By David Demarco, Editor
Since becoming the heart of the Rams’ offensive attack, Zac Stacy has emerged as one of the best young players in the NFL.
Stacy was drafted in the late rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft and was buried down the depth chart behind Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead. Richardson was eventually named the starter. While starting three games, Richardson averaged a terrible 38 yards per game on the ground. By week five, Stacy was given a chance at the starting job.
In six starts, Stacy has accumulated 630 total yards and four touchdowns. The Rams as a balanced attack became even more competitive as a team, compiling a 3-3 record in games started by Stacy. While averaging 4.2 yards a carry on the ground, Stacy has given the Rams the short yardage opportunities they have lacked dating back to Steven Jackson’s reign. Time of possessions has increased as well as the play of the defense, which started to get more rest without the constant three and outs.
The Rams made a huge gamble in both letting Jackson walk and not bringing in a proven running back in free agency. It’s time for fans to be confident in the Rams’ front office and coaching staff for the first time in quite a while. The new regime led by Les Snead and Jeff Fisher has made their fair share risks and questionable moves, but for the most part, they’ve paid off quite well.
Stacy is quietly making a case for Rookie of the Year just six weeks after entering the Rams’ starting lineup. The offense isn’t lighting the field on fire on a week to week basis. To St. Louis fans however, this is the greatest show on turf since well, the Greatest Show on Turf.