Rams running back Todd Gurley has come under criticism for what can best be described as a bad sophomore season. Make no mistake, this wasn’t a “Sophomore Slump”, it was a disaster for the L.A. offense.
As for those who want to point blame at the Rams coaching staff, offensive game planning, or bad O-line, you’ll get no complaint from me or anyone else who watched Rams football this past season. But it became obvious early on that Gurley wasn’t going to help himself. It was also noticeable that he either couldn’t or wouldn’t create any daylight for himself under the same game conditions he had his rookie season.
Jason Cole at Bleacher Report did a nice job capturing some comments from the previous Rams coaching staff, and one thing became clear: Todd Gurley owns his bad season lock, stock, and barrel.
Coaches even went so far as to point out his missing most of the offseason program and hanging out with Jay-Z.
Gurley, who was quick to love the extension Jeff Fisher received before his abrupt dismissal, was also quick to offer a suggestion that some players may have quit on the team. The running back would ultimately refer to the offense as something out of high school, but by then 2016 was in the books, and the organization was moving on.
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The postscript on Todd Gurley isn’t a favorable one, but it was one many began to notice as the season would grind towards another losing campaign. The number of problems the Rams had on offense was many, but fair or not, Gurley’s name belongs at the top of that list.
As I’ve written, year one in Los Angeles was memorable for all the wrong reasons. When I wrote that the organization will enjoy something of a “do-over” in 2017 given the coaching changes, I don’t believe Todd Gurley is entitled to one. Gurley demonstrated the ability to be a playmaker for the Rams. Given all things mostly being equal from his rookie year to his sophomore season, it’s reasonable to have had an expectation level much higher than he would eventually produce.
He simply didn’t deliver.
Todd Gurley will need to rebound next year in a big way, as one hit wonders find a relatively short shelf life in professional football. Excuses may be accepted in this offseason of change in Los Angeles, but they won’t be for very long.
That’s a hard lesson he already having to learn, but really needs too.
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