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    Calvin Johnson, Steven Jackson or Terrell Owens: Who is the most talented player wasting away on a last-place team?

    PRISCO: It's Steven Jackson -- by a big margin. Have you seen the numbers he's putting up for that bad St. Louis Rams team? He's having a huge season, and nobody is paying attention. Jackson has 915 yards rushing, is averaging 4.8 per rush and has 33 catches. He's doing it on a team that doesn't have great players outside in the passing game. That means teams can load up to stop the run. He sees a lot of eight-man fronts. That can make it tough to run, but Jackson keeps putting up big numbers. In talking to some of the defensive players around the league, they rave about Jackson. He's a load to tackle and he plays hard all the time. I think the respect for Jackson is going up this year more than ever. He's a great player on a bad team. You wonder what he'd be like if he played on a good team, one with a passing game.

    JUDGE: Steven Jackson. A few weeks ago we were asked to choose the best running back not named Adrian Peterson. I would like to amend my answer and say Steven Jackson. I can't fathom how he is doing what he is doing this season, and what he is doing is just about everything. He is the NFL's third-leading rusher, behind Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson. He averages five yards a carry. He has three straight 100-yard performances. He's the Rams' leading receiver. Basically, he does it all, and he does it with a bad football team beginning to show signs of life because ... well because Steven Jackson is carrying the Rams. Frankly, I don't know how he motivates himself, but he does. And he's doing it right. Imagine what happens if and when St. Louis surrounds him with talent. The guy already is a load. When opponents have to concentrate on others he'll be the NFL version of a nuclear weapon.

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    Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

    This is why I am for concentrating on the offense in this years draft and free agency.

    Our defense is getting better each game and will continue to grow under Spags. The main thing the defense is missing right now is time on the sidelines.

    If we can get the passing game going to take some pressure off of SJax we would not only be able to score but more importantly control the clock.


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      Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

      love that last sentence!

      Thanks for posting


      • #4
        Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

        Originally posted by Rambunctious View Post
        This is why I am for concentrating on the offense in this years draft and free agency.

        Our defense is getting better each game and will continue to grow under Spags. The main thing the defense is missing right now is time on the sidelines.

        If we can get the passing game going to take some pressure off of SJax we would not only be able to score but more importantly control the clock.
        I'm on board with that strategy. We need a QB and WR out of the top two picks next year in my opinion. A franchise QB and a #1 WR would go a *long* way towards making this team competitive again.

        I hope we will be able to field a competitive team before Jackson gets old, hopefully we'll make relatively quick turnaround next year and the year after like several other teams in recent memory.


        • #5
          Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

          Steven Jackson could be the closest thing to Jim Brown that the NFL has even seen. Have you noticed that when he's in the open field that players rarely even try to tackle him anymore, they just lunge at his legs?


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            He deserves the MVP, I know, you can't have the MVP in a losing team but Steven Jackson is the most VALUABLE player. Without him we are lost.
            Si vous croyez en vous, que vous avez de la fierté, et que vous ne lâchez jamais, vous serez un gagnant.
            Le prix de la victoire est chère, mais la récompense en vaut la peine.


            • #7
              Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

              Without the Big Boy we would have one less win than we do. Without Peyton Manning, the colts would have about 6 less wins than they do.

              To me, there is no news here. The big boy had TWO seasons of 2000 total yards from scrimmage, including the monster 90 catch year where i believe he broke the all time record for yards from scrimmage and that was for a mediocre 8-8 team.

              Its great that he is getting the recognition he deserves, especially (and finally) from Rams fans. He has been a monster for years, there is nothing new here.

              ramming speed to all

              general counsel


              • #8
                Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

                When opponents have to concentrate on others he'll be the NFL version of a nuclear weapon.
                That right there just made my day. Go Rams!


                • #9
                  Re: SJ given kudos on CBS Faceoff ..

                  SJax has to be the most underrated player in the NFL right now and it's good that he's getting some recognition. It's criminal that he's only been to one Pro Bowl and that will, hopefully, be changed this year.

                  Not only is Steven a great running back, worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Dickerson and Faulk, but he's a leader and a player who gives everything on every play. In short, he is an all-time great Ram.


