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‘You Never Replace An Aaron Donald’ – Sean McVay

Rams head coach Sean McVay admits L.A has a big task on its hands to replace Aaron Donald.

The defensive tackle, who was a Ram his whole career, announced his retirement recently. Aaron Donald departs the NFL with 10 Pro Bowl selections, eight first-team All-Pros and one Super Bowl ring.

As well as that, Aaron Donald was named Defensive Player of the Year three times. As Sean McVay says, it’s impossible to replace a player like that.


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“We’ve known for a while and you never replace an Aaron Donald. Fortunately, we had a little bit of time to get our ducks in a row but man, there’s truly one of one when you talk about him. And I think that term gets thrown around loosely, Steve, but not only as a player but as a person.”

“We are trying to add guys as we speak. The draft will be big,” McVay said

“You have a vision of how you want it to unfold but there are 31 other teams that always have a say. I think once we get our players in place [defensive coordinator Chris] Shula and his defensive staff have done a great job of setting the foundation, but you are not naïve to the fact that you are replacing this guy.

“What a great job he did leading, influencing and affecting throughout the course of his career, but it was really on display this year. With how young we were, especially on the defensive side of the ball.”


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“It’s one of the most special relationships that I’ve been fortunate to have in this coaching profession. You are reminded why you get into it and it’s to be around people like him. He also happened to be an incredibly special player. I think a lot of people are probably happy that he retired, other than people on the Rams.”

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