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Decision Makers: Les Snead and Jeff Fisher
The St. Louis Rams gave Jeff Fisher a lot of power when they decided to bring him in as the head coach. His history of success is what made this an easy decision for the Rams. In the first season with the team, Fisher and general manager Les Snead made a major impact.
They were able to add high impact players like Michael Brockers and Janoris Jenkins. Future building blocks like Brian Quick, Isaiah Pead, Chris Givens, Daryl Richardson and Trumaine Johnson were also added to the mix.
This list of players shows that Fisher and Snead aren't afraid to take some risks. There was little doubt that Jenkins had the talent to succeed in the NFL. However, his off-the-field issues provided plenty of question marks. Jenkins thrived as a rookie because Fisher created a favorable environment that revolved around accountability and discipline.
Remember, Fisher was also the coach in place when the Tennessee Titans selected Pacman Jones.
The Brockers pick also had some risk, as his college production didn't show a player ready to make an immediate impact. However, the coaching staff did their job and helped Brockers make a quick transition.
It's also impossible to talk about the Rams' draft without mentioning the fact that they passed on the opportunity to land Robert Griffin III. The team's belief in Sam Bradford allowed the Rams to acquire a large package from the Washington Redskins.
This was a major risk, as it looks like Griffin will be a major difference maker. St. Louis needs to make sure they maximize the value of those picks. Otherwise, Fisher and Snead will be criticized for years to come.