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TUSAND OX, California. — Aaron Donald drove a Dallas Cowboys liner like it was a bowling alley. He slipped on Buffalo Beals’ line and met quarterback Josh Allen twice. Donald destroyed Alex Smith’s return to football when he fired the Washington quarterback three times after meeting Kyle Allen.
Aaron Donald is a monster, said Sean McVeigh, Ramsa’s coach.
That could be an understatement for the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive shell, which is still in its seventh season, trying to win the prize for the third best defensive player.
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It’s a bit of a scandal, said Leonard Floyd, a third party linebacker, about Donald’s performance on the field, particularly his performance against Washington in the four-pack. I don’t think anyone can do any better.
On the 5-2 Rams and Donald? Miami 3-3 Dolphins and new quarterback Tua Tagovayloa, who starts his first career Sunday.
You’re doing it just like any other week. Donald said something about meeting the new quarterback. They do it for a reason, so we go with the idea that, like any other week, we just have to do our job.
This is likely to deter Tagovayloa, who will be protected by a third-place offensive line in the league with a 47.5 percent blocking pass.
But Donald says the only way to scare a beginner is to go into the back field.
The only way to do that is to achieve it, beat it, make it uncomfortable there, said Donald, who has made a fortune in five career games against rookie quarterbacks 5½. So if we come forward, and not just because he’s a beginner as a quarterback, but with any quarterback, you can reach him.
Donald is linked to the NFL management with Cleveland Brownes, Miles Garrett’s defensive team with 26 pressure points. He’s second with eight sacks behind Garrett (Garrett has nine).
Last Monday, after beating the Chicago Bears 24-10, Donald put pressure on quarterback Nick Falls seven times this season to take 20 pressure from Ramse, who has won the most wins in the last two seasons.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Aaron Donald has Tua Tagavua in his sights on Sunday, so the newcomer must be worried. Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports
But Brandon Staley, coordinator of the first year of defense, points out that other contributions of Donald – which do not appear in the individual statistics – are among the most important.
He’s doing so much to help us win the game by running in the meadow, how we can move him, Staley said. It’s not a man who can only be installed in one place, it can be installed anywhere. The fact is that I think such a man is unique, that he has all the individual productions, but you have to take that into account in the production he makes and for the other actors.
The Rams’ defense has been among the best in the league for seven games, averaging 313 yards (sixth place) and 17.7 points (second place) in a single game. They have 24 sacks (a third draw) and the success rate is 47,6% (sixth).
Floyd joined Rams during the off-season with an annual contract of $10 million after Bears released him for the fifth year due to lack of production.
Floyd has four bags and 19 hits in seven starts, which gives him a record season, thanks in part to the attention Donald gets.
It was great playing with him, Floyd said. He’s the power inside and he makes it easy on us outside.
Donald said he didn’t care about winning the defensive linebacker of the year: The only thing I haven’t realized yet is that I think it’s the Super Bowl, so all I’m trying to do is help this team win and get back in the Super Bowl, and this time I’m going to win it.
But when he was asked to join the elite company of Lawrence Taylor and J.J. Watt as the third player to earn the honor three times, Donald laughed and then laughed uncomfortably.
I go there week after week, Donald said. And I’m just gonna play and try to win games.