Things did not go as planned for Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley in his Hollywood debut. After a phenomenal rookie campaign, Gurley struggled through a sophomore slump albeit behind a makeshift offensive line.
However, the arrival of new head coach Sean McVay has brought the third-year back a sense of optimism for the upcoming 2017 NFL season. During an interview with Zig Fracassi of SiriusXM NFL Radio, Gurley was excited at the prospect of a more “Gurley-friendly” offense:
“I hope so,” Gurley said. “Tell Coach we want it Todd-friendly.”
Gurley will not be the only one with an opportunity to bounce back after a rough season. He says quarterback Jared Goff has also benefited from the new system:
“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.”
His comments come as a sigh of relief after describing the team’s 2016 season as a ‘nightmare.’ Los Angeles has since upgraded their offensive line with the addition of Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth.
Despite his struggles running the ball, Gurley still managed to flash his versatility with 43 receptions for 327 yards. Both Gurley and Goff will hopefully be the beneficiaries of a more stable front after facing relentless pressure all last season.