THOUSAND OAKS — Last November, as the Rams season descended into a downward spiral, Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson found himself locked in a feud with the Rams head coach and its front office.
How quickly things change.
On Tuesday – the same day he was signed to a symbolic one-day contract, allowing him to officially retire as a Los Angeles Ram – Dickerson was given an official title in the team’s front office. The Hall of Fame running back will serve as the Rams’ vice president of business development – a largely ceremonial role – just nine months after then-coach Jeff Fisher allegedly told Dickerson he wasn’t welcome on the Coliseum sideline.
Fisher was fired in December. Since, the franchise has clearly buried the hatchet with one of its legendary players.
“I’m really happy for this moment,” Dickerson said. “Even when I left the Rams, I was always a Ram.”
— Eric Dickerson (@EricDickerson) August 29, 2017
That doesn’t mean he won’t be critical of the team. Dickerson will continue to serve as an NFL analyst for FOX, as well as host his local radio show. Asked whether he would hold back, Dickerson was unequivocal. He turned to Rams coach Sean McVay, who was sitting next to him.
“Coach, I’m letting you know now, if you play well I’m going to say you’re playing well,” Dickerson said. “If you’re not playing good, then you’re going to hear it from me. I’m your biggest fan and your biggest critic. That’s just me.”
That’s been Dickerson’s reputation since his playing days. As a player for both the Rams and Colts, Dickerson rubbed some front office officials – and even teammates – the wrong way, publicly clashing with team officials and carrying on several prolonged contract disputes.
With that experience, Dickerson offered his opinion on what All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald might be thinking, as his holdout threatens to extend into the first week of regular-season practice.
“I’ve been in Aaron Donald’s shoes,” he said. “He wants to come back here very badly. Trust me, I know how a football player thinks. You want to get paid because this is, you do it for a living. This is his job. I know he’s not trying to be selfish with his football team, but like anything else, he has to take care of him and also the team has to move forward too. It was…