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    James Laurinaitis

    I know JL and MLB is not our biggest need or issue right now. Meanwhile every time I watch the Rams play JL is not impressing me... I think he is soft at the point of attack and is often blocked too easily, yesterday he was controlled by Vikings fullback about all the time.
    JL get a big contract and I was expecting a lot more from him this year, his stats are good but I did not see enough impact plays. He looks better in coverage than defending the run.

    What do you think about that ?
    Is it because of new scheme in defense ?
    Does he have a "down" year after signing his new contract ?
    Is he lacking strength to shed blocks ?
    Can a new SLB could help him ?

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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    I think the new defense is ruining him. We now play more of a tampa 2 D. That requires your MLB to have the ability to drop back in coverage and cover the seams a lot more often. JL even said he lost about 10-15 lbs (Cant remember the exact amount) in the off-season so he could move better. Its certainly looking like he lost some muscle/strength.

    Hopefully its just a little slump and he'll pick it up soon.


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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    First of all, JL has 104 solo tackles, which ranks first in the NFL. So I think the "JL is having a bad season" stuff is kind of silly.

    What fans are correctly noticing is that JL's "impact plays" (i.e. TFL, sacks, Int., FF, FR, passes defended) are a bit down. I think that is partly due to the fact that the safety play (particuarly FS) has been poor and, as a result, the Rams can't afford to have JL selling out to try to make big plays in the backfield.

    Whatever you think of his performance, one thing can't be denied. He is the the "QB of the defense." On many plays, he looks like Peyton Manning before the snap - barking out signals and moving players around to adjust to the offensive scheme. Given the fact that the Rams' defense has improved in pretty much every aspect of the game from 2011, I think you have to give JL some of the credit.

    I don't worry about JL. He's the type of player who will always work to improve.

    Hopefully, next year he'll have a better SLB and safeties helping him so he can focus on making more impact plays.
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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    I like JL a lot. The thing that we don't know is when and often does he get caught out of position?

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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    JL has never been strong at the point of attack, and loosing 15lbs cant help at all EIther

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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    Laurinaitis was never considered a "hard hitter". Now after losing 10-15lbs one can wonder why he's been getting blocked out of plays.

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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    Quote Originally Posted by VegasRam View Post
    Why is it dogs continue to eat paper?

    I guess they just don't know any better.
    Ah yes...the good ol' subtle attempt at mockery.


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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    I did not know about the weight loss. I'm not really saying "JL is having a bad season" but more the fact I'm a bit disappointed by some aspect of his game, I was hoping more impact plays from him. I was not talking about stats but more what I saw during games.

    Let's hope with more time in the new D and upgrading safety and SLB positions could help JL step up into "All Pro" player.
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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    Hmm, that's interesting. Jay-Z, do you have any thoughts on this?

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    Thanks for that input, Mr. Z.
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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    Quote Originally Posted by AV
    He is the the "QB of the defense."
    Which is exactly why some fans want to point fingers at him. Some fans don't like what they see in the offense, but don't know exactly how to diagnose what they see, so.......just blame the QB. Same thing on defense. An opponent doesn't get shut out, but the fan isn't exactly sure why......blame the defense's QB.

    Laurinaitis leads the league in solo tackles. Kuechly is the only MIKE with more total tackles.

    Yea, but HUb, look at JL's sack total. He only has 1 sack.

    True. And the top MIKE in the league only had 3 sacks. That's like trying to gauge a FB by how many rushing yards he has. Good to see, but far from indicative.

    Yea, but HUb...but HUb...what about his pass coverage. He only has 1 interception.


    Again, the top MIKE in the league only has 3. The fact that JL has even 1 puts him in 4th place.

    The MIKE directs the defense, and gets to the ball carrier. They don't typically rush the passer. They don't typically haul down passes. Could JL improve his game? Yes, just like the other 52 members of the roster.



    There's plenty of things that need to be fixed on the defense.....both Safeties, at least one OLB, youth & experience, an offense that will keep them off the field for longer than 3 plays, etc. But I honestly think trying to pin MIKE as a position that needs to be addressed is not the way to go.
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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    I do know that Gore ran over him one on one twice the 2nd game against the 9ers. He's still not anywhere near the Rams biggest concern on defense but I do think Rams fans over rate him.
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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    Quote Originally Posted by mh-i View Post
    I do know that Gore ran over him one on one twice the 2nd game against the 9ers.
    You mean that game when JL had 10 solo tackles and Gore was held to 58 yards and a 2.5 yards/carry average?

    I'm surprised they didn't bench him in that game.
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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    I do not understand your reactions guys. I was just trying to express my opinion about one of our player, and I started my thread by saying than JL is not our biggest problem. I was trying to have other opinion than mine on this player, nothing more. I did not say we need to release JL or find another MLB.
    Since three years I have seen almost every Rams games and I think JL is not having his best year, and I don't care about stats, it's just what I saw during games. I started this thread because, particularly during the Vikings game, JL was manhandled by Vikings fullback on various plays. I know AP is a beast and could run 200 yards against anybody so that was not my main concern.

    But I must have forgot something, don't start a thread if you don't have more than 3000 posts or if you don't own the truth... Stop being so cynical.
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    Re: James Laurinaitis

    Quote Originally Posted by Torry Holt View Post
    But I must have forgot something, don't start a thread if you don't have more than 3000 posts or if you don't own the truth... Stop being so cynical.
    Um... yeah...

    You chose to start a thread criticizing JL. What exactly did you expect? Did you think everyone would just say, "you're absolutely right!"

    Nobody is taking away your right to have, or to express, your own opinion. But you're not enhancing your position by crying about disagreement and then blaming it on the fact that you have less than 3,000 posts.

    Besides... to be ALWAYS right, you have to have at least 15,000 posts.
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