Did the Rams play dirty against the Redskins?

Robert GriffinIf you ask James Laurinaitis, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, or Cortland Finnegan odds are they will say they were just playing football.

According to the Redskins quarterback these players were playing “unprofessional” and “dirty.”

“I don’t want to tip-toe the lines of anything that’s happened with bounties or anything like that, but they were definitely going after me,” Griffin told reporters. “They made it a point, obviously, all week to hit me. Some of the shots were cheap of that nature.”

Griffin said that when he played in St. Louis on Sunday, he thought the Rams were going far beyond what’s acceptable on a football field, not just playing physical football but playing dirty football.

“They were doing a lot of dirty things,” Griffin said. “I still think they have an extremely good team. That doesn’t take anything away from them. But the game was unprofessional. Who am I to talk? I’ve barely been a pro for very long, but from what I experienced against the Saints to that game, it was definitely unprofessional, and it does need to be cleaned up.”
Griffin said the Rams were telling him they were going to target him, and he said he’s fine with that. But he thought they were targeting him with shots that should have drawn penalty flags.
“They made it a point, obviously all week, to hit me,” he said. “Some of the shots were cheap and of that nature. It’s nothing I could control.
“Teams are going to try to hit me because they don’t think I can take a hit. I think I proved that over my career that I can, so it’s football. I remember one play, after the play, the guy said: ‘We’re going to hit you every play.’ I said, ‘Isn’t this football?’ It’s nothing that I’m not used to. It was extremely weird the way they went about it, though.” Read more…

Laurinaitis should receive extension from Rams

James Laurinaitis

The Saint Louis Rams have turned their attention to linebacker James Laurinaitis after signing Chris Long to an extension.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the team has begun talks with agent Tom Condon for the linebacker before he enters the final year of his deal.

“Tom mentioned that they’re talking, but I don’t follow that stuff,” Laurinaitis said. “I really try not to focus on that. I just go and play football and if anything happens, Tom will let me know.”

The Rams are clearly trying to identify the pieces new coach Jeff Fisher wants to build around, and use the big bump in cap space they’re expected to have in 2013.

But as importantly, it’s easier to sell a rebuilding program when good players with options such as Long and Laurinaitis decide to stay.

As Thomas points out, Long’s teams have gone 12-52 since his arrival. Laurinaitis has enjoyed a 10-38 record. Read more here…