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Laurinaitis shocked the Rams cut him

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James Laurinaitis has never missed a game and rarely even missed a snap since the Rams drafted him in 2009, and so when he found out Friday he was cut, he was shocked.

I didn’t see this one coming,” Laurinaitis told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which is still covering the Rams even though they’re not in St. Louis anymore.

Laurinaitis said the Rams had asked him to be part of their marketing efforts in Los Angeles, and he agreed, so he assumed that meant he was in the team’s plans for this year.

“So I was like, if they’re gonna call and ask me to do that, I must be all right,” Laurinaitis said. “I thought maybe at worst, a pay cut. I still felt like I was producing.”

Laurinaitis was working out at the Rams’ facilities on Friday when he was told to report to coach Jeff Fisher’s office.

“He said it was one of the toughest [cuts] he’s had to do in his career — up there with [Steve] McNair and [Eddie] George,” Laurinaitis said.

The 29-year-old Laurinaitis still thinks he has a few good seasons left in him, but those seasons will not be played in Los Angeles.

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  1. dryzzt23 says: Feb 20, 2016 6:06 AM

    Big mistake.
    Watch the Rams pick some diva, me-first type of player who will underproduced and run his mouth like he’s an all-pro

  2. vikingforlife says: Feb 20, 2016 6:22 AM

    Very Big mistake, but not surprising. They also let Chris Long go. They are not loyal to their city or their fan base in St. Louis. So Sorry for the all of them. Best of luck to James, Chris and the fans left in St. Louis. I’m really getting tired of seeing things like this happen to good players.

  3. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Feb 20, 2016 6:25 AM

    Big mistake. This guy can still play. I saw it first hand in week 3

  4. SexBoat Captain says: Feb 20, 2016 6:47 AM

    He will be coming home to solidify the best defense in the NFL lead by defensive genius coach Mike Zimmer! #LOD# Viking world Order

  5. thefootballgodssay says: Feb 20, 2016 6:48 AM

    Giants ?

  6. fantom21 says: Feb 20, 2016 7:02 AM

    and we ridicule the same players who want to negotiate for new contracts. Baffles me when fans of a team chose the side of the team when players want more money.

  7. uglydingo says: Feb 20, 2016 7:04 AM

    James Laurinaitis will be snapped up quickly. There is a market for good linebackers who can tackle and don’t miss any games.
    Jeff Fisher seems to make big mistakes every year and this is probably another. I don’t know how he manages to keep owners happy with abject mediocrity? The most overrated Head Coach in the NFL – Jeff (whocanIblamenext) Fisher.

  8. xjippyx says: Feb 20, 2016 7:09 AM

    PFF rated Laurinaitis 94th out of 95 inside linebackers. That’s terrible.

  9. savior72 says: Feb 20, 2016 7:09 AM

    I guess trading him wasn’t an option? Go play for the Seahawks James and get some payback on them for misleading you.

  10. 12brichandfamous says: Feb 20, 2016 7:19 AM

    There’s no evidence Fisher knows how to build a winning team.

  11. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Feb 20, 2016 7:20 AM

    A) Bring back 2015’s 59th rated inside lb who’s turning 30,
    ~ or ~
    B) Save $6 mil against the cap

    If he was “shocked”, he was the only one. NFL = Not For Long.

  12. motleytrap says: Feb 20, 2016 7:28 AM

    His on and off the field leadership will be difficult to replace.

    Laurinaitis has only missed 21 snaps in seven years. Iron man stuff, but I think keeping him out there so long had a detrimental effect over the years.

    Watching him in 2015 it’s almost like he had no speed left. Not effective enough vs the pass or run, too easily engulfed by blocks and taken out of the play.

  13. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Feb 20, 2016 7:30 AM

    James, TT is on line 1. They want you at ILB to be part of the Super Bowl 51 champion roster.

    >

  14. jmscooby says: Feb 20, 2016 7:30 AM

    I’m ambivalent!/?

  15. billswillnevermove says: Feb 20, 2016 7:34 AM

    Guy was a stud, he tailed off some, but still a darn good football player. Wouldn’t mind him on my Bills!!

  16. ss81416 says: Feb 20, 2016 7:35 AM

    Never trust a NFL owner with a mustache. He won’t be missing out on the CA tax coming out of his pay check either.

