Rams GM Les Snead calls Aaron Donald’s dominance contagious for the defense
The Los Angeles Rams have gotten out a strong start to begin the 2018 season that has largely been behind the play of their explosive offense.
However, it has seen their defense pick it up a notch over the last couple of games that includes coming off a career-high 4.0 sacks in the 39-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. With that in mind, general manager Les Snead has voiced during an interview on The Jim Rome Show that he believes that when Donald performs like that it is something that rubs off well on his teammates to take their level up another notch.
“I think when he gets on a roll like that there is a snowball effect. I think what happens to the offensive line of the opposing team their confidence may be down once he gets on a roll and he gets fired up and he gets going. I do think when you get a double-digit lead, it gets them out running the ball like they truly want to and passing the ball. You really put your OL in a bad situation when you are facing AD and our DL. “
Donald has continued to prove that he is arguably the best defensive player in the league over the last few weeks. Although he got off to a bit of a slow start in the sack department, he has more than picked it up currently leading the NFL with 8.0 sacks.
Donald has proven to be an absolute force on the defensive line that can change the entire game with his play as he draws a double team on seemingly every play while still being able to produce at an elite level. This was put on display last Sunday as it changed the entire dynamic for the 49ers as there was simply no answer for him up front as he had even recorded a sack by pushing opposing center into quarterback CJ Beathard.
He has been the unquestioned tone-setter of the defense, which has earned him that record-breaking deal just prior to the start of the regular season. This combined with the presence of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers it has only further extenuated his game-changing ability up front.
If the Rams hope to continue this upward trend toward possibly contending for a Super Bowl, it will require Donald to play a huge part of the puzzle defensively.