Hall of Fame 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice used to run up the stairs of San Francisco’s Candlestick Park as part of his basic training. Sunday, two Rams rookies reportedly did the same—not by choice.
St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher made cornerback Janoris Jenkins and wide receiver Chris Givens run those same stadium stairs shortly before kickoff as an extended punishment for violating a team rule. Both Jenkins and Givens already were deactivated for the Rams’ afternoon game with the Niners, which ended in a 24-24 tie. Fisher didn’t allow the pair to play because of a curfew violation.
Fisher has brought a much-needed sense of discipline in his first year as the Rams’ coach and sent a strong message in Week 10, as his team responded with a great road effort. In the case of Jenkins and Givens not suiting up, the next men up happened to be fellow rookies, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and wide receiver Brian Quick.
Jenkins and Givens had been key contributors through the first half of the season, so it shows that Fisher isn’t giving anyone special treatment. Given the workout they just got, you can bet the rookies will think more than twice before being late for anything.