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    Jackson not clamoring to escape losing Rams

    By Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports
    4 hours, 44 minutes ago


    He plays on a blatantly rebuilding team which has lost 15 consecutive games, and he’s a 26-year-old running back on pace for a 1,443-yard season.

    Steven Jackson can do the grisly math, and that’s why he wasn’t especially caught off guard Thursday night when I asked him if he thought the St. Louis Rams might deal him to another team before Tuesday’s NFL trading deadline – which, incidentally, is the one-year anniversary of their last victory.

    ”It really wouldn’t surprise me,” Jackson said. ”A couple of years ago I saw Isaac Bruce(notes) get let go and end up on the *****, and I realized anything is possible in this business. So I just put my head down and play hard and try to win games for the St. Louis Rams – and I want to be a St. Louis Ram for as long as they’ll have me.

    ”At the same time, I’m very aware of the business side of this game. Last year, I went through a holdout, so I learned all about the business side first-hand. If I get that phone call that I’ve been shipped out, I’ll roll with it. But I’ve laid a lot of groundwork here and I think we’re turning it around, and I’d like to reap the benefits when we do.”

    In previous years, the notion of a team dumping a high-priced, consistently productive star like Jackson in October would have been almost inconceivable. I still think such a move would be a longshot, but it’s at least in the realm of possibility, because NFL teams are more receptive to in-season wheeling and dealing than they’ve been in the past.

    Chalk it up to a combination of desperation (teams like the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and San Diego Chargers are either in win-now mode or run by general managers and/or coaches desperate to save their jobs), opportunity (there’s an inordinate number of truly awful teams with no realistic hope of contending this year) and economics (with an uncapped year looming, and a potential lockout after that, teams can take more chances than usual in terms of salary structure). Oh, and the 2010 NFL draft crop is being billed as a strong one, which makes those picks more valuable.

    Even general managers skeptical of parting with those precious picks had to have their appetites whetted by last week’s trade between the Cleveland Browns and Jets that brought talented, 26-year-old wideout Braylon Edwards(notes) to the Big Apple. After more than a year’s worth of substandard performances, Edwards delivered in his first game with the Jets (who sent two players and a pair of draft picks, reportedly in the third and fifth rounds, to Cleveland). He caught five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown and made plays which set up two more scores in a Monday night defeat to the Miami Dolphins.

    Suddenly, the Jets have the potential big-time receiver they’d been lacking and harbor visions of competing for an AFC title, while the 1-4 Browns are better positioned to retool for next season. It’s all very baseball-esque: A team that has given up on its season unloads an established veteran to a contender in exchange for prospects (often, in this case, of the undrafted variety).

    However, this being the NFL, there are some mitigating factors. First, the deadline occurs so early in the season that, under normal conditions, teams rarely are ready to abandon hope. In 2009, though, there are plenty of woebegone losers (like the Rams) that absolutely should. Secondly, as last year’s Dolphins reminded us, swift and dramatic turnarounds are entirely possible in this era, so getting rid of an all-purpose stud like Jackson could come back to burn the franchise if the team’s fortunes change in a hurry.

    Jackson, who’s fourth in the NFL with 451 rushing yards despite playing for the league’s 28th-ranked offense, is understandably frustrated. But he’s also convinced that first-year coach Steve Spagnuolo is in the process of building a winner.

    ”I’ve really bought into the direction of this team,” Jackson said. ”For guys to want to follow a leader, you have to give them a vision – you have to show them the way. I believe Coach Spags has that GPS for a winning franchise.”

    Jackson isn’t basing his faith in Spagnoulo on the first-year coach’s prior success as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator, saying, ”I’ve played for a lot of coaches here, and they all had impressive track records – so no, that alone isn’t reason to buy in. But I see a team that’s learning how to be disciplined and mentally sharp, and although we’re not scoring, this team is actually a better team than we’ve had for the last couple of seasons.

    ”It’s kind of like when you clean your closet out. You’ve got to make a bigger mess before you get organized. That’s what we’re going through right now.”

    The problem is that, as Spagnuolo tidies up, Jackson is getting pummeled. Last week, in the midst of a 38-10 beat down by the Vikings, the halfback actually provoked sympathy from his opponents. ”I was down,” he recalled, ”and some Vikings came over and picked me up off the ground. They were like, ‘Are you OK, man?’ Like they felt bad for me. Talk about a low point.”

