(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: As the season starts to gradually unfold, Ram fans are in a waiting phase to see how the team will fare in these upcoming, and always important games, whether they be Conference or Non-Conference types of encounters. This Week #4 match-up will be against the AFC’s South Division member, the Indianapolis Colts (2-1), and currently in 1st place.
Per the Rams Communications Staff’s capturing of the weekly interviews of designated players, here’s what multi-year All-Pro Defensive Tackle and stalwart of the Rams defensive unit had to say when asked about the recent road loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night football, and the prospects for Sunday’s second consecutive road game, this time against the Indianapolis Colts, to be televised on Ch. 11 FOX/NFL. Kick-off is slated for 10:00 am. Radio inclined fans can listen to it on 710 am Radio, ESPN.
Los Angeles Rams Transcripts – Aaron Donald – 9/28
[Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald]
*7× First-team All-Pro (2015–2021) & *9× Pro Bowl (2014–2022)
(On how the defense played on Monday night)…“Wasn’t too bad. Guys were flying around. Guys were making plays. Obviously, there was a couple plays here and there that you wish you had back but overall, I think the defense played pretty well.”
(On how he measures if the guys around him in the defensive room care)…“It’s out there playing with the guys. Obviously, they got to be able to put the body of work in and get themselves ready and prepared. You got to feel comfortable with them out there. They got to understand the way to play certain schemes, how we have to play certain things. I think the guys are playing well. Obviously, that confidence part is huge and I think guys are playing with a lot of confidence right now, being productive. I think it all comes from that. As long as you got guys out there that can fly around and play hard, that want to be successful, that want to win, you can have some success with some guys like that. I think we’ve been having success like that, but we got to continue to work.”
(On what he is seeing from OLB Byron Young)…“I think he’s getting better. Obviously, some good rushes here and there. But like I said, always room for improvement. I see improvement from where we started to where we are at now. Every week getting close, getting pressure, so you just got to keep it up.”
(On if he feels like the pass rush is getting enough pressure on quarterbacks to be effective)…“At times it’s looking well, but again there’s times where I feel like we could do a little better and get a little bit more pressure and affect the play a little different. We just got to keep working, keep trying to find ways to put that pressure on the quarterback, be productive at times, bottle the quarterback in, and it’s little things that can be fixed, nothing serious, but overall I think we are getting better.”
(On if he has seen Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris coach differently due to makeup of team)…“No, Raheem, he’s just been doing him. Obviously trying to find ways to get us freed up and trying to put his guys in good positions to be successful to help this defense. So nothing different on that end, just working.”
(On Colts rookie QB Anthony Richardson being the first dual threat quarterback they have seen this season and what has stood out about him)…“He’s a big guy that can do a lot with his feet so just trying to keep them bottled up. Obviously not letting him get outside the pocket is going to be huge for us this week. When he does get those quarterback runs, make them pay for doing it, get the hits on him and try to make his day long.”
(On the Colts being able to run the ball pretty well and what he sees from their run game)…“I think a run first team, obviously. I think they got a good offensive line. They’re coached well and have good technique. We just got to do our job up front in being physical, getting on and off blocks and trying to be effective to be able to stop the run.”
(On if he looks at this week’s game as a turning point)…“Every week is a week you want to win. I think the two games we did lose are games we could’ve won. We should’ve won. But again, you can’t make too many mistakes in this league or give up too many plays in this league. It’s hard to win in this league, but I think we’re close to the type of team we want to be from the defensive side and even from the offensive side. I think if we continue to play, continue to work and we put it all together, meaning the offense does what they need to do, we do what we need to do on defense, I think we can be a team that can have a lot of success. But we just got to keep working and keep doing what we need to do to be that type of team.”
(On his confidence level in QB Matthew Stafford when the offense gets the ball late in the game)…“I’m always confident when they get the ball. Definitely when you got a quarterback like that that has played in this league a long time and had a lot of success, that’s made a lot of big comeback wins. Anytime we get the opportunity to try to get them the ball, as long as he’s got the ball in his hands, we feel pretty comfortable that they’re going to get the job done no matter how the day’s going. If it’s an up or down day for them, our job is to just keep continuing to get them opportunities because we trust that they’re going to get it done.”