For the last two seasons, opposing teams have had the same strategy to shutting down the Rams offense—load the box. The typical counter to this strategy would be to attack deep, get a man into the seams and burn the defense.
The past two seasons however, the Rams have not been capable of this attack. Two years ago it didn't matter who was under center. It could have been Marc Bulger, Keith Null or Kyle Boller, but the other team was going to stack the box and focus on Jackson.
Last season, as great of a quarterback as Sam Bradford was, teams continued to stack the box, showing little fear of being burned deep by Pat Shurmur's conservative offense.
Despite all of this, Steven Jackson managed to keep his name in the conversation for the league's best running back, and there is no reason to believe he will be slowing down anytime soon.
In fact, when you consider a few things, 2011 should be a huge season for No. 39.