    As he forges ahead toward his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, Jackson envisions the bright future that he believes awaits the struggling Rams.

    ”When we turn it around, man, it’ll be so great,” he said. ”I just hope I’m not washed up when it happens.”

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    Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

    Jackson has had a tendency to run his mouth in the past, and I think a lot of people have (myself included) have tried to decipher whether it was because he had a little bit of a prima donna attitude or because he is just so passionate that he speaks his mind when it's not necessarily PC to do so.

    I think his attitude this season especially should clear it up for anybody in doubt - this guy plays his heart out and when he speaks out it's because he's dedicated to this team, not to himself. It would be so easy for this guy to cry and whine about the support he hasn't gotten - even "classy" players like Holt started whining a lot when we started losing. I think the fact that we flat out suck right now and he still says in no uncertain terms that he wants to be a Ram is really telling.

    Kudos to him being one of the leaders that we need right now.
    Last edited by Nick_Weasel; -10-16-2009, 01:09 PM. Reason: Accidentally hit submit half-way through

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    • #3
      Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

      I've always enjoyed reading what Jackson has to say. He's not going to sugar coat it, or be PC about it, but he's not going to embarrass his team or coaching staff either.

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      • #4
        Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

        Originally posted by Steven Jackson
        I believe Coach Spags has that GPS for a winning franchise
        A response for the digital age.

        I've never had a real problem with what Jackson says, and I certainly can't complain about anything he's said here. In fact, this is pretty much spot on IMO:

        Originally posted by Steven Jackson
        ”It’s kind of like when you clean your closet out. You’ve got to make a bigger mess before you get organized. That’s what we’re going through right now.”

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        • #5
          Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

          Spagnolo has said from the very beginning that he wanted to develop a strong running attack utilizing Steven Jackson. The possibility that Jackson might be traded seems extremely remote. If Jackson were 29, maybe a case could be made .. He isn't .. He's just entering his prime. It looks as if we'll be drafting very high (top five) next year. We'll have a good shot at landing 2 or 3 impact players, plus whatever we can scoop in free agency in 2010. Jackson will still be around to tell Spags who to draft then, after all, he lobbied heavily for Jason Smith in the 09 draft with solid results ...

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          • #6
            Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

            maybe Steven is growing up and he understands now that he is the leader of this team and knows that when this does turn around he will become an even bigger star,he's doing pretty good already.

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            • #7
              Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

              It would have to be a Herschel Walker style to get Jackson from us, and i think we would need multiple first round picks. Anything less isnt enough.
              @EssexRam_

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              • #8
                Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

                Originally posted by MauiRam View Post
                Spagnolo has said from the very beginning that he wanted to develop a strong running attack utilizing Steven Jackson. The possibility that Jackson might be traded seems extremely remote. If Jackson were 29, maybe a case could be made .. He isn't .. He's just entering his prime. It looks as if we'll be drafting very high (top five) next year. We'll have a good shot at landing 2 or 3 impact players, plus whatever we can scoop in free agency in 2010. Jackson will still be around to tell Spags who to draft then, after all, he lobbied heavily for Jason Smith in the 09 draft with solid results ...
                That is the way I see it to, he needs a SJ type back if he did not have SJ he would be looking for someone like him.
                :ramlogo:

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                • #9
                  Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

                  This better not happen. How much of a cap hit would we take? Also no less than two first round choices next year for this guy. Then how do we sign 3 first round draft choices when we are already hamstrung as it is? This team has a chance to improve by next year, why would we trade the only real star on this team only to have to draft another one next year. I could understand if we had some younger up and coming running back but we dont. Also Jackson is only 26 and should have quite a few good years left in him.
                  Aim high Willis, Aim High!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

                    Word is that he's being shopped around, not sure who is interested other than several AFC teams.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

                      Originally posted by ManofGod View Post
                      Word is that he's being shopped around, not sure who is interested other than several AFC teams.
                      Really? Whose word? Speculation is all I've heard .. Can you elaborate ??

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                      • #12
                        Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

                        This trading Jackson talk makes me sick, this guy works his arse off in a very tough situation, yet people still *****. Its crap like this which could tell Jackson is it worth
                        being here ?
                        Imagine Jackson playing for any of the contenders- he would be killing teams.
                        BE careful what you wish for??

