Bill Belichick gives Rams DT Aaron Donald highest of praises in very few words

Ryan Hannable
January 23, 2019 - 12:13 pm

One of the biggest challenges for the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII will be controlling Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

The Patriots' offensive line has been outstanding so far in the postseason, but Donald and the Rams defensive line will be the best unit it has gone up against.

Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, Bill Belichick gave Donald the highest of praises without using a lot of words.

"Everything," he said when asked what he does well. "He’s pretty much unblockable."

During the regular season he totaled 20.5 sacks and 59 tackles, but he hasn't recorded a sack in the two postseason games so far.

Donald wasn't the only member of the Rams to get praise from Belichick, as he had a lot of nice things to say about Sean McVay and most of the Rams coaching staff.

"I have a ton of respect for Sean," he said. "I think he’s done a great job in the two years he’s been with the Rams. His teams have performed at an extremely high level. They’re very consistent. They’re well-coached. He has a great scheme. The players execute it on a consistent basis at a very high level. He’s got a great coaching staff. Offense, defense, special teams – they’re good in every area. Coach [John] Fassel, Coach [Wade] Phillips, a great staff. Coach [Jedd] Fisch I know is also an important part of that staff. The coaching, the playing, the consistency – Coach McVay’s done a tremendous job out there.

"He’s got a great team. They’ll be very hard to beat, but we’re going to compete against them and do the best that we can to be ready to go a week from Sunday. I think he’s done an outstanding job. I have a ton of respect for the way his team has played and how well they play and what he’s accomplished out there, and in his entire career, but as a head coach in the last two years."

The Patriots and Rams will meet Feb. 3 in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII.

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