  17. bmacwillconn says: Feb 20, 2016 7:39 AM

    How is Jeff Fisher still coaching this (or any) team? His teams’ have consistently under performed never make the playoffs and are always known for their dirty play. Cutting Laurinaitis is a huge mistake. The guy is super productive, always hustles, great team leader and he’s only 29.

    Hope he comes to the Giants and Fisher goes to the unemployment line.

  18. deuces8 says: Feb 20, 2016 7:45 AM

    he’ll be alright. he’s a road warrior

  19. n0hopeleft says: Feb 20, 2016 7:51 AM

    The Giants are on line 1.

  20. 13xworldchamps says: Feb 20, 2016 7:58 AM

    We would love to see you in a Packers uniform next year……,come on Ted. Perfect fit, pull the trigger……

  21. burgandy2260 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:00 AM

    There may be some great LB’s in this years draft but you don’t let go of a leader like this. Never missed a game and is the poster child of what a team rep should be. I’d say pretty dumb move by the Rams but then again look at every other move they’ve made. Oh they may be in LA now but in 2 years both Snead and Fisher are gonna know how it feels to be removed.

  22. azjam says: Feb 20, 2016 8:11 AM

    Too bad the Rams didn’t cut HC Fisher. They haven’t done anything with him as HC.

  23. heroofthisparish says: Feb 20, 2016 8:11 AM

    JL55 has been a great servant to the Rams on some seriously crappy teams. Unfortunately his physicality seemed to decline last year so if the likes of TJ McDonald, Aaron Donald and Alec Ogletree are ready to step up as leaders on the Rams D, then it really is time to upgrade.

    I really do wish JL55 lands somewhere he gets a chance to win though. He deserves it after the crappy teams he was stuck on.

  24. jamarcuslives says: Feb 20, 2016 8:17 AM

    Big mistake.
    Watch the Rams pick some diva, me-first type of player who will underproduced and run his mouth like he’s an all-pro

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    I’ll take a diva who can play over an overrated Boy Scout who can’t any day of the week.

  25. diveleft says: Feb 20, 2016 8:38 AM

    He should of went “Animal” on Fisher like his Road Warrior dad. A lot of NFL fans would have liked to seen that.

  26. billsbackto81 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:39 AM

    He’s a good player but not a difference maker. He doesn’t play with a aggressive wreck less abandon to destroy. Which is probably why he never gets hurt. I’d rather have someone who wants to win instead of someone who wants to stay healthy.

  27. bonniebengal says: Feb 20, 2016 8:49 AM

    Come on Bengals. Burfict’s out for 3 games. Pick up Laurinaitis.

  28. orangeraider says: Feb 20, 2016 8:50 AM

    Jeff Fisher should be fired
    He is not a very good head coach

  29. j0esixpack says: Feb 20, 2016 8:54 AM

    I once had Laurinaitis but a penicillin shot took care of it

  30. theandy59 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:56 AM

    Rams fans should not have an issue with this. You’d much rather cut a guy loose a year too early than a year too late. Lot of miles on those treads, downward trend on production, speed….time to go.

  31. mcjon22 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:58 AM

    Come to Miami,

    All of their Linebackers suck

  32. luckyjim1980 says: Feb 20, 2016 9:03 AM

    I’ve heard some people say Laurinitis is an obvious replacement for Jerod Mayo. I disagree. Demario Davis is a much better option.

  33. ariani1985 says: Feb 20, 2016 9:30 AM

    James, if you were 6 years older turd Thompson would be sniffing your jock! He loves washed up LBs! See peppers signing!

  34. kcflake says: Feb 20, 2016 9:40 AM

    Good player. Wish my chiefs would pick him up.

  35. thetooloftools says: Feb 20, 2016 9:41 AM

    HELLO CLEVELAND !

  36. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 20, 2016 9:42 AM

    With Mayo retiring put him next to Collins and Hightower……………

  37. birdcen says: Feb 20, 2016 9:44 AM

    What has Jeff Fisher ever done? Most overrated coach, by far, in NFL history. What a joke and it’s not even funny anymore. He needs to be out of the league and fast. Sorry Ram fans.

  38. bosco264 says: Feb 20, 2016 9:51 AM

    Vince McMahon would hire him in a heartbeat.

  39. ninjapleazee says: Feb 20, 2016 9:51 AM

    How cute, Vikqueens fans chiming in again with their dynasty defense and giving them cute little nicknames.

  40. jmc8888 says: Feb 20, 2016 9:54 AM

    There just happens to be a team or two in the division that could use a LB.

    I don’t think he gets out of the division.

