Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/12/13
As the Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is aware of, multiple violations of the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy brings the stigma of ‘cheaters.’ COO Kevin Demoff wants to nip that in the bud with his St. Louis Rams, who have had their share of troubles. The suspension of running back Isaiah Pead for the first game of the 2012 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy was the latest issue of a Rams player running into trouble. Whether it is with the law, the league or the team, Rams players are making the wrong kind of impression to the NFL. The impression that the Rams are taking too many gambles in their personnel selections received more evidence for their case when the Rams picked linebacker Alec Ogletree in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, a few months after he was arrested for DUI. Coach Jeff Fisher has always taken on players with checkered backgrounds when he was with the Tennessee Titans, but with the heightened awareness commissioner Roger Goodell is stressing to teams and players about conduct in the NFL, the Rams seem to be walking a fine line. Running back - Isaiah Pead - violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy Guard - Rokevious Watkins - will serve a suspension to start next season Cornerback - Trumaine Johnson - was arrested for DUI Cornerback - Janoris Jenkins - was suspended for a game last year by the team. Wide receiver - Chris Givens was suspended for a game last year by the team. Wide Receiver - Titus Young – was claimed off waivers and cut a week later The first five were 2012 draft picks and that promted Demoff to make this statement: “We’re not an organization of renegades. We’re not seeking to take players with issues,” Demoff said, via Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I think the perception is we’ll take anybody, no questions asked. That couldn’t be further from the truth.” “I can say this for a fact: We’ve done things in the last year nobody else in the league has done. I know that. It’s a number of different things,” Fisher said. “We’re using everything we have. It’s not because of the players (who have encountered trouble). It’s to help all the players. It’s not a one-time deal. It’s over an extensive period of time. Every player is different. Every year is different.”
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