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Aaron Donald, on hearing Rex Ryan backtracked: “Still said it”

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 13: Aaron Donald #99 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates a third quarter sack against the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome on September 13, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

Uh-oh.

Bills coach Rex Ryan attempted to wriggle himself off the hook yesterday, when he said Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald reminded him of Hall of Famer John Randle — after previously saying he couldn’t carry Sheldon Richardson’s jock.

That might not be enough to keep Donald from being, shall we say, motivated when the Rams play the Bills this week.

Still said it,” Donald said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

Ryan admitted ignorance at the time of the 2014 remark, when he was bucking up one of his own guys, and suggested Donald wasn’t as good. Now, few would dispute that Donald’s the better player of the two, as Ryan tried jamming the toothpaste back in the tube.

“I remember it when I heard about it,” Donald said. “I didn’t forget about what he said.”

The simple response of Donald makes it clear he’s not quite prepared to let bygones be bygones, a fact for which Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor might want to take up with his coach later if Donald gives him the full Charles Jefferson treatment.

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34 Responses to “Aaron Donald, on hearing Rex Ryan backtracked: “Still said it””
  1. wensink18 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:15 AM

    Rex is foolish. No chance that undisciplined group of wannabees makes the playoffs. But they will be close and it will be enough to keep Rex around for awhile…and that’s good news for everybody who plays the Bills. Although, to be fair, they did win the regular seaosn superbowl last week against a fully loaded Patriots team.

  2. vonkaiser2001 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:27 AM

    “The full Charles Jefferson treatment”.

    Absolutely the best reference on here in ages. Kudos on your cleverness, good sir. Well played.

  3. motleytrap says: Oct 6, 2016 6:29 AM

    Media does love its drama. Donald had 20 tackles for a loss and nine sacks as a rookie. No one who saw him play was surprised by his Pro Bowl or Rookie of the Year.

    Rex was just running his mouth about his own players, like always. I’d expect nothing else.

    Donald will show up on Sunday because he shows up every Sunday. But if I was Buffalo I wouldn’t wave the white flag quite yet. Anybody can be blocked if the execution is there, and they’ve got some talented players on that line.

  4. bettywhiteshairnet says: Oct 6, 2016 6:31 AM

    It was 2 years ago…get over it. Although I believe the media is making it more of a story than what it really is. With that being said, Donald will still have his hands full getting to the Tyrod this weekend as his O line is pretty solid and Tyrod is so mobile. Not easy to get to Taylor.

  5. skoobyfl says: Oct 6, 2016 6:42 AM

    You take the high road and I’ll take the low road…..

  6. theonefin says: Oct 6, 2016 7:53 AM

    I don’t understand when people say expect “extra motivation” for people like Brady; or in this case, Donald.

    Are we to believe that unless somebody has wronged them in the public arena, they’re not going to give 100%?

    This reminds me of an article published in our local high school’s newspaper.

    Rex Ryan is a slob.

  7. unclebluck says: Oct 6, 2016 8:01 AM

    “Cant un-ring the bell”……

  8. nookers says: Oct 6, 2016 8:10 AM

    Get over it, Aaron. You are a football player and other coaches are going to stick up for the players they have on the roster. Suck it up and just play.

    As a Buffalo fan you get accustomed to listening to Rex flap his gums. I would prefer he just coach and leave the speculation up to us fans but hey ..

  9. jag1959 says: Oct 6, 2016 8:14 AM

    Damn straight he still said it, you can’t un-ring a bell. Rex has long been known for writing checks with his mouth that his teams can’t cash, this is just another glaring example.

  10. edwinmoses says: Oct 6, 2016 8:18 AM

    going to be a great game!

  11. getyourownname says: Oct 6, 2016 8:20 AM

    Rex not only writes verbal checks he can’t cash, now he’s embezzling funds from his players’ accounts.

  12. onebuffalove716 says: Oct 6, 2016 8:24 AM

    I know this site wants to trash Ryan every opportunity but lets be real. He believed in his player and he said what was on his mind. Im thinking Donald needs to grow up a little bit. Letitgo!!!!

  13. mytor1962 says: Oct 6, 2016 8:44 AM

    Ryan is a chip off the blockhead father. A lot of talk and pompous ignorance and a DC at best, definitely not head coach material.

  14. bchap17 says: Oct 6, 2016 8:45 AM

    There’s another #99, with a chip on his shoulder, making his return this week.

  15. factschecker says: Oct 6, 2016 8:54 AM

    No take backsies?
    Darn.

  16. tfarr45 says: Oct 6, 2016 9:36 AM

    If you have to be motivated by a comment made two years ago by a guy known to make silly off the cuff remarks , then what does motivate you ? The Rams need to sit this young man down and talk to him , otherwise, a players personal ‘ motivation ‘ can lead him from the focus and goals of the team . He also needs to consider that the team that you’re playing against can see and hear too . And while he continues to be influenced and goaded on by the media to be fired up and responding to a silly comment made two years ago ( yeah . Go figure ) , you can also be firing up and inspiring your opponent. He also needs to be firing up a very suspect Rams offensive line , against a very underrated Bills defense .

