I've been reading a lot of remarks on people thinking taking Trent Richardson would be idiotic and people would riot if Fisher decided to take this route with Stephen Jackson still on our squad. Let me provide you with a little insight before you.
I don't know one Rams fan that would disagree with the selection the team made in 2004 selection Jackson. At this point in time Faulk was still on the roster after completing his 10th year. Faulk assumed the starting position for one year while Jackson learned and sat on the bench for most of the season. The following year the roles were reversed. In 2006, Faulk stepped away from the game and it was then Jackson's team. As a Rams fan, you don't disagree with how smooth the transition was. Look around the league, how many teams are having trouble keeping #1 RBs on their team causing them to add new players each year: browns, chiefs, cowboys, dolphins, etc.. For the past 6 years, the Rams have not been a highlight by any means. However, we have rallied around one shinning factor, Stephen Jackson. Through the good and bad he has always been the support for this team. When the time comes for him to step away, wouldn't you want another transition to an all-star back especially one that is compared to Adrian Peterson.
Jackson has completed his 8th season in the league and to look deeper in the details, his contract has 2 more years on it. Don't you think Fisher is already planning ahead because by the end of the 2013 season, Jackson will have completed his 10th season. Faulk was as good if not better of a RB than jackson and he put up 774 and 292 in his 11th and 12th years respectively. Don't you think these numbers would call for concern to obtain a star caliber back-up who can start for the next 10 years?
Richardson would then do the same exact thing Jackson did with Faulk. The first season he would sit behind Jackson and the second he would start/share time. On another note, Fisher drafted Chris Johnson high but did not have one pro-bowl WR (best was Kenny Britt) and Rams fans have praised him for his previous success. Don't praise him for his success and then trying to utilize that same strategy that got him that prestige image. In regards to picking another RB up later in the draft or next year, top of the line RBs like this don't just come around every year. Thus, you take it when you have the opportunity. Something the Redskins seem to believe in as well.
Main point, no one will ever criticize the move the Rams made with picking Jackson when we had Faulk. Don't make that dumb mistake of doing it with Richardson. As I pointed out, the situations are very very similar and I think he is the best pick.
Thanks & GO RAMS!