Steven Jackson doesn't think he's being wasted in St. Louis, yet

nfl_jackson1.jpgSome (including us) have argued in the past that the Rams should consider trading running back Steven Jackson.  After all, by the time the Rams put a team around Jackson, he may have nothing left.

The Rams have opted to hold firm, and Jackson isn’t complaining.  “I understand I’m taking a huge amount of abuse right now, but it’s
funny, I don’t feel like my career’s wasting away,” Jackson told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.  “I
find inspiration from [Chiefs running back] Thomas Jones.  To see him still putting up 1,400 yards rushing at 31, that’s tremendous.  So I’m not in panic mode.”

Still, Jackson isn’t coasting, either.  He wants to win sooner rather than later, and if it means rookie quarterback Sam Bradford starting as a rookie, then so be it.

“I could see why they’d want to protect their $50 million investment
and wait until the offensive line has jelled,” Jackson said of the dilemma the coaching staff faces.  “But I’m going to be
selfish right now, with me being in year seven.  If he’s the best guy, he
needs to play now.  I don’t want to wait four years like the Packers did
with Aaron Rodgers.  I don’t know if he’ll be the best guy, but if he is, I want him in
there now.”

Jackson is optimistic about the team’s passing game, even though Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce are long gone.  Jackson specifically likes the talents of two of the team’s young wideouts.

Who are they?  “[B]elieve it or not, I don’t know,” Jackson said.  “I just know their numbers: No. 15 and
No. 83.”

It’s fitting, given that most people don’t know the names of many Rams beside Jackson and Bradford.  The real question is whether, by the time we know who more of the Rams are, will anyone still know who Jackson is?

20 responses to “Steven Jackson doesn't think he's being wasted in St. Louis, yet

  1. Jackson specifically likes the talents of two of the team’s young wideouts.
    Who are they? “[B]elieve it or not, I don’t know,” Jackson said. “I just know their numbers: No. 15 and No. 83.”
    Exactly, stack the box stop to Jackson, and… you beat the Rams.

  2. Defenses may stack the box but SJax still gets his, the guy is a beast. It would be something to see what he could do on a winning team.

  3. 15 is Dominique Curry – undrafted rookie
    83 is Brook Foster – 5th round from 2009 draft

  4. You know…..With all the douchebags that populate pro sports teams, you have to admire a man like Jackson…Just a hard nosed football player who gives his best effort whenever he’s on the field, and doesn’t embarass himself off of it…I remember being at the game where i think it was Sheldon Brown laid him out, knocked off his helmet, a violent hit, and he jumped right up and ran after his helmet, and got right back into the huddle, no prima donna BS, and he has the talent to be a prima donna..I admire his toughness…

  5. His inspiration from Thomas Jones is naive. Jones wasn’t getting 300-400 touches until his 5th season, while Jackson was getting that many just his second year out.

  6. Jackson is a run-to-contact runner, ala Marion Barber III. With a few exceptions, such as Jerome Bettis, those kinds of runners tend to have shorter careers (think Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell). Unfortunately, by the time the Rams get back to being a competitive team, Jackson’s best days might have passed him by…….Sad, really. He’s a special player.

  7. bad pay, not getting along with peers, health issus, fine, but leaving a team because you think your too good to be there is the most selfish thing a player can do. im glad hes hanging in there. That shows how much heart he has. st luis should be proud to have a guy like that in their uniform

  8. The second best back in the league after CJ.Without any weapons to help relieve the pressure,he still managed to lead the NFC in rushing.They still have alot of holes on offense.It’s sad he’s being wasted in St Louis.My favorite power back besides Eddie George.

  9. He don’t know their names because he took too many shots to the head. Put him on a good team and he would compare with Johnson and that fumble guy with the Vikes.

  10. To be drafted by a team, stick it out with them when times are bad, and to still be there when things get good again has to be very satisfying to some athletes, like Jackson. Much more gratifying, at least, to someone who jumps ship, goes to a beast team and wins a championship immediately.
    Lebron is going to learn that the hard way.

  11. @305
    LOL at your Sanders comparison. Barry would’ve retired from football rather than play multiple seasons with the late 00s Rams. The guy cried about being on a team that went to the playoffs five times in seven years.

  12. @twocents
    He hasn’t been able to play with them yet and Curry (No. 15) was a rookie on a tryout basis. There’s like 90 players there trying out. I wouldn’t want to learn 40 names I won’t even have to know in a month. He is a leader by example by what he does on the field and by how he doesn’t request a trade.

  13. @SJax39
    If Steven Jackson doesn’t know who the players are, then he shouldn’t be trying to say that he really likes what they bring to the team. The fact is that it’s likely neither Curry or Foster will even make the team. If you’re going to talk about recievers that will make a difference, then at least mention the guys who are going to see the field… oh yeah, Steven Jackson doesn’t know their names or numbers either because he’s too busy “leading by example”.

  14. @twocents
    you dont know what your talking about… Brooks Foster is a lock to make the roster. Dominique Curry needs to move a little further but hes at LEAST making practice squad and spags has also said that Dominique Curry has shown promise. i wouldnt be shocked if he made the roster because Amendola is now expendable because of Mardy Gilyard

  15. 15 is Dominique Curry – undrafted rookie
    83 is Brook Foster – 5th round from 2009 draft
    Too bad Brook Foster is 89…..

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