(FootballStL) -- The decision to no re-sign Steven Jackson is not paying off for the St. Louis Rams at the moment.
So just how bad is the running game without SJ39?
It took the Rams’ starting running back Daryl Richardson three games to surpass 100 yards for this season. A foot injury kept him out of last week’s 31-7 loss at the Dallas Cowboys. And the San Francisco 49ers defense practically kept him out of Thursday’s 35-11 loss.
Richardson and Benny Cunningham combined for 22 yards on 16 carries. Richardson, who took 12 carries, had a long run of seven yards. To put that in perspective, Frank Gore averaged 7.65 yards over 20 carries against Richardson’s Rams.
“We’re going to get it fixed,” Jeff Fisher said. “That’s all, okay? We’re going to get it fixed.”
After rushing for 16 yards on 12 carries, Richardson said his foot was fine.
“I’m pretty sure there were some holes open,” Richardson said. “We just got to get better executing and getting everybody on the same page.”
Jake Long, one of the players responsible for creating running lanes, believes the rushing woes can be corrected.
“We’ll get better. We’ve stumbled, we’ve shot ourselves in the foot at times, but we got a great group of guys. We’re not going to quit. We’re going to keep fighting. We’re going to get better. I have complete faith in this team. We’ll get it right.”
To be honest, the Rams can’t get much worse when it comes to running the ball. Through four games, St. Louis has a whopping 190 rushing yards. That total is only 15 yards more than it allowed the Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray and 37 more than it allowed Gore on Thursday.
It can’t get worse, can it?
Scott Bierman covers the Rams, Cardinals and Blues for KMOV.com and its associated mobile apps (FootballStL, BaseballStL and HockeyStL). You can follow him on Twitter @Scott_Bierman for St. Louis sports news.