Aaron Donald sees motivation in Super Bowl loss

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The difference between winning and losing the Super Bowl was on clear display Tuesday as the Patriots paraded through Boston and the Rams cleaned out their lockers in California.

For some Rams, thoughts were still on what went wrong in Atlanta on Sunday night, but others started the process of turning their attention to 2019. Running back C.J. Anderson may wind up elsewhere because of free agency, but said the Rams “have the talent and the expertise to get them over that hump” and defensive tackle Aaron Donald talked about the fuel that losing to the Patriots provides for that effort.

“You got a taste of it — it’s motivation, if anything it’s motivation knowing that you fell short,” Donald said, via the team’s website.

Head coach Sean McVay agreed that the “unfinished element” will help drive the team forward. He also said that the way the team responds to the loss will be very telling about their character.

“I think, if anything, if you look at people like we’ve talked about that are successful in life, it’s people that have the ability to overcome adversity,” McVay said. “And if you can’t handle getting gut punched and responding, this business probably isn’t for you. And that’s the only way I know how to respond as a coach.”

The Patriots were the first team in 25 years to return to the Super Bowl the year after losing it and the first team to win the Super Bowl in that position since the Dolphins in 1973. After a long dry stretch for runner-ups, the Rams will be trying to turn that kind of rebound into a new trend.

60 responses to “Aaron Donald sees motivation in Super Bowl loss

  1. They’ll never be back to the super bowl until they get a QB who isn’t a choker

  2. Good luck w/ returning, Aaron. Your QB’s game-long jitters were evident & inexcusable, and ask Drew Brees how long he has waited to get back.

  3. You hold the Patriots to 13, you would kind of expect to get a W from that. Rams D played an outstanding game.

  4. Patriots players have fresh knowledge of what it takes and what it’s like to reach the SB and lose it down to one or two plays, or a bit of luck. That’s why, unlike the Eagle trash talkers, they are gracious winners. Donald and Suh and quite a few on the Rams played to a championship level. Goff needs more time to develop to see the game faster, and needs better protection.

    And maybe if Gurley was healthy things would have been different – that said, Rams should be fined for lying about Gurley’s knee thru postseason as he clearly couldn’t make any cuts on it.

  5. Aaron Donald shouldn’t need any motivation nor should any other NFL players. This is the most abused word in sports. You should give 100% on every play, not just because you lost a game or playing a division game ect.

  6. Question… did Aaron Donald even show up for the postseason? Because I can’t recall him doing squat at any point during the playoffs or SB, other than I believe he got to Brees once.

  7. Rams defense played a great game. Really gotta hand it to the Pats scheme with the way they consistently found ways to double Donald and not let him wreck their gameplan with negative plays. As stated, Rams D played a great game but Pats didn’t let them make those “splash” defensive plays big sacks or turnovers outside that first pick.

  8. kamthechancellor says:
    February 6, 2019 at 7:57 am
    You were figured out. Now every team has it on tape to dissect. Rams won’t even make the playoffs next season.

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    Cmon man the Rams are setup to own that division for the better part of the next decade. No shame in losing to the Patriots.

  9. Memo to Aaron – the Rams didn’t belong in the SB this year. And they won’t be back there next year.

  10. thewizardsrevenge says:
    February 6, 2019 at 7:35 am
    You hold the Patriots to 13, you would kind of expect to get a W from that. Rams D played an outstanding game.
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    Except the Patriots held the Best Offense in the NFC to 3 so the Pats played MORE outstanding D, so there’s that

  11. The Rams went as all out a team could go for a Super Bowl. There is no way they field a team as talented this coming year with the salary cap.

    Donald is no doubt the NFL back to back DPOY the year. How was he shut out in the playoffs with Suh beside him and 2 other first round picks like analysts love to point out?

  12. Well balanced, talented team but have to think salary cap will force some hard decisions sooner than later.

  13. Rams were all in to win this year.

    Now, ye good olde free agency and salary cap will come into play. They will lose several key players and free agents will want paying.

    It’s highly likely they don’t even make the playoffs next season. This is what makes what the Patriots keep doing so exceptional.

    Teams lose key players in free agency, that’s how the league is set up. The Rams are about to find this out

  14. The Rams are now just another team—in the long line of teams—that the Patriots not only beat; but stripped out their souls.
    The Rams are now filled with self-doubt, they have been blue-printed, they will lose a few key players, and drop down into a middle-of-the-pack team again.

    I don’t expect you to believe me, but just watch!

  15. bondlake says:
    February 6, 2019 at 8:35 am
    Memo to Aaron – the Rams didn’t belong in the SB this year. And they won’t be back there next year.

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    Well apparently they “did” belong there because they won all of the necessary games to be crowned NFC champions. Maybe if Brees didn’t choke in OT his team would have had a better chance at a win

  16. Goff’s brain will be scrambled next year. It’s not gonna be pretty around there. He’s not going to shake the stink of that performance.

