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  • Who was the best running back?

    Eric Dickerson 5....1525....7245........123......912......8157...56
    Marshall Faulk 7....1447....6959........470....4071....10030...85
    Steven Jackson 6...1548....6707........281....2287.....8994...48

    There are the numbers, but numbers don't always tell the tale. Who do you think was the best and why?

  • #2
    Re: Who was the best running back?

    When ED was on the field, it just looked easy for him.


    • #3
      Re: Who was the best running back?

      it really does depend on what you looking for in a RB..

      i personally think Faulk is the best all purpose RB to ever play the game,let alone just the Rams...but for straight out running ED.
      if you want someone to gain every possible yard after the first contact has been made,then you pick Jax out of the three.

      ED had a pretty damn awesome line to play behind..certainly far better than Jax has had,atleast in the past..and better than the line Faulk played behind (for Rushing anyway..he played behind a better pass blocking line than ED)

      That`s not to say that ED or Faulk couldn`t have had great careers behind Jackson`s lines..but they certainly would have had to prove something that during their careers with the Rams wasn`t proved due to them not having to.

      i think the current O-line has the potential to be very similar to the great rush blocking line we had in the 80` it will be interesting to see how Jax will do in the next couple of years.


      • #4
        Re: Who was the best running back?

        I will go with Marshall. Think though, Jackson does not have a talented team around him and still gets those yards. Faulk had an unbelieveable team, but also contributed to it. Then Dickerson was just a beast with a good team.

        Its also really hard to compare because they all played a different amount of years, and played many years ahead of each other, in which the NFL was different.


        • #5
          Re: Who was the best running back?

          If you're asking for an all-around back, Marshall is the clear choice. Nobody touches him in that respect, past or present. (in my opinion anyway)


          • #6
            Re: Who was the best running back?

            I think that Marshall is a legend, but for some reason I love SJax more than any RB ever. His skill set is just unbelievable. At 6-2 236 lbs he is able to run over any opponent and fight for every yard, but he is also pretty quick for his size and is able to out run opponents. Not only that but he is also a recieving threat. He in my mind is the prototype for the perfect RB.


            • #7
              Re: Who was the best running back?

              Originally posted by Judaxi View Post
              I think that Marshall is a legend, but for some reason I love SJax more than any RB ever. His skill set is just unbelievable. At 6-2 236 lbs he is able to run over any opponent and fight for every yard, but he is also pretty quick for his size and is able to out run opponents. Not only that but he is also a recieving threat. He in my mind is the prototype for the perfect RB.
              I agree. He is underrated aswell. He can do everything from blocking, to running and even catching. He is overshadowed by overrated players like Chris Johnson.


              • #8
                Re: Who was the best running back?

                His best play ever as a Ram was a block. The TD to Holt in the Super Bowl against the Titans, he picks up the defender that came free and just stopped him cold before he could get to Warner.


                • #9
                  Re: Who was the best running back?

                  Unfortunately for SJAX he is only in this conversation in St. Louis. Looking back he will just be a footnote do to the abysmal state of the team during his prime years.

                  It's not fair, but Dickerson and Faulk far surpass Stephen


                  • #10
                    Re: Who was the best running back?

                    Can't really judge who's the best since they've all played in different states of the Rams. Lets put Faulk and Dickerson in these dark times or S-Jax in the GSOT days.

                    ♪ R.I.P. Nujabes ♫


                    • #11
                      Re: Who was the best running back?

                      Eric the Great is the best RB in Ram history; in NFL history maybe. Faulk ranks with the best in history too - and Jackson may, before he's done , but Eric is my hoice if I'm building the best in NFL history. That - was what running games were meant to be.


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                        ST. LOUIS Every picture tells a story, and sometimes it's a sad one. There is Emmitt Smith, wearing the red jersey of the Arizona Cardinals. Franco Harris squeezing out a few last carries with the Seattle Seahawks. O.J. Simpson, forlorn in a San Francisco ***** uniform. They forged their reputations in one place and diminished them in another.
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                        "Marshall said to me privately, 'It's time, I think.' I said, 'Time for what?' And he said, 'He needs to be the featured guy. And whatever role you want me to do, I'd be happy to do it. It's going to be tough, but I think I can really help him and still have some value for this team.' I couldn't believe it," Martz says. "But that's Marshall. So I got to thinking about it more and more, and I said, 'We're going to do this.' "

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                        -08-29-2005, 04:51 AM
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                        I think everyone should stop with their BS story about Faulk not wantin to play more.
                        by Guest
                        Faulk may have went to management and told them it was time to make a change because he is good hearted and they chose a RB with their first over all pick.
                        How many players anywhere in the NFL would go to management and tell them to play some one else ahead of them none is the answer because they are all after the dollar but not Faulk he wants to see the kid get a chance and succeed. But Faulk still has a lot of game left in him and if Jackson ever went down with an injury and they had to play Faulk you would see that I can honestly say Jackson has helped contribute to our losing season with his no gain runs and getting two QB's blown up by bad blocking both Bulger and Martin were the victims of his poor blocking.

                        Faulk has a lot of game left and this was the first off-season in a long time he did not have to have surgery. He is as healthy and as good as he has been in a long time. I guarantee you if I had to win a game I would take Faulk over Jackson as my running back. Once Faulk saw they drafted a RB he knew he did not have a lot of years left and he knew they had to play the #1 RB in the draft pretty quickly and that is why I believe he said they should play him. Because how would people feel if Faulk played good and we did not start Jackson for another 4 years they would all be wondering why we spent such a high pick on someone that sets on the bench.

                        Nick Faulk did it for the team and Jackson no one else in the NFL would have done what he did. Faulk may have thought at the time that Jackson might be able to handle the starting job and knowing that they selected him so high they would have to play him soon. Faulk is today better then Jackson. He is as healthy as he has ever been.
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