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Sean McVay says he needs to get Todd Gurley more involved in Super Bowl offense

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The Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and earned themselves a trip to the Super Bowl. But they won while one of their most vital players, Todd Gurley, was having a pretty unimpressive game.

Gurley had a disappointing performance in the NFC championship game, and he took responsibility and apologized. But Rams head coach Sean McVay didn’t leave Gurley out there alone — he also took partial responsibility on Monday, and said he knows what he needs to do to fix it.

Sean McVay shoulders some of the blame

McVay told the Ventura County Star on Monday that Gurley’s disappointing numbers weren’t entirely Gurley’s fault.

“I, for sure, should have done a better job of getting Todd more involved.”

He also knows that fixing that starts with him.

“I just think, really more than anything, I’ve got to get him more opportunities. Credit the Saints defense, too. They did some things to limit some of those opportunities.”

McVay continuously credited the Saints defense for making it so difficult for him to get Gurley involved. And if Gurley wasn’t on the field, he wasn’t getting the chance to play at his normal level. But McVay said that Gurley will get those chances in the Super Bowl.

“He didn’t have a lot of opportunities to play much better, so I think that’s where I’ve got some ownership in that as well,” McVay said. “The great thing about it is, he’ll get a chance to make a big-time contribution and have a big role in our game against the Patriots.”

Todd Gurley’s unproductive game on Sunday wasn’t all his fault — head coach Sean McVay says he shares the blame. (Getty Images)
Todd Gurley’s unproductive game on Sunday wasn’t all his fault — head coach Sean McVay says he shares the blame. (Getty Images)

Gurley’s unproductive game

The numbers Gurley put up on Sunday are unusual for him. He had just 13 total yards in the entire game on four rushes and one reception. That’s not the Todd Gurley we know.

It wasn’t all bad — Gurley did have a six-yard touchdown run that brought the Rams to within three points before the end of the first half — but his final stats show that overall, Sunday was the least productive game of Gurley’s entire career.

McVay continues to deny Gurley is injured

Gurley missed the final two games of the regular season with what the Rams called “knee inflammation,” and while he had some huge runs against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional game, his performance on Sunday (and McVay not using him as much) makes you wonder whether Gurley is healthy.

McVay attempted to quiet those questions on Monday:

“To start, Todd is healthy and he’s feeling good,” McVay said. “He sure looked pretty healthy on that touchdown run where he ran through guys and demonstrated some explosion and what we know about him.”

Saying something like “he sure looked pretty healthy on his only big play of the game” isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of Gurley’s health. But McVay did say that Gurley is healthy and feeling good. We won’t know how true that is until the Super Bowl.

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