Believe it or not, there are those who are wondering what’s wrong with LA Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald. What if we told you that he has already matched his total tackles from all of the 2020 NFL season? In fact, he is on track to set a career-high season total for tackles. So where are people getting the false perception that Aaron Donald is not as active in this defense?
Part of that is due to the fact that he is not as inconsistent in his pass rush. In years past, he would be absent for weeks at a time, but come roaring back with a multiple quarterback sack game that would reassure that he was still dominant in the defense.
This year, he has been getting to the quarterback a little more often than once per every two games. That has fans concerned, but the truth is this:
The guy continues to be a nightmare to match up for offensive coordinators. And while his sudden surge in tackles has not been lauded by NFL analysts nor the fans, it is just one more component of the All-Pro defender stepping up for his team. Right now, he is on track to finish the season at 10 quarterback sacks. While that may not be a career-high, it would be the sixth time that he had finished at or greater than 10+ quarterback sacks in eight NFL seasons.
I wouldn’t be all that concerned about Donald folks. He’s fully aware that the LA Rams are playing 17 games this season. He’s also acutely aware of how the team needed him in the playoffs last year, and how his injured ribs prevented him from delivering as he is accustomed to.
The LA Rams face one of the toughest schedules of any NFL team to close out the 2021 NFL season. While Aaron Donald has smoldered so far, you can expect him to burst into flames and play red-hot at some point in this season. He has been waiting for the right time to show up big. That time is now.