2012 NFL Draft: Jeff Fisher Condemned to Repeat Mistakes with Janoris Jenkins
Back in 2005, the Jeff Fisher-led Tennessee Titans used the sixth overall pick on Adam "Pacman" Jones. Jones' off-field issues had been well documented prior to the draft. When he was drafted, Jones was actually on probation due to his involvement in a fight in West Virginia.
Despite the warning signs, Fisher and Tennessee pulled the trigger on drafting the talented but troubled cornerback.
Jones repaid that leap of faith by being arrested a short three months after being drafted on charges of assault and felony vandalism.
That arrest was just the first of many incidents—including Pacman's involvement in a strip-club shooting in Las Vegas which led to a one-year suspension from the NFL—that the Titans dealt with before finally cutting ties with Jones on April 23, 2008 when they traded him to the Dallas Cowboys for a fourth-round pick.
Did the Rams make a mistake drafting Janoris Jenkins?
One would tend to believe that Fisher learned a lesson that day.
Fast-forward to yesterday, April 27, 2012, and Fisher's new team, the St. Louis Rams, taking Janoris Jenkins.
Jenkins: arrested and tased by police in a bar fight in 2009, two marijuana citations in 2011, and getting kicked off the Florida football team. (Not to mention four kids at the age of 23. I myself am 38 and have all that I can handle with three...)
These are the major character bullet points of the St. Louis Rams' second-round selection.
Obviously, Jeff Fisher thinks he can handle it. And that's great. But Fisher's "handling" of Jones went about as terribly as it could have. It's hard to see what steps Fisher took then that could be considered even minor successes that should give Rams fans even the tiniest bit of hope that their head coach will be able to reign in this problem project.
They say that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat their mistakes, and that certainly seems to be the path Jeff Fisher is determined to go down.
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