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  • I think we need more Gurley!

    In the last three weeks, the Rams have faced the #18 (Saints), #7 (Cardinals), and #1 (Eagles) run defenses in the NFL.

    Todd Gurley has carried the ball 49 times in these games for 244 yards (a hair under 5.0 ypc).

    This week, they face another tough run defense in Seattle (though it could be substantially weakened if Bobby Wagner (hamstring), K.J. Wright (concussion), Michael Bennett (possible suspension), Quinton Jefferson (possible suspension), and Sheldon Richardson (possible suspension) are unavailable), and an opposing QB who you'd like to keep off the field.

    Its time to feed Gurley.

    Gurley has carried the ball 20 or more times in only four games this year. The Rams are 4-0 in those games (and 2-0 in the two games in which he had 19 carries).

    Its time to get back to basics.

    Pound the ball. Play action. Pound the ball some more. More play action.

    If we've been saving Gurley and keeping him fresh, I'd say this is the week to turn him loose.

  • #2
    Gurley has 20 touches in 7 games this year. We are 7-0. AV is dead spot on

    Ramming speed to all

    general counsel

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    • #3
      I agree. Gurley is running like a demon lately and we need to keep that going. I suspect with Woods coming back this week (hopefully) that will open things up defensively even more. Its great to have Watkins and Kupp but Woods being out upset the balance. I'm thinking that Woods being out pushed Gurley into a more receiver role on checkdowns.

      Go Rams!

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      • #4
        MDE, i agree with you, but where was gurley yesterday on more checkdowns and swing passes to get the ball in his hands? Isolate him outside. Why does everything have to be a deep throw down the field? What is especially galling is that with woods out there is no real additional reliance on sammy. we are treating him like an afterthought in the offense. the corner is playing 10 yards off him time and again and i have not seen goff call one audible to throw a quick screen to him and give him the chance to break a tackle, or at least take the easy six yard gain.

        ramming speed to all

        general counsel

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        • #5
          I agree. A lot of us in my section at the game yesterday kept wondering why were there so many pass plays being called ?? In the Red Zone on first down ?? We didn't see the need when you have a back like Gurley in there. I also agree with General Counsel. There were plenty of opportunities to get the ball to Watkins, but the RAMS weren't taking advantage of them. I like Goff's ability to change plays at the line, but I believe that McVay is overthinking things...
          Always a Rams Fan............

          Rex Allen Markel

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          • #6
            Originally posted by general counsel View Post
            ...Why does everything have to be a deep throw down the field?
            That was my issue with the Rams offense as well. So many of the other top offenses in the league have those easy dump offs if everyone is covered but we continue to see plays called that leave Goff sitting in the pocket for way too long.

            Gurley is one of the best offensive weapons in the league. 20 carries and 5-7 receptions should be his base workload. Use him to control the clock and keep our defense on the bench because they're not quite where they need to be yet.

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            • #7
              Why wouldn't he put Gurley in for more touches?
              "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

              Jack Youngblood

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              • #8
                This tweet sums it up for me...

                Rich Hammond‏ (@Rich_Hammond)
                Re: McVay/Gurley, the Rams have run the ball on 44.7% of plays this season, which is 9th highest in NFL. Gurley has 236 carries, third-most in NFL. The Rams score a ton. But why does something still seem a little off?
                11:47 AM - 11 Dec 2017
                It's these instances where the big picture numbers don't make it seem like a problem, but then you look at yesterday's game and it clearly was an issue. it's easy to forget sometimes that McVay is a young coach and is still finding his way; there are some veteran coaches (Andy Reid) who still haven't figured this stuff out. I think McVay realizes the weapon he has in Gurley, but I agree he should have done a better job getting him the football yesterday.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
                  In the last three weeks, the Rams have faced the #18 (Saints), #7 (Cardinals), and #1 (Eagles) run defenses in the NFL.

                  Todd Gurley has carried the ball 49 times in these games for 244 yards (a hair under 5.0 ypc).

                  This week, they face another tough run defense in Seattle (though it could be substantially weakened if Bobby Wagner (hamstring), K.J. Wright (concussion), Michael Bennett (possible suspension), Quinton Jefferson (possible suspension), and Sheldon Richardson (possible suspension) are unavailable), and an opposing QB who you'd like to keep off the field.

                  Its time to feed Gurley.

                  Gurley has carried the ball 20 or more times in only four games this year. The Rams are 4-0 in those games (and 2-0 in the two games in which he had 19 carries).

                  Its time to get back to basics.

                  Pound the ball. Play action. Pound the ball some more. More play action.

                  If we've been saving Gurley and keeping him fresh, I'd say this is the week to turn him loose.
                  Here, I totally agree with you. The Rams passed the ball on 14 of their first 17 plays yesterday despite Gurley running well thru the Philly defense the few times he touched the ball. Simply put, the Rams need more balance. While I appreciate the season Goff is having and McVay's confidence in his ability to throw the football, he's not Peyton Manning. And when you have a back the caliber of Gurley, you use him- period. This will also help the defense, who was on the field for entirely too long yesterday.

