After a terrific 3-1 start to the 2016-17 NFL season with victories over quality opponents, the Los Angeles Rams now find themselves in the midst of a three-game losing streak. Bad penalties, costly turnovers, and lack of execution has resulted in three frustrating losses in the final minutes of the game.
While there is plenty of blame to go around, the biggest surprise this season is the running game that has struggled mightily all season behind running back Todd Gurley. However, following their 17-10 loss against the New York Giants in London, Gurley was not playing the blame game.
According to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN, Gurley took up a leadership role by chatting up his teammates after the game:
“Leave it in God’s hands, it is what it is. We lost the game,” Gurley said. “You’ve got to move on from this and stay together. When times get rough, everybody goes to blame, whether it’s in the locker room, media, whatever it is. We’re on the field together, so we’ve just got to stay together.”
Gurley has been understandably frustrated with the lack of running game thus far this season. He has tallied just 403 yards and three touchdowns while he still has yet to top 100 yards in a game this season.
However, he has not let his frustrations get the best of him, finding other ways to be productive in the passing game. He has already nearly matched last year’s receiving totals for the entire season with 21 catches for 168 yards.
Gurley and the Rams will have an extra week to rest before returning home to take on the Carolina Panthers.