The St. Louis Rams plan to do some running in 2012. Jeff Fisher's teams leaned heavily on the run in Tennessee, and Brian Schottenheimer, the new offensive coordinator, has already stated his preference for having a pair of running backs. With that priority so clearly spelled out, the next step for the Rams will be finding a back or two to pair with Steven Jackson. One name to keep an eye on is San Diego Chargers free agent Mike Tolbert.
Rotoworld's Evan Silva has an excellent, thorough look at the free agent running back picture, and notes a connection between Tolbert and the Rams' new offensive coordinator.
Schottenheimer has roots in Norv Turner's system, which is an antecedent of the Air Coryell system. Tolbert is a good third down option as a decent pass blocker and a good pass catcher. He caught 54 passes last year for 433 yards and two touchdowns.
As a running back, the 243 lbs Tolbert is a solid option in short yardage and goal line situations. He does not have the kind of explosiveness needed for a feature back.