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    Rams' Todd Gurley: Expected to be ready for OTAs

    by RotoWire Staff
    Mar 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm ET • 1 min read

    Gurley (knee) is expected to be available for the start of the Rams' offseason program April 15, Gary Klein and Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times report.

    The status of Gurley's left knee will probably be the biggest story line surrounding the Rams' offseason and that narrative appears to be starting on a positive note. Head coach Sean McVay declined to comment much on the subject at this week's NFL owner's meetings and specifically didn't touch on whether Gurley is dealing with arthritis or not, but he did mention the team has a plan in place to manage the running back's health going forward. Joining him in offseason workouts will be Malcolm Brown, who Los Angeles effectively decided to re-sign over C.J. Anderson.

  • #2
    Good to know, for sure! Excellent news at this point of the offseason.


    • #3
      But I was told after the Super Blow he’s 100%. Some things never change with a franchise.


      • #4
        BTW, the article / report is not news intended for 'April fool's day', is it? ... (^_^)


        • #5
          Originally posted by RealRam View Post
          BTW, the article / report is not news intended for 'April fool's day', is it? ... (^_^)
          The article came out at the end of March.

          These are going to be very interesting OTA's with regard to Gurley.


          • #6
            Originally posted by R8rh8rmike View Post

            The article came out at the end of March.

            Yes, I know. I figured the article might have been an 'advance' for April Fool's Day. (^_^)

            Seriously, I look forward to Gurley's activity during OTA. Preparing for a healthy 2019 season.

            Sean McVay hopes questions about Todd Gurley's knee won't be a distraction

            By: Cameron DaSilva
            March 28, 2019
            10:38 am ET

            Todd Gurley's limited usage in the NFC championship and Super Bowl had everyone talking after the Los Angeles Rams' loss to the New England Patriots. Sean McVay was questioned about why his All-Pro running back only got 10 carries in the Super Bowl and just four in the NFC title game, despite consistently saying Gurley was fully healthy during that span.

            Those questions haven't stopped, especially with a recent report saying Gurley has arthritis in his surgically repaired knee, which had Rams fans everywhere panicking. At the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix this week, McVay was once again asked about Gurley’s status.

            He told Steve Wyche of NFL Network that Gurley is "in a good place right now," but talking to a pool of reporters on Tuesday, he expanded on those comments.

            McVay said he knows Gurley's knee is going to be a story until games kick off in September, partly because he’s such a great player and an important part of the offense.

            "I think you do know that. That’s a result of Todd being such a special, productive player that he’s so important to what we do and to the success we've had over the last couple years. So you’re not naďve to [think] that those things are going to go away," McVay said via the team's official site. "But I think what’s important for us is, let’s figure out what’s the best way to put Todd in position to have a successful season over the course of the entire year. And some of those things are both what we can control as a coach, and what he does as a player to get himself ready."

            There's only so much the Rams can control in this situation because the regular season is still more than five months away. McVay and Les Snead can only say so much about Gurley’s knee during the dead period of the offseason when no one’s playing games or going through workouts.

            McVay just doesn't want the questions and uncertainty surrounding the situation to become a distraction.
            Last edited by RealRam; -04-01-2019, 03:16 PM. Reason: Added quote


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              Todd Gurley has 'been loving' Sean McVay's offense
              by Nick
              Todd Gurley has 'been loving' Sean McVay's offense
              By Jeremy Bergman
              Published: July 8, 2017 at 03:25 p.m. Updated: July 9, 2017 at 08:28 a.m.

              Todd Gurley's first season in Hollywood was next to nightmarish.

              After a promising rookie campaign, the former Offensive Rookie of the Year saw his yards per carry average dip to 3.2 and barely saw any opportunities to break big runs behind an ineffective offensive line. It also didn't help that the Rams quarterbacks were the least feared signal-callers west of Florham Park, inspiring opposing linebackers and safeties to crowd the box and limit Gurley's options.

              But with new coach Sean McVay at the helm, Gurley is rejuvenated with hopes that his second go-around in the Coliseum will bear better results.

