got to show your character now," Jackson said. "If you're a leader
    you're going to lead, and if you're a follower you're going to follow. While
    I'm on this team, I'm going to make sure no one quits. We're going to fight."

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    Re: Jackson hauls larger load

    "You've just got to show your character now," Jackson said. "If you're a leader
    you're going to lead, and if you're a follower you're going to follow. While
    I'm on this team, I'm going to make sure no one quits. We're going to fight."
    Steven is jumping on the character band wagon.

    Let's hope more of them have some fight left in them.
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      GLENDALE, ARIZ. — Late Sunday evening in Henderson, Nev., Steve Jackson
      received his weekly phone call from his son. Rams running back Steven Jackson
      knew what he'd hear even before he dialed the number.

      "He'll tell me to keep my head up, but make sure that I take care of the ball,"
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      Linebacker Gerald Hayes, who forced both fumbles, said, "When I looked back and
      saw Dockett was going to score, it was like a sigh of relief. You make one play
      and then it turns into an even bigger play."

      Playing on an improving right leg, Jackson rolled up 48 yards on eight carries
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      coming into the game, knowing that the leg was starting to feel really good,"
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      "Steven's a monster," said Adam Goldberg, who started at right tackle. "It's an
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      The Cardinals are 10th in the NFL in total defense, and Jackson rarely had much
      room to operate. "I knew it was going to be a tough game," he said. "They have
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      containment and forcing the run to stay within the tackles," he said. "And
      their linebackers and their safeties do a good job with gap protections."

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      By Nick Wagoner
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      Jackson vented his frustrations like many players do, yelling on the sideline to nobody in particular. On Wednesday, he stood up before his teammates and issued an apology just in case anybody took Sunday’s outburst the wrong way.

      “I didn’t want anything to get out of hand,” Jackson said. “I didn’t know how guys took it, so I didn’t want them read something and then think what they’re reading is true. I wanted to let them know from my heart and talk to them without being scripted – let them know how I felt and what happened and explain to them that there were no problems.”

      Jackson’s apology was accepted with no questions asked by most of his teammates. Center Brett Romberg said he was proud of the way Jackson stood up and was accountable for what happened.

      “The man was frustrated,” Romberg said. “He has high expectations, he’s an amazing competitor and falling short of any kind of goal he is setting is going to be frustrating on his part. He wanted to come over and voice his opinion and let us know what he’s thinking which is welcome. We just took with it and said forget about it man, let’s roll. We have another game to play this week.”

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      The 6-foot-2, 231-pound back resembled a runaway freight train much of the day. He pounded out 121 yards rushing on 23 carries, including a 36-yard touchdown run, and also had nine catches for 71 yards.

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      Monday, Dec. 29 2008

      ATLANTA — If the numbers that Rams running back Steven Jackson amassed Sunday
      were replicated throughout a 16-game season, the NFL record book would take a
      nasty beating.

      In a stirring 31-27 loss to the playoff-bound Atlanta Falcons, Jackson rushed
      for 161 yards; that would add up to 2,576 for a full season. He also had 54
      receiving yards; that's 864 for a full season and an outlandish total of 3,440
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      Of course, Jackson came nowhere near those totals. He missed four games and
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      Still, he finished with 1,040 yards on the ground and 379 through the air.
      Jackson is the first Rams back to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive
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      "It means a lot. I look up to Eric Dickerson … I look up to a lot of backs that
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      reach 1,000 yards in 12 games, I think there's something I can take from it. …

      "We're talking about individual things right now, and that's all great. But at
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      The Rams, ranked 27th in the 32-team NFL in rushing coming into the game, piled
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      "Ever since I came in, my personal goal was obviously to play well, but also to
      get (Jackson) what he deserves," center Brett Romberg said. "He's a hell of a
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