                  Can't help but see a little Mike Martz in McVay. I'm not really worried, because there doesn't appear to be a trace of arrogance in McVay and he's a young coach finding his way, but I think he needs to better grasp the importance of utilizing the running game more.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post

                    Here, I totally agree with you. The Rams passed the ball on 14 of their first 17 plays yesterday despite Gurley running well thru the Philly defense the few times he touched the ball. Simply put, the Rams need more balance. While I appreciate the season Goff is having and McVay's confidence in his ability to throw the football, he's not Peyton Manning. And when you have a back the caliber of Gurley, you use him- period. This will also help the defense, who was on the field for entirely too long yesterday.

                    Can't help but see a little Mike Martz in McVay. I'm not really worried, because there doesn't appear to be a trace of arrogance in McVay and he's a young coach finding his way, but I think he needs to better grasp the importance of utilizing the running game more.
                    Lord Almighty.....I was thinking the same thing during yesterday's game. And I promise you I cringed at the thought. Look we all appreciate what Mad Mike did to help us win a Super Bowl but he showed himself incompetent and incapable of being a head coach; and I don't want that to happen to Sean McVay.
                    Coach Mac needs to realize that THIS year's offense runs through Todd Gurley and NOT Jared Goff (at least for this year anyway......). I have little doubt that in the near future it will become Goff's team, but for now it is the Gurley man's. His play calling needs to get back to what has made 2017 a very good and successful year.

                    And with the hated SeaSquawks this week it is high time to feed #30 and let him lead us to the NFC West title.

                    ~RAMarkable~

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                    • RockinRam
                      Gurley on Second NFL Season: 'Like a Nightmare'
                      by RockinRam
                      • By Chris Wesseling
                      • Around the NFL Writer
                      • Published: Jan. 24, 2017 at 02:53 p.m.
                      • Updated: Jan. 24, 2017 at 03:05 p.m.

                      After a successful debut campaign as the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year, Rams running back Todd Gurley suffered through a miserable second season.

                      Mired in an inept Los Angeles attack, Gurley clearly regressed as a playmaker, finishing with the lowest yards-per-carry figure (3.2) of any back with 150 or more rushing attempts.

                      In a Tuesday appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, Gurley was asked to categorize his 2016 season.

                      "Like a nightmare. I still can't believe the season," Gurley said. "It was definitely a tough year, a learning experience for me. To be 4-12 this year? I don't want to feel that feeling again."
                      Gurley made news in December, describing the Rams' attack as a "middle school offense" in the wake of back-to-back lopsided losses that led directly to the firing of coach Jeff Fisher.

                      Provided a forum to explain that criticism, Gurley clarified that he was speaking strictly of the players rather than the coaching staff.

                      "The week before, we played New England. I think we probably scored one touchdown and that was the last two minutes of the game," Gurley explained. "Then we go play Atlanta, and they probably put more points up on us on defense than we actually put up on offense."

                      "It was frustrating. I kind of told it like it was, kind of how we looked. It was too many mental errors from everybody, including myself, just turning the ball over. You just can't have that."

                      Gurley was gracious enough to let the coaching staff off the hook, but Fisher's offenses were dysfunctional for long stretches of his five-year tenure with the Rams.

                      Erupting for more than 125 rushing yards in each of his first four NFL starts, Gurley drew lofty comparisons to Hall of Famers such as Gale Sayers and Eric Dickerson early in his rookie season.

                      His rare talent was so obvious at the time that NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger raved, "My mom could scout Todd Gurley."

                      Since that torrid start to his career, however, Gurley has reached the century mark just once in 24 games. No other running back since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger has played all of his team's games and averaged as many carries per game as Gurley (17.4) without reaching 100 rushing yards at least once in a season, per NFL Research.

                      The Rams have enlisted new head coach Sean McVay to pull No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff out of his rookie-year tailspin. Beyond that quarterback-whisperer responsibility, McVay will have to find a way to free Gurley from the bad habits he picked up behind an offensive line that is too often overwhelmed at the line of scrimmage.

                      The talent is there. Can McVay and his staff unlock the potential in 2017?...
                      -01-24-2017, 05:32 PM
                    • r8rh8rmike
                      Struggling Rams RB Todd Gurley could see more targets as a receiver
                      by r8rh8rmike
                      Struggling Rams RB Todd Gurley could see more targets as a receiver

                      Oct 3, 2016
                      Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer

                      THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that Todd Gurley is "very close" to breaking off big runs.

                      He's been saying that for four weeks now.

                      Gurley was held to a mere 33 yards on 19 carries in Sunday's 17-13 win over theArizona Cardinals. That's 1.74 yards per attempt, the lowest rate among his 16 career NFL starts.

                      For the season, Gurley has amassed only 216 yards on 82 carries, ranking 44th among 45 qualified running backs (Adrian Peterson is the only one below Gurley, but Peterson has only played in two games). Stretching back even further, Gurley has been held below 100 yards in 11 of his last 12 games.

