Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley is the best reason that Jared Goff won’t be league MVP this season. Already the two leading candidates heading into Week 8 are Gurley and Mahomes.
At this point maybe that’s how it should be.
For the Rams, the offense clearly runs through Gurley and will continue to likely do so. His 686 rushing yards and another 270 receiving is the leading reason why. He’s instant offense, explosive running out of the backfield, and has become equally valuable and effective catching the football as any of the other Rams receivers.
Also worth noting, he’s become a player many identify as the face of the franchise along with McVay and Donald. That fact might seem minuscule, but in a star driven league in a star driven town like Los Angeles, that means something.
After a solid 2017 that saw Gurley win Offensive Player Of The Year honors, he’s managed to come back and crank it up even more. Right now and by every metric, HE IS THE RAMS OFFENSE.
It won’t be and hasn’t been uncommon to hear about the complimentary pieces teams will acquire to go with and support the quarterback position. for purposes of this discussion It’s entirely fair to say in this Rams offense, Goff is the complimentary piece in an offense that features Gurley.
That simply isn’t part of the working definition for league MVP.