Coming into the regular-season finale against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, the St. Louis Rams have been knocked out of playoff contention and will be playing for nothing more than pride. Although it has been a decent season for Jeff Fisher’s first year at the helm of the Rams, St. Louis wasn’t able to overcome the two heavyweights in their division in the form of the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
Despite failing to clinch a playoff berth in the NFC this time around, the future looks bright in St. Louis with Fisher calling the shots from the sidelines. Quarterback Sam Bradford might be starting to come around heading into his fourth season in the NFL and the defense in St. Louis may become one of the best in the league in the years to come.
Needless to say, the hiring of Fisher seems to be a step in the right direction with the Rams clearly improving and quickly turning into a solid squad on both sides of the football.
Although everything appears to be on the up-and-up in St. Louis, veteran running back Steven Jackson is considering calling it a career according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com:
“If I have to write my story,” Jackson said, “I’d rather go out like Barry Sanders and leaving people to want more than to leave too late.
“I’ll allow myself that time to sit back and reflect and think about things I’ve accomplished in my career and what I’ve done this season. And think about how much longer I want to play this game, as well. There’s going to be a small window of opportunity, and I want to make sure I take full advantage of it.”
Even though Jackson has been able to stay relatively healthy over the last few years only missing a few games over the course of the last two seasons, the veteran wasn’t all that productive for the Rams this season in comparison to years past. Jackson may be approaching an eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season heading into the showdown with the Seahawks this Sunday with 990 rushing yards, but his total yards from scrimmage have started to decline every year since 2009.
At 29-years old, Jackson will become a free agent after this season with an uncertain future ahead. It is looking more and more likely that he won’t return to St. Louis if he ultimately decides not to retire in the off-season.