49ers offensive linemen hilariously make business decisions against Aaron Donald

One does not simply block Aaron Donald. Literally.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald needs extra attention from offensive linemen.

Though, the San Francisco 49ers went so galaxy brained during Monday night’s game against the Rams that they decided to leave Donald unblocked altogether on one offensive possession.

Instead, they opted to triple-team (!?) defensive tackle Greg Gaines, with rookie 49ers offensive lineman Spencer Burford seemingly making a business decision and sliding over with his fellow big boys up front to keep Gaines well contained.

There’s only one problem: they left a speeding bullet train headed right into the lap of San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

In the least shocking development in the NFL this season, Donald powered ahead untouched and blasted Garoppolo, who just had to chuck the ball into the field to avoid a fumble.

It would make sense for the triple team to have gone Donald’s way, being that he’s maybe the best-ever defensive tackle to ever play football.

No disrespect to Gaines, who is a fine player in his own right, but when you’re playing the Rams, you know who should get the most attention.

Naturally, Peyton and Eli Manning over on ESPN2’s ManningCast had some great commentary to go along with the bizarre lapse in blocking assignment.

Well, there’s always next series, 49ers. You know Donald isn’t going anywhere.

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Aaron Donald ready to ‘get after’ Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 4

Donald told reporters that the pass rush would be a key factor in the #Rams’ chances of success against the #49ers on Monday.

The Los Angeles Rams will look to protect their lead in the NFC West on Monday night, and their defense will need to play exceptionally well to get a win on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. Playing in Levi’s Stadium has proven to be their kryptonite in recent seasons, but Aaron Donald and the defense are looking to turn their team’s fortunes around in front of a national audience in Week 4.

Speaking to the media after the Rams’ Friday practice, the All-Pro defensive lineman emphasized the need to pressure 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He did not mince words in telling reporters what the signal-caller’s strategy against Los Angeles has been historically and said that he was confident in his secondary’s ability to lock down opposing receivers to give him time to get into the backfield.

“We got to just get after him,” Donald explained. “Typically, he gets the ball out quick when he plays against us, so not getting frustrated at times, try to get our hands up and affect the play if you can. I know the guys on the back end are going to do their job and try to help us to make him have to hold a little longer and our job is just to find a way to get him down or affect him, make him uncomfortable, and try to make him have a bad day. That’s why we’re out there. We don’t want him happy. We don’t want him to be able to step up in the pocket. We want him to be antsy, uncomfortable, and if we do that, we can have a good day.”

Garoppolo has been an above-average starter for San Francisco, despite their decision to bench him this season in favor of Trey Lance. Against the younger Lance, the Rams’ pass rush might have an easier time getting to the quarterback, but the savvy veteran will likely prove to provide more of a challenge.

Donald and his crew will have their work cut out for them, and if his analysis of the 49ers’ gameplan is any indication, they are plenty motivated to change the course of recent history to keep Los Angeles in their division’s top spot.

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Aaron Donald leads defensive tackles in pass-rush win rate through Week 3

Aaron Donald leads all DTs in pass-rush win rate despite being double-teamed on nearly every play through Week 3.

Aaron Donald is amid his ninth season in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and he’s shown no signs of slowing down. Ahead of a divisional matchup with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4, Donald leads all defensive tackles in pass-rush win rate through Week 3.

The All-Pro interior defender is way ahead of the pack when it comes to pass-rush win rate at the defensive tackle position. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that Donald is double-teamed at one of the highest rates in the league.

Through the first three weeks of the season, Donald has tallied 10 combined tackles, three tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, and two sacks. His latest sack came in Week 3 versus the Arizona Cardinals, becoming the fastest defensive tackle to reach 100 career sacks.

Even though the three-time Defensive Player of the Year turned 31 years old back in May, he continues to be one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL. And if Donald continues to be as disruptive as he’s been to begin this season, he’ll likely be well on his way to earning his eighth straight first-team All-Pro selection.

