The Los Angeles Rams were quite competitive in the first half vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.
They led 14-10 with 32 seconds left in the second quarter and seemed in control of the situation.
Then, they allowed the Eagles to march down the field 75 yards for a touchdown, which infuriated superstar defender Aaron Donald.
The former Defensive Player of the Year admitted that he was angry about the fact that the Eagles were able to put up a 75-yard scoring drive in just 32 seconds against their defense.
Donald deemed that kind of effort and lack of intensity ‘unacceptable’ (via ProFootballTalk):
“I ain’t going to lie, that’s what I was frustrated about. I was mad about that. That lingered on me until about Monday night, honestly,” Donald said. “ We got to try to eliminate that type of stuff, but we can’t have that as a defense. That’s not us, that can’t be acceptable. That just doesn’t sit well with me. We’re going to fix those things. We’re going to clean those things up and we’ll be better at that.”
Aaron Donald was frustrated with the Rams' defensive performance at the end of the first half against the Eagles: "That can't be acceptable." https://t.co/PuSdAe4vOb
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 14, 2023
The 32-year-old has been one of the few bright spots in Sean McVay’s defense this season.
Despite reportedly contemplating retirement multiple times and struggling with injuries last season, Donald continues to be a driving defensive force in this league.
The Rams, however, haven’t been able to put up a consistent effort throughout the course of the season.
They obviously haven’t been as bad as they were last year, but they’re still far behind when compared to the Super Bowl contender they were just a couple of seasons ago.
And if their defense is unable or unwilling to show some teeth and pride against contending teams, then it might be a long while before we see them back in the playoffs.NEXT: Sean McVay Discusses Rams' Plans Ahead Of Trade Deadline