Welcome back to my blog, everybody. It's been a great week for the Rams, and a great week to be a Rams fan.
I have to start this out with a shoutout to all of my fans. The encouragement I've been receiving from you all has been very humbling. You have been there since day one, supporting me through the thick and thin, and acknowledging my efforts and my competitive spirit. It's something that I will always have and the support is something I'll never overlook. I'm greatly thankful for my fans and their kind words.
Steven racing away from the Seahawks Sunday (St. Louis Post Dispatch).
The Rams fan base as a whole has been amazing. To give them something to cheer about has been special. The Dome is starting to get loud again. With the noise they're creating, offenses are picking up penalties, which are helping us. To be able to have them behind us, to support us and give us energy, it's been a blessing.
It really does help a lot. It allows for the us to feed off the energy that the crowd is creating for us to give our team that extra boost and pull out whatever we have left in us. The win over Seattle was great for all of us and I just knew going in that I had to be in there with this team.
I knew that this win could potentially propel us to turn this organization and this team around because Seattle has had our number for so long. Our last win against them was in a 2005 playoff game my rookie year. It's been quite some time since we had a chance to beat that organization and since then, the division has been going through either Seattle or Arizona for the title.
Every year we set a goal to win our division and then hopefully to go on and win a Super Bowl, but in order to even get to the playoffs, you have to win your divisional games. It was a huge game that we all knew was going to be a tough task. They've had our number. They know our personnel really well. They're a team that matches up with us really well.
So last week when I injured my groin and I had my MRI and everything came out to be a minor deal, I wanted to take every chance to leave the window of opportunity open to play in the game. I knew then that I was going to do everything in my power to make sure I could get out there and play.
I worked like crazy to get myself back and be able to take part in that game. I felt like, even if I didn't have a lot of yards, or statistically my numbers weren't that impressive, my presence would draw enough attention that it would allow our other playmakers on the field to get open. I knew I could play that chess match with the other players and Seattle's defensive coordinator.
I didn't go into the game thinking I was going to break an NFL record or anything but I knew that me at 80 percent or 90 percent was still going to be enough to keep the Seattle defense honest. Now with Sam and our receiving corps emerging, they were going to have to pick their poison.
With that said, I was able to get enough yardage to pass Marshall Faulk and become the No. 2 leading rusher in Rams history. Since day one, since stepping into this organization, I've always said that I wanted to lead this organization in all the rushing categories. To be one step closer to doing that is almost breathtaking.
All the hard work over the years is starting to pay off, all the yardage is starting to pile up and I want to continue to represent this organization in a fine manner. I will make you all proud.
SAFE AND SECURE
I have a lot of people to thank for helping me to get ready to play this week.
First of all is God. God had everything to do with it. I prayed about it and I really leaned upon him and showed faith and trust that he was going to protect me.
Second is my doctor that I worked with, Dr. Clayton Skaggs. We put in countless hours together outside of Rams Park. My typical day ends at 4:30 and I wasn't getting home until 7 p.m. last week.
We were just rehabbing the muscles, making sure that I was doing some of the exercises that are appropriate to get the groin muscles firing and working that way it didn't get weak on me. So I put a lot of hours in outside of the daily routine of an NFL season.
A couple times last week, if you were following me on Twitter, you saw me tweeting at four in the morning because I was stimulating my groin. I put countless hours into rehabbing it and I will continue to do that. I'm not just going to do that for one week. I'm going to do it until the muscle is completely healed.
Then I have to thank the trainers for coming up with this wrap that kept my groin from moving around during the game. To keep me from overextending, we knew it was something that I was going to have to wear in order to play.
During the course of the game, obviously, I had it pretty padded up. I had to wear two pairs of compression shorts. Then I also had it wrapped up in this contraption to make sure that my leg didn't overextend in my stride. This made it so that if my leg got caught in a funny position it wouldn't get pulled to a point where it made it worse.
So I felt like my leg was secure, it was just not going to allow me to run full tilt. I wasn't going to be able to be the explosive person that I am, but I knew I was sacrificing that going into the game.
There was one particular screen play in the game where I had to really control myself and not do too much.
When I broke loose on that play, I didn't think I was going to be able to outrun anybody because of the injury. I just didn't want to set myself back and have it where once I started running full speed maybe I popped my groin muscle.
So I was consciously trying to make sure I took into account my stride length and then secondly protect the ball. Knowing that I wasn't going to outrun anyone, I was pretty sure they were going to be coming, scratching and clawing to try and pull the ball out.
TRUE TEAM EFFORT
Our newcomers have really been making this team click and obviously we made the right moves this offseason.
You all know about Sam, but Mark Clayton has been a revelation for us. He's made a world of difference in the receiving game, making plays down the field. Our left tackle Roger Saffold has been really good, especially for a rookie. He's only had four NFL starts, but he's been impressive and he's getting better each and every day.
All of our receivers have stepped up. Brandon Gibson another young receiver that came in midway through last season is showing spurts of playmaking ability and then of course, Danny Amendola. He's been all over the place, not only on offense, but on special teams as well. He's been a real bright spot for this whole season so far. That one-handed catch he made on Sunday was amazing. I thought it should have been number one for Play of the Week. It was a beautiful catch, one of the best I've ever seen.
