Rams’ Aaron Donald goes into full smash while practicing with the Bengals
Before today’s training session between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals, Cincy’s head coach, Zac Taylor, a former Rams assistant coach, had high hopes for the first time facing the team they almost overtook them in Super Bowl LVI.
“Much easier than doing this with any other team in the league,” Taylor told reporters. “We know what we’re in for. We know how they train.”
Um… yeah. Aaron Donald has other ideas.
Under the extreme 85-degree heat, Donald didn’t have time for the BS during their joint practice Thursday afternoon after a holiday he happened to entertain retiring on the cover of Sports Illustrated,
Based on Cincinnati Enquirer Bengali reporter Charlie Goldsmith, their skirmish with the Rams is started by newly acquired left-hander La’el Collins throwing weeder punches at Leonard Floyd at the end of the play. In retaliation, Donald tore off a 6-foot-4, 315-pound La’el Collins helmet. For good measure, Donald put on another helmet in his other hand, equipped his Incredible Hulk inside, and started swinging down from above at the Bengals players.
After the teams were separated, both coaches ended the scrimmage. Well played, Aaron.
Donald shouldn’t even be out there. Does anybody think he needs the reps in a no-stakes joint practice at the age of 31? Also, who thought the Bengals and Rams matchup should take place IN THE PRESEASON?! My Deadspin colleague, Criss Partee, recently previewed list of revenge games 2022 And you know who’s not on that list? The Rams and Bengals…
Joe Burrow just had an appendectomy, which caused him to lose weight. I understand Cincy wants to see what their new line of attack is for Joe Burrow, they want to risk having him subject to the bloodlust of Donald’s quartet once again. At least this time, he has to wear a contactless red shirt, which might explain why Donald is being so stubborn. The man just hit something.
From a macro perspective, it’s hard to tell if general practices seem more stressful because we haven’t seen them take place since 2019 before the COVID pandemic forced teams to isolate as much as possible or whether Beginners are more excited after not hitting enemy players or not in shared practice environments since 2019. Recent training camp fights have demonstrated the bad side of training. collective practice. The most intense brawl of the season took place between the Patriots and Panther when a fan was injured after a shove spilled into the stands, but that’s a common occurrence.
Because this is not the regular season and a precious midfielder is not involved, NFL may not harshly suppress Donald because of it did on Myles Garrett two years ago. But nothing is certain when the player swinging the helmet joins in.
As if it wasn’t so Suffice it to say, the common practices are in themselves an insult to consumers of the NFL. The average price of a pre-season ticket to an NFL game is $123.42. That’s a fraction of the average regular season ticket, which can cost $800 and $400 on the secondary market. But Are the beginners and the Hall of Fame here for the best savings on daytime scenarios?
The premise of common practices is flawed. They are basically held before pre-season games as a means for beginners to engage in intense football with an opposing team. Methinks who earn money for a pre-season contest will love to see people kick off the regular season warm-up at one of the three pre-season games they pay to enter, not through other pre-season games. Selected clips from joint activities are posted on Twitter in the middle of the workday.
The league has performed well without joint drills for the past two seasons. Maybe it’s time to rethink them completely.