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    I hereby proclaim myself to be the number one "Jacksonite." A position formerly held by my esteemed collegue, Av. I'm sorry Av, but, you gave up your position when you proclaimed yourself a "Faulkonite" (or something like that) a couple weeks ago.

    I believe that Steven Jackson has shown what he can do for this team. Don't get me wrong, I am a big Marshall Faulk fan and I believe he is one of the greatest all around running backs in NFL history. He is surely (don't call me Shirley) destined for the Hall of Fame. But, he seems to be dancing around a little too much for my taste. He seems a little unsure of himself anymore. He's getting smothered in running plays lately and has been dropping too many passes. Don't get me wrong, I believe Marshall still is a valuable component of our offense, but, IMO he has lost a step. Granted, the offensive line could have something to do with his struggles on running plays, but, Jackson seems to be overcoming such things.

    I'm ready for Jackson to get into the offense with Fauk on a 50/50 +/- basis at this point in the season.

    Jackson has demonstrated his salt so far this season and is deserving of more playing time. He is a force to be reckoned with. Does anybody know his yards per carry? It has to be impressive.

    Av, said a while ago, the ranks of Jacksonites would grow. I'm wondering, is that true? Are there any other Jacksonites out there who wish to step forward and be heard?

    Go Rams!!!

  • #2
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    I'm still the first Jacksonite, viper! The Faulksonite thing was a joke.


    I think we've already got a few members - Tx and RamWraith are on board in spirit, if not in name.

    This is not to say that Faulk has no place. But Jackson needs to get more and more of a role.

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    • #3
      Re: Jacksonites Unite!

      Steven Jackson is outgaining Marshall Faulk even as his backup. I still want to see both getting touches, but the ratio should at least be 50-50. I wouldn't mind that. Sometimes Marshall's style is effective, and sometimes Jackson is more consistent.

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      • #4
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        Sooner or later, Jackson is going to take a long one to the house.

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        • #5
          Re: Jacksonites Unite!

          I like Jackson, but I would not be in a rush to make him all that. He is still a rookie and bound for rookie mistakes. He did fumble the ball on his first run and I am sure he is bound to make other mistakes.
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          • #6
            Re: Jacksonites Unite!

            Neither of you can proclaim true Jacksonite status until he's displayed somewhere in the avatar.

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            • #7
              Re: Jacksonites Unite!

              I like Jackson, but I would not be in a rush to make him all that. He is still a rookie and bound for rookie mistakes. He did fumble the ball on his first run and I am sure he is bound to make other mistakes.
              Damn good point. Jackson shows enormous potential, but he's young, untested and still learning. Are we going to jump on and off the "Faulk's still the guy" bandwagon every other week?? Faulk needs to stay the feature back, although I do think Jackson needs more touches.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by NickSeiler
                Neither of you can proclaim true Jacksonite status until he's displayed somewhere in the avatar.
                here here. One has a avatar of Faulk and one has ......... well god knows what that is Avenger ;)

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                • #9
                  Re: Jacksonites Unite!

                  I believe Jackson has 6.2 yards per carry going in to the Monday nighter with the Bucs.

                  Maineram :ramlogo:

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                  • #10
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                    What are you guys in 3rd grade.. "I'm the 1st Jacksonite" Weiners the lot of you!!! :tongue:

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                    • #11
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                      Just stirring the pot, folks. It's all in fun! The point is Jackson has shown alot of upside. An article posted on ClanRam recently said he is averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Martz used him more in the Seattle game than he had previously. I think that's a trend that should continue. I especially like seeing both Jackson and Faulk in on two back sets. It's harder to defend as they can both be dangerous!

                      Oh, and Av, you're still the number one Jacksonite...the man, the myth, the legend! Afterall, you did come up with the name. Besides, I'm not ready to change my avatar! :redface:

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                      • #12
                        Re: Jacksonites Unite!

                        Neither of you can proclaim true Jacksonite status until he's displayed somewhere in the avatar.
                        Or in your sig. :tough:

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                        • #13
                          Re: Jacksonites Unite!

                          Well, I just got a Jackson jersey for my B-day, so I guess that mekes me a Jacksonite as well.
                          JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS
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                          "HIT HARD, HIT FAST, AND HIT OFTEN"
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                          • #14
                            Re: Jacksonites Unite!

                            Originally posted by RAMMAN68
                            Well, I just got a Jackson jersey for my B-day, so I guess that mekes me a Jacksonite as well.
                            Oh yeah, I'm planning on getting a #39 jersey as well. Then, of course, Hawaii 5-0. :ramlogo:

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                            • #15
                              Re: Jacksonites Unite!

