Aaron Donald: Rams have plan to “get after” Drew Brees

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The last time the NFC championship game happened in the Superdome, a quarterback on the wrong side of 40 found himself battered, bruised, and nearly broken in two. This time, the same thing could be on the agenda — absent an allegedly extra $10,000 inducement.

Though Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald said nothing about a specific intent to force Saints quarterback Drew Brees to the sideline, Donald admitted that he and his teammates plan to aggressively pursue the future Hall of Famer on Sunday.

“We got a gameplan, we’re going to stick to it and we’re going to get after him,” Donald told reporters on Thursday.

Donald vowed to “get after” Brees no fewer than three times.

“Anytime you play against a great quarterback like that, he’s going to do things a normal quarterback ain’t going to do,” Donald said. “So we know what to expect. We try to do what we got to do to try our best to make him uncomfortable and get after him and, you know, but we got to stop the run first before we think about rushing the passer. They got two great backs we got to slow down and try to find ways to stop. After we do that, we’ll get after the quarterback and try and put some pressure on him.”

There’s nothing wrong with vowing to “get after” a quarterback. Implicit in the message is a goal that always has been part of high-level, high-stakes football: If the defense can successfully “get after” the quarterback over and over and over again, the accumulation of occasions on which the quarterback was gotten after could get him out of the game.

That continues to be the biggest flaw in the league’s pearl-clutching over the bounty scandal that came to a head during the 2009 NFC title game. As Saints coach Sean Payton demonstrated last week when wheeling a case containing more than $200,000, a Super Bowl ring, and a Super Bowl trophy into a meeting room, there’s already a clear incentive to do whatever is necessary — within the rules — to win. And it’s a given that it’s always easier to win when facing backups than when facing starters.

Especially when the starter is one of the five or so greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.

Does that make it wrong to “get after” said quarterback? Hardly. Whether the end result is making him uncomfortable or making him incapable of continuing, the Rams have every reason to “get after” a guy who just turned 40 three days ago.

18 responses to “Aaron Donald: Rams have plan to “get after” Drew Brees

  1. Bring it…Lord knows you didn’t in November. Brees got sacked zero times then …

    Saints 30
    Rams 20

  2. I hope it’s better than their last plan. Can’t get pressure on Brees and the Rams defense is dead in the water.

    As the bountygate nonsense goes, there was a time when you didn’t have to apologize for smacking the cheese out of a QB. And defensive players didn’t exactly choose their words carefully about it either.

  3. Aaron Donald: Rams have plan to “get after” Drew Brees

    YAWN, yeah everybody says that, you gonna need a new plan beginning at 7pm Sunday night………

  4. >>“We got a gameplan, we’re going to stick to it and we’re going to get after him,” Donald told reporters on Thursday.

    What a novel idea. Go after the QB.
    Thats never been tried before.
    I wonder how it will play out.

    Goff can makes some good throws, but he’s as football smart as Ryan Tannehill.
    That matters in the playoffs and against smart coaches like Sean Payton.
    It should be a good game.

  5. Should every team have a plan to get after the opposing team’s QB? That’s like saying: ” we have a plan to score TDs”.

  6. “We’re going to get after him, no doubt…

    But first we’ve got to stop the run.

    But we have a game plan to get after Brees and we’re going to stick to it.

    But of course, we have to stop those two great RBs first…”

    Good luck with all of that, buddy.

  7. I loathe Donald. He is so inconsistent – he pads his stats on big games and totally disappears in others. He is never good all the time – and that makes him worthless as a player. A superior player would be impactful on a consistent basis and would have skills to adjust to how other teams attack him. Apparently he has only a limited skill set that makes him worthless in some games that have superior offensive talent.

    Aaron needs to be all world during this game. Last game he was all dud. Great players step it up in the playoffs. I’m now believing Aaron is a good time girl who only succeeds against weak opponents.

  8. His tongue will be dragging after chasing a ghost all day. Big money contracts don’t win championships.

  9. Rob4Rams says:
    January 18, 2019 at 11:11 am
    Rams 28 Aints 24 Donald 2 sacks, Goff 2 TD passes, Gurley and Anderson 1 TD run each.

    ————
    Saints 31 Lambs 20 Jordan 2 sacks, Brees, 3 TD passes, Ingram and Kamara 1 TD run each

    See little Rob, anybody can type stuff

  10. “Saints 31 Lambs 20 Jordan 2 sacks, Brees, 3 TD passes, Ingram and Kamara 1 TD run each

    See little Rob, anybody can type stuff”

    At least little Rob knows arithmetic: “Brees, 3 TD passes, Ingram and Kamara 1 TD run each”
    5 TDs = 35 points

  11. Favre was beaten up because of the sieve O-line of the Vikings, not head-hunting. Shortened his career.

  12. The head hunting didnt cause the fumbles, they shoulda coulda won but didnt either way.
    Favre still throws that pick across the middle even without the bounty.
    I have no problem with them giving Brees the Favre ’09 treatment.

    Shortened his career? yea, had they won and gone onto beat the Colts Favre wouldve called it a career genius. Ahh, you still angry cause your hero played in purple? I like that.

  13. Frazier28/7 says:
    January 19, 2019 at 4:12 pm
    Shortened his career? yea, had they won and gone onto beat the Colts Favre wouldve called it a career genius. Ahh, you still angry cause your hero played in purple? I like that.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////

    ……wasn’t angry then, and still not. Why would I be?

    Spinning it doesn’t change the fact the Vikings’ O-line ended his career before he was ready.

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