Clearly the 2007 season could not have started much worse for the St.Louis Rams. Two consecutive home losses, injuries piling up on the offensive line as well as in the secondary, and a coach that suddenly finds himself on the hot seat has everyone in the Gateway city on edge. Sunday things in the young season seemed to hit the boiling point late in the teams 17-16 loss to the rival 49’ers, as star back Steven Jackson had an outburst on the sideline going after coach Scott Linehan over what was perceived to be anger over him not getting the ball on pass plays. The play that seemed to ignite Jacksons’ anger came as the team was looking to move down the field to take the lead on their second to last possession. QB Marc Bulger went back to pass, and instead of finding an open Jackson, he tried to throw to Drew Bennett. The pass on 3rd-and-7 was incomplete, and the Rams were forced to punt. They went on to lose the game by a point.
Jackson told the media in St.Louis Monday he was not mad at Linehan, and that he was not upset becuase he didn’t get the ball in those critical situations. He blamed the yelling outburst on frustration. “I was upset mainly because I thought we were going to come out on top,” Jackson said. “It was more of a vocal out-letting of frustration than anything.” Whatever the case may be, Jackson is not putting up the yards that the Rams need to win, and the O-line is simply in shambles right now. Orlando Pace is done for the season, and right guard Richie Incongnito is also injured and not in the lineup. Bulger has not had time to throw, and the Rams appear to be on the verge of having a long season.
Even Jackson, who has just 118 yards rushing in two games and is putting up three yards a carry, knows that the O-line is at a point where if they don’t play better, the team is going to be hard pressed to win games. “The chemistry’s not there,” he stated. “Those five guys up front never played a whole game together.” And as long as they keep playing as poorly as they have the first two games of 2007, you can expect to see a lot more frustration from Jackson and the rest of his teammates as the season goes along.