Aaron Donald is just as dominant as ever for Rams defense
By Rich Hammond
THOUSAND OAKS — Aaron Donald eventually will sign a new contract with the Rams, and when it’s time for Donald’s agent and the team to crunch numbers and compare stats, they should just ignore them.
Donald has six sacks this season, which doesn’t even rank in the NFL’s top 30. He has 29 tackles, which ranks him precisely 292nd in the league. And Donald is, with little question, the most dominant defensive tackle in the league and is a low-profile candidate for defensive player of year.
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Why shouldn’t he be? Donald’s lack of flashy stats is the ultimate compliment. Offensive linemen double team him. Quarterbacks sprint away from him. Offensive coordinators scheme plays away from him. This could be, even though stats betray it, the most dominant of Donald’s four NFL seasons.
“He’s better than everybody,” Rams first-year defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said, “and I didn’t know he was better than everybody. I thought he was good, but I didn’t know he was better than everybody.”
Some of the stats are there. Donald, for instance, has forced three fumbles in 10 games this season. He forced a total of four in […]