After Sunday's loss in Seattle, Rams RB Steven Jackson discussed a number of topics with the media ...
* On the meaning of becoming only the sixth player in NFL history to have 8 consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons:
I've just been blessed to play at a high level for a long time in this league. I've always set out to be a consistent and a tough runner. Being able to do that since I've been a starter means a lot. That group I joined today, I really appreciate what they've done for the position. I try to carry the torch of being a franchise running back."
* On the Rams' future:
"This team is definitely headed in the right direction, (with) a lot of young talent ... anyone that follows this team closely sees that we are a different team, a team to be reckoned with. The NFC West will have to deal with us."
* On his future with the Rams; Jackson is free to opt out of his contract this offseason. Will he be back in St. Louis next season?
"The negotiations are going to be (about) that. My agent and the Rams (management) will sit down. The organization has been first class with me. To even give me a chance to be a free agent, that shows the respect that we have for each other. We're going to keep an open mind and hope to get this done."
* On the overblown talk about him retiring after this season:
"What I said was, I will seek all options and that's an option for me. I love the game of football. I have a lot left in my tank, and let's just get the deal done. How about that?"
* On Rams coach Jeff Fisher:
"Coach Fisher has done a great job. Mr. Kroenke, that was an excellent hire. He nailed that one. He got it right with Coach Fisher. So I am very excited about what the coach is building here."
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Bernie Miklasz I've been the lead columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since 1989, and am privileged to work in such a great and passionate sports town. I write 4 columns and 5 comprehensive blogs each week; you can find them at stltoday.com/bernie ... I also host a weekday, midday sports-talk show for 101 ESPN in St. Louis (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. central.) You can't get rid of me. I'm everywhere. I've got the Word Virus. (Not often I can drop in a William S. Burroughs reference.)