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I’m continuing to look at the performance of players with the highest salaries/cap hits. Today’s episode is all about JL55. JL is a fan favorite, and also one of mine. But to keep things fair he gets the same treatment as everyone else.

I have to say that I’ve enjoyed watching him play for the last 4 years when I joined this blog. It seems like he is always around the ball, and involved in tackling someone, or even playing pass coverage. That’s why once I pulled his grades I was a bit let down at what I’ve found. But I’ll get into my own opinions at the end of this article. For now let’s take a look at his career grades from PFF.

How the grading works: ZERO (0.0) IS THE AVERAGE GRADE — If a player does something you would normally expect, then this scores a 0. If a linebacker makes an unblocked tackle 5 yards downfield or a tight end makes a wide-open catch for an 8-yard gain, they receive a score of 0 for that play.

Grades are given for plays which are reasonably considered to be better or worse than the average or expected play. So for example, if the linebacker were to then force a fumble on that tackle, that would constitute a positive play and a positive grade. If the tight end were to in fact drop the wide-open pass, that would constitute a negative play and a negative grade. (Taken from PFF’s web site)

JL55/ 2009

Week

Game

Pos

Snaps

Overall

Run Def.

Pass Rush

Pass Cov.

Penalty

1

SL @ SEA

MLB

70 / 70

1.7

1

-0.4

1

0.1

2

SL @ WAS

MLB

73 / 73

-1.2

-0.5

-0.4

-0.4

0.1

3

GB @ SL

MLB

66 / 66

-0.6

-0.4

0.3

0.4

-0.9

4

SL @ SF

MLB

60 / 60

-1

-0.1

-0.4

-0.6

0.1

5

MIN @ SL

MLB

55 / 55

0.6

-1.1

-0.3

1.9

0.1

6

SL @ JAX

MLB

89 / 89

0

-0.5

0.2

1.2

-0.9

7

IND @ SL

MLB

64 / 64

-0.9

-0.6

-0.4

0

0.1

8

SL @ DET

MLB

74 / 74

-5.5

-3

-0.2

-2.4

0.1

10

NO @ SL

MLB

58 / 58

0.7

-0.6

0.3

0.9

0.1

11

ARZ @ SL

MLB

67 / 67

-3.6

-1

-0.2

-2.5

0.1

12

SEA @ SL

MLB

59 / 59

0

-2

1.5

0.4

0.1

13

SL @ CHI

MLB

60 / 60

0.7

0.6

-0.3

0.3

0.1

14

SL @ TEN

MLB

60 / 60

0.1

1.5

0.1

-1.6

0.1

15

HST @ SL

MLB

66 / 66

-1

-1.1

-0.2

0.2

0.1

16

SL @ ARZ

MLB

75 / 76

2.3

1.5

-0.4

1.1

0.1

17

SF @ SL

MLB

65 / 65

0.7

-0.5

0.1

1

0.1

TOTALS

-7

-6.8

-0.7

0.9

-0.4

JL55/ 2010

Week

Game

Pos

Snaps

Overall

Run Def.

Pass Rush

Pass Cov.

