By Laurie Brown
As probably every Rams fan knows by now, SI’s Peter King shocked us a little this morning by suggesting the possibility of a Steven Jackson trade or even release. As quick as he cast his line he reeled it back in but we were all left pondering this scenario.
I was debating (arguing) via twitter with a well-know Rams poster/writer/enthusiast this morning and this question came up. He didn’t feel it would be devastating to the team to lose Steven Jackson and that someone would step-up to fill the void. He felt they had recovered post-Kurt Warner and would again. I couldn’t disagree more. For over a decade they have shuffled through dozens of quarterbacks, head coaches, front-office staff, etc. and still they flounder. They never recovered.
Despite Jeff Fisher always looking like he’s ready to kill someone he is still very much a question mark. Sam Bradford, good guy, maybe a great quarterback but not a big leader. Who else is there? I’m among the Rams most ardent fans and I’ll just say it, the Rams are a little light in the leadership department..
I’ve always felt that Steven Jackson was a reluctant leader, being sort of thrust into that position due to being the most stable and talented member of the Rams organization. He is hugely respected across the board. His teammates look up to him. He performs, he doesn’t cause trouble, and he’s active in the community. He’s a bonafide hero in St. Louis and all that equals defacto leadership.
This is yet another season of massive transition for the Rams. I know they’re “pros” but they’re still human beings. They are a team and a team by definition needs a leader. The Rams need Steven Jackson.