EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It would probably go without saying but St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Monday afternoon that rookie Zac Stacy would get another start at running back this week against the Houston Texans.
“Yes, I think we’ll probably start this game off the same way we did yesterday,” Fisher said matter of factly.
Considering that Stacy's 78 yards on 14 carries represented better production than the Rams had as a team in the first four games, it's a no brainer for him to get another opportunity this week.
We discussed extensively what Stacy brought to the table against Jacksonville as he jumpstarted a woeful rushing attack with his hard-charging style and ability to gain yards after contact. Those were traits Fisher took notice of when he watched Stacy work against the Jaguars.
“(I) would’ve liked to seen him get more carries, but that was the way the game went," Fisher said. "He was hitting the hole and he had yards after contact -- the violent yards, we refer to them at the running back position. He got to what he needed to do in the passing game and I thought in protection he was excellent.”
Stacy's performance did come against the worst rush defense in the league but the ability to get yards after contact was a significant step forward from what the team's other backs had done in the first four weeks. Putting into statistical context, Stacy gained 32 yards after contact, averaging 2.29 per carry. Entering the game, the Rams averaged 1.15, meaning Stacy nearly doubled their production in that regard.
The test will be a little tougher this week on the road in Houston, though the Texans have struggled against the run in their own right. Houston is allowing 126 yards per game on the ground, tied for 27th in the league in that category.