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    We gp to the ghost screen, gurley counter tray play murliple times and Gurley has running room. I'd be willing to bet that thst specific playcall has only been called 9-10 times this year and has an average of over 5.0 a clip... If using austin that way allows for a more efficient offense then so be it.

    Gurley and cunningham actually had some room to run today which is promising. And we actually ran the ball in the 2nd half too which is promising .

  • #2
    Originally posted by bruce4life View Post
    We gp to the ghost screen, gurley counter tray play murliple times and Gurley has running room. I'd be willing to bet that thst specific playcall has only been called 9-10 times this year and has an average of over 5.0 a clip... If using austin that way allows for a more efficient offense then so be it.

    Gurley and cunningham actually had some room to run today which is promising. And we actually ran the ball in the 2nd half too which is promising .
    Amazing how the threat of Austin opened things up, and it kept working. What didn't work, was the holding penalty on Robinson that negated a beautiful 21 yard run by Gurley. He really looked dejected when he realized there was a penalty, on what should have been a big confidence boosting run.

    I agree the run game showed signs of life today.


    • #3
      After K. Britt who else if you where an opposing DC scares you about the Rams in the passing game?

      How the Rams us Austin wouldn't worry me in the slightest. How the Rams should use Gurley would give me some concern. And seriously would put my best CB on Quick and double cover Britt while using the Safeties to spy Gurley and Austin...oh by the way besides zone and cover 2 formations guess what other defenses have been using against the Ram's offense?

      From the beginning of the season I said the Rams need to run a 2 back offense... Cunningham & Gurley
      *that formation gives the Rams 10 potential plays as a core set allowing flexibility to bring in an extra TE or WR as situation dictates and thus an addition 15 play potential--and most of those plays are low risk high percentage passing--and guess who that would benefit a rookie QB?


      • #4
        ^I'm sorry, but that is far too creative a scheme to find its way onto a Fisher team.
        “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”


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          “It’s been crazy,” Gurley said Friday. “I’m like, ‘There’s 12 people on the field!’ It’s definitely a lot of people.”

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          Gurley lamented opponents’ strategy to stop him but said there was an upside.

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          Gurley scored on a three-yard touchdown run that put him exactly at 1,000 yards.

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          “That was a pretty good night for us,” he said of the victory over Tampa Bay, “and the offense was actually rolling.”

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