              "I hope so," Gurley said, when asked by Zig Fracassi on SiriusXM NFL Radio if he expects Los Angeles' offense to be more "Gurley-friendly" in 2017. "Yeah, Coach. Tell Coach we want it Todd-friendly."

              Gurley added that he has "definitely been loving" McVay's style of offense, which for now has the back focusing on daily preparation and being a "situational master." NFL Network's Gregg Rosenthal noted during minicamp that the Rams were moving the third-year back all around the offensive formation: in motion out of the backfield, outside the hashes, etc.

              Inspiring the tailback this offseason is the development of second-year quarterback Jared Goff, who had shown in minicamp to be a more than competent option at QB.

              "Oh, he's been getting better. Obviously, he didn't go No. 1 for no reason. He has the talent, and he's just been getting better," Gurley gushed. "He definitely had a great OTAs, great minicamp. Coaches have been doing a good job with him. Just his preparation, him being there all day, he's been great so far, man, so I'm definitely looking forward to it."

              The running back's comments this summer are a far cry from what Gurley was saying just seven months ago about the state of L.A.'s attack. Following the Rams' loss to Atlanta in Week 14 -- a defeat that proved career-fatal for then-coach Jeff Fisher -- Gurley mused that his unit looked like a "middle school offense out there." In January, he told NFL Network's Rich Eisen that the Rams' 4-12 campaign was "like a nightmare."

              It's still summer, and nary a Ram has yet to put on pads. But it sounds as if Gurley has already graduated from last year's middle-school nightmare to a professional dream.

              After all, as Gurley puts it, "It can't get any worse than it did last year."
              -07-09-2017, 07:01 AM
            • r8rh8rmike
              Is It Unfair to Blame Todd Gurley For Struggling in 2016 With Los Angeles Rams?
              by r8rh8rmike
              Is It Unfair to Blame Todd Gurley For Struggling in 2016 With Los Angeles Rams?

              by Dan Parzych 12 hours ago

              A recent report claims former members of the Los Angeles Rams coaching staff believe Todd Gurley has nobody to blame but himself for a disappointing 2016 season.

              There’s plenty of blame to go around when it comes to what went wrong for the Los Angeles Rams during their disastrous 4-12 finish in 2016, but Todd Gurley will always be seen as one of the biggest factors after a successful rookie season the previous year. As if failing to record a single 100-yard game during his sophomore season wasn’t already frustrating enough, it looks like Gurley is taking quite the criticism from some of his previous coaches for his production being down

              Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported on Friday that former members of the team’s coaching staff claim Gurley has nobody to blame for himself for what took place during the 2016 season. One of the most interesting takes from the report is the part where Cole discusses how Gurley missed most of the offseason program for the Rams to participate in other activities, like hanging out with rapper Jay-Z instead.

              Of course, the most interesting quote may be the part from the one coach who pointed out it was the same offense from his rookie season, so why would it be any different?

              Be sure to check out the rest of Cole’s report on Gurley as it will certainly be interesting to hear how the running back responds to this criticism. Expectations may have been high for Gurley at the beginning of his sophomore season after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, but it’s unfair to put most of the blame on one individual.

              In fact, the argument can be made that Los Angeles could have taken some of the load off Gurley with stronger weapons in the passing game for Case Keenum or Jared Goff since players like Tavon Austin are clearly far from the answer. Maybe if this actually happened, Gurley wouldn’t have been the victim of seeing opponents stacking the box more often than usual since it was obvious he was the most dangerous, and sometimes only, weapon on the Rams’ offense.
              -01-28-2017, 09:12 AM
            • Nick
              Despite Impressive 2017, Gurley Still Looking to Improve
              by Nick
              Despite Impressive 2017, Gurley Still Looking to Improve
              Posted Jun 14, 2018
              Kristen Lago
              Rams Writer/Reporter

              As the Rams capped their 2018 offseason program, running back Todd Gurley was understandably excited for the upcoming summer break.

              “Definitely been looking forward to this day just to have a little time off,” he said Wednesday.
              “We come back and then the real games begin.”

