Rams Prove Taking RB Late Is GreatDecember 21st, 2013
Joe is banging on his keyboard at a McDonald’s in overcast, dreary southern Illinois, making a pit stop to his old stomping grounds before Sunday’s game.
It is the first time Joe has seen winter in these parts in 15 years. Joe prefers the warmth of Florida winters. (Joe landed in St. Louis and it was 68 degrees. Five days before Christmas! An hour later, typical of Midwest weather, a front moved in and the temperature dropped like 15 degrees. Now Joe knows why he packed winter apparel).
The current weather fits the moods of Rams fans. From a distance, Joe always thought it was criminal how the Rams drafted a quarterback first overall and never give him a decent weapons to work with. Just how does any team expect a quarterback to develop when he has slugs to throw to?
The Rams did, however, pick up where they left off after not re-signing Steven Jackson (who in all his qualities years in the NFL has never played on a winning team. Think about that for a moment). If the fifth round last year, the Rams drafted running back Zac Stacey, who burst on the scene in October and is really the Rams’ lone weapon that strikes fear into opponents’ hearts.
Kellen Clemens couldn’t scare a cockroach.
Stacy averages over six yards a carry and has nearly single-handedly put the Rams offense on his shoulders since quarterback Sam Bradford blew out his knee.
“I liked him,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said of Stacy when he came out of college this past offseason. “We liked him as an organization. He’s a downhill runner and physical, uses his height to his advantage. He has a low center of gravity and he pushes the ball north and south, he’s not looking to run 30 yard runs, although they come, he’s looking to get three or four and then the 30 come off that.”
Joe hopes somehow the Bucs bottle up Stacy and dare Clemens to try to beat the likes of Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson, Mark Barron (if he plays) and Johnthan Banks with inferior receivers.
This once again demonstrates what Joe has written time and again for years: Teams can hit home runs drafting running backs late almost as easy as drafting running backs early, for a whole lot less cost.