                      "As long as I keep winning, I can care less," Gurley said after his team's third straight win on Sunday. "It don’t even matter to me.”

                      But the winning probably isn't sustainable if Gurley isn't effective.

                      Fisher said "the line of scrimmage was full of Cardinals" on Sunday, as is normally the case. So the Rams used Gurley a little bit more in the passing game. He hauled in a one-handed catch on a lob pass that turned into a 33-yard gain early in the third quarter, then converted a key third-and-8 down the stretch, running out to the flat, catching Case Keenum's throw, cutting to the inside and gaining the extra yardage two plays before Brian Quick caught the winning touchdown.

                      Gurley finished with five catches for 49 yards, giving him a more respectable 82 yards from scrimmage.

                      Pass-catching ability is an underrated part of Gurley's game, a skill that wasn't on display very often during a rookie season that saw him finish as the NFL's third-leading rusher.

                      But the running lanes haven't been there frequently enough for Gurley this year. He's averaging the NFL's third-fewest yards before first contact (0.90), with teams continuing to dare the Rams to beat them through the air. According to Pro Football Reference, Gurley is the first running back in history with 80-plus carries in his team's first four games and less than 2.75 yards per attempt.

                      "Obviously the running game hasn’t been going as well," Gurley said Sunday night. "But hey, I got a couple passes in the backfield. That was key."

                      Look for the Rams to continue exploring that....
                      -10-06-2016, 04:27 PM
                    • Nick
                      So, I guess that Gurley kid is pretty good...
                      by Nick
                      433 rushing yards on 68 attempts for a 6.36 average over the last three games, Rams 2-1 in that span.


                      It's still early, but the Rams may have found their response to the question posed earlier this year regarding the last time they hit a home run on an offensive draft pick.
                      -10-25-2015, 01:46 PM
                    • MauiRam
                      Todd Gurley could be Los Angeles’ next big star 
                      by MauiRam
                      By Rich Hammond

                      OXNARD >> If, as the saying goes, stars are made, not born, what about those who are relocated?

                      Todd Gurley is poised to be the next big thing in Southern California sports. The Rams running back still might go unrecognized walking down local streets, particularly when his trademark shoulder-length dreadlocks are pulled back, but given his recent face time on national TV, that seems certain to change.

                      “Carl’s Jr.,” teammate Benny Cunningham said with a wry grin after a recent practice. “That’s his new nickname. You should call him that. He will like that.”

                      Gurley has received copious good-natured ribbing for his role as as a burger-pitcher. In the commercial, Gurley — who speaks only a few words — is greeted by an agent and selfie-taking admirers as he coolly strolls through an office while wearing a hat with a generic “L.A.’’ logo.

                      “Welcome to California, Todd Gurley,” shouts the agent, played by actor/comedian Jay Mohr.

                      And welcome, perhaps, to a void that needs to be filled, that of major Southern California sports icon.

                      Kobe Bryant has retired after an iconic 20-year career with the Lakers. Clayton Kershaw arguably is the best pitcher in baseball, but many viewers can’t even watch Dodger games. The Angels’ Mike Trout is highly marketable but seems reticent to display charisma in a public way. The top players for the Kings and Ducks are more likely to pitch products in Canada.

                      Chris Paul is a contender, but at best he’s a very good player on a good Clippers team, and that franchise still is attempting to dribble out of the Lakers’ shadow.

                      The throne has been vacated, and Gurley can fill it. He’s telegenic, intelligent, community-minded and is coming off a 2015 rookie season in which he rushed for the third-most yards in the NFL (1,106).

                      It also doesn’t hurt that Gurley is represented by Roc Nation Sports, the agency founded by music star Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter.

                      “The region is looking for someone to embrace,” said David Carter, Executive Director of USC’s Sports Business Institute, “and not only because football is back but because Kobe Bryant’s presence will be diminished. And as long as the Dodgers struggle to get their bearings on TV, their stars will not have as constant a light shone on them. All of this makes his timing ideal.”

                      There’s only one question: Is this market ready to accept Gurley as a hometown hero? As of now, three months before the start of the NFL season, Gurley remains an outsider, and something of a quiet one.

                      Bryant arrived as a teenager and grew up here. Shaquille O’Neal and Manny Ramirez were imported, but announced their arrivals with boisterous enthusiasm. Gurley? He’s been placed gently on Southern California’s porch like a FedEx package from St. Louis. The locals are just beginning to unwrap him.

                      It’s a...
                      -06-12-2016, 01:54 PM
                    • r8rh8rmike
                      Does Gurley Play Against Pittsburgh?
                      by r8rh8rmike
                      Gurley says he's ready, has been a full go for a few weeks in practice, is getting first team reps this week, and Fisher described his workout before the Washington game as "outstanding". Does he get his first action against the Steelers?
                      Yes, he plays.
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                      No, he continues to sit.
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                      -09-22-2015, 03:08 PM
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