Steven Jackson and the Haters

Ezra Shaw

Fact: haters gonna hate, and S-Jax is gonna eat your face

Steven Jackson, or S-Jax as he's affectionately known, was destined to be a Falcon. We all saw this coming. Given the multiple reports regarding our pursuit of the 29 year old running back, I'd have been shocked if we didn't sign him. But that said, it did seem to surprise some people. I'm talking to you, haters.

You see, the haters want you to think the Falcons did something wrong by signing Jackson. They want you to think the Falcons wasted money, giving the aging running back a 3 year, $12 million deal. They want you to think the Falcons substituted one overpriced, over-the-hill running back for another. They want you to think Thomas Dimitroff isn't a Martian invader with superhuman olfactory glans. But they're wrong.

Jackson was efficient as ever in 2012. Sure, he only nabbed four rushing touchdowns. And sure, his yards/game average was the lowest since his rookie year. But his efficiency endured. With a slightly better performance in a couple game, his eleventh-best DVOA would've cracked the top ten. And let's not forget the line he was playing behind. Pro Football Focus ranked it 26th in 2012, featuring the pride of Syracuse University, Quinn Ojinnaka, as a starter for five games. Yikes.

I bring all this up because you should expect some negative feedback from the haters. Within minutes of the signing, my Chicago Bears-loving buddy sent me a text, calling the move into question. He's a little slow, so I'll forgive him, and I won't let his haterade get me down. While this isn't Steven Jackson circa 2009, it is a very good, dependable, efficient running back we're talking about. Will he be as valuable in 2015? I don't know. But the contract is solid, and it appears there's a mutual understanding between both camps. In my opinion, you can't ask for much more.

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