Fans wanting veteran leaders to stand up and take charge of the St. Louis Rams got their wish today. Running back Steven Jackson called the offense together and delivered a spirited exhortation to his teammates. What exactly was said remains between Jackson and the players around him, but by all accounts it led to a more urgent, vibrant practice from the Rams.
We'll know more about its lasting impact when the Rams travel to Green Bay in week six. For now, it comes as welcome news for a team in a tailspin and a distraught fanbase.
Speaking of Jackson, he was, obviously, a full participant at practice today. With the pass protection struggling, I suspect the Rams will ask more of Jackson and Cadillac Williams in week six.
Sam Bradford was on the practice field today, no worse for wear after suffering a hip bruise in last week's game against Washington. Michael Hoomanawanui did not practice, and Darell Scott, Austin Pettis and Danny Amendola joined him on the sidelines. Pettis twisted his ankle on those brutal punt returns where he neglected to call for a fair catch.
Following the Rams' fourth loss of season, you could have wrung the frustration out of Jackson's comments following last week's game. Jackson spoke specifically about the need for accountability. I'm chastened enough to know that I don't expect a single pep talk to change the course of a team, but events like this rarely happen in a vacuum. I suspect that Jackson's pep talk was just one visible outburst of a sea change at Rams Park. We'll know soon enough.