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Rams DC Wade Phillips thinks Aaron Donald should be NFL MVP

The Los Angeles Rams have been one of the surprise teams in the NFL during the 2017 campaign with Aaron Donald helping lead the team to a 10-4 record heading into Week 16’s matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

With the Rams on the verge of a clinching a playoff spot and making a case as legitimate Super Bowl title contender in the NFC, Los Angeles is getting some MVP buzz with Donald and running back Todd Gurley as potential candidates for the regular-season award.

Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips believes that Donald should get the nod for MVP, according to Gary Klein of the L.A. Times.

Donald is worthy of more than defensive player of the year recognition, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said.

“I was thinking more like most valuable player in the league,” Phillips said.

Donald has 11 sacks on the season thus far which is tied for sixth-most in the NFL right now with Terrell Suggs and Yannick Ngakoue. The 26-year-old defensive tackle is arguably the best player in the league at his position and an argument could be made that he’s the best player in the league on that side of the football.

Although Phillips believes Donald deserves the award, the MVP usually goes to an offensive player with quarterbacks more often than not earning the distinction from year to year. A defensive player hasn’t been given the MVP award since legendary New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1986.

The Rams will try to clinch the NFC West division title on Sunday if they can get the best of the Titans on the road.