Penalty

1

ARZ @ SL

MLB

69 / 69

0.1

-1.2

-0.4

1.6

0.1

2

SL @ OAK

MLB

86 / 86

1.5

0.6

0.8

0

0.1

3

WAS @ SL

MLB

58 / 58

2.5

1.8

-0.4

1

0.1

4

SEA @ SL

MLB

66 / 66

5.3

2.3

1.2

1.7

0.1

5

SL @ DET

MLB

68 / 68

-0.2

-0.1

-0.3

0.1

0.1

6

SD @ SL

MLB

64 / 64

-0.8

0.3

-0.8

-0.4

0.1

7

SL @ TB

MLB

72 / 72

0

-0.2

-0.6

0.7

0.1

8

CAR @ SL

MLB

57 / 57

2.3

1.7

-0.1

0.6

0.1

10

SL @ SF

MLB

66 / 66

0.1

-1.1

1.6

-0.5

0.1

11

ATL @ SL

MLB

77 / 77

-0.8

1.5

-0.5

-1.9

0.1

12

SL @ DEN

MLB

64 / 66

-0.4

-0.7

-0.9

1.1

0.1

13

SL @ ARZ

MLB

56 / 56

-3.8

-1.2

-1.5

-1.2

0.1

14

SL @ NO

MLB

71 / 71

1

1.4

-0.1

-0.4

0.1

15

KC @ SL

MLB

77 / 77

-1.5

0.1

-0.1

-1.6

0.1

16

SF @ SL

MLB

62 / 62

-0.5

0.3

1.5

-2.4

0.1

17

SL @ SEA

MLB

75 / 75

0.8

-1

0.6

1.1

0.1

TOTALS

5.6

4.5

0

-0.5

1.6

JL55/ 2011

Week

Game

Pos

Snaps

Overall

Run Def.

Pass Rush

Pass Cov.

Penalty

1

PHI @ SL

MLB

72 / 72

0.2

-0.1

-0.3

0.5

0.1

2

SL @ NYG

MLB

76 / 76

1.1

-0.4

0.4

1

0.1

3

BLT @ SL

MLB

83 / 83

-1.6

-0.1

-0.4

-1.2

0.1

4

WAS @ SL

MLB

72 / 72

-1.4

-2.4

0

0.9

0.1

6

SL @ GB

MLB

63 / 63

-0.8

0.4

-0.3

-1

0.1

7

SL @ DAL

MLB

65 / 65

-4.4

-3

-0.4

-1.1

0.1

8

NO @ SL

MLB

72 / 72

2.9

-0.2

0.7

2.3

0.1

9

SL @ ARZ

MLB

59 / 59

-1.2

-1.3

-1

1

0.1

10

SL @ CLV

MLB

64 / 64

2.3

-0.1

1.3

1

0.1

11

SEA @ SL

MLB

75 / 75

4.8

3.6

0.1

1

0.1

12

ARZ @ SL

MLB

67 / 67

-4.9

-4.4

-0.5

-0.1

0.1

13

SL @ SF

MLB

69 / 69

0.8

0.5

0.2

0

0.1

14

SL @ SEA

MLB

72 / 72

-0.1

-2

-0.3

2.1

0.1

15

CIN @ SL

MLB

72 / 72

2.1

1.6

-0.1

0.5

0.1

16

SL @ PIT

MLB

54 / 54

-3.1

-1.6

0.1

-1.7

0.1

17

SF @ SL

MLB

71 / 71

-0.4

-0.5

-0.9

0.9

0.1

TOTALS

-3.7

-10

-1.4

6.1

1.6

JL55/ 2012

Week

Game

Pos

Snaps

Overall

Run Def.

Pass Rush

Pass Cov.

Penalty

1

SL @ DET

MLB

69 / 69

-0.6

0.3

-0.3

-0.7

0.1

2

WAS @ SL

MLB

63 / 63

-0.5

-0.1

-0.1

-0.4

0.1

3

SL @ CHI

MLB

72 / 72

-0.7

-0.5

0.7

-1

0.1

4

SEA @ SL

MLB

63 / 63

-4.1

-6

1.3

0.5

0.1

5

ARZ @ SL

MLB

82 / 82

0.6

0.8

0.8

-1.1

0.1

6

SL @ MIA

MLB

55 / 55

-0.2

1.3

-0.6

-1

0.1

7

GB @ SL

MLB

70 / 70

3.3

2.9

-0.3

0.6

0.1

8

NE @ SL

MLB

72 / 72

-5

-3.1

-1

-1

0.1

10

SL @ SF

MLB

67 / 67

-4.5

-4.1

-0.5

0

0.1

11

NYJ @ SL

MLB

66 / 66

1.3

1.1

0.2

-0.1

0.1

12

SL @ ARZ

MLB

80 / 80

1.9

1.4

0.1

1.3

-0.9

13

SF @ SL

MLB

77 / 77

3

1

-0.2

2.1

0.1

14

SL @ BUF

MLB

58 / 58

-1.6

1.3

-0.6

-2.4

0.1

15

MIN @ SL

MLB

60 / 60

-1.6

-0.5

-0.6

-0.6

0.1

16

SL @ TB

MLB

85 / 85

4

0.4

0.1

3.4

0.1

17

SL @ SEA

MLB

65 / 65

-1.3

-1.5

-0.4

0.5

0.1

TOTALS

-6

-5.3

-1.4

0.1

0.6

JL55/ 2013

Week

Game

Pos

Snaps

Overall

Run Def.