But as much credit as our offense should get for Sunday's win, our defense deserves just as much.
I'm very proud of our defense. I've seen this defense transform into one that now believes that they're going to go in, stop the running game and make a quarterback win the game with their arm. They're daring quarterbacks to do so. It's quite a thing to watch. It's been good to just see the confidence and look into each other's eyes and feel that, no matter what adversity hits, we can pull ourselves out of it.
Our defensive line has been great at creating havoc and chaos in the quarterback's face. These last two weeks they've faced Donovan McNabb and Matt Hasselbeck so they've faced some very talented, wise, veteran quarterbacks and have even frustrated those guys. Our whole defense has stepped up.
I think a lot of people just slept on our team in general, but the way our defense is performing has been quite impressive. Coach has always talked about being ballhawkers, creating turnovers and putting the quarterback in distress. To see the philosophy that he's been standing up there talking about come out each and every Sunday, it's really something. When you get to see it and then you go back and think about all the locker room talks and all the meetings. You realize this is what it's all about. It's pretty cool.
Coach Spagnuolo has done a good job of putting together a staff that would put in countless hours and is willing to work with the players and make sure everyone is on the same page, speaking the same language.
That's a lot on his plate. He came into a team that had a lot of holes in it. For him to start filling the holes up right away says a lot about his leadership, He's a guy that's optimistic, he sees the good in all situations and he never allows you to get caught in an emotional roller coaster.
He's even keel and he makes sure that we as players are even keel. Everything that he's taught since day one, everything that he's preached since day one, has been consistent and I can rest assured that, five years from now, it will still be the same thing. That's what I like about him. You never have to question where you stand with him and there's never a gray area. He always seems to have an answer.
Although coach and I have a close relationship, we don't meet regularly and if anything major needs to be addressed within the team, that's when we look to each other, if we need something out of one another.
But basically we just talk to team about what we see. If practice is sluggish, or something is going on in the building that needs to be addressed, that's really the only time we're in communication. He fully trusts in me that I'm going to do my job and I'm going to take care of any issues in the locker room. I don't have to bring every little thing to him and I think he likes it that way.
I think it's way too early to give me too much credit though until things turn around, because we haven't done anything yet.
But I'm just staying true to who I am and true to the course. I continue to trust and believe that things will turn for the better. I've always had this competitive spirit and the fire in me. What's now being appreciated is the wherewithal I've had over the years to get to this point.
At the same time, it is definitely gratifying to see that things are starting to turn around and winning is starting to become contagious. But as one of the leaders of this team and someone that fully grasps coach's concept of how he wants things, we just have to treat things day-to-day and can't get caught up and start believing what we read about ourselves. We have to continue to chop wood.
My expectation is the same as it was starting the season. We would like to win the NFC West division but we have to take it one day at a time and one game at a time.
We have a tough opponent coming up in the Detroit Lions and although their record says they're 0-4, they've had a lot of close games that they could easily have won. We know how that feels and so I don't think this is going to be a trap game, I don't think this will be a game we overlook. We're going to take the Detroit Lions very seriously.
The easiest way to get to the postseason is to win every game so that's what all of our focus is on, the next one, the Detroit Lions.
As for me, right now I feel good. My leg didn't take any setbacks on Sunday. But it's still not 100 percent and to get to the point where it is 100 percent, I'm just going to have to rehab and continue to take care. I'll continue to do the things that I was doing last week and I expect to back out there in Detroit.
Steven, I live in Tennessee and am a Titans fan, but I have been a fan of yours since you came into the league. Although not being a Rams fan, I find myself rooting for the Rams to win simply because of you. Your maturity, humility, honesty, and dedication to excellence are truly refreshing! I sincerely wish you the best in your road to recovery this season and in working to rebuild the Rams to the dynasty they were a decade ago. With your faith and leadership, it will happen! Thanks for being such a great role model to everyone of all ages!
I have seen you grow from an 8 yr old competitor to a professional. I followed thru your years at Eldorado and Oregon. I live in St Louis when you were chosen their #1 draft pick. I have no favorite team, I have a favorite player. I just want to put it out there and say that “Your parents and family have shown what it means to be in the right enviroment”. I have much respect for Steve Sr and Brenda.
I pray that you stay Healthy and become the Rams all time rushing leader. You will go down in the game as one of the best backs ever. Stay humble my young brother. Keep up the hard work and never abandon your faith in God.
I hope to get to a game this year. I am now on the East Coast in PA. Still in the Casino business. Steve Price is coaching my son in Football back in Vegas. You guys have really inspired all the things I believed in when I started coaching Pop Warner Football back in the day.
Whats up Bro.. Dude first off I have been coming to this Seahawks vs Rams Game for like the last 8 years because my best friend is a shehawk fan and let me say, This one was sweet.