                              That Avatar, Dez, is me.


                              As for being the first Jacksonite... When I was 15 years old, I had a heated Summer love affair that didn't last. But years later... I learned that I had a son.

                              Go Steven Jackson! Daddy's watching you!

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                              • RamWraith
                                Jackson is all the rage!
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                                By Bryan Burwell
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                                What do you do when you're on the verge of something you've been craving all of your life? What do you do when the dream is so close, you can feel its inevitability and maybe its uncertainty too lurking on the horizon like some rumbling summer storm?

                                Steven Jackson considers this daunting circumstance for just a moment and flashes that familiar disarming smile. "I've been groomed for this," he said. "This is what I've wanted since I started playing football when I was 7 years old."

                                Considering the crash-and-burn mess that so many of his peers have made of their star turns lately, you might expect that Jackson might approach this newest phase of his life with some sort of healthy trepidation. Celebrity is a scary business these days, as unpredictable as the weather. You're never quite sure whether the gathering storm will bring a soothing shower of fame and fortune or an angry torrent of disaster and shame.

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                                "He's right there. He's right on the verge of blowing up (and becoming a major NFL star) and he knows it," said teammate and Pro Bowl receiver Torry Holt. "He is ready to just explode and I can't wait to see it."

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                              • RamsFan16
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                                by RamsFan16
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                                Steven Jackson - Hitting The Reset Button

                                Since the St. Louis Rams' disappointing 6-10 finish last year, all Steven Jackson has wanted to do is find a way to press a reset button and start over again. With NFL training camps underway, Jackson's chance to hit reset has arrived, and once again he will try to establish himself as one of the league's premier running backs.

                                "This year, I think it (last season) really prepped me to know what to expect as a starter and the expectations that I have for myself and my team," said Jackson. "I'm coming into this season a lot more relaxed. I feel more confident than ever."

                                The Rams have long been labeled as the greatest show on turf, dominating opponents with a potent offense that led St. Louis to the postseason for seven consecutive seasons (1998-2004), until finally being shut out of the playoffs last year. With the crafty Marshall Faulk stepping into a reserve role, last season was to mark the emergence of a power running game featuring Jackson that could complement the Rams' aerial attack.

                                "It was a lot of fun but we had some bumps in the road like losing our (head) coach in the middle of the season," said Jackson regarding his performance last season in his first year as a full-time starter in the NFL. "Of course with Marshall still being there I had a lot of pressure facing me."

                                Just about everyone including Jackson himself, thought the likelihood of the Oregon State standout reaching the 1,500 yard rushing mark as the Rams' primary running back would be feasible. But Jackson failed to meet the expectations of the breakout season he so desired, as injuries to key players and unexpected absences ended up altering the way Jackson was originally intended to be utilized on offense.

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                              • general counsel
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                                by general counsel
                                I am disappointed with steven jackson, especially the mental errors. I recognize that he is very young and that the blocking has been spotty. I am not suggesting he has been lousy, only that he has not lived up to my hopes and expectations for this year.

                                I dont see him breaking tackles at the line of scrimmage. I dont see him cutting back effectively in the hole. I see a guy who when he gets the first block and can get past the line with some space does some major damage in the secondary and who certainly runs hard, but i dont see a guy that looks like he can carry a team on his back or even close to it.

                                I see passes hit him in the hands in the flat that he drops. I see fumbles. I see a horrible flip to mcdonald on the play at the goal line.

                                I see faulk cutting back through the holes MUCH faster than jackson and running almost as hard. I am not saying that faulk should be the starter, but am suggesting that jackson has a LONG LONG way to go before someone compares him to marshall faulk.

                                I realize jackson and faulk are different kinds of backs, but i just dont see jacksons speed until he gets into space. I see a LOT of running sideways and not cutting up the field quickly enough. Watch faulk dart in and out of space, and that is at age 32!

                                any thoughts from the group?

                                Ramming speed to all

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                                -10-07-2005, 11:53 AM
                              • theodus69
                                Jackson or Faulk
                                by theodus69
                                Now I have took a beating on my remarks about Jackson. I have said I'm not sold on him and of course, the Line thing is the sticking point, But if the Rams are gonna get back to the High flying offense, Where does Jackson fit in? Isn't he a 30-40 carry a game guy? And if so, where does that fit a high flying offense? I think Faulk would be the better choice even at his present age! Jackson to me doesn't fit this offense. Which actually wouldn't surprise me if the Rams don't go after a R-back in the draft early. Jackson could be some good trade bait also. That's my thought so let yours fly!
                                -03-04-2006, 12:51 AM
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