Pass Rush

Pass Cov.

Penalty

1

ARZ @ SL

MLB

71 / 71

-3.1

-0.6

-0.2

-2.4

0.1

2

SL @ ATL

MLB

65 / 65

-0.6

-0.2

-0.7

0.2

0.1

3

SL @ DAL

MLB

62 / 62

-3.5

-2.5

-0.5

-0.6

0.1

4

SF @ SL

MLB

71 / 71

0.4

-2.4

-0.3

3

0.1

5

JAX @ SL

MLB

60 / 60

2.7

1.3

-0.3

1.6

0.1

6

SL @ HST

MLB

77 / 77

-2.1

-2.5

0

0.3

0.1

7

SL @ CAR

MLB

62 / 62

1

0.1

0.5

0.3

0.1

8

SEA @ SL

MLB

45 / 45

0.2

0.3

-0.6

0.4

0.1

9

TEN @ SL

MLB

62 / 62

-1.8

-1.5

0.2

-0.6

0.1

10

SL @ IND

MLB

67 / 77

1.4

0.7

-0.3

0.9

0.1

12

CHI @ SL

MLB

80 / 80

0.5

1.9

-0.3

-1.2

0.1

13

SL @ SF

MLB

70 / 70

1

1.5

-0.6

0

0.1

14

SL @ ARZ

MLB

70 / 70

0.7

-0.5

-0.4

1.5

0.1

15

NO @ SL

MLB

87 / 87

-3.5

-0.7

-0.4

-2.5

0.1

16

TB @ SL

MLB

60 / 60

1

0.8

1.1

-1

0.1

17

SL @ SEA

MLB

68 / 68

-3

-2.9

-0.2

1

-0.9

TOTALS

-8.7

-7.2

-3

0.9

0.6

Here are the yearly totals in one chart that’s easier to look at:

Year

Overall

Run Def.

Pass Rush

Pass Cov.

2009

-7

-6.8

-0.7

0.9

2010

5.6

4.5

0

-0.5

2011

-3.7

-10

-1.4

6.1

2012

-6

-5.3

-1.4

0.1

2013

-8.7

-7.2

-3

0.9

At first glance it appears that this past season JL55 performed worse than his first season in 2009. The only category that was equal, was in pass coverage with a .9 score. In 2010 he had his best year with huge scores overall great run defense. Pass coverage was just a bit under average at a -0.5.

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I would like to say that JL’s decline was due to Alec Ogletree joining the ranks. Did it hurt JL’s performance in 2013? I’m going to put up Alec’s scoring next and we can see if anything jumps out at us.

2013 Ogletree

Week

Game

Pos

Snaps

Overall

Run Def.

Pass Rush

Pass Cov.

Penalty

1

ARZ @ SL

WLB

65 / 71

-1.5

-1.2

-0.3

-0.1

0.1

2

SL @ ATL

WLB

64 / 65

1.4

0.7

0.7

-0.1

0.1

3

SL @ DAL

WLB

61 / 62

-2.3

-2.1

-0.3

0

0.1

4

SF @ SL

WLB

71 / 71

2.4

4

-1.3

-0.4

0.1

5

JAX @ SL

WLB

60 / 60

-2.6

-1.7

-0.3

-0.7

0.1

6

SL @ HST

WLB

56 / 77

0.1

-1.8

-0.4

2.2

0.1

7

SL @ CAR

WLB

62 / 62

0.4

1

-0.6

-0.1

0.1

8

SEA @ SL

WLB

45 / 45

-0.9

0.2

-0.7

-0.5

0.1

9

TEN @ SL

WLB

62 / 62

-1.1

-1.6

-0.2

0.6

0.1

10

SL @ IND

WLB

77 / 77

-0.7

-0.3

0.1

-0.7

0.2

12

CHI @ SL

WLB

80 / 80

0.6

-1.2

0

1.6

0.2

13

SL @ SF

WLB

69 / 70

-3.8

1.4

-0.9

-4.4

0.1

14

SL @ ARZ

WLB

68 / 70

0.8

-0.1

-0.2

1

0.1

15

NO @ SL

WLB

87 / 87

0.9

0.3

-0.1

0.5

0.2

16

TB @ SL

WLB

60 / 60

3.2

1.8

1.1

0.2

0.1

17

SL @ SEA

WLB

68 / 68

-1.1

0

0.3

0.5

-1.9

TOTALS

-4.2

-0.6

-3.1

-0.4

-0.1

So now let’s compare last season (2013) and the other Rams Linebackers not playing on special teams and look at those scores:

Player

Snaps

Overall

Run Def.

