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Atlanta Falcons' Steven Jackson signing tops offseason moves

 By Adam Schein

Columnist, NFL.com

Published:  June 20, 2013 at 04:45 p.m.


Of all the veteran player transactions this offseason, I believe the single most impactful move -- one that will affect the standings, playoff seeding and football into January (and maybe February) -- was the Atlanta Falcons' signing of Steven Jackson.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Look, many teams made great, signature moves. Alex Smith will increase the Kansas City Chiefs' win total by six games. Percy Harvin will stretch the field for the Seattle Seahawks (if he can stay healthy). Greg Jennings was a big move at receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, but does he move the meter on the win total from last year or advance the team in the playoffs? (Do the Vikings get to the playoffs?) Darrelle Revis puts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in contention for the wild card. Anquan Boldin is a worthy acquisition who should provide clutch catches on the San Francisco 49ers. Wes Welker could catch 100 balls, but the Denver Broncos' defense isn't any better. Baltimore Ravens coup Elvis Dumervil will sack the quarterback. Mike Wallace represents an upgrade at receiver for the Miami Dolphins, but who thinks that team has enough to earn a trip to the postseason?

Meanwhile, Jackson is the right guy at the right time for the Falcons -- in every possible way. He adds leadership, power, speed, hands, balance and closing ability to a bona fide Super Bowl contender. Jackson equally helps Matt Ryan and the Falcons' defense.

Atlanta boasts one of the most potent passing attacks in the league, with Ryan spreading the ball around to Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. But those guys need someone to take the heat off -- someone to pound the rock, provide balance and help protect fourth-quarter leads. Michael Turner wore down and wasn't reliable in the big spot. Jackson is a pro's pro, champing at the bit to play for a contender.


Talking to Jackson this week on my SiriusXM show, "Schein on Sports," the running back explained his role with the new team: "We might be in the teens carrying the ball, but I expect to catch the ball, too, out of the backfield, which will be another three or four touches. That will put me right around the high-teens. If I have that ability to make an impact on a game, and my tough running, hard-nosed, downhill running, we will definitely be able to close out games after establishing leads." Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Craig Kimbrel is the star closer for the Braves. Steven Jackson might turn out to be the best closer in Atlanta.

When this high-powered attack takes a lead, the Falcons need a runner they can trust. They need someone to protect the ball, move the chains, pick up the hard-earned yards. That's Jackson. Even with nine years of wear and tear, Jackson is still in great shape. At recent organized team activities and minicamps, he dazzled Falcons brass with his condition. Jackson was an elite runner with the St. Louis Rams for years. He wouldn't be considered that any more. Last year, he logged 1,042 rushing yards -- a far cry from the 1,416 in 2009. But that's irrelevant to the importance of the Jackson. His fantasy stats won't tell the story. Judge him by how he performs late in games. Judge him by how he keeps Atlanta's defense fresh and on the sideline. This gem of a move by Thomas Dimitroff impacts the entire team. Falcons defenders should be giddy..

For Jackson, it wasn't easy for the career Ram to venture elsewhere, but he said he was motivated by the Falcons' Super Bowl potential. In fact, he confirms there were "phone calls" with the Packers about the possibility of relocating to Green Bay. But understandably, Jackson was enamored with the Falcons' talent and how he could fit in.

"Each and every year, teams retool and refine their rosters," Jackson said. "I'll tell you what, we are in minicamp right now and we all know what we present on offense, but our defense is flying around. I think they understand there's a lot on them. People are not giving them the credit they want, and those guys are practicing like it. If we come out here and play to the potential of the talent we have on this team, we very possibility can be a threat (for the Super Bowl)."

There is a growing sense that Jackson could be the missing link to getting this team over the hump and into the Super Bowl. I think he generates a wonderful buzz and confidence in Atlanta. He is exactly what the Falcons need to make a long, sustained run.



Follow Adam Schein on Twitter @AdamSchein.

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« #1 : June 23, 2013, 12:43:20 AM »

He has a couple of points that I cannot disagree with.  HOWEVER, I seriously believe he is foolishly downplaying the impact Revis will have on the Bucs. 

I expect the dirty birds will almost want to transition to more running once half the filed gets shut down and their #2 (pick Jones or White depending on the formation) is face down on the 50 twitching from collisions with Goldson and Barron.  Tony comes in, gets popped, then immediately retires.

Can't wait to see how all this plays out.

