Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he has had no problems with the NFL's most notorious problem child, Adam “Pacman” Jones, but does have a problem with his alma mater.
Jones, of course, is paying his first visit back to LP Field on Sunday to play the team that drafted him, the Tennessee Titans. He played his first game back from a neck injury Sunday against Seattle and tweaked his hamstring
“My experience with Adam has been excellent. I'm very close with Jeff Fisher, really talked with Jeff a lot about Adam before, when Adam was still a Titan and once we decided to bring him here,” said Lewis, who has had Jones now for two seasons in Cincinnnati. “I think he's grown up a lot. I feel he know he's made a lot of error in judgment. It's unfortunate that a guy could go into college and spend three years on a college campus and not learn some of the things really they should learn. But hopefully he's learned those lessons now.”
Jones played at the University of West Virginia for Rich Rodriguez, and was a teammate there with another Bengal, Chris Henry, who had his own share of run-ins with the law and tragically died in 2009 when he was thrown off a truck.
Jones did have a nightclub arrest in July (complete with a mug shot in a neck brace), but Lewis said he has been a good teammate and has worked hard.
“He's been a great teammate to the guys here, very supportive of everyone. He's worked his tail off to come back from his injury. He worked his tail off actually to get on this football team a year ago,” Lewis said. “And from the first time I ever met Adam to when we brought him in to work out and he wasn't in shape enough to 'coach give me a second chance.' We did and he did, and he made good on it. Unfortunately he got injured, so he's fought his way back again and really worked hard, and so we'll see when he's able to play again.”