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  • Brian Cushing named Def. ROY - JL no votes

    Brian Cushing was named defensive ROY today. I have no problem with that, he had a great year. I also don't have a problem with Jarius Byrd being second (he also had a great year). What is surprising is that JL got no votes despite similar and only slightly lower stats than Cushing (JL has fewer overall tackles, but more individual tackles, about half Cushing's pass defended and interceptions, and only 2 sacks to Cushing's 5). Seems that a lot of emphasis is put on sacks as Matthews and Orakpo had less than half JL's tackles but had 11 and 10 sacks.

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    Re: Brian Cushing named Def. ROY - JL no votes

    I guess, in a way we are lucky to have JL and to pay him not as much.

    He would have been a top 5 pick if he came out the year before.

    Not too bad if you think about

    J.Smith
    JL
    Suh

    as our foundation

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    • #3
      Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

      Brian Cushing of the Texas won with Clay Matthews and Brian Orakpo getting votes.

      James Laurinaitis is fifth in the NFL in solo tackles along with 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 5 passes defended. I'm not sure he deserves to be higher than Cushing, but he is definitely deserving to be in second place getting some votes. He isn't exactly that type of defensive playmaker that the others are, but he is an absolute force on defense and nothing is getting past him. He is a complete constant and doesn't miss tackles or blow coverages. He is the most fundamentally sound rookie this year.

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      • #4
        Re: Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

        one of those unfortunate things that go with being the worse team in the NFL ... good players tend to get missed ....

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        • #5
          Re: Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

          Originally posted by RamDez View Post
          one of those unfortunate things that go with being the worse team in the NFL ... good players tend to get missed ....
          Henceforth known as Donnie Jones Syndrome.

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          • #6
            Re: Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

            It happens when you play on the worst team in the league. =/

            We know he deserved it though! Good job James!

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            • #7
              Re: Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

              Brian Cushing got 39 votes
              Jairus Byrd got 6
              Clay Matthews got 3
              Brian Orakpo got 2

              yes Laurinaitis had some good tackle stats, but didnt have much in the way of sacks, passes defended or interceptions.

              Laurinaitis had 2 sacks and 2 ints
              Cushing had 5 sacks and 4 ints
              Orakpo had 11 sacks
              Matthews had 10 sacks
              Jairus Byrd had 9 interceptions (joint led the league) starting only 11 games and missing two through injury

              Looking at these stats, im not surprised that he didnt get any votes
              @EssexRam_

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              • #8
                Re: Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

                Me either Tomahawk...he played good defensively on a very bad defensive team. Those others contributed just as much or more on a better defensive unit.

                Not to say I am disappointed in JLau's play, just that those guys had a better year. So what? Put Suh on the Dline and watch both Laurinaitis and Long have better years with Suh getting the double team.

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                • #9
                  Re: Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

                  Laurinaitis played great, but he didn't deserve defensive ROY. But that shouldn't detract from how well he played for us this year.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

                    In addition to won/loss record, the voters clearly overvalue sacks.

                    For example, Matthews had 10 sacks, but he also had only 51 tackles (compared to JL's 120), and had 9 games with 2 or fewer tackles.

                    I expect that JL will make several All-Rookie teams, as he was the top MLB of this draft class.

                    Oh, and by the way... to end an old debate, he had a much better year than Rey Maualuga.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

                      Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
                      Oh, and by the way... to end an old debate, he had a much better year than Rey Maualuga.
                      JL - 120 tackles, 107 solo, 2.0 sacks, 7 PDs, 2 ints., 1 FF, 1 FR
                      R Mau - 63 tackles, 39 solo, 1.0 sack, 3 FF
                      Curry - 61 tackels, 54 solo, 2.0 sacks, 2 FF

                      The race isn't even close.
                      The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

                        I don't like those voting polls in the NFL site because the team with most bandwagon fans are bound to have their player win the award (just like the Pro-Bowl seeing Peterson > Jackson)
                        It's basically a popularity contest.