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                  • MauiRam
                    Jackson Carries Rams Into the Light ..
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                    It is said that out of darkness will emerge light. How quickly that light emerges depends on whether you move with confidence or tiptoe through the shadows.

                    Steven Jackson has never tiptoed through anything in his life. And though it’s taken longer than he would have liked, the eighth-year running back is on the verge of delivering the Rams out of the darkness and into the light.

                    It’s a task that many would choose not to take on for enduring the pain that goes with it would be too much for just about anyone to bear.

                    Jackson has been called many things in his career but there’s one common nickname he’s been called that he never quite grasped until he took the time during the offseason to wrap his head around it.

                    “It’s funny I have been referred to as a beast for quite some time and I said, ‘You know, I am going to look it up. What does the word beast mean?’” Jackson said. “And to give you a quick synopsis of how I look at it and how I thought of it is ‘a mammal that bears the weight of something and transports it.’ I feel like I have been a beast because I bear the weight of some tough times around St. Louis and I have carried it from the days of glory to now hopefully to a new age and a new version of the days of glory. And I have been the particular, chosen one to feel like maybe he’s the one strong enough to bring us through the darkness back to a point where (quarterback) Sam (Bradford) and these younger guys will bring us back to glory.”

                    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.

                    In fact, he’s one of the last of his kind in the NFL, a running back willing and capable of taking on a full load in a league that grown more specialized by the season.

                    The job of the single running back carrying the load is one thing; the job of the single player carrying the hopes of a franchise on his back is another. Jackson has done both.

                    It’s a job Jackson believes he was chosen for, a job he was selected for by powers greater than a general manager or head coach.

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                  • RockinRam
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                    St. Louis is counting on Steven Jackson. He is needed. He is needed in many ways for the Rams to approach respectability.
                    Jackson is a great player. He is one of my favorite running backs in this league and is one of the true bell cow runners left. But I also think that a few years from now, Steve Spagnuolo is going to look back at his rookie year as a head coach and regret putting Jackson through the punishment he endured in 2009.

                    I hope Spagnuolo learns from his mistake last season, but something tells me we should expect more of the same in 2010. That puts Jackson under the spotlight, as the short-term fate of the Rams' offense rests firmly on his shoulders -- and on his now surgically repaired back.
                    My fear is that there will not be a long term. Let's face it; the Rams are not going to win the Super Bowl this season. They are rebuilding. And if/when they finally do become a contender, running back may be a major need because Jackson is spending his best days grinding out yardage on a terrible team.
                    With their massive investment in Sam Bradford, the Rams must have a ground game. Their offensive line is young and talented. It should be improved from a year ago.
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                    But the Rams, with or without Bradford as the starting quarterback, are not going to frighten many defenses with their passing game. Every defensive coordinator on the schedule is going to key on shutting down Jackson first and foremost. St. Louis lacks dangerous pass-catching weapons and Jackson will face a stacked box far more often than not.
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                  • RamsFan4ever
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                    As a Minnesota Viking last season, safety Corey Chavous and his defensive teammates prepared for plenty of talented opponents. But, of all the players Chavous watched on tape, one stood out above the rest.

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                    And, in that time, Chavous’ opinion of Jackson has only changed. What once was potential has started to become reality.

                    “Having the chance to play with him and see him week to week, he is in my opinion one of the two or three best backs in professional football if not the top back,” Chavous said. “When you start looking at his numbers and the things he is able to do, sure there are things in his game he will continue to round out because he’s young, but with his size, speed and versatility he is an unbelievable package.”

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                    It’s that type of punishing style that has placed Jackson behind only Cincinnati’s Rudi Johnson and Atlanta’s Warrick Dunn in the early race for the rushing title.

                    “A lot goes on through the course of the game,” Jackson said. “Average fans don’t realize. You have to have a feel for what the defense is trying to do. Also, you try to wear them down. Coach is calling the plays to see what they are going to do and what formations (they might use) so as the course of the game goes on , I get a feel of what they are doing and I believe the offensive line does, too. With that being said, that’s how I get my big yards later in the game.”

                    So, what exactly is it that has allowed Jackson to get off to such a good start? Actually, there are a number of reasons for his early-season success.

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