  41. joko12blog says: Feb 20, 2016 9:58 AM

    Come to New England – you’ll get a ring

  42. FinFan68 says: Feb 20, 2016 10:01 AM

    I still am baffled about how Fisher is still a HC in the NFL. Nobody would claim Joe Philbin was a good HC, yet he had a better record than Fisher during his coaching tenure. Add Fisher’s reputation for coaching dirty and it is astonishing he still has a job.

  43. chawk12thman says: Feb 20, 2016 10:20 AM

    With the miles on the tires, maybe he needs to go to a team that rotates or has an already strong backfield defense? He will likely find that he will not be offered the same amount of money, but it should be okay. Remaining in the NFC West is very likely……..

  44. huh6016 says: Feb 20, 2016 10:23 AM

    The Rams = The Browns

  45. ariani1985 says: Feb 20, 2016 10:29 AM

    If you want to lose in the first round of the playoffs come to green Bay! If you want to have champaign sprayed in your face and watch confetti fall come to the vikings!

  46. sfm073 says: Feb 20, 2016 10:44 AM

    He was a good player for a long time, but his play didn’t justify his contract and him getting cut isn’t a huge surprise.

  47. captainwhodat says: Feb 20, 2016 10:47 AM

    The 29-year-old Laurinaitis still thinks he has a few good seasons left in him, but those seasons will not be played in Los Angeles…be thankful, be very thankful…you won’t be unemployed long…

  48. igotgamenj says: Feb 20, 2016 10:47 AM

    Miami could use a Linebacker

  49. kevpft says: Feb 20, 2016 10:56 AM

    It’s Hatchet Stan time. No more need for pretense, it’s now Game of Thrones time with the Rams from here out.

  50. stinkymcmulligan says: Feb 20, 2016 11:01 AM

    It’s more shocking he wasn’t cut 2 years ago

  51. nhpats says: Feb 20, 2016 11:09 AM

    xjippyx says:
    Feb 20, 2016 7:09 AM
    PFF rated Laurinaitis 94th out of 95 inside linebackers. That’s terrible.

    ————-

    I rate Jeff Fisher 32 out of 32 NFL coaches. That’s worse. How does Fisher still have a job?

  52. vikingsandvikingsfanssuck says: Feb 20, 2016 11:16 AM

    Wish/hope the Packers would pick him up

  53. justintuckrule says: Feb 20, 2016 11:21 AM

    No for the Giants. We need young grease lightning lbs. not more used up fill ins. No thanks. Go to NE

  54. vikings797 says: Feb 20, 2016 11:34 AM

    Minnesota could put him at middle and move kendricks to outside. I’m sure his family wouldn’t mind him playing for his home state

  55. pittsburghdamned says: Feb 20, 2016 12:03 PM

    Escaping both the Rams and the filthy city of LA should be considered a miracle.

  56. gbpakrfan says: Feb 20, 2016 12:21 PM

    I’d like to see Green Bay give him & Long a shot

  57. kevin2017 says: Feb 20, 2016 12:22 PM

    Giants…Giants….Giants

  58. fballguy says: Feb 20, 2016 12:27 PM

    Solid guy…Never missed a game…I watched every single one. Not the best MLB in the world. Sure he made a lot of tackles…but they were usually 7 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Grew tired of watching him being dragged down field on every stop.

  59. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 20, 2016 12:29 PM

    I see Kronke’s already setting himself up to have an empty stadium year two by fielding an expansion team.

  60. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 20, 2016 10:29 AM

    If you want to lose in the first round of the playoffs come to green Bay! If you want to have champaign sprayed in your face and watch confetti fall come to the vikings!

    ————————————————–

    Wait, I’m confused. Which round of the playoffs did the Vikings lose in again?

  61. lx2016 says: Feb 20, 2016 12:41 PM

    😦

  62. badmoonrison says: Feb 20, 2016 12:42 PM

    Fisher must have photos of half the owners in the NFL in hotel rooms with underage kids because there;s no reason he should still be coaching. He’s washed out at every stop he’s made. Is this the guy you want to lead your newly moved franchise? He has one of the worst reputations amongst current and former players and seems to get in a catty back and forth “through-the-media” quote fight with players on a yearly basis. Rams deserve better.

  63. azkeith says: Feb 20, 2016 1:09 PM

    Cardinals!!

  64. ike301 says: Feb 20, 2016 1:32 PM

    This has Giants written all over it. Please snatch this guy up. He can still perform at a high level.

