For the second season in a row, many fans and experts alike feel that the St. Louis Rams organization has put together its second consecutive outstanding draft class.
Led by general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher, the Rams traded their way up to get Tavon Austin, then traded back down to get Alex Ogletree and made other wise choices that could really pan out.
While this year’s rookie class looks promising, Fisher told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday that they are in no hurry to ink these rookies to contracts. Thomas points out that the Rams are the only team in the NFL not to ink at least two rookies to contracts.
Instead, Fisher prefers that the youngsters are better prepared before being handed a big paycheck.
“We just feel like they’ll be better suited if we can take them through step A and B of Financial Planning 101 before we give ‘em the money. It’s just that simple. We’ll get them all signed and we’re communicating with them.”
“It’s a life-changing event for them. We try to better prepare them for that.”
Commentary: Anybody reading this has to salute Jeff Fisher, Les Snead, team president Kevin Demoff and anyone else who may have thought this was a good idea.
How often do we hear tragic stories of players making millions of dollars during their careers and then are left broke in retirement because they blew all of the money and have few other skills outside of football to earn a living? Fisher and company are trying to eliminate that.
This is why players want to and like playing for Jeff Fisher. He truly cares about his guys. He wants to make sure they are ready for what the NFL is going to do their lives personally.
He also cares about how they perform on the field and while getting players set-up financially would not figure to translate to on-field success directly, creating less distractions surrounding money off the field might keep a young kid more focused on it.
Fisher knows what he is doing. He knows how to coach and he knows how to develop young players and this is just further proof.