One month into the season, it seemed inconceivable. But with two games to play in 2013, Rams rookie Zac Stacy has a good chance to reach the 1,000-yard barrier in rushing yards.
“Considering he got a late start, I think it would be quite a feat,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Especially against some of the defenses that we faced this year.”

Stacy, the fifth-round pick from Vanderbilt, had one carry for four yards through four games. But in the 10 games since he became the Rams’ starter at running back, Stacy has averaged 85 yards rushing per game. With 854 yards for the season, he needs to average 73 yards, against Tampa Bay this Sunday and Seattle on Dec. 29, to reach 1,000.

“That would be great,” quarterback Kellen Clemens said. “Certainly, the way that we lean on the run game, hopefully it’s possible. Hopefully he gets his carries.”

The Rams have established a tradition of 1,000-yard rushers during the franchise’s time in St. Louis. Beginning with Marshall Faulk in the 1999 Super Bowl championship season, the Rams have had a 1,000-yard rusher 11 times in 14 seasons.

Thanks to the work of Steven Jackson, they have done it eight consecutive seasons, the longest current streak of 1,000-yard rushers of any team in the league.

Guess who’s No. 2?

Tennessee, where Fisher established a tradition of successful running teams during his long tenure there. The Titans have had a 1,000-yard rusher for seven consecutive seasons.

“I’m not really thinking about a thousand yards right now,” said Stacy, taking the party line. “Right now, I’m just focused on winning. All that will take care of itself after the season.”

Or after these final two games, starting with the home finale against the Buccaneers at the Edward Jones Dome.

After holding Miami to a measly 2 yards rushing on 14 carries in a Monday night game Nov. 11, the Bucs ranked fifth in the NFL in run defense, allowing 95.8 yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry.

But they’ve hemorrhaged since then, yielding 134.6 yards a game and 4.8 yards per carry over the past five contests and falling to 15th in the league in run defense.

Stacy might have the milestone blinders on, but thanks to some prodding by the media, his offensive line is beginning to wonder what lies ahead for them. After all, it’s all but tradition for running backs to take the linemen out to dinner, or present them with some token of appreciation after a 1,000-yard season or a Pro Bowl year.