  65. kissmysandwich says: Feb 20, 2016 2:06 PM

    Terrible move. The Rams will suck until d-bag Kroenke’s bottom line is hurt. Until then he could care less who’s running things around there. How does Fisher still have a job? If it weren’t for a miracle play against Buffalo, no one would even know who the guy is. He’s been a .500 coach for 20 years and that’s what he’ll always be.

  66. billsfan1 says: Feb 20, 2016 2:15 PM

    At least they have the wr and qb spot shored up

  67. middy8484 says: Feb 20, 2016 3:37 PM

    Watch him land in that smelly dirty crime ridden city of Pittsburg. The should drop a bomb on that hell home of a city.

  68. truthinesshurts says: Feb 20, 2016 4:20 PM

    In a cost-cutting move, the Rams announce they will start Kroenke at MLB.

  69. mrbiggstuff says: Feb 20, 2016 4:22 PM

    Jeff Fisher must have nude photos of Stan Kroenke with a bald eagle and a transvestite midget, because that’s the only explanation I can come up with as to why he still has a job.

  70. rosloe62 says: Feb 20, 2016 4:50 PM

    Chicago is not that far from St. Louis. Bring Long with you.

  71. fanofpft says: Feb 20, 2016 5:14 PM

    PFF rated Laurinaitis 94th out of 95 inside linebackers. That’s terrible.

    Looked at the stats on rotoworld and don’t get the hype for these cuts.

  72. revren10 says: Feb 20, 2016 6:13 PM

    him and chris long should join new England, they would improve our defense and the fans would love them

  73. frankmartinsworld says: Feb 20, 2016 6:37 PM

    Quit making Jeff Fisher out to be the bad guy…. This looks like a GM move.

  74. mrgroovesd says: Feb 20, 2016 6:39 PM

    I wish he would come out to a game with his face painted like his dad Road Warrior Animal.

  75. chowdacom says: Feb 20, 2016 6:49 PM

    Which MLB just retired? Full time job,no waiting for suspension or injury returns. Time to win James!!

  76. 1trojan33usc says: Feb 20, 2016 7:05 PM

    “He said it was one of the toughest [cuts] he’s had to do in his career — up there with [Steve] McNair and [Eddie] George,” Laurinaitis said.
    **********************************************************
    Editing mistake: These comments would have been made by Coach Jeff Fisher regarding a “tough cut” in comparison to the ones made on Steve McNair & Eddie George. Laurinaitis wasn’t even at Ohio State at that time.

  77. mark1021 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:41 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 20, 2016 10:29 AM

    If you want to lose in the first round of the playoffs come to green Bay! If you want to have champaign sprayed in your face and watch confetti fall come to the vikings!
    —————–
    Wide left in the first round at home by the Queens or a second round loss in OT by the Packers. When exactly has Minny EVER seen confetti fall except on the team they just lost to in a playoff game? For a team that has NEVER won anything except for division championships (wow – big trophy for that) Queenie fans sure like to spout off a lot. The Packers live rent free in every Minny fan’s head. They’re obsessed with GB on every story and post.

  78. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Feb 20, 2016 10:16 PM

    13xworldchamps says:
    Feb 20, 2016 7:58 AM
    We would love to see you in a Packers uniform next year……,come on Ted. Perfect fit, pull the trigger……
    ===============================
    NO WAY !!! Laurinitis is the 2nd coming of the final years for AJ Hawk. He can’t run anymore. His legs are done.
    He’s a starting LB on a bad team or depth for someone else.
    He was a darn good player for a long time.

  79. belicheathater says: Feb 20, 2016 10:27 PM

    A lot of people on here think Fisher is a terrible head coach.
    I’m one of them.

  80. jrossizzle says: Feb 20, 2016 10:33 PM

    Laurinaitis? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  81. brucetrimble says: Feb 21, 2016 1:39 AM

    Better off not playing for Mr Mediocre, Jeff Fisher.

  82. plofus67 says: Feb 21, 2016 1:59 AM

    Probably a blessing in disguise, once he gets over the shock and hurt,he will realize he can play for a contender for first time in career.

  83. grizzlott says: Feb 21, 2016 9:21 AM

    Chicago

  84. huggybear2014 says: Feb 21, 2016 11:34 AM

    Name recognition means alot here are at pft. For a franchise, not so much.

    Hoping the Fins look elsewhere, a slow lumbering MLB with diminished skills, no thank you.

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