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                        • #13
                          Re: Jackson Not Clamoring To Escape Losing Rams

                          It sucks to say, but it is the right thing to do. Trade him while he still has
                          value. If we trade him 2 years from now he will be worth maybe a 4th round
                          pick and we will still be a 8n8 team. "WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE RAMS":helmet:

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                            Bearing the weight of an entire franchise’s struggle is a burden Jackson has carried for all of his seven seasons in the NFL. On closer inspection, it’s clear that Jackson’s sacrifice has gone well beyond simply being a part of a losing team.

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                            Of all of the heart pounding exploits on his trip, it was the first one that really set the tone.

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                            “Our response to an offense determines our future.” – Author John Bevere, “The Bait of Satan.”

                            Right there in black and white for his eyes to see, Steven Jackson constantly goes back to this book. It’s one of his favorites though if you ask him to name them it might take a while because he’s constantly diving into a new one.

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                            EARTH CITY, Mo. -- His talents seem hidden beneath the rubble that has been the St. Louis Rams the past three seasons, a gem buried deep underneath the trash pile.

                            Running back Steven Jackson ran for a career second-best 1,416 yards last season, but few noticed. For one, Tennessee's Chris Johnson ran for over 2,000 yards to lead the league and steal the spotlight, with Jackson finishing second in rushing. Then there's the team record. Going 1-15 doesn't exactly bring the national spotlight to anybody on a team's roster.

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                            "Him saying that was cool, a neat experience," Jackson said.

                            Any acknowledgement is a good thing when you've been playing for a team that has won a total of six games in three seasons. Jackson is truly the NFL's hidden superstar.

                            That can beat down any player, the constant negativity that comes with losing each and every Sunday. Do you know how hard it is to attend Pro Bowls or go to Vegas and hang out with fellow NFL players and have to explain the losing?

                            Players can often be sympathetic to other players in the offseason. So I asked Jackson what the players from other teams say to him.

                            "That they want to trade for me," he said.

                            You can forget that. With the Rams likely breaking in rookie quarterback Sam Bradford this season, an offense that was last in the NFL in scoring in 2009 will need Jackson more than ever.

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                          • RamWraith
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                            Steven Jackson sat in the living room of his suburban St. Louis home Tuesday night, waiting impatiently for history to hit him over the head and wondering what the two people who raised him must be thinking.

                            The St. Louis Rams’ star running back had insisted that his parents, Steve and Brenda, extend their visit from Las Vegas so that they could spend election night with him and his girlfriend, Supriya Harris.

                            “Just looking at them as it all unfolded, as the wall came crumbling down,” Jackson says, “I almost started crying.”

                            For Jackson and so many other NFL players, Barack Obama’s ascendance to the U.S. presidency was a landmark moment they never saw coming as kids. For people of his parents’ generation and background, it took on a different level of incomprehensibility.

                            “They grew up in a small town in Arkansas,” Jackson marvels. “They went to segregated schools their whole lives. For them to experience that moment was just really, really special, and I wanted to make sure we shared it.”

                            If you still subscribe to the stereotype that professional athletes are so self-centered and oblivious that they avoid politics like drug tests – well, that’s as outdated as the notion that a biracial man can’t get elected to the highest office in the land.

                            Consider that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte called me Tuesday evening after getting off a flight from St. Louis to Minneapolis, frantically seeking updated electoral-vote tallies, or that Cincinnati Bengals wideout Chad Johnson and Denver Broncos wideout Brandon Marshall each planned touchdown celebrations (both of which ended up getting aborted) in support of Obama.

                            At the Rams’ training facility, which is hardly unique, players were engaged and argumentative in the months leading up to the election, paying as much attention to issues like health-care reform as they did, say, luxury-car customization.

                            “In the morning, we keep all our [locker-room, training-room and weight-room] TVs on CNN,” Jackson says. “We definitely argue back and forth, and the main issue is always taxes. It pisses me off because we have so many issues facing this country, and the guys who supported McCain seemed to only care about that one thing. Even a couple of the [African-American players] on the team said they would vote for McCain, and it was all because of money.”

                            As Jackson’s comments suggest, he is a staunch Democrat who supported Obama’s candidacy based on policy. Yet there’s no debate that for him and so many other African-American NFL players, the election’s obvious social significance triggered a new level of enthusiasm.

                            Again, that goes back to Steve and Brenda, whose outlooks were shaped by their experiences growing up in Warren, Ark., population 6,752.



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