All-Pro Aaron Donald sets the bar higher each season, in 2020 he will almost singlehandedly guarantee success for the LA Rams
The LA Rams are searching for someone in the 2020 NFL Free Agency market, or perhaps in the 2020 NFL Draft. In fact, the team has been searching for several years for this player. Or perhaps the concept? However the team calls it, they have been searching for a player to team up with DT Aaron Donald.
Over the years, the team has tried. There was defensive end Robert Quinn, whose price tag became greater than the team could afford to line up next to Donald, and he was quietly traded to the Miami Dolphins. There was defensive end Ndamukong Suh, whose presence on the defensive line unleashed a 20 sack season out of Donald. But he too wanted more than the Rams were willing to pay. So his stay was just one season. The team has tried OLB Dante Fowler Jr. and defensive end Michael Brockers, but both seem destined to play elsewhere in 2020.
Does the perfect teammate exist in the NFL today?
I’m beginning to wonder if such a player truly exists. Many have argued that Aaron Donald attracts so much of the opposing offense’s attention, other players should be able to step up. But over the years, no other NFL player has done so. Is it simply that the Rams have just had a constant stream of bad luck? Or have NFL offenses surrendered to the “Aaron Donald will be Aaron Donald” in their game planning, and have simply planned to do plays away from him whenever possible?