Let's now be too tough on Steven Jackson, now.
The man is the definition of prototypical athlete, never mind running back. Possessing breakaway speed, lightning-quick cutting ability and freak, Bruce Wayne strength, he is the ideal back for the St. Louis Rams. But, hey, he ain't perfect. And he sure isn't young.
Jackson, 29, is entering his 9th season in the NFL after getting drafted 24th overall by the Rams. As modern day running back careers go, S-Jax is certainly in the twilight phase. Age, however, is the least of Jackson's worries. Injuries have truncated seven of his nine season of service, and with more than 2,100 rush attempts, his tire treads may have begun to bald.
St. Louis took this into consideration, and used their 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft to pick up running back, Isaiah "Sss" Pead. The 5'10'' speedster out of Cincinnati raised eyebrows at the combine, sprinting a 4.47 40-yard dash and a 1.5 second 10-yard split. He also...