              After recording his best season to date in 2017, the Georgia product approached the offseason with a similar level of tenacity — excited to improve bit by bit each day. And while that might sound a bit surprising to most, considering Gurley was near perfect on field last year, his focus has continued to revolve around perfecting the details.

              “Just working all around from alignment, assignment, depth in routes, whatever it is — footwork or making sure I’m on the same page as my linemen,” he said. “So, just trying to work on all the little small things and stuff.”

              Entering OTAs and minicamp under the same offensive scheme and head coach has aided the All-Pro running back. Like many of the players entering Year 2 under Sean McVay, Gurley said the level of comfort in the system has made this offseason a bit easier than the last.

              “Obviously we know the plays and we’re still adding stuff and what not, but it’s been a long offseason,” Gurley said. “A lot of stuff you kind of forget and then it kinda clicks back and you remember. We changed a lot of stuff, but for the most part we feel pretty confident just knowing that it’s the same offense.”

              Despite the increased confidence, Gurley maintains there is always room for improvement. And though making individual objectives for the upcoming season isn’t for him, he does have one goal top of mind.

              “The main goal is the team goal — just try to go out there and give my team whatever coach asks me to do,” Gurley explained. “I don’t worry about goals or anything like that. Like I said, just try to come out here and get better everyday. Whatever happens, happens as long as you know you put in the best effort to be in a good position.”
              -06-15-2018, 07:01 PM
            • 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
            • Nick
              Rams facing this painful question: Are Todd Gurley’s best years behind him?
              by Nick
              Rams facing this painful question: Are Todd Gurley’s best years behind him?
              By Vincent Bonsignore
              Mar 3, 2019

              INDIANAPOLIS​ — There is finally​ some​ clarity​ on the condition​ of Todd Gurley’s​ left knee,​ and the​ news over the​ weekend painted​​ a gloomy picture for the Rams’ star running back.

              On Friday, John Breech of CBS Sports reported that the Rams might consider stem cell treatment for Gurley’s knee, which was surgically repaired in 2014 after an ACL tear during his junior year at Georgia. On Saturday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported that recent tests have revealed Gurley is dealing with arthritis in the knee.

              Both revelations cast doubt on the future of Gurley, who signed a four-year contract extension worth $60 million last summer that takes him through the 2023 season and guarantees him $45 million.

              With head coach Sean McVay talking about putting a plan in place to manage Gurley’s workload and general manager Les Snead pondering the potential need to add another running back alongside him, a dreaded question the Rams and their fans never wanted to contemplate is now absolutely valid.

              Are Gurley’s best years behind him?

              Since arthritis is a common occurrence in knees that have been surgically repaired, it is possible Gurley could be suffering from the condition. An orthopedic surgeon, speaking anonymously to The Athletic, said: “When you use the words arthritis in a knee that had an ACL back in college, that’s the connection. You’ve lost the alignment, and the tires are wearing out prematurely.”

              If that is indeed the case, it creates an ominous situation for Gurley based on multiple doctors consulted, including Dr. Jesse Morse of Florida Orthopedic Specialists.

              “Without personally examining him, my answers will obviously be very generalized, but unfortunately I believe Gurley has peaked and will not be able to repeat his record-breaking effectiveness,” Dr. Morse said. “He could possibly have one to two more years of elite top-five running back talent, but he will likely lose a step.”

              Publicly and privately, the Rams are not indicating anything more beyond the recent comments by McVay and Snead that Gurley was dealing with “wear and tear” issues late in the season.

              McVay said this week at the NFL Scouting Combine that surgery is not planned for Gurley. According to the doctors consulted by The Athletic, Gurley clearly has a condition that requires management rather than an injury that needs surgery.

              As far as stem cell treatment — which some doctors insist is a radical and not-yet-proven treatment that should be approached cautiously — Rams sources said no such course of action has been discussed within the organization.

              McVay and Snead have talked about putting a plan in place that will help keep Gurley...
              -03-04-2019, 06:17 AM