But one prominent Sports Illustrated NFL voice doesn't see it that way. In fact, he's going to go ahead and pin the rest of the defense's shortcomings all on Donald, thank you very much.
Love Aaron Donald, but how does a member of a run D that ranked 30th in yards allowed per attempt run away with Defensive Player of the Year?— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) August 24, 2018
And that's what happens when you don't watch any Rams games.
How does one that doesn’t watch football get verified on Twitter?— Luke Overschmidt (@Rams_To_State) August 24, 2018
Because he's an interior pass rusher.— JLW (@JLW1987) August 24, 2018
Donald was 12th in run stop percentage among 3-4 DEs. So he's above average against the run and by far the best the best past rushing DE. Saying he doesn't contribute towards the run is just not correct.— JLW (@JLW1987) August 24, 2018
After all, there's one key reason the dominant Donald couldn't be an elite run-stuffer while he was busy dominating the passer.
Alec Ogletree is the primary answer here.— Alan Eidelman (@aeidelman36) August 24, 2018
Sorry, New York Giants, but Olivier Vernon is now ineligible for DPOY, per Andy Benoit. You just can't be having Alec Ogletree as your teammate.
But for real, cool haircut, Andy. Definitely a look that screams, "I'm confident in all the wrong ways."
How is Sports Illustrated such a prominent magazine when their writing staff ranks 30th in "defense of their arguments"? Benoit hasn't even shown up in the comments yet. Thanks, bud.