Monday, December 28, 2009
There are some things we've found out during this painfully long season.
1. We do NOT have a quarterback that can lead this team.
2. We only have one superior player in Steven Jackson.
3. Our receiving corp will never be anything like the that of Bruce & Holt.
4. The defense still can't figure out to stop the run.
5. Even with Spags the team seems undisciplined with all the mistakes they continue you make week after week.
6. Shurmur is not the answer with his more often than not vanilla and predictable offensive scheme.
7. About the only unit on the team that doesn't need help is Special Teams.
Spags has a lot more work to do in the off season and he and Devaney had better get it done right or his career as a head coach in St. Louis could be over sooner than expected. Some sort of improvement must be seen in 2010.
Monday, December 21, 2009
By Doug Farrar
St. Louis Rams halfback Steven Jackson has never enjoyed a winning season since he was drafted in 2004 -- the best the Rams have done is two 8-8 seasons in Jackson's time there, and they've won a grand total of six games in the last three years. Amid severe personnel and coaching turnover in the last few seasons, Jackson has been the team's one constant -- he's never rushed for under 1,000 yards in a full season, even when he was sharing time with Marshall Faulk early on and running behind patchwork lines and working with aging or inept quarterbacks more recently.
But for all his team's troubles, you'll never see Jackson give anything less than full effort. In St. Louis' 16-13 loss to the Houston Texans today, Jackson rushed for 82 yards on 20 carries in the face of a defense focused almost completely on him. Because when your quarterback is the legendary Keith Null, opposing defenses can commit eight to the box without question. Jackson can counter all that attention because he still has every bit of the speed and strength that has made him one of the NFL's best at his position.
Jackson also has an ability to transcend his surroundings and play above the efforts of those around him. His team is 1-13 and he's got a back injury that has prevented him from practicing for the past month. Friends and family want him to stop and recuperate for next season, but Jackson is having none of it.
"I love football, I love this team ... "(Shutting it down) has been whispered in my ear, and that's from people on my side looking out for what's best for my future, but I love to play. I only have two more games to play this season. I'm just going to gut it out.''
Against the Texans, he also exchanged a little smack talk with safety Bernard Pollard and then got into a fight with Pollard that left Jackson with a fat lip. It didn't stop him from giving his all. Nothing does.
"I think he instills it in everybody else," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo told Steve Korte of the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat. "He's fiery, and you have to love that in this league. He gives us that all the time. He's never changed that way, and I hope he never does.''
It's easy, and even understandable, for players on horrible teams to gear it down as the season comes to a close. But the guys who don't understand anything but all-out effort under any circumstances should be recognized and appreciated, and that's exactly what Steven Jackson is.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
It's the same thing QB, no matter who he is seems to be allergic to the red zone. Never fails, drive the team down the field, but god forbid that you remember how to play once you get in scoring position. Boller is no better than Bulger. Boller, Bulger, Bulger, Boller, wouldn't matter, matching bookends for QB's. It's so sad that our team has become such a joke in the NFL.
It is time to put the kid in, Null. Come on, they need to stop using the excuse that he's not ready. I don't know about the rest of you, but did Bulger and does Boller ever look ready? How could he do any worse. Neither one of the others can win so what's the big deal if Null does the same thing? But he's never going to know if he himself is ready if they don't let him play.