Rams defensive intervention Aaron Donald He spoke to reporters Monday, for the first time since an ugly incident during a joint training session with the Bengals wearing Donald’s swinging orange helmet, one in each hand.
He had nothing more to say than he did During the media tour last week. (Which wasn’t much.)
“My main focus is Buffalo right now,” Donald said. “I’m glad no one was hurt in training, but my main focus is Thursday night against Buffalo now.”
He was asked if he understood that it could be a dangerous situation.
He said, “Yes, sure.” “Everyone protects each other, everyone comes out of the situation clean and healthy. That’s what matters. [I’m] Ready for the first week.”
But Donald wasn’t protecting anyone when he was hitting them with helmets. He was on the attack, and he’s lucky he didn’t seriously hurt someone, or worse.
Donald was also reminded that he is a role model, and asked if he had heard from his children about the situation.
“My kids haven’t seen,” he said.
Defense coordinator Raheem Morris also met with reporters on Monday. He’s been a little more chatty, but the underlying message from the whole organization is the same – it was practice, no one got hurt, and what do you expect us to do when the one who did it is Aaron Donald?
“The greatest thing about it is that our guys know the difference between practice and games,” Morris said. “It’s really important to know that. We like to train like the pros, like the pros, and practice our way of playing. The whole thing is that you don’t let anyone cross the line. When things cross the line, sometimes things go out of the way. The team disciplined him internally without a doubt. Have a conversation with Sean [McVay]. We take all of these things very seriously. [Donald] Very close to the type of men’s jacket. You just backed everything we did with Sean, [Donald] And all we had to do was contribute. For me, talking to him just means making sure we don’t cross the line when the matches are over. This is my role, my responsibility and all that stuff. I think we kind of understand that. He’s been a professional for a long time. I think our young people will understand that. I think he is well respected in our locker room and in the dressing rooms across the league. I think we all know what that sounds like.”
We all definitely know what it looks like when he blows a fuse in practice. And honestly, he blew the same fuse more than a few times during matches. Although not to the same degree, Donald has been so agile that he’s been on the wrong side of the line once or twice during his career. His greatness usually gives him a pass.
Morris seemed to realize that Donald had clearly overstepped his bounds, even if Morris had not or could not say it so frankly as it should be said.
“You don’t want to rock a helmet at all, just to anyone in general, but there were some ripped helmets sometimes,” Morris said. “You never want to do these things. You don’t want that on a resume. You don’t want that on paper. You don’t want to take a look. But at the same time, these things happen in practice. They’re mistakes, they’re Mistakes and can be corrected when they occur at these times.”
Missed task error. A dropped pass is wrong. A bad reading by the midfielder is a mistake. Donald allowed his anger to force him to do something that shouldn’t happen anywhere. Exercise, game, locker room, parking lot. It’s outside the bounds of anything that should be considered acceptable in football, and it’s nonsense (honestly) that the Rams are running around in the name of making him available for the first week against the bills.
They shouldn’t have “talked to him” or whatever they did to discipline him. (Since they won’t say what they did, we’ll assume they didn’t do much.) It had to be stopped. Everyone knows that. The rams sure do, too. This is the only way to ensure that every player knows that certain lines cannot be crossed, regardless of any lameness excuse the player’s team might make to justify not taking the action that should have been taken at all.
The message is simple and clear as crystal. Some players are good enough to get away with this. As a result, certain players will, from time to time, do so. And when someone ends up with a fractured skull after being hit on the head with a helmet rocking a player they think is important enough to the team not to be properly punished for doing so, no one should be surprised.