Stunt defensive linemen to take out Donald’s blockers
We know that one of the offensive game plan strategies for the Seattle Seahawks will include pitting two, three, and at times, even four blockers at All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald. So the LA Rams need to do one of two things. Either they need to get more out of the other guys, or simply use get the other guys to help out Aaron Donald.
I’d rather they used the other guys to help take the heat off Aaron Donald.
Donald is a wrecking ball. He is a surprisingly quick, agile, and tremendously powerful man who can put the entire team on his back in a huge moment in a game and literally will the Rams to victory. He absolutely dominated the Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 home opener. The Rams find themselves in need of that level of performance once more.
The Rams are suddenly at their first important crossroads of the season. Lose this one, and the team that was hailed as the Best Team of the NFL all but assure themselves of second-place or lower in the NFC West. That’s a pretty cruel fate to face so early.
Aaron Donald surely realizes that. He’s a veteran, one of the leaders of this defense, and understands the importance of this Week 5 contest. This one is not about pride, paybacks, or the pursuit of happiness. This is basic NFL survival. This one is surely a game that the Rams must win. To do that, Aaron Donald must do Aaron Donald stuff. That means that this defense must show up in a huge way.