  17. shadywarrior says: Oct 6, 2016 9:37 AM

    Like I said yesterday, I thought it was respectable that Rex amended his earlier comments, which by the way were like two years ago, and I think it was meant to be more supportive of his own player than he meant to tear down someone else. If I’m Aaron Donald, I don’t want to let that chip on my shoulder go until the final whistle on Sunday. But it is what it is. Rex did what he thought was right, and Donald is under no obligation to accept any apologies, although realistically, I think he should just take the high road and do so, post-game.

  18. PegulaBucks says: Oct 6, 2016 9:44 AM

    Odds are he will (he nasty) but Donald better show up Sunday or Rex will end up getting last laugh.

  19. factschecker says: Oct 6, 2016 9:51 AM

    skoobyfl says:
    Oct 6, 2016 6:42 AM
    You take the high road and I’ll take the low road…..
    ——-
    Clipping. 15 yard penalty. Automatic first down.

    (Winds clock)

  20. slickspielman says: Oct 6, 2016 10:08 AM

    I’d take a real DT like Linval Joseph over Donald, I passed on this kid for Anthony Barr. Notice the defence I’ve built is solid all around. Biggest reach in the 2015 NFL draft has to be Damarius Randall, O’dell Becham Jr is going to have a career day on Sunday.

  21. mrrmiyagi says: Oct 6, 2016 10:11 AM

    Rex is a loud mouth for sure. But Donald clearly wants to have something to motivate himself so whatever drives you Donald.

    This whole thing is completely something out of nothing. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  22. billsbackto81 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:32 AM

    motleytrap says:
    Oct 6, 2016 6:29 AM
    Media does love its drama. Donald had 20 tackles for a loss and nine sacks as a rookie. No one who saw him play was surprised by his Pro Bowl or Rookie of the Year.

    Rex was just running his mouth about his own players, like always. I’d expect nothing else.

    Donald will show up on Sunday because he shows up every Sunday. But if I was Buffalo I wouldn’t wave the white flag quite yet. Anybody can be blocked if the execution is there, and they’ve got some talented players on that line.
    ————————————————

    Whoa dude!!! Easy there. Let’s not bring rational thinking and objective intellectual perspective on the PFT. This type of logic will not fly here, but I like your thinking.

  23. jupner says: Oct 6, 2016 10:56 AM

    Both these teams are the toe suckers of the league.

  24. braddavery says: Oct 6, 2016 11:09 AM

    I’m not the biggest Rex Ryan fan, but come on. The guy said something a few years ago and it was pretty much right, at the time. Now the roles reversed and he says he was wrong to say it and Donald still wants to hold a grudge. lol It takes a bigger man to admit you were wrong and a creep not to accept that. Bills win.

  25. codythao35 says: Oct 6, 2016 11:13 AM

    Great talent but 0 cent head playing for the worst team and horrible coach.

  26. j0esixpack says: Oct 6, 2016 11:13 AM

    In Rex’s defense – he also said that he and Mark Sanchez would lead the Jets to the Super Bowl…

    And that he would help make the Bills a better team and Defense..

    So in a way, it’s like a compliment

  27. codythao35 says: Oct 6, 2016 11:14 AM

    So scared

  28. bringmemysoiledfool says: Oct 6, 2016 11:17 AM

    “You smell something Rabbit?”
    “Fear.”

  29. granadafan says: Oct 6, 2016 11:28 AM

    Rex admitted he actually said it and backtracked. At least he didn’t deny it, scream at others, and threaten to sue the player and media for quoting what he previously said.

  30. skawh says: Oct 6, 2016 12:09 PM

    It doesn’t matter…Rex could have talked about his Mother…fact is the Rams have no QB…AND the Rams haven’t played anybody but a Seattle team with a hurt QB who was man enough to take the field when by all rights he should have been taking the day off…bunch a loud mouth Rams. Come see us at the end of the season…a 4 game soft schedule does not a season make!

  31. agent7x6 says: Oct 6, 2016 12:37 PM

    There are a lot of comments suggesting that Donald should “let it go”. What benefit is it to Donald to “let it go”? Rex should learn the lesson of never giving other teams bulletin board material.

  32. nhpats says: Oct 6, 2016 1:23 PM

    To be fair both Rex and Donald are unaccustomed to coaching/playing in winning organizations…. They just don’t know how to handle it. And it least in Rex’s case…..he will have his team losing again soon enough….

  33. youdrivemenutseagles says: Oct 6, 2016 1:40 PM

    That Jefferson clip looks like some entertaining football. I bet THAT league wouldn’t have TV ratings issues. Just sayin.

  34. yyyass says: Oct 6, 2016 4:44 PM

    Not to be confused with the full George Jefferson treatment. “Wheeeezie!!!!!”

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