Aaron Donald knows the Rams must “affect” Tom Brady

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In the postseason, success against quarterback Tom Brady happens when defenses can hit Tom Brady, cleanly and legally and sufficiently to get him looking at the pass rush instead of his receivers.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald knows this concept applies to all quarterbacks. And that it particularly applies to Brady.

“You do that with any quarterback,” Donald told reporters on Thursday regarding the concept of getting pressure on Brady. “You can affect them and get them a little rattled. When you’re playing against a guy like Tom Brady, that’s a must to have success. I think it’s going to be important for us as a defensive line, as a unit that’s actually up there rushing and going against him as far as trying to affect him any way we can. We got to be great at that.”

Indeed they do. Donald elaborated on that concept in a conversation with NBC’s Mike Tirico, the video of which is attached to this post.

In recent years, Brady has reacted to early and consistent pressure not simply by watching the rush more than he should but by getting rid of the football before he gets hit, sometimes recklessly. That happened on multiple occasions in last year’s NFC Championship, opening the door for a potential comeback win by the Packers, after they fell into a 28-10 hole.

The Buccaneers also need to hope they can run the ball against the Rams. That will take some of the steam out of the L.A. pass rush. However, this could be difficult to accomplish if center Ryan Jensen and/or tackle Tristen Wirfs can’t play due to injury. Both are game-time decisions.

15 responses to “Aaron Donald knows the Rams must “affect” Tom Brady

  1. They’ll probably get shredded and then after the game Donald will act like he doesn’t know who Mike Evans is. Guys a clown.

  2. Affect him all you like if it’s from the edge, not so effective. You MUST make the man look down towards his leg’s because he feels the chaos coming right into his lap. If he can keep looking downfield and not start looking into the pocket you have little chance if he’s on. IMO

  3. Everyone knows the only way to stop Tom is to get pressure up the middle. The problem is Tom knows this and gets rid of the ball in less than 3 seconds which is 1/2 second before anyone can get to him. Game over boys.

  4. Von Miller knows how. He and Demarcus Ware kicked Brady’s butt in the 2015 AFC Championship game.

  5. The Red Sox are my #1, the bruins and patriots are my #1A/#1B…but tommy will always be my idol.

    GO GET EM GREATEST OF ALL TIME! Use that super bowl 53 game plan to neutralize Donald. Get gronky in there to block, and use a swing block to the outside.

  6. NFL (Niners Football League) says:

    January 21, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    They’ll probably get shredded and then after the game Donald will act like he doesn’t know who Mike Evans is. Guys a clown.
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    Donald is 1 of if not the best defensive player in the game and your screenname for a division rival seems your likely jealous, I’d say your the clown.

  7. Rams defense worst in league against the short passing game. Good luck. Buccaneers defense isn’t hurt like last time.

  8. rushbacker says:
    January 22, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Von Miller knows how. He and Demarcus Ware kicked Brady’s butt in the 2015 AFC Championship game.
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    Refs looked the other way for the Broncos in that Game.

    Sports Illustrated did a cover on the choke holds by the Broncos against the Pats D Line.

    They were protecting Peyton’s legacy.

  9. rushbacker says:
    January 22, 2022 at 12:01 am
    Von Miller knows how. He and Demarcus Ware kicked Brady’s butt in the 2015 AFC Championship game.
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    Maybe the hardest I’ve ever seen Brady get hit, and repeatedly. Miller just about broke him in half. Donks definitely got the benefit of the doubt from the refs in that one, but no complaints here, sometimes the worm turns your way… sometimes it doesn’t. That was the game where Brady STILL found a way to rally them down, and they had a 2-point conversion just missing a hobbling Gronk, that would have tied it up, right? So many great games, half of which went one way or another based on a play or two. As a fan, Brady has given me so much. Go Bucs.

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