If you ask most offensive lineman what plays they like to run, they will say they love to play smash-mouth football. It means using your offensive line to smash open holes for your running game.
It is also known as three yards and a cloud of dust.
There are a couple of reasons for an offensive lineman to love it. First, you get to hit someone instead of merely stopping them. You have to create holes and the best way to do that is in an aggressive charge.
Second reason is run offense is entirely less complex and tiring than pass defense. No waiting and holding and fighting until your quarterback gets rid of the ball.
It also means that you can have hard nose defense because they can be on the field eating less clock time thanks to the running game. Think of Baltimore with Jamal Lewis.
So ask yourself, can Steven Jackson be Lewis? Can the Rams defense be even a shade similar to the Baltimore Ravens or New York Giants?
I think this is where Coach Steve Spagnuolo wants to go with the team. In his introductory interview he said, “You’ve got to be able to run the football and protect the quarterback. That doesn’t mean you run the football every snap, but I do believe you’ve got do those two things. We’ll build from there, and we won’t have a fancy name for it. We’ll just try to be successful at it.”
To this point Jackson has only had one year where one could say he was the man. Since the 2006 season, when Jackson had seven 100 yard plus games, he has never been as good.
Last season, Jackson ran for five 100 yard games but also ended up injured. However if one looks at when he had those games the Rams only won a single game.
So if you are the coach do you look for a shifty running back in the early rounds to help take the load off of Jackson? It worked well for the Giants in the past.
For the sake of Steven Jackson, it might be time for the Rams to move to the two headed monster.