WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVUE) - If Drew Brees is Mr. Dependable on offense, then the same can be said of linebacker James Laurinaitis. In seven seasons in the league, all with the Rams, he's started every game. Now he's trying to give stability in the middle for the Black and Gold, and starting to draw comparisons to a 2009 legend.
"Jon Vilma is kind of the standard for us at that position. You're always looking and referencing Jon and how intelligent of a player he was and how he made the guys around him better," said Saints GM Mickey Loomis. "Certainly we view James as that type of player and some of those other guys have qualities like that. So I would say yes, there's some of that, an element of that. James is his own player."
"It's inspiring for Mr. Loomis for what he did. I think it's a huge challenge, and I'm just trying to live up to it," said James Laurinaitis.
Comparisons aside, right now he's just trying to stop Mr. Dependable at The Greenbrier.
"Drew's ability, his dang pump fakes, especially day one when you're super excited to break on anything. The way his shoulder twitches and stuff, it's fun to watch, not fun to watch on tape when you're the one going the other way," said Laurinaitis.
The Rams drafted Laurinatias in the second round of the 2009 draft. He's the franchises all-time leading tackler. In West Virginia, Garland Gillen Fox 8 sports