Aaron Rodgers on Aaron Donald: Your entire game plan is stopping him

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has faced a lot of defensive players over the course of his career, but none have been tougher than a player he shared a locker room with for seven years.

During an interview with Chris Simms, Rodgers was asked about the best player he’s ever gone against and his answer was former Packers safety Charles Woodson. He said no one had “better instincts” than Woodson, who won the 2009 defensive player of the year award for what Rodgers called “one of the greatest seasons” he’s ever seen.

Rodgers did put one other player on the same level as Woodson. He said the only other defensive player he’s seen “impact the game” like Woodson is Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

“Literally your entire game plan is stopping him,” Rodgers said. “That’s all you think about. Where’s 99 going? Are we sliding to him? Are we inserting? We gotta slow him down. He’s that dominant and I’ve never seen a guy that dominant who’s not . . . He’s not like imposing. Like Charles was a big corner, [Julius] Peppers is a giant, inhuman. Donald, he’s not like a guy you walk on the field and go ‘whoo.’ But you play him and he’s incredible. Incredible.”

Donald sacked Rodgers twice and hit him four times in a 29-27 Rams win last season. He won’t have to worry about facing Donald this year unless Green Bay and Los Angeles cross paths in the postseason.

20 responses to “Aaron Rodgers on Aaron Donald: Your entire game plan is stopping him

  1. Aaron Donald… zero sacks in the Super Bowl. The best way to neutralize him is to get rid of the ball. Rodgers style doesn’t work well with an elite pass rusher like that because it gives him too much time to work.

  2. He won’t have to worry about facing Donald this year unless Green Bay and Los Angeles cross paths in the postseason.

    Not likely. Gotta make the postseason first, something Green Bay likely wont do this year without major help from the Refs and injuries to other teams.

  3. “Aaron Donald… zero sacks in the Super Bowl.”

    Yes but the Rams D played great in that game, you can’t argue that. Brady and the Pats hardly lit it up that game. They persevered and never gave up as is always the case with NE, but the Rams D came to play and did an excellent job. They weren’t the reason the Rams lost that game.

  4. “Donald sacked Rodgers twice and hit him four times in a 29-27 Rams win last season. He won’t have to worry about facing Donald this year…”

    That’s all that needed to be said.

  5. Boy, I sure hope all those comparisons of Ed Oliver to Aaron Darnold come true! Sounds like the Bills could have the league’s next great player on their team.

  6. “Rodgers style doesn’t work well with an elite pass rusher like that because it gives him too much time to work.”

    Don’t confuse Rodgers attempt to make plays under McCarthy’s stale offense as his “style.” When he has savvy receivers and a functioning offensive line (not to mention 2 good legs, which he never had last season) he runs a very efficient offense. He did it for years. Let’s see how it goes with LaFleur before we call it Rodgers style.

    Besides, is it better to throw 12 picks like Trubisky or 10 picks like Cousins or 11 like Stafford? Turnovers kill a team more than sacks do.

  7. I don’t want to say this is a surprise because Aaron Donald is a total stud and everything he said is a fact. If I was Rodgers though, Khalil Mack would be the number one boogeyman for me because he’ll see him twice a year no matter what.

  8. gtodriver says:
    July 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    “Donald sacked Rodgers twice and hit him four times in a 29-27 Rams win last season. He won’t have to worry about facing Donald this year…”

    That’s all that needed to be said.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    C’mon, really? I think you’re a bit off base here.
    There’s absolutely no reason to believe that the Rams won’t make the postseason again this season.

  9. Aaron says Donald is a dominant force that you have to game plan for, which is what every QB in the NFL says about Donald, but somehow it is spun here to mean Aaron really isn’t that good and that is why he says Donald is possibly the best defensive player in the league.

    Others are a bit butthurt he didn’t mention Khalil Mack.

    Too funny!

    No matter what Aaron says, someone will find something to cry about. Get over him already. I enjoyed the chat between Simms and Aaron. Some good stuff in there.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  10. filthymcnasty3 says:
    July 18, 2019 at 9:11 am
    Those comments don’t really surprise me. The Rams are the Packers primary competition in the NFC this year.
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    Really?

    The Rams won’t be competing for last place in the NFCN like the Packers.

  11. The Rams won’t be competing for last place in the NFCN like the Packers.

    We were a roughing call and a muffed kick away from finishing better than your team in 2018. How long are you guys going to hang your hat on last season? Four good fa’s and a new coach later and you think we will do worse? Doubt it.

  12. We were a roughing call and a muffed kick away from finishing better than your team in 2018.
    —-
    1. We?
    2. The Packers were a dropped int from another loss. Let’s play this dumb game for all games across both teams instead of cherry picking 2 games. Cheese colored glasses.
    3. Will Packer fans ever stop crying of the refs
    4. Team’s records are what the team is and standing rank teams. Now go stand in 3rd place until this season starts.

  13. Four good fa’s and a new coach later and you think we will do worse?
    ___
    4 goods FAs? Name them?
    The Packer’s head coach will be a rookie head coach who got his job because he stood next to Sean McVay. Yes the Packer very easily could do worse

  14. Vikings fans with a QB that can’t win at night or against winning teams are coming on here saying that the Packers could be worse?

    5 wins for the Vikings is probably high this year, since they’re a year older, slower, and did nothing this offseason.

  15. “4 goods FAs? Name them? Yes the Packers could very easily do worse.”

    =========

    Adrian Amos

    Za’ Darius Smith

    Billy Turner

    Preston Smith

    Please save yourself from the embarrassment of trying to cut them down. People who get paid to evaluate NFL talent tend to not care what a jealous, bitter Vikings troll thinks of the Packers roster.

    Darnell Savage and Rashan Gary are also two rookies that will most likely see a lot of action this season and most likely will provide impact. Yes, we are high on our rookies like you are when you claim 1 rookie center will change the world. There are other new players that I feel could provide some impact this season, but those six are enough to ruin your narrative. I also want to take a closer look in camp at players like Jace Sternberger before I say they are incredible like you have with Irv Smith.

    With the Packers adding a minimum of 6 quality players to the team, I would say the chances of getting “worse” are quite slim. I also don’t believe you typing 925 times that the Packers will get worse will make it come true, as you seem to believe it will.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  16. pkrliar says

    Four good fa’s and a new coach later and you think we will do worse?
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    Yes.

    Last year, the Packer faithful claimed that the Packers would return to form with a healthy Aaron Rodgers instead of Brett Hundley.

    They did worse with Rodgers starting all 16 hames.

    Rookie HCs frequently struggle in year one. With Aaron already having a running conflict with LaFleur, it doesn’t bode well.

    4 new bodies doesn’t guarantee a better year anymore than Rodgers starting all 16 games instead of Hundley.

  17. Billy Turner a good fa? LOLOLOL

    Amos I’ll give you.

    The smiths are a maybe. 1 good year each out of many. You better hope elite money doesn’t make them content. Who knows? because they have no track record above mediocrity at this point.

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