When the St. Louis Rams allowed running back Steven Jackson to leave for the Atlanta Falcons, there were questions surrounding the Rams’ ground game. Rookie running back Zac Stacy has stepped up huge as a starter and had another 100-plus yard game in today’s victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If St. Louis is able to win next week, they will finish the season with an 8-8 record. That’s not terrible given the quality of the players the Rams have, but it’s still not a record that can get them into the postseason. Will the combination of Stacy and the returning Sam Bradford be enough to get the Rams over the hump and into the postseason next year?
Bradford has played well for St. Louis since he was drafted, but he’s also had signs of weakness as well. Sam and Zac aren’t the combination that Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk were for the Rams in years past, but Bradford and Stacy are young enough to still make a difference in St. Louis.
In the NFC West division, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are the cream of the crop, but the Arizona Cardinals have been quite the surprise this season as well. If the Rams continue building a solid foundation starting with the likes of Bradford and Stacy, then the Rams may be formidable enough in the coming seasons to compete for the division lead.
St. Louis’ front office should be excited by their running game and the idea of Bradford returning next season, but it’s going to take more than those two to get the Rams where they used to be. At least they can say it’s a start.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org