Last year: Steven Jackson's final season as a Ram was a heavy one. He carried the ball 257 times for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns before departing to Atlanta. His dominance limited the experience of rookie running backs Darryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead. Combined, Rams running backs totaled 410 carries, 1,714 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers are all toward the bottom when compared to the rest of the NFL's 31 teams.
Coach: Ben Sirmans is brand new to the Rams, but comes with 16 seasons of collegiate coaching experience. He spent his last five seasons as the running backs coach at Boston College, where he oversaw the school's all-time leading rusher, Montel Harris.
1. Is Richardson every down material?
The seventh round pick in 2012 -- at No. 252, he was the second-to-last player picked in the draft -- turned out to be a pleasant surprise with 98 carries for 475 yards, an average of 4.8 yards per carry. He showed his skills in short bursts, ...