Does Losing Steven Jackson Actually Make the Rams a Better Team?

March 31, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In 2013, St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson produced 1,363 yards from scrimmage, which counted for 25.8 percent of the team's total offensive yards (5,264). 
The next highest on the list is the rookie Chris Givens, who produced 13.4 percent of the yards (710). 
With a quarter of the Rams' offensive production migrating south to Atlanta, the situation is difficult for even the most stubborn optimist to ignore, especially since St. Louis was already ranked a modest 23rd in total offense in 2013 (329.0 yards per game). 
And even if the numbers are not enough to dampen the hopes of fans, there's still the fact that Jackson is a St. Louis icon. 
His legacy began early on. In fact, it was during his NFL debut in 2004 when an overwhelmed Arizona defensive back attempted to "arm tackle" Jackson in the open field. 
Jackson survived. The defender's arm did not. 
From that point on, Rams football became a dried up wasteland, but ...

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