We had another tough loss on Monday night, and each one of those is difficult to swallow.

This season has been a huge disappointment. I would’ve never guessed in a thousand years that we would be sitting at this point with two wins in the season. We haven’t been able to take advantage of what we thought could be our year to rise back to the top of the NFC West. It hurts. We have a lot of talent in the locker room, and we have decimated by injuries to the point where it has really bled over and not allowed us to play good football. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t happen.

We have not reached the goals that we worked toward this season and that hurts (Getty Images).

Bringing winning back here is a huge project for me. The city has been waiting patiently for us, and they long to have a winning football franchise back in the city. There’s no question this city deserves it. As one of the leaders on this team, I’m responsible for that. I feel this rests upon my shoulders.

I want to be a part of winning here because, as you go through some of the brutal years, dealing with injuries and having to rebuild the entire team year-in and year-out, you want there to be a light. I think it would only be fitting if I could be a part of the team that brings enthusiasm and the tradition of winning football back to St. Louis.

I think about it a lot. Football is the ultimate team sport, and individual success only pacifies for so long. I’m at the point now where I want to be in the playoffs. I want to have a Super Bowl run and hopefully win the Super Bowl. Those things all tie into the legacy of a person’s career. That part of my resume remains unfulfilled, and that’s what pushes me each and every offseason, because I want to be a part of that.

For us to have a chance to do that in St. Louis, we need to regroup and make sure that we have a solid foundation in place to build from. Until we have that solid foundation, it will be hard to move forward. But I do believe we have the groundwork here with this team. It becomes just a matter of putting everything in its place, getting some key people healthy and going from there.

A full offseason will help with that. But as individuals, we must take responsibility to go the extra mile and start working before the “offseason” starts. That will show that we are trying to build chemistry on our own before we have to report back with the coaches.


Before I sign off, I want to mention the holiday event we’re doing through 39 Wishes this weekend in St. Louis.

The event is the annual Motion for Kids Holiday Party and it will be held at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday afternoon. Our objective is to bring Christmas to the community in St. Louis for families that otherwise wouldn’t be able to have the type of Christmas most of us know. We’re going to bring over 300 families in and we have gifts for all of them. I hope that it can bring a smile to the faces of those less fortunate in the St. Louis community.

I like to go around and hand out the gifts, but I also talk to the people and play with the kids. I think it’s important to have interaction with these families so they know the sincerity of the project and how important they are to us.

The holiday season is about, family, friends, laughter and, for kids, being able to open those gifts. I want them to have the type of Christmas that wouldn’t have been available to them. It’s unfortunate that everyone doesn’t have the ideal Christmas, but we’re hopeful for at least this one night we can help bring smiles to the faces of these children and their families.