  17. As a niners fan, all I can say is that these windows are very slim and will slam shut rather quickly. It’s so hard to make it to the big game, and with a target on your back the following year + dealing with very high expectations, every mistake/loss will be magnified and will really test the character of the team and coaches. They have a lot of talent and got some experience, but it’s a long hard road and the NFC isn’t getting any easier.

  18. Shouldn’t have been there Donald. Motivate yourself however you see fit but your team being in the super bowl was a farce.

  19. Donald,Mack these guys aren’t game changers. They’re overpaid expenses at the cost of the roster. Unity wins games it’s been that way since forever.

  20. Rams D has nothing to be ashamed about. They played great and Phillips game plan disguising zone as man and man as zone was brilliant. Most teams don’t have the personnel to execute it but it will be studied by every DC in the league in the off season.

    Rams will be back in the hunt next year I think.

  21. I’m shocked. Someone who is motivated to want to win the super bowl next year. Ya I think most if not all players want to win the superbowl next year, even guys on the Lions.
    Hey, you should have been motivated to win last Sunday. But in fairness, he was the defensive line. Suh is done, they should cut the strings on this guy he has been pretty much a one two season wonder,

  22. paythevig says:
    February 6, 2019 at 9:33 am
    As a niners fan, all I can say is that these windows are very slim and will slam shut rather quickly

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    Tell that to the Patriots. They have had the window and the front door wide open for almost 20 years now

  23. Both defenses were gassed at the end it was just a matter of time Brady got the advantage at the end! The game could have gone either way. Congratulations to the champs!

  24. He and his gigantic contract will be long gone before they even sniff another playoff game, let alone a Superbowl.

  25. grant35 says:February 6, 2019 at 7:34 am
    ‘Good luck w/ returning, Aaron. Your QB’s game-long jitters were evident & inexcusable, and ask Drew Brees how long he has waited to get back.”

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    Or ask Dan Marino.

  26. Maybe the players don’t care about fans…I like to think that they do. But man…it has got to suck to play for an organization that has no fans at all anywhere. Imagine that…you play in a super bowl and even your own town tunes the game out. Epitome of lameness.

  27. A young team really should see it as motivation. The Super Bowl is like it’s own thing. It’s very binary. The loser takes a beating in the media despite really being the second best team in the NFL. Players need to find a way to ignore the noise and get back to work.
    The Rams have a great shot next year.

  28. bagbolt says:
    February 6, 2019 at 11:11 am
    I question if they recover from this beatdown

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    The Rams defense played a great game. Unfortunately the Pats D played better. And in the end Brady was clutch as usual in the 4th quarter with the game on the line. The Rams will learn and grow from this. They aren’t going anywhere.

  29. bullcharger says:
    February 6, 2019 at 11:06 am
    A young team really should see it as motivation. The Super Bowl is like it’s own thing. It’s very binary. The loser takes a beating in the media despite really being the second best team in the NFL. Players need to find a way to ignore the noise and get back to work.
    The Rams have a great shot next year.
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    No. Winning your conference does NOT make you the “2nd best team in the NFL”. That’s why the old Bills lost 4 straight . They were never the 2nd best team in the NFL. Just the best team in a weak AFC. Cowboys/Redskins/Giants all were better teams. I believe one year they beat the Raiders by 30 and got beat by the Cowboys by about 40 in the S Bowl. None of the 4 were close…

  30. After looking it up I am wrong about the Raiders/Cowboys stat. But the point is still valid I believe. Winning your conference does not necessarily make you one of the 2 best teams in the league.

  31. It’s funny how the Patriots don’t have a single player on their team that is the highest paid player at their position in the NFL, yet they’re able to win, consistently. I wonder if there’s any correlation between the two…

    Or, teams could load up on the “best” player at his position, pay him a boatload of money and enjoy watching the SB while on vacation – that works too!

  32. The Rams wanted to be the anti-Eagles and that is why they lost. When you play the Patriots, you have to put everything, and I mean everything on the table. The team that did. Congrats to the Patriots and their boring dominance.

  33. It’s so difficult to have any motivation after a super bowl loss. As a Bills fan, I thought for sure the Patriots would never again win another super bowl after their second loss to the Giants, but they just keep on proving everyone wrong. Don’t let any negative talk from Rob Parker or Max Kellerman keep you fans down.

  34. The reality is holding the Pats to 13 points would have been enough to win all the other Belichick/Brady era Patriot Superbowls. The surprise is given some of the personalities on the Rams D, no one seems to be making a big fuss about it.

  35. Sorry Rams, Seattle is back and ready to win the division which it has half the time since 2001. That Bowl performance capped off a pretty pedestrian last 7-8 games and put a cherry on top of your exposed coach propping up a mediocre QB operation.

  36. Bovado.lv lost my SB MVP bet twice?

    I bet on Von Miller and Julian Edelman and they lost track both bets, but placed all the props that didn’t win.

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