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                        • #13
                          Re: Laurinaitis didn't even get a vote for defensive rookie of the year.

                          Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
                          In addition to won/loss record, the voters clearly overvalue sacks.

                          For example, Matthews had 10 sacks, but he also had only 51 tackles (compared to JL's 120), and had 9 games with 2 or fewer tackles.

                          I expect that JL will make several All-Rookie teams, as he was the top MLB of this draft class.

                          Oh, and by the way... to end an old debate, he had a much better year than Rey Maualuga.
                          The double spaced sentences really drives your points home. ;-)
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                          • #14
                            Re: Brian Cushing named Def. ROY - JL no votes

                            Also, because of the lack of talent on the Rams DL, if they werent double teaming Long the opposition OL would send a Guard or the Center to go at Laurinaitis
                            @EssexRam_

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                            • #15
                              Re: Brian Cushing named Def. ROY - JL no votes

                              JL had a great year but went unnoticed by alot of people. Cushing was a pro bowler. He deserved it unanimously.

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                                by r8rh8rmike
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                                By Brian McIntyre
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                                Published: July 8, 2012

                                The Rams might not be playoff-bound, but James Laurinaitis could be playing football in January.

                                St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis has amassed 376 tackles (leading the team in tackles in each season) with eight sacks and five interceptions over his first three seasons in the NFL. That's impressive production from a "Mike" linebacker playing with a revolving cast of characters at the other two 'backer spots, a group that has included Brady Poppinga, Chris Chamberlain, Ben Leber, David Vobora, Larry Grant, Na'il Diggs and Terry Tate. (Okay, that last one I made up.)

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                                "He's perfect. He's the perfect middle linebacker for this defense," assistant head coach Dave McGinnis said of Laurinaitis last month, according to ESPN's Mike Sando. "The ultimate linebacker for this defense when it started evolving was Mike Singletary. ... We could not have asked for a more perfect middle linebacker to install this system than James Laurinaitis. I remember watching him come out. I interviewed him at the combine when he came out and I loved him then and I love him even more now because he's exactly what you need."

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                              • Nick
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                                Height: 6'2"
                                Weight: 244
                                College: Ohio State
                                Conference: Big 10
                                Hometown: Hamel, MN
                                High School: Wayzata
                                View Combine Page >>

                                Combine Results:
                                40 Yard Dash : 4.88 seconds
                                Bench Press : 22.0 reps
                                Vertical Jump : 33.0 inches
                                Broad Jump : 115.0 inches
                                3 Cone Drill : 6.93 seconds
                                20 Yard Shuttle : 4.24 seconds


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                                One of the most highly dedicated athletes in school history, Laurinaitis carried on the tradition of standout performers to compete at linebacker for the university, joining perennial All-Americans Chris Spielman, Tom Cousineau, Pepper Johnson, Steve Tovar and A.J. Hawk as some of the best ever produced at OSU.

                                In addition to garnering All-American and All-Big Ten Conference honors since his sophomore campaign, Laurinaitis has been a finalist for the Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and Bednarik Award. He was the 2006 Bronko Nagurski Award winner as the nation's best defensive player, the same year he won the Randy Gradishar Linebacker Award. As a junior, he added the coveted Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) to his trophy case.

                                In 2008, Laurinaitis was named the inaugural winner of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for NCAA. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of coaches, media and fans, is presented annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division I senior student-athlete in nine sports. The announcement and trophy presentation to Laurinaitis were made today during the pre-game show of the Fiesta Bowl national telecast on FOX.

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                                The son of world renowned wrestler, Joe Laurinaitis (pronounced Larr-en-EYE-tiss), who competed as the "Animal" in the 1980s and 1990s as part of the tag team called the Road Warriors (Legion of Doom), James also has excelled in the classroom. One of the more instinctive players on the field, he also captured Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors during his junior season.

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