Aaron Donald: “I’m definitely going to come back better”

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Aaron Donald has a pair of defensive player of the year trophies. He set a record for sacks by an interior lineman this year.

So congratulations future Rams opponents, Donald says he can still improve.

The already incredible Rams defensive tackle told Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times: “I’m definitely going to come back better.

How he would do that seems to be the question, after a 20.5-sack season and the reality that he dominates games routinely. But after falling short in the Super Bowl, Donald said he would take a few days off before returning to work on next season, with specific plans in mind.

“All aspects of my game — everything,” he replied when asked what he could improve. “Watch the film of a game where I got slowed down and try to find a way that I can beat that and find ways to defeat it no matter what they’re trying to do. . . .

“Can’t let myself get satisfied or comfortable. So as long as I stay like that, stay hungry, we’ll be fine. I’m definitely going to come back better than I was this year.”

Donald didn’t have a sack in the postseason, though he did have one of the few hits on Tom Brady. And of course, there was the falling short of the team goal, which he has already mentioned as motivation. That’s what you want to hear out of your best player, especially when you give him the richest contract ever for a defensive player.

17 responses to “Aaron Donald: “I’m definitely going to come back better”

  1. Well judging how badly he was used and abused by the pats he certainly couldn’t come back worse…..

  2. No, no you won’t. Not how life works. Sorry Donald, you prime is now and every year you will be a little worse until you retire. Enjoy your youth because it is fleeting.

  3. Donald is the real deal inside and out. Maybe he can also teach Suh some class along the way.

    Suh ran straight off the field as fast as possible, not an ounce of sportsmanship shown.

    Disappointing and frustrating loss… sure. But cmon man, grow up.

  4. polegojim says:
    February 7, 2019 at 8:53 am
    Donald is the real deal inside and out. Maybe he can also teach Suh some class along the way.

    Suh ran straight off the field as fast as possible, not an ounce of sportsmanship shown.

    Disappointing and frustrating loss… sure. But cmon man, grow up.
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    couldn’t agree more. I’ve no clue how Donald is going to improve though.

    Suh is “sneaky” dirty. His actions after the whistle blows are consistently mean and could be flagged every time as “unnecessary roughness” or “unsportsmanlike conduct.” Seeing how there wasn’t much offense in the game, I watched Suh a lot. He wouldn’t know good sportsmanship if it slapped him in the face.

  5. all we heard about all year was Khalil Mack this and Khalil Mack that.
    Donald is the best Def player in the league?

    Serious question. Is it Donald or Mack?

  6. datwell600 says:
    February 7, 2019 at 9:30 am
    Patriots ran for over 140 yards right through Suh and Donald. Yikes !

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    The amazing thing is that they did so in their last possession when everybody in the stadium know the Pats would run the ball on each play. And the Rams still could not stop the Pats from reeling off a few 1st downs

  7. I am sure the Rams would welcome you actually doing your job and backing up your apparent fraud Defensive Player of the Year awards.

    Quite simply, few defensive players had LESS impact on the playoff games you managed to show up for than you did. To think that a so-called “defensive star” could have only three impact plays during three games is outrageous.

    You better improve – you are stealing money and were easily handled by one offensive lineman in the Super Bowl!

  8. Outside of the blatant unnecessary roughness penalty that should have been called when he threw Brady to the ground long after the pass was away. Good sportsmanship my butt.

  9. ” To think that a so-called “defensive star” could have only three impact plays during three games is outrageous.”

    Donald had more impact than any other defensive player this year. Belichick and company had two weeks to scheme against him. It’s the Super Bowl and stopping Donald from wrecking the game would’ve been priority A. I’d be amazed if they couldn’t block him.

    “You better improve – you are stealing money”

    Yeah, he should be getting 30 sacks a year instead of 20.

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