Arians’ Comparison For Aaron Donald

November 19th, 2020

Today when Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians was asked how he would describe Rams beastly defensive end Aaron Donald, he snickered to himself and reached back into a Saturday morning staple of his youth.

Confessing that likely only “us old guys know what that cartoon looks like,” Arians said Donald was a football version of the “Tasmanian Devil.” The Looney Tunes creature arrived in a cyclone and spit and growled and grunted and snarled, leaving scorched earth and wreckage in his path before arriving at the feet of Bugs Bunny.

“He’s non-stop,” Arians said. “He’s [got] great get-off. He has a toolbox of moves that is second to none. He’s just a helluva football player.”

Donald has nine sacks through nine games, tied with T.J. Watt for third-most in the NFL. He’s on track to have the second-best season of his career in sacks. Donald had 20.5 two years ago, which is insane for a guy playing  a inside a 34-defensive front.

The last two years, Donald has led the NFL in tackles for loss with 20 in 2019, and 25 in 2018.

So yeah, the Bucs’ offensive line better come with its A-game Monday night if they hope to run or throw without Donald becoming a gamewrecker.

So perhaps Arians can do to Donald what Bugs Bunny always did to the Tasmanian Devil? The reason Bugs Bunny never got eaten by the Tasmanian Devil was, before the cartoon finished, Bugs Bunny always found a way to outsmart him.

17 Responses to “Arians’ Comparison For Aaron Donald”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    he’ll never be a warren sapp though……

  2. gp Says:

    Bugs Bunny always found a way to outsmart the Tasmanian Devil.

    You stole my comment!

    Every beast has a weakness, Bugs was very good at finding them.

  3. Cannon Says:

    Misdirection, quick passes, and screens

    Soften them up until they back off, then go deep.

  4. PSL Bob Says:

    Gonna need a lot of help from the TE group to keep this guy out of the back field.
    Joe, what’s the latest on Marpet?

  5. Joe Says:

    Joe, what’s the latest on Marpet?

    Wrote about it.

  6. the_end Says:


    He is dominating and wreaking havoc in a era where DTs are no longer game-wreckers (i.e what edge rushers do now) and his position is normally used to eat space and stuff the run. Go watch film and maybe you will re-think your silly post. He is a first ballot HOF’er and as much as I like Sapp, better player and MUCH better athlete! Fool.

  7. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    he’s still no warren sapp ^^^^^^^^

    “don’t throw rocks at the throne”……………..warren sapp

  8. SlyPirate Says:

    BL likes his A-Gap runs. I wonder if we’ll see as many in this game?

    Can you run on A-A-Ron?

  9. JustBucNwin Says:

    Great…now what are you and your boy genius going to do to neutralize him?!

  10. Mitch Says:

    Marpet and Jensen did a good job last year. Hopefully Ali is back in the line up. If not I think Jensen will hold his own.

  11. unbelievable Says:

    Time to step up your game Leftwich.

  12. Adam M Radmore Says:

    Donovan Smith doesn’t have a challenge this weekend. Their DLine is ass outside of Donald. He busts up double teams all the time. He’ll whoop A.Q. and Jensen. Brady hates interior pressure. We need Ali, don’t get it confused.

  13. ClwJB Says:

    Run it right at him – c/G double team on every inside run – we must get the run game going against them before we try to open it up – fighting thru double teams is extremely tiring – wear him down early and often

  14. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Anthem, I often disagree with you, but you’re spot on here. Sapp on the field was as good as it gets.

  15. SteveK Says:

    This guy is sh!t your pants good. Scary mofo on the football field and the best linemen in the game.

    Hope we can acknowledge his greatness and scheme around him if possible.

    I remember Donald coming out of Pitt. What a freak athlete. So fast, powerful, explosive, strong, etc.

    Someone said “he’s no Sapp”, truth be told he could be better? Sapp was a wrecker, baller and complete player- but he did not have the same physical gifts as Donald. Holy hell dude is ferocious.

    Go Bucs!

  16. SteveK Says:

    People just don’t move through people like Donald does. Perfect 3-technique and a generational athlete.

  17. pewterpirate99 Says:

    TheBucsAnthem Says:
    November 19th, 2020 at 2:13 pm
    he’ll never be a warren sapp though……

    Anthem I too disagree with a lot of your posts, however I 200% agree with you here. Aaron Donald is a beast and a future hall of famer, but I’ll take Warren Sapp over Aaron Donald ( both in their primes ) 100 times out of a 100. I love Warren and what he brought to the field every time he was on it. Without him in our defensive trinity, the Bucs don’t win the Super Bowl. He’s number one in my list of top 5 favorite Buccaneers.