With almost 1,300 all-purpose yards in his rookie year, this running back will define the Los Angeles Rams offense for years to come
With another disappointing year for the Rams, it may be hard to look at some of the positives, but there is one bright positive that might change the Los Angeles Rams offense in 2016 for good. Running back Todd Gurley broke into the NFL with 146 rushing yards in his first start with the Rams and it would only show the beginning of a promising future.
In his first four starts with the Rams, he would break record after record. Gurley would rush for 566 rushing yards along with three touchdowns and of course help the Rams to win 3 out of his first 4 starts in the NFL. However, it does not take long for other teams to discover a teams weakness and strengths.
For the worst offense in the league, the Rams only shinning spot was Todd Gurley, once he was stopped the game was practically over. The Rams would go on a five game losing streak, with Gurley not reaching 100 yards in any of the games. It was clear, without Gurley the Rams were nothing but a bunch of dudes wearing uniforms on the field. They were no longer a team.
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With the Rams passing game still trying to figure out how to complete a pass, they knew they had to create new packages for Gurley in order for him to involve in the offense. In the next three games, the Rams would go 3-0, as Gurley would rush for 271 yards, along with 45 receiving yards. Oh also don’t forget the four touchdowns Gurley would tail up in that winning streak.
If you are not getting the hint here, When the Rams won, Gurley averaged 113 rushing yards and at least 1 touchdown. When the Rams went on the five game-losing streak, Gurley averaged 52 rushing yards. A very clear difference from win to loss. In the 2016 season, The Los Angeles Rams must be able to create formations where Todd Gurley will shine in. With the current quarterback situation, the Rams need to #FeedGurley often. The Rams offensive line must step up and become a run dominant team. Gurley’s performance is strongly based around if the Rams win or loss next year.
In the upcoming draft, don’t be surprised if the Rams add another offensive lineman or two. It’s going to be the Todd Gurley show in Los Angeles.