The Los Angeles Rams staff got a dramatic makeover in the offseason and the change has started to trickle down to the field. With a newly implemented offensive system by head coach Sean McVay, praises have been made on the positive impact this new scheme will have on the players — starting with Jared Goff. In addition to the quarterback, feeling the difference is Todd Gurley, who is looking to have a bounce-back year.
A force to be reckoned with on the field, the Pro Bowler had a profound impact in the league his rookie campaign. However, the 2015 Rookie of the Year ran into a sophomore slump having a season far below the standard set when he debuted. According to Myles Simmons of Rams, Gurley is adapting and embracing the new offense as he prepares for his third season:
“At the end of the day we’ve been running the ball our whole life, but obviously, you have to be detailed to track your steps. It’s just different terminology. It’s a whole new playbook, so you’ve just got to learn it just like everybody else.”
While the system is different, it is a change Gurley is comfortable with:
“I like it,” Gurley said. “The coaches have just been doing a great job of coaching us up and making sure we’re focused [on] the details and the little things.”
The 22-year-old has been one of the hardest workers in practice and is setting the tone for the rest of the team. After a down season of 885 yards and six touchdowns, Gurley is taking it upon himself to learn and grow as he prepares for the 2017 NFL season.
The Rams will look to improve on their 31st ranking in the league in rushing yards from last season.