Why not Aaron Donald for MVP?

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The argument made for giving Drew Brees the MVP now applies to Aaron Donald: He is the best player on the best team.

Brees’ 127 passing yards and interception in the Saints’ 13-10 loss to the Cowboys on Thursday night opened the door for other MVP candidates. Patrick Mahomes and Philip Rivers certainly didn’t hurt their candidacies this weekend.

But what about Donald?

He is leading the league with 16.5 sacks. Defensive tackles don’t lead the league in sacks. He has four forced fumbles, two of which he recovered, and has 32 quarterback hits and 20 tackles for loss on ball carriers.

Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic makes a compelling case that Donald should become only the third defensive player to win the MVP award. Lawrence Taylor won it in 1986 and Alan Page in 1971.

“He’s forcing turnovers. He’s getting there at the most important times,” Rams coach Sean McVay said, via Bonsignore. “And that’s what we talk about all the time, that competitive greatness. Being your best when your best is required and he’s kind of the epitome of that right now for our defense and really a guy that represents that for our football team.”

Donald made five tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and three tackles for losses in Sunday’s win over Detroit. He was a difference-maker.

He is running away with defensive player of the year. He also deserves consideration for league MVP.

“I’ve never played with a guy like that,” Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman said. “And yes, he should be applauded and rewarded to the highest degree of awards.”

15 responses to “Why not Aaron Donald for MVP?

  1. If the defense was more dominant I would say yes but since they have been fairly average I can’t see it.

  2. Because there have been multiple games where their (his) run D has been porous. There are far more talent around Donald where teams cannot just key on him. Is he elevating the D to another level? Nope.

  3. There already is an MVP award for defensive players called the Defensive Player of the Year!!

    *Disclaimer: Since this is the internet I was being sarcastic

  4. This a joke. If he was averaging atleast 3 sacks per game then yes. But he’s only averaging a tiny bit over one sack per game. Mahomes is averaging 4 tds per game and scored 51 points against Donald. And scored over 90 points in his two losses combined. . It’s not even close who mvp is. Anyways rams are winning because of the offense not Donald and the overrated defense. Brees got embarrassed and shutdown by the Cowboys and bucs. Mahomes hasn’t been shutdown all season. Every game he’s been putting up video game numbers including both losses where the defense didn’t show up and only lost by a fg in both losses. Mahomes is having the best year I’ve ever seen from a qb. He scores at will. Unstoppable. If he continues playing like he has, he’ll be mvp easily.

  5. “He is leading the league with 16.5 sacks. Defensive tackles don’t lead the league in sacks.”


    Really? Ever hear of La’roi Glover? John Randle? Randy White? Mean Joe Greene?

    Donald benefits from having a future HOF DT (Suh) right next to him that covers his run liability. Donald’s game is push into the backfield all the time and in doing this he also creates a run liability some of the time. Even with Suh, Donald has left some huge run holes for the opposing team. Go watch the Rams-Saints game.

    Todd Gurley is the Rams MVP and should be the league MVP. No doubt.

  6. Mahomes is on pace for 60 tds. He’s gonna destroy brady and manning single season td record.
    Mahomes is your 2018 MVP
    There’s no debate. He’s carrying his awful defense to first place in the afc and home field throughout the playoffs.

  7. Rams are a playoff team without donald. Without Goff, the rams are finished. Rams don’t need donald and his overrated stats that come when he’s padding his stats in most games rams already blew out their opponents.

  8. Best part is he is playing out of this world after he got the big contract unlike our friend Albert Haynesworth. Aaron Donald is a machine, and he has a shot at the sack record this year, he is worth the contract.

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