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NFL: Taylor declares Donald's a cut above

Head coach Zac Taylor says Cincinnati must stop LA Rams defensive end Aaron Donald in Super Bowl LVI if they are going to come out on top.

Donald, who is 14/1 to be named Super Bowlm MVP, is someone Taylor knows well from the two seasons he spent on the Rams' coaching staff and says scheming to stop him can be a real problem.

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DE key to LA success

The 30-year-old, who was drafted by the Rams with the 13th pick in the first round in 2014, tallied 12.5 sacks during the regular season.

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And it was his pressure on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo that helped the Rams clinch victory in a tense battle for the NFC Championship a fortnight ago.

"He's certainly one of the greatest players we've ever played against," Taylor said this week, via therams.com.

"You watch other teams plan for him, and you can have great plans, he's a real problem. Somebody that you've really got to focus on."

Taylor wary of other talents

While much of the medias focus when it coms to the Rams' scary defence has been on Donald and All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, Taylor is quick to recognise other players who make a significant contribution, picking outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, defensive lineman Greg Gaines and outside linebacker Ogbo Okoronkwo.

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"They've got a lot of weapons to attack you," Taylor added. "Offenses have really struggled going against this defense.

"A lot of teams have scored maybe on defense - you look at the Tennessee game and the Green Bay game, and that's how some of those teams have built leads against them. But their defense has played really consistently well all season long."

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