I live in Peoria Il (Bear Country..cant standem!) so I try to make it down to abou 4 games a year.. This is the first win Ive seen In person since I wanna say 06 vs Detroit! But man was that place Rockin Sunday.. I was lower bowl sec 116 and saw ur record breaking run up close..Congrats man! i lost my voice that game lol.. U no what man the Dome seems different? Its like Every year I get yelled at by the people behind me to sit down blah blah but this game even those old crotchety ppl were on there feet screamin.. I havent had that much fun at a game since GSOT days! And Its because of you guys and ur hard work man and us fan appreciate it and believe in You guys. never thought Ide be a bigger fan of a player than Faulk but I am dude You truly are one of the great backs to play the game and I dont care about numbers and stats.. those dont always tell the whole Story.. Neways bro Im comin back for the San diego Game lol! Good luck this week and seeyah next week!!! P.S. aginst Sandiego..If u score please do the lights out dance for merriman lol Peace!
I’ve been going to games since I was a kid in 1995, my dad has always had season tickets. I saw Isaac Bruce set a standard of excellence on a bad team and read the reports of him being a leader and setting an example off the field as well. You’ve reminded me much of him. You both came onto teams that were going downhill, but just like it happened to him, I think you’re on a team that is now headed up.
Despite all the press about Bradford, who does deserve it, I hope you know that true Rams fans still know who the heart and soul of this team is. You’ve been invaluable to the Rams these past few years. You’re the warrior of this team. Some day, Sam will be that man, but not yet.
The turning point for you, from what I was able to see, was late in the Linehan era. You made some comments about the music and some things going on in the locker room, and before 2007 you made the public prediction of 2300 yards.I don’t think those things were bad at all, but some in the media liked to focus on that kind of stuff and make an issue of it. And it seemed like at that point you decided not to show any chink in your armor.
I’ve seen many great moments in the Dome. In 1999 where they scored 50 points on the Vikings. In 2006 when Torry Holy made the crazy behind the back catch when we almost came back to beat the Seachickens, even though we ended up losing that game it was still one of the most fun games I’ve been to (and I’ve been to 95% of them). And I must say that the past two games have been two of the best as well.
The Dome has been louder, and for good reason. As you said last year (I think it was last year), we will welcome the bandwagon fans back with open arms. The Rams are turning the corner and the NFL is taking notice. I may be afraid to say that on a different Rams’ player’s blog, but not yours. Your dedication to the team is unmatched. Make sure the young players understand that success in the NFL can be fleeting, I hope the Rams take this winning streak and progress by the throat and run with it.
I haven’t seen or talked to my “little” cousin in such a long time. When I get your games in Atlanta, I do watch you. I have very,very proud of you. I am not just proud of you because you are a professional athlete in the NFL but also because of the man you have become. Hugs and kisses!
Your cousin, Tennille.
Your a warrior SJ, you really are.
MUCH respect for you.
May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you; man i’ve always been a fan of you. I love the way you play the game, continue to stay humble and the Lord will continue to lift you up.
Get well soon, and please dont get hurt, win one for us in Detroit. I’ll see you guys back at the Ed Dome.
God bless you from AGodlyRamsFan.
make us proud? man you’re crazy if you think you haven’t. Ten boat loads over I couldn’t be more if you were of my own blood… hey wait… blue and gold blood. Keep it up brother!
Steven-1st of all let me say you are the driving force behind the Rams and thier true leader.My Mom has been a Rams fan since day 1.She watches every game pre-season and regular.She is now dying of cancer.She held her own a 1st but we recieved bad news today that it has mutated and has gotten worse.I have tried contacting folks in Rams orginization but can only get a “canned” response and asmall one at that.This woman is your number 1 fan.I know there are many fakers and charlitains abound on the net.But I thought this was a way to contact you personally about my Moms plight.Having the Rams win in last 2 games has boosted her moral.Keep on fighting is what we tell her but I am afraid there isn’t much hope.She is a devout christain that has been God faithful servant her entire life.I pray that she doesn’t linger in agony.We love you Steven.Thank you for giving us a little hope.Go Rams
As any fan of a team for many years, I have my own idea of it’s all time best players. To me, the heart and effort you displayed last season cemented your position as THE running back. Last Sunday, your run on the fourth down play was further evidence of that. You’ll pass Dickerson soon enough. Good health and thank you, Steven. Go Rams!
I’m glad to hear that you are making a concerted effort not to make that groin go any more out of whack. I have had groin problems for the last 6 months and know how much of a b**** they can be. Play your game, but don’t try to do too much out there. We need you if we are going to try and win the NFC West this year. So far we have looked like the most impressive team in the division, but we have a long way to go.
Keep us believing man… as a Rams fan you are the only thing we have had to cheer about the last 4 years, but now the team is coming around and bringing excitement back to Rams fans. Go get us a win in Detroit brotha.
I go to college in Florida but no Sunday is complete without repping a Navy and Gold #39 Jersey and watching my Rams play. Your the number one back in the league man. It’s exciting to see you lead the team and put everything you got into every play. This is a new era and a new franchise and you are the backbone. I look forward to seeing you get us to the playoffs this year and I have no doubt that you will. I’ll be reppin in FL watching on Sundays. Keep it going!