ST. LOUIS —
He insists that he has neither thought about his future in terms of whether to return to St. Louis or climbing the all-time charts. He said his only considers this week possibly being his last with the Rams when asked.
“The only emotion I’m thinking about is going undefeated (in divisional play) and secondly my first possible winning season,” said Jackson, who needs 10 rushing yards for his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season. “Those are the only two things I’m thinking about and those are team things, so that’s what’s most important.”
St. Louis hasn’t had a winning season since 2003, the year before Jackson arrived. It has twice finished with 8-8 records, most recently in 2006, before going 15-65 the past five years.
Playing with one of the youngest rosters in the league this season, the Rams are 7-7-1 and 4-0-1 in NFC West play. They also have two first-round draft choices next year, along with several extra picks garnered through trades and there is general optimism at the headquarters for the first time in years.
“I’ve come to understand in this league that it’s truly year to year,” he said. “What coach Fisher has brought to this organization, the credibility, that going on in the future I definitely see a very bright future for this organization. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that?”