Todd Gurley did not make much of an impact in the Los Angeles Rams’ win in the NFC Championship game, but head coach Sean McVay is looking to change that moving forward.
Gurley was noticeably a non-factor during the team’s victory over the New Orleans Saints. At one point, he was even seen on the sideline while the offense was mounting their comeback in the second half.
As a result, there was plenty of speculation regarding what had happened to Gurley up to that point. It seems he simply fell by the wayside in McVay’s game plan.
According to Cameron DaSilva of the Rams Wire, McVay blamed himself for Gurley’s lack of involvement:
“Yeah, I think that I for sure should’ve done a better job of getting Todd more involved. I think the opportunities were so limited, whether it be a couple of things in the pass game,” McVay said Monday. “I thought one of the things that doesn’t show up is, if you watch some of the two-minute drills when they were bringing some zone dogs – different things like that – watching the way that Todd Gurley ends up putting his face on people in protection, enabling Jared Goff to be able to sit in the pocket, make a third-and-10 conversion to Brandin Cooks on a big-time drive that leads to a touchdown. You look at some of the things in the last two-minute drives, him making big-time pickups. He catches a check down that enables us to continue to move the ball. So, he did a lot of good things. We didn’t get as many attempts as we would’ve liked to.”
McVay’s comments should come as no surprise since he has always held himself accountable for any shortcomings on offense. Unfortunately, Gurley’s performance raised bigger questions regarding his health moving forward.
It is no secret that Gurley had been dealing with a knee injury over the last several weeks, but he has dispelled the notion. It seems his production is simply a reflection of whatever matchup McVay likes at the time.