Last season was not kind to Rams running back Todd Gurley. In fact, he went from receiving Offensive Rookie Of The Year honors, to practically disappearing.
That cannot happen this year.
Gurley will need to find his old form if it’s going to work for the Los Angeles offense and for quarterback Jared Goff.
One of the biggest complaints lobbed at the running back last season, was his inability to use what space a bad offensive line offered. The O-Line was bad, but too many times in 2016, backup Benny Cunningham seemed to run and play with a lot more energy than Gurley. Some observers felt his frustration led to the inevitable label of “sophomore slump,” something Rams General Manager Les Snead said as well.
This year, the offensive line is better, now Gurley needs to be as well.
Thus far, he’s been complimentary of the offense McVay has brought with him. Last season as the Rams were swirling the drain, Goff compared the offense in Los Angeles to something akin to a middle school offense.
He may not have been totally of base with his criticism.
But he can’t use another excuse in year three. If last season was a slump, he needs to bust out of it this year.
Like Goff, EVERYTHING around Gurley is better.
Now he needs to be be better too