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  • How long for Jackson?

    Last year there was some criticism for leaving Jackson in a game too long when he got hurt? With the generally short careers of running backs and no chance for the playoffs(or maybe even a win) how much do you play Steven Jackson?

  • #2
    Re: How long for Jackson?

    I say play him as much as he can take. Wait for him to say "no mas".

    What would we be saving him for?
    sigpic :ram::helmet:

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    • #3
      Re: How long for Jackson?

      I feel this is a simple issue. If and when the time comes that the game is out of reach, a team's star should sit. While it is honorable for a player to want to fight to the end and finish a game, it simply isn't smart to have him do so. The player's future (and his future contributions to the team) are more important than a game that isn't winnable.

      Having Jackson play in what amounts to be garbage time is a curious move by the coaches considering they've been loathe to use him at times in prime situations where he's been needed.

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      • #4
        Re: How long for Jackson?

        yeah. Its just stupid and meaningless to keep your superstar in a game that is well over .

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        • MauiRam
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          By Nick Wagoner
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          After a 2007 season that was as difficult for him as it was the team, Steven Jackson has turned his full attention to 2008 and beyond. Upon arrival at this weekend’s minicamp in St. Louis, Jackson has officially embarked on an important year for the team but also for his career. Jackson is now in the final season of his contract and the Rams have made retaining him as one of, if not the, key cog in the offense for years to come.

          Let there be no doubt, Jackson made it clear Saturday that he wants that future to be in St. Louis. “I am pretty sure we will get something done,” Jackson said. “This is definitely where I want to be. I’m playing football. I leave that to my agent and the front office. I think I have been a good person on and off the field so I expect to be rewarded.”

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        • bruce4life
          goes to show that jackson is our team...
          by bruce4life
          when jackson goes, we go... you guys were all saying that jackson needs to go.. well let me tell you brother jackosn needs to be resigned because he is the heart and soul of this team
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        • psycho9985
          Which Jackson will show up
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          I'm not on the stephan Jackson band wagon,sure the guy gets yardage,but I'm not seeing it when the chips are down.I dont like the way he hops and skips around trying to find a hole,why cant the guy just run the play called.
          I know our offensive line is in not so great shape right now,but I hope the coaches are talking to him.He needs to play smash mouth football.Jackson is big enough and strong enough to be a fullback and I wish he'd run with power at the line of scrimmage.Marshall faulk has the speed and moves to skip around and blast through a hole in the line,but Jackson doesnt.
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        • RamWraith
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          I believe Rams RB Steven Jackson has a good heart, and that he wants to win. I also respect that he wants the ball in his hands with a game on the line. The great competitors always want to make the difference when it matters most.

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          Though Jackson was diplomatic in his comments the day after the 17-16 loss to San Francisco, he clearly was irate on Sunday afternoon when the Rams blew the chance to win.

          Jackson apparently wants the ball more often in meaningful situations. He doesn’t want to removed from a game when it can still be a win. I can respect that.

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          The NFL isn’t a Nike commercial. In the real game, backs have to make blocks and run hard and take care of business on the field.

          And before hollering at the coach over the job he’s doing, make sure that you’re doing your own job to the best of your ability.
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