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Next Gen Stats behind Aaron Donald’s 100th career sack

Next Gen Stats showed the numbers that led to Aaron Donald’s historic 100th career sack vs. the Cardinals in Week 3.

Aaron Donald was able to record his 100th career sack in Week 3 versus the Arizona Cardinals, becoming the fastest interior defender in NFL history to reach 100 career sacks. Besides the impressive feat he achieved with the Los Angeles Rams, the Next Gen Stats behind Donald’s 100th career sack were interesting to see.

The All-Pro interior defender was able to sack Kyler Murray in the first quarter of the 20-12 win over the Cardinals to achieve 100 career sacks. According to Next Gen Stats, it took 5.14 seconds for Donald to chase down a scrambling Murray to earn the sack.

Donald never gives up on a play, and to prove his ability to provide unrelenting pressure, he traveled 20.5 yards to trip up Murray on the sack. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year joined John Randle as the only player to achieve 100 career sacks that primarily played defensive tackle and he has 10 more sacks than any other player in the NFL since being drafted in 2014.

There’s no doubt that Donald is already considered one of the best defensive players in NFL history. The scary thing is that he’ll have plenty more opportunities to further his legacy and produce insane numbers for the Rams.

Next Gen Stats behind Aaron Donald’s 100th career sack

Next Gen Stats showed the numbers that led to Aaron Donald’s historic 100th career sack vs. the Cardinals in Week 3.

Aaron Donald was able to record his 100th career sack in Week 3 versus the Arizona Cardinals, becoming the fastest interior defender in NFL history to reach 100 career sacks. Besides the impressive feat he achieved with the Los Angeles Rams, the Next Gen Stats behind Donald’s 100th career sack were interesting to see.

The All-Pro interior defender was able to sack Kyler Murray in the first quarter of the 20-12 win over the Cardinals to achieve 100 career sacks. According to Next Gen Stats, it took 5.14 seconds for Donald to chase down a scrambling Murray to earn the sack.

Donald never gives up on a play, and to prove his ability to provide unrelenting pressure, he traveled 20.5 yards to trip up Murray on the sack. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year joined John Randle as the only player to achieve 100 career sacks that primarily played defensive tackle and he has 10 more sacks than any other player in the NFL since being drafted in 2014.

There’s no doubt that Donald is already considered one of the best defensive players in NFL history. The scary thing is that he’ll have plenty more opportunities to further his legacy and produce insane numbers for the Rams.

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Aaron Donald’s moxie still impresses head coach Sean McVay

Even after years spent coaching Aaron Donald, Sean McVay remains bewildered by his determination and force of nature.

Aaron Donald’s competitive spirit and physical presence have reached legendary status, and Los Angles Rams head coach Sean McVay had plenty to say about his star defensive end in his comments to the media on Monday. Oozing with pride for the All-Pro defender, McVay explained his understanding of Donald’s psyche as best he could, telling reporters that the veteran is incredibly inspired in his pursuit of excellence.

“I think certain people just have an intrinsic motivation and a drive that they’re always filling their tank up,” McVay said. “I think that his standards for himself, the type of competitor he is and how he’s innately wired, I think that’s a special trait that he’s probably always had. I think he’d be better equipped to answer it, but I know nobody has higher standards for Aaron Donald than he does of himself, and that’s pretty consistent amongst any great competitor that’s truly driven.

“You get all these extrinsic rewards, but whether it was the contracts that he’s earned over the course of his career, winning the Super Bowl, he’s driven to be great because he wants to be great for himself, he wants to be great for his family, for his teammates, for his coaches. That to me is one of those separators where you’re just innately wired that way. I don’t think that’s something that you can teach or coach. I think you either are or you aren’t, and Aaron certainly is.”

The early portion of Los Angeles’ 2022 season has been marred by injury and a Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills that still stings for the team after two straight wins. Donald has been a rock in every outing for the Rams in spite of all the adversity his team has faced, and even without the benefit of help that is of the same caliber as he has had in years past, still remains unfazed.

