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    Laurinaitis, Bartell organizing workouts for Rams defenders

    The St. Louis Rams defense won't be halted by the NFL lockout.

    Cornerback Ron Bartell and linebacker James Laurinaitis are in the process of setting up workouts to keep Rams defenders sharp during the labor dispute, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Saturday.

    "I'm actually coming back next Wednesday, the 20th," said Laurinaitis. "I'm going to drive back there (to St. Louis) and just kind of remain for a couple months. I've been in contact with Ron Bartell here and there about trying to get a lot of the defense around each other."


    Laurinaitis -- a former second-round pick who was the Rams' top rookie in 2009 -- has kept himself busy since early March with personal training in Columbus, Ohio.

    Laurinaitis was perhaps motivated by the Rams' offensive line, which has been working out in St. Charles, Mo. Rams wide receivers have planned similar workouts with quarterback Sam Bradford in Houston.

    On-the-field workouts don't typically begin until after the draft with minicamps and OTAs, so the Rams are attempting to mimic the type of physical activity that may be wiped out by the labor fight.

    "As defensive players, we all know our defense enough to where we could just talk through stuff just to keep each other mentally fresh on that as well," Laurinaitis said. "I'm not worried about guys being in shape or not. I trust them. If you're a professional, you're going to keep each other in shape. It's just a matter of trying to get as many people around each other as possible."

    Bartell has been the point man during the offseason, staying in touch with teammates during the lockout.

    "We're just trying to make sure everybody's on the same page, because we felt like we did some good things last year and we don't want to lose that because of the lockout," Bartell told the Post-Dispatch. "So we're just trying to make sure everybody's staying in shape. We're going to try to set up some things. If this (lockout) does last longer, we're probably going to try to set up some 'team' work in the near future."

    Laurinaitis stressed the importance of maintaining a strong personal connection with teammates as well.

    "When everyone's in St. Louis, it's like, all right what are we going to do tonight?" he said. "Well, let's all just go get dinner. Or let's go check out a movie. Go watch the Cards. Or do something. That's kind of like the little things that you can't really measure."


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    Re: Laurinaitis, Bartell organizing workouts for Rams defenders

    That makes everyone but the special teams, doesn't it?

    Glad to hear this though...

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    Re: Laurinaitis, Bartell organizing workouts for Rams defenders

    even though no one on my facebook will care.. I threw this on FB I'm that excited about it... If nothing else to show everyone in michigan why i am a ram and not a lion as a fan..

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    Re: Laurinaitis, Bartell organizing workouts for Rams defenders

    Who here would like to see the offense and defense go at it in a flag football type deal or maybe half speed in pads. Without the nfl organizing it i think it would be like a backyard football game. Might be kind of fun to watch.

    Reason I say half speed or flag football don't want these people getting hurt for no reason.

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    Re: Laurinaitis, Bartell organizing workouts for Rams defenders

    If the players, or a local business or QB Club, was to sponsor such an event, would anyone pay a few bucks for tickets or gate fee? The money could go to reimbursing players (especially those on the lower end of the pay scale) for travel costs. When the lockout is over, and players start getting paid, they can pay back what they were reimbursed to the organizer or their preferred charity.

    Thoughts?


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    Re: Laurinaitis, Bartell organizing workouts for Rams defenders

    Quote Originally Posted by gap View Post
    If the players, or a local business or QB Club, was to sponsor such an event, would anyone pay a few bucks for tickets or gate fee? The money could go to reimbursing players (especially those on the lower end of the pay scale) for travel costs. When the lockout is over, and players start getting paid, they can pay back what they were reimbursed to the organizer or their preferred charity.

    Thoughts?


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    That would be pretty cool. Im sure some colleges would let them use their facilities. I know I would pay to see the rams play I don't care if its two hand touch as long as they win lol.

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    Re: Laurinaitis, Bartell organizing workouts for Rams defenders

    Great to hear this. Can't let this lockout stop our Rams from staying in shape and becoming productive! Keep connections strong and the workouts even stronger!

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