Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is really tired of being held all the time

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Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the best interior defensive lineman in the NFL. As such, opposing offenses have to do whatever can do to try and keep Donald from completely ruining their day each and every week.

For Donald, that means double and triple teams frequently. It also means being held quite often. Frankly, Donald is sick and tired of it and thinks he’s not getting the calls he should from the officials.

In my opinion, they hold every play,” Donald said, via Lindsay Thiry of ESPN.com. “There was some blatant holds that we didn’t get the call for (against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).”

In the Rams’ last two victories over the Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks, Donald has been kept almost completely off the stat sheets. No tackles. No sacks. Just two quarterback hits on Russell Wilson and that’s it.

Donald thought the Rams should have earned a safety against the Buccaneers as he felt he was held by Donovan Smith in the end zone. Despite lobbying efforts, Donald hasn’t gotten enough of the holding calls he feels he’s deserved.

“All the damn time I talk to them,” Donald said. “I say, ‘You got to see that holding call,’ they say they don’t see it. I’m like, ‘Man, the guy got me around my neck, grabbed, pulled my shirt, I just beat a guy with a clean rush.’ But it’s all right, hopefully I’m gonna get one sooner or later that’s gonna help us big time, so I just got to keep playing.”

Donald is one sack away from reaching double digits for a fourth consecutive season.

13 responses to “Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is really tired of being held all the time

  1. He isn’t wrong in that they get away with chokeholds and practically tackling him sometimes.

    All the great defensive lineman get that treatment, though.

  2. I believe perhaps Donald should talk to some old legends like Joe Greene or Bruce Smith before he grouses about being held. Join the club, buddy, and perhaps appreciate the $87M in guaranteed money you are getting while millions of unemployed suffer in a pandemic.

  3. Another example of why you don’t pay D line guys this kind of money.
    They are to easily taken out of a game

  4. As a close friend of the organization it is true that while they are holding him and not calling it, he may also bend the rules the other way to his favor in the name of parity and entertainment

  5. The guys a beast BUT he complains about it & then says “it’s alright”….if it’s alright, why are you complaining? Watching the replay of the game, he wasn’t held at all Monday night asmuch as he was double, triple, & chipped blocked all game. Youre the best in the game Aaron. But don’t be that guy that claims things that aren’t happening as much as you say.

  6. He is right. The conscious effort to reduce the offensive holding calls by the league has resulted in blatant holding by OL on nearly every play.

  7. Every defensive lineman in the NFL is getting held and the referees aren’t calling it.

    Donald is dominant but he is also getting paid 100 million plus dollars to make his impact.

    Stop the crying about the double teams.

  8. Extra, Extra, Read all about it! Highest paid defensive player in the league wants to be treated like a JAG by opposing offenses!

  9. Aaron we all see it. The league is all about revenue, and fans want to see scoring. Fantasy Football players want scoring. They don’t let them touch the QB, and DB’s aren’t even allowed to touch a WR. Look at the totals that guys like Phillip Rivers and Eli Manning are putting up, and the fact that all the QB can play for 20 years because they aren’t ever hit. The league wants us to believe that we’re watching the greatest players in history, so they’ve created an environment where they put up these circus numbers. They not only let offensive linemen hold, they practically let them tackle the D Linemen.

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