A grueling schedule in the months ahead will certainly test their mettle, but for McVay and his coaching staff, Donald’s moxie and passion will serve to buoy Los Angeles. With momentum on their side and a keen sense of direction, this Rams team is set to play the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night with Donald leading the defensive charge in primetime.

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Aaron Donald became the fastest to 100 sacks with a relentless pass rush, because of course

The only appropriate way Donald could set a record.

Whenever he decides to hang up his cleats, shoulder pads, and helmet, Aaron Donald will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the greatest players in NFL history. He’s got his Pro Bowls (eight). He’s got his First-Team All-Pro selections (seven). He’s got his Defensive Player of the Year Awards. And he’s had a weird but effective technique to help get all these things, too.

On Sunday, Donald added yet another illustrious accomplishment to his legendary resume when he sacked the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray in the first quarter. By bringing Murray to the ground, Donald recorded the 100th sack of his career. Sure, a lot of great players have 100 career sacks (40 since it became an official stat in 1982).

But no one got there faster than the 31-year-old Donald. And he did it in the most “Aaron Donald” fashion, too:

Aaron Donald getting a sack by plowing his way through an offensive lineman and diving to get just enough of the quarterback? And in a 20-12 win over Arizona (+3.5 on Sunday)?

Why it’s almost perfectly poetic for a future Hall of Famer’s career.

Aaron Donald takes down Kyler Murray for 100th career sack

Aaron Donald reaches 100 career sacks by taking down Kyler Murray

The great Aaron Donald reached a milestone early in the Los Angeles Rams’ game with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

When Donald tackled Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray it marked the 100th career sack in his great career.

Aaron Donald records 100th career sack, fastest DT ever to reach that number

Aaron Donald hit 100 career sacks on Sunday, becoming just the 2nd defensive tackle to reach the century mark – and the fastest ever

Aaron Donald added another impressive accomplishment to his career resume on Sunday – though, it was an inevitable one after he re-signed with the Rams this offseason. In the first quarter against the Cardinals, Donald sacked Kyler Murray for his 100th career sack.

\He’s just the second defensive tackle ever to reach that number, joining John Randle (137.5). Warren Sapp came close, recording 96.5 sacks in his career.

Donald hit 100 sacks in just 130 career games, making him the fastest defensive tackle in NFL history to reach 100 in his career. Randle had 137.5 sacks in 219 career games, and Donald could very easily surpass Randle’s total if he continues to play for two-plus more years.

Here’s a look at the play that got Donald to 100.

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Rams PFF grades: Aaron Donald, Cooper Kupp among LA’s highest-graded players

Despite being held without a sack, Aaron Donald was still the Rams’ highest-graded player in Week 2

Even though the Los Angeles Rams gave up 27 points to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, the defense played extremely well. They only allowed 261 total yards, a 30% conversion rate on third down, 17 first downs and forced three turnovers.

The problem is, the Rams offense and special teams played a part in a bunch of Atlanta’s points. The Falcons blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown and only had to go 20 yards on their first touchdown of the game following Matthew Stafford’s second pick.

Pro Football Focus’ grades reflect how well the Rams defense played, highlighting performances by Aaron Donald, Terrell Lewis, Bobby Wagner and Jalen Ramsey. All four of them graded higher than 75.0, with Donald leading the way at 91.7.

Despite his high grade, Donald’s presence wasn’t felt all that often in the win – he had just two tackles – but he came through late with a pressure on Marcus Mariota, forcing him into a high pass that was intercepted by Ramsey to seal the game.

It’s good to see A.J. Jackson and Rob Havenstein grading out well, too, after the offensive line was an utter disaster in Week 1. Jackson replaced Tremayne Anchrum Jr. and did an excellent job in pass protection, as well as in run blocking.

Havenstein had a false start, but that was one of his only missteps. The Falcons only landed two hits on Stafford as a team, a clear indication of how well the offensive line played.

Cooper Kupp was predictably graded highly after catching 11 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. He did lose a fumble that nearly cost the Rams a win, but otherwise, he was as good as always.

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