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« #2 : June 23, 2013, 12:56:11 AM »

I'm still saying it. It's a bad move.

Not for the falcons mind you, but for the Saints, Carolina, and Bucs.

SJ is still a good RB, IDC what his age is. Even though he doesn't have long, he's still deadly. Either way, they went and got a "do or die" RB to accompany their "do or die" team. Soon their window will close and they will start to lose players to age, cost, etc, so this was a very solid move by the falcons Org.

SJ had no chance at a SB with the Rams, so it will be interesting to see what transpires with the falcons. I always wanted the workhorse to get one, but neve-ever the falcons, so this causes a but of mental confusion on my part.

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« #3 : June 23, 2013, 01:49:23 AM »

Simply put, if the Falcons advance in the playoffs further than they did last year, signing SJ was impactful. If they don't then it's up for debate.

If the Bucs secondary and record are better with Revis, then his signing was impactful.

I think it's a no-brainer which signing will be more impactful.


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« #4 : June 23, 2013, 02:00:33 AM »

He's twenty nine years old; he definitely has plenty left.  The question is how many years left does he have? Battles between the Steven Jackson Falcons and the Schiano years Bucs D could get legendary! 

I'm pretty tempted to give him five more years on the tread. One thing is for sure, when healthy, they guy is going to stick his head through a wall if he has to. He's the best back in our division when healthy.

The Bucs currently have the D talent to play with almost anyone(I've personally considered the 49ers the only team I'm really worried about; you can put Revis on one receiver, and who on the other side; at least for this year, they're still pretty dangerous).

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« #5 : June 23, 2013, 02:15:15 AM »

I can't remember the last time SJ did anything against the Bucs.

Shame for the Falgoons, we got the #1 running defense.

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« #6 : June 23, 2013, 08:38:29 AM »

    The only way that's true is if Revis doesn't play this season.
 No question IMM Jackson was a good signing, but LAST season the Falcons had a great season and were a play or a few seconds from being in the Super Bowl. I've no doubt they COULD easily have won it all. They DIDN'T NEED Jackson to advance farther.
    OTOH, there's a very decent chance we are a playoff team this year; w/o Revis, the chances would be significantly less...

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« #7 : June 23, 2013, 08:57:32 AM »

Jacquizz scares me more at this point in his career than SJ's slow lumbering ass.

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« #8 : June 23, 2013, 09:10:13 AM »

He's twenty nine years old; he definitely has plenty left.  The question is how many years left does he have? Battles between the Steven Jackson Falcons and the Schiano years Bucs D could get legendary! 

I'm pretty tempted to give him five more years on the tread. One thing is for sure, when healthy, they guy is going to stick his head through a wall if he has to. He's the best back in our division when healthy.
how old was the guy jackson is replacing?  RB's can fall off fast.  i do like sjax but he doesnt worry me.

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« #9 : June 23, 2013, 09:28:37 AM »

Número uno v. the run means Steven is the scared one.


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« #10 : June 23, 2013, 09:30:31 AM »

Count me as one of those not enamored by that #1 ranking. Having the 3rd fewest attempts against would tent to taint that ranking.

SJ will score 12 tds this year, minimum....hopefully none vs us.
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« #11 : June 23, 2013, 09:32:09 AM »

Falcons were a good team without Jackson. He will, however, have a big impact for them.
Bucs seconday was the second worst of all time. Revis, Banks and Gholston were HUGE upgrades but without a healthy Revis this team is 500 at best. I really do like a backfield of Revis, Banks, Gholtston and Barron. Wright, Johnson and Gorrer caan fill the nickle and dime packages. Revis will have the biggeest impact though. Those dBś will help the front line of Bowers, Spence, McCoy and Claybourne.

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« #12 : June 23, 2013, 09:36:10 AM »

The way S coaches, and the way the Bucs shoot towards the RBs, I have a feeling the Bucs will be getting there early often again. The concept is still there...I do not fear RBs the way I used to in the Hovan/Sims/etc days.


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« #13 : June 23, 2013, 09:45:18 AM »

Count me as one of those not enamored by that #1 ranking. Having the 3rd fewest attempts against would tent to taint that ranking.
how does that explain ypc?

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« #14 : June 23, 2013, 09:51:15 AM »

Count me as one of those not enamored by that #1 ranking. Having the 3rd fewest attempts against would tent to taint that ranking.
how does that explain ypc?

It doesn't....however i'll offer that we were one tenth less that Denver who gave up 8 less rushing TDs than we did.

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