David Culley: We’re not going to allow Aaron Donald to wreck our game

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Offensive coordinators have had a difficult time scheming for defensive tackle Aaron Donald since he entered the league in 2014.

The three-time defensive player of the year has continued his disruptive ways this season, becoming the Rams’ official all-time leader in sacks when he took down Russell Wilson in Week Five.

Then he helped lead to cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s game-sealing interception in the fourth quarter of last week’s win over Detroit when he pressured and hit former teammate Jared Goff in the red zone.

But as the Texans gear up to play the Rams this week, head coach David Culley wants to keep Donald from completely messing up their game plan. He said in his Wednesday press conference that Houston “won’t have one-on-one battles with him most of the day. We’ll have two blocking him most of the time.”

“He’s one of the top two or three defensive guys in the game at his position, has been since he came into the league. Nothing has changed,” Culley said. “Obviously, we are not going to allow him to wreck our game. So obviously, if you put one-on-one situations on him, it doesn’t matter who is he against, he usually wins those battles.”

Though teams try to keep multiple blockers on Donald, Los Angeles’ defense often moves him around the line of scrimmage to get him in one-on-one situations.

In seven games this season, Donald has 3.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hits, three pass breakups, and a forced fumble.

Many have tried to not let Donald wreck a game. We’ll see on Sunday if Houston can accomplish that mission.

8 responses to “David Culley: We’re not going to allow Aaron Donald to wreck our game

  1. What is Culley planning on doing, kidnapping Donald and holding him incognito until after the final whistle?

  2. Funny to hear what Culley isn’t going allow 😆. Donald is force of nature. The Texans are the house made of sticks against the big bad wolf (Donald). He won’t even have to take a full breath to blow that house down.

  3. Donald is still one of the very best players in the NFL, and how he has upgraded the Rams passrushers by just being there this year proves that. But Jalen Ramsey has been the best defensive player for the Rams so far this year.

    I assume Culley has a plan for that too.

  4. You have 2 choices here Coach. Option A is Donald wrecks your game plan. Option B is you focus so much attention to Donald, that the rest of the Rams defense wrecks your game plan.

  5. Donald is a dirty player. Now that the Rams are on National TV so much you see it every game.

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