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, the job is clear."We need to stop the run," Donald said Wednesday. "Don't even worry about getting after the quarterback. Our main job this week is to stop the run. They've got a strong running game. If we do that, then we'll get after the quarterback."The Seahawks gouged the Rams' defensive front for 5.9 yards per carry, boosted by a handful of big plays that were aided by defensive mistakes. The Los Angeles Chargers also had major success on the ground against the Rams last month, rushing for 7.1 yards per carry.The Rams have been comfortably ahead on the scoreboard for much of the season, limiting their opponents' ability to use the run game. But Donald realizes the Rams can't count on their high-octane offense to get them out of work in the defensive trenches.It nearly cost the Rams in Seattle, but Los Angeles' offense scored the game's final nine points, and the defense shut out the Seahawks in the fourth quarter."I feel like it was more disappointing we gave up that many rushing yards and we gave up that many points," Donald said. "As long as we found a way to win, you can have a game like that. We've just got to play better."Seattle right guard D.J. Fluker had sharp words for the Rams' defense afterward, saying Los Angeles hadn't "seen a team that's played physical. They want to be pass-rushers. They haven't seen a team go out there and actually take it to them every single play."Donald chuckled at the apparent criticism of him and Ndamukong Suh, two of the NFL's most decorated defensive linemen."He said something smart? We'll see him," Donald said. "We'll play them again."The Rams weren't statistically great against the run last season, giving up 122.3 yards per game to rank 28th in the league. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' unit was strong in other areas during the Rams' 11-5 regular season, but run defense remains an area ripe for improvement.Those improvements have been a significant topic of conversation already this season. Coach Sean McVay's staff is reminding the defensive front seven to stick with their gap assignments, although McVay identified at least one big Seahawks run in which the coaches put the players in a poor defensive scheme for the situation."What we're encouraged about as you watch it as a staff are they're very fixable things Authentic Todd Gurley Jersey
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