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    Bruce Feldman

    SOURCES: #SouthCarolina RB coach Thomas Brown is expected to take a job on the #Rams staff.
    The former #UGA running back didn’t coach Bulldogs great Todd Gurley in Athens but have heard they are close.

    2:38 PM · Feb 8, 2020·Twitter Web App
    Brown played at Georga from 2004-2007, eventually went back to Georgia in 2011 to be their strength & conditioning coach, and then coached RBs for them in 2015.

    If the report is accurate in that they're close, it's hard to imagine the Rams will trade or release Gurley this offseason as some have speculated.

  • #2
    Again I say, "interesting". Not much to talk about (yet) regarding RB Coach Brown.

    Hopefully he will not only advocate but H E L P Gurley & Co.

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    Professional career

    Atlanta Falcons

    Brown was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. His rookie season was cut short by a horse collar tackle during the preseason, landing him on injured reserve. He was waived prior to the following season on September 5, 2009.

    Cleveland Browns

    Brown was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad on November 10, 2009. He was promoted to the active roster on January 2, 2010 after LB David Veikune was placed on injured reserve. He was released June 17, 2010.

    Coaching career

    2011 Georgia (HC)
    2012 Chattanooga (RB)
    2013 Marshall (RB)
    2014 Wisconsin (RB)
    2015 Georgia (RB)
    2016-18 Miami (OC-RB)
    2019 So. Carolina (RB)

    In 2012, Brown was hired as running backs coach for the Chattanooga Mocs. n 2013, Brown was hired at the same position for the Marshall Thundering Herd.

    On February 24, 2014, Brown was hired to be the Wisconsin Badgers running back coach.

    On February 16, 2015, Brown returned to his alma mater as the running backs coach at University of Georgia under head coach Mark Richt, under whom Brown played. The move united the position coach of the 2014 NCAA rushing yards leader, Melvin Gordon, with one of the nation's most prolific returning running backs in Nick Chubb.

    On December 30 2015, Brown was hired to be the running backs coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Miami, where he would work under Mark Richt again.

    On January 9, 2019, Brown was named the running backs coach at the University of South Carolina

    2013-2017 Sources:
    Chattanooga Times Free Press
    The Herald-Dispatch
    UGA Sports
    CBS Sports


    • #3
      On paper this seems like a solid move. His coaching of college RB's certainly points in the upward direction for getting Darrell Henderson more productive as he went through that process personally. His role as a strength and conditioning coach may prove critical in keeping Todd Gurley closer to his 2017/2018 performance. Their friendship should enable a bond of trust to form as TG may need that guidance. TG doesn't need to be taught how to be a running back. The onus will be on the Rams to fortify the O-Line.

      Based on the numbers with TG's contract I believe he'll be with the Rams for the 2020 season. No team would likely accept him on a trade and cutting him would cause a huge hit to our cap. A restructure would also seem unlikely as that would force the Rams to deal with his condition for more years to come.

      Now we need a Special Teams Coordinator since John Fassel has lost his mind in thinking Mike McCarthy will be anything more than Jason Garrett with a larger waistline.


      • #4
        I don't know much about Brown and therefore don't feel real qualified to judge whether or not this move is a good one. What I WILL SAY is that I do not feel Gurley's diminished productivity has anything to do with coaching. I think the guy has a legitimate knee degeneration, as has been reported time and again, and it makes no difference who his position coach is. I think the Rams tried in earnest to lessen his workload a bit, which resulted in some questionable offensive play calling and decision-making throughout the season. Moving forward, I just don't think it's realistic to expect Gurley to experience a resurgence- regardless of who coaches the running backs.

        I think the argument one can successfully make for dismissing the previous running backs coach is that the other backs underwhelmed in 2019.


        • #5
          Well said NJ. Good post.


          • #6
            Gurley is not going to be back to his previous form due to a new RB coach IMO. This is more for others.


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