Aaron Donald: I want to make that big play

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The Rams were up 16-13 over the Lions in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game when the Lions moved the ball near midfield after a quick three and out by the L.A. offense.

Some players, coaches and/or fans might have been worried that the Lions would continue driving for a go-ahead score, but running back Todd Gurley said after the game that he is “really never worried” about the defense when defensive tackle Aaron Donald is on the field.

Donald illustrated why that’s a sound way to think when he sacked Matthew Stafford and stripped him of the ball to set the Rams up on Detroit’s 24-yard-line.

“I’m like that every play,” Donald said, via the Los Angeles Daily News. “I want to make that big play. Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games, and that’s what we want to keep doing it. When you have a bunch of guys flying around making plays, good things happen.”

Donald made other good things happen with a second sack, five tackles for loss and four quarterback hits in what turned out to be a 30-16 Rams win. Donald is now up to 16.5 sacks on the season and he’s making a strong case for a second straight defensive player of the year award while keeping the Rams at the top of the standings in the NFC.

25 responses to “Aaron Donald: I want to make that big play

  1. Better hurry and do it while you can! Only 4 more regular season games and 1 playoff game left in your season.

  2. If he gets 20+ sacks, he should definitely be on the short list for MVP. If he breaks (or ties) the record of 22.5 sacks, then he should win it without discussion. That would be a generational accompliment for an interior linemen, especially in an offense-driven league.

  3. Suh actually had a decent game with 6 or 7 tackles.
    Of course Suh will ball out for the rest of this season because he needs that next contract. Once he signs that he will go back to playing hard every few plays and half speed on all the others.

  4. How was aaron donald not suspended for at least 1 game for seeking out and starting a fight after the seahawks game?

    Because the NFL doesn’t want to hamper the LA experiment. If he played for a small-market team he would have gotten a suspension.

  5. “Now just slow down there fella, it’s important to pace yourself. Like by splitting time with a developmental prospect from the 6th round.” — Jeff Fisher

  6. 5 billion dollars why the NFL wants the Rams/chargers to succeed, and not just be another empty football stadium in Cali. Raiders and Jags it’s your turn pretty soon so get ready

  7. That would be a generational accompliment for an interior linemen, especially in an offense-driven league.
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    Is it really though? Wouldn’t the fact that teams pass now 75% of the time actually make it easier for players to potentially get sacks and thus inflate their numbers? Don’t get me wrong, Donald is great but he’s also benefiting from the league shift to passing.

  8. Ah I remember the main narrative by a majority in the comments section before the season, was that Aaron Donald wasn’t worth his contract and he will just be another Albert Haynesworth. Hmm wonder were those people are now, seeing that Aaron Donald somehow even upped his level of production after signing that contract.

  9. He’s the best defensive player since LT.
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    LT wasn’t the greatest player of his time(Green, White, Smith), and several players have already surpassed him. LT also got coked up before games, and did steroids like they were going out of style.

  10. hawks1124 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    He’s the best defensive player since LT.
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    LT wasn’t the greatest player of his time(Green, White, Smith), and several players have already surpassed him. LT also got coked up before games, and did steroids like they were going out of style.

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    Nothing can be more wrong than this. LT changed the way the game was played. He won MVP, for Pete’s sake. LT was one of the 5 best football players of all-time, and it’s not even a question.

  11. punkyqb says:
    December 3, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    Was that a big time game? Against Detroit? New Orleans was a big time game. And that game against KC, I didn’t see to much defense.
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    Aaron Donald sacked Mahomes twice, causing fumbles both times, one of which was scooped up for a Ram touchdown. Maybe AD’s defense looks so much like offense that you didn’t notice it.

  12. They own LA. The Charger slogan “Fight For LA” is done, zippo, nada. Despite a good win in Pittsburgh the LA Chargers have only a trickle of fans. Even winning will not give them a fan base. Because there are too many other sports attractions in LA for people to spend their money on. This so-called “re-location” has been a disaster.

  13. Hopefully, you guys stop acting as if training camp is extremely important for veterans. It’s really not.

    He didn’t do squat the first 3 games of the season. I’d bet you if he had participated in training camp he wouldn’t have had the slow start.

  14. Nothing can be more wrong than this. LT changed the way the game was played. He won MVP, for Pete’s sake. LT was one of the 5 best football players of all-time, and it’s not even a question.
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    Which is why he’s 12th om the all time sack list? I’ll take Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Joe Greene, and probably Strahan too. They haven’t admitted to using drugs on the football field to boost thier play unlike LT.

  15. The comparison to outside linebackers and defensive linemen is apples to oranges. What Aaron is doing in the middle of that line, surrounded by more bodies and traffic, is extraordinary. Folks, we are watching an all time great and the best interior defensive lineman since Joe Greene.

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