Sorry, "report" is kind of a strong word here. National Football Post released a pseudo-report, reading the tea-leaves speculation article, with plenty of qualifying words like "seems" and "keen" that mean basically anything can happen. The length of this pseudo-report helps cover up that it is mostly speculation, if not entirely a waste of my time. Have a read. And unless the Falcons unearth a back in the draft – it’s highly unlikely they would sign one again as a free agent – Jackson might be the most optimum fit. He might not be in his prime anymore, and, despite all the excuses, that seemed evident in 2013. But it also seems the Falcons, as they prepare for another likely round of paring notable veterans, are keen on bringing Jackson back for another season in 2014. And ready to see if 2013 was the aberration for him the team’s brass suggests it was for the rest of the organization. It seems weird that I have written so many negative articles on Jackson. He has been a huge disappointment for me this year. He dealt with a prolonged injury, which is alarming because in previous seasons he seems to always be bothered by soft-tissue injuries. Jackson is finally healthy and looking like a good running back, but has had so many infuriating drops on easy passes that I fail to see the upside with keeping him. At this point in his career, he is just a guy. Not a liability but far from a strength we need in the run game. As noted in the article, both head coach Mike Smith and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter supported Jackson this week. This seems like "coach speak" to me. I would bet the coaches will support every player still playing on our team, even those guys who will be cut right after the season. Such as, "Thomas DeCoud gives us the best chance of winning." It doesn't really mean anything and the coaching staff has lots of praise for a team that has struggled to do just about everything.
Report: Falcons Plan to Bring Back Steven Jackson for 2014
The Falcoholic | Dec 23