Lol!!! On the Phillips part.
gotta admit it's looking like I may be wrong on this dude. The talent is there but he wouldn't be the first guy with loads of talent to not make it in the NFL because of his personal life.
Lawrence Phillips could have been a beast, but sadly he liked beating up women more than linebackers.
But i think the reason to why some of these troubled kids who are still acting up in the league is the places they end up in. It's not the right fit for them. These teams that are landing these talented but troubled kids are teams that suck who are drafting high every single year with no real HC or veteran presences on the team like Oakland or Jacksonville.
There are no one who will take them under their wings and guide them into the right path. Janoris Jenkins worked well in St. Louis bc he has Jeff Fisher, a respectable hard nosed HC and guys like Laurinaitis and Chris Long. Vontaze Burfict has a teacher in Marvin Lewis and a lot of veteran players around him on the defense.
Who's going to take a guy like Blackmon under his wing??? Gabbert? Former HC Mularkey? Yet right.