Pass Rush

Pass Cov.

Laurinaitis

1077

-8.7

-7.2

-3

0.9

Ogletree

1055

-4.2

-0.6

-3.1

-0.4

Dunbar

425

-9.5

-1.7

-1.5

-4.2

Witherspoon

137

0.7

0.3

-0.2

0.4

The first thing I see is a pretty damn amazing first year for Ogletree. He outplayed JL55 in every area except Pass Rush. We can also see JoLon Dunbar is great for run defense, and for pass coverage…not so much. We pretty much already knew that but the scores confirm it. The last thing is old man Whitherspoon put in a solid performance for only playing 137 snaps.

It’s time now to look at the money JL55 has been promised and see what kind of value based strictly on scoring we get.

JL55 - Rams

Year

Base

S. Bonus

Misc.

Cap Hit

Dead

2013

1,000,000

400,000

11,000,000

12,400,000

22,600,000

2014

10,000,000

400,000

-

10,400,000

10,200,000

2015

3,625,000

400,000

-

4,025,000

800,000

2016

5,775,000

400,000

-

6,175,000

400,000

2017

6,100,000

-

2,000,000

8,100,000

-

2018

FA

As you can see 2014 dead money of $10.2 million makes it impossible to cut JL. I don’t know if he has been restructured before, but it looks to me like we could push some more money into the out years to help this year’s cap figure. (I’m sure you will tell me if that is wrong.)

As far as value for any particular player, I like to see where they are ranked against their peers first. So let’s see how JL55 did vs. the league. The following rankings are based on a total of 55 positions.

JL55 Yearly Rankings per PFF scoring:

Year

Rank

2013

33

2012

36

2011

31

2010

17

2009

42

JL is ranked 33 out of 55 for the 2013 season. So for cost comparisons I’m going to look at the two closest ranked players, and what kind of money they are making.

Rank

Player

Team

31

Darryl Sharpton

HST

32

Mason Foster

TB

33

James Laurinaitis

SL

Here are the money charts of each player ranked near JL55 for your fun and amusement: data from over the cap.

JL55 - Rams

Year

Base

S. Bonus

Misc.

Cap Hit

Dead

2013

1,000,000

400,000

11,000,000

12,400,000

22,600,000

2014

10,000,000

400,000

-

10,400,000

10,200,000

2015

3,625,000

400,000

-

4,025,000

800,000

2016

5,775,000

400,000

-

6,175,000

400,000

2017

6,100,000

-

2,000,000

8,100,000

-

2018

FA

Darryl Sharpton - Texans

Year

Base

S. Bonus

Misc.

Cap Hit

Dead

2010

320,000

133,735

-

453,735

-

2011

450,000

133,735

-

583,735

-

2012

540,000

133,735

-

673,735

-

2013

630,000

133,735

-

763,735

133,735

2014

FA

Mason Foster - Tampa Bay

Year

Base

S. Bonus

Misc.

Cap Hit

Dead

2011

375,000

131,250

-

506,250

-

2012

501,562

131,250

-

632,812

-

2013

628,124

131,250

-

759,374

262,500

2014

1,389,000

131,250

-

1,520,250

131,250

2015

FA

Conclusions:

You never thought you would get to the end of this did you?

Going by the figures James is making a boat load of money… that his performance scores just don’t live up to. Now that I’ve said that, let me add an opinion about the intangibles that are not scored.

There is no doubt in my mind James is paid for more than his on field production. I believe he is paid for his leadership ability, football IQ, and refusal to quit when things start going bad in games. Is he paid too much? I have my own opinion on that and I’ll vote in the poll just like I hope you do.

Thanks!

OCR

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