Los Angeles Rams: 3 reasons Aaron Donald deal means dynasty conversation for team

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3. Rams were already Super Bowl contenders without Donald

Would the Rams still have been considered one of the top teams in the NFC heading into Week 1 if Donald’s holdout continued into the regular season? Absolutely.

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When looking at all of the talent Los Angeles still has to work with on the defensive side of the football, Wade Phillips would have been able to make the necessary adjustments to make sure his unit remained in the necessary shape to be a top contender. Plus, let’s not forget that the Rams brought in another top addition to the defensive line in Ndamukong Suh, meaning Donald’s possible absence would have been easier to deal with.

Most Super Bowl contenders are the kind of teams that can make the proper adjustments, whether it involves player holdouts or key injuries, when necessary to make sure they still have what it takes to compete. Just look at what the Philadelphia Eagles were able to accomplish last year when Doug Pederson lost numerous key players on both sides of the football to help the team bring home their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

While the Rams are beyond thankful that a deal was able to be struck with Donald the day after the conclusion of the preseason, fans still felt confident enough in the team living up to expectations if he weren’t around. It sounds crazy to think, but taking into consideration that Los Angeles was still a strong Super Bowl contender without Donald shows how talented of a team they truly have under McVay.