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Rams want Todd Gurley to improve his pass blocking

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Quarterback Jared Goff #16 and running back Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams wait to take the field to play in the game against the Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

Rams running back Todd Gurley was one of the most disappointing players in the NFL last season, falling from 4.8 yards a carry as a rookie in 2015 to just 3.2 yards a carry in 2016. But running the ball isn’t what the Rams think Gurley needs to improve.

Asked what Gurley needs to work on, Rams running backs coach Skip Peete said pass protection.

“It has nothing to do with the running game,” Peete told ESPN. “I think the most important thing in this league, as far as a running back is concerned, is his ability to pass protect, whether it’s first or second down. Because they think it’s easy. They’ve all come into the league comfortable as a runner. But that aspect of it is a little bit different than you’re accustomed to coming out of college. He and I talk about that all the time — your ability to completely understand the blocking scheme, whether it’s run or pass.”

The Rams like the running back they drafted in 2015, but the player they really need to develop is the quarterback they drafted in 2016, Jared Goff. The NFL is such a pass-oriented league that even when you’re a franchise running back, your biggest job is protecting the franchise quarterback.

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16 Responses to “Rams want Todd Gurley to improve his pass blocking”
  1. DaBearsBus says: Feb 15, 2017 5:05 AM

    Gurley would like the o-line to improve their blocking…

  2. jmscooby says: Feb 15, 2017 5:18 AM

    Todd Gurley wants Rams to improve…

  3. footballisnotthatimportant says: Feb 15, 2017 5:36 AM

    Gurley is overrated. I mean he’s not bad, but some of y’all whackjobs were acting like he was the next Adrian Peterson.

  4. brewcrewchamps says: Feb 15, 2017 6:14 AM

    He’s still probably the best linemen on the team…lookin at you Greg

  5. noknoknokpenny says: Feb 15, 2017 6:57 AM

    The differences between Fisher and Belichick are many, to say the least.

    But you can see them all illustrated in this post.

    Under Belichick Gurley would never have seen the field until he learned how to block.

  6. jimmyt says: Feb 15, 2017 7:19 AM

    Hahahahahaha! I feel sorry for him. He will suffer the same fate as Steven Jackson if he doesn’t get out of there at his first opportunity.

  7. I Understand The Catch Rule says: Feb 15, 2017 7:31 AM

    Todd Gurley needs to improve his pass blocking, that’s fine. There should be another headline shortly after this one:

    ‘Rams wants O Line to start blocking’

  8. mazenblue says: Feb 15, 2017 7:45 AM

    Watch all the Rams fans who play fantasy football take him again with their 1st pick

  9. stillabengalsfan says: Feb 15, 2017 8:15 AM

    Ive got two words for Todd Gurley. Ezekiel Elliot

  10. 6ball says: Feb 15, 2017 8:26 AM

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    As we enter into the draft season it’s a good time to reflect how little the abundance of very high draft choices have helped the Rams. They are a collection of highly paid players. They aren’t a team
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  11. haanster says: Feb 15, 2017 8:43 AM

    I agree he needs to understand blocking schemes better – also in the run game. To often does he miss a hole because he does not seem to be on the same page as the line. But I also agree with the first two posters that the line needs to play better. That would be a big step towards becomming a good team.

  12. stl45fan says: Feb 15, 2017 8:51 AM

    His Superstar talent is wasted on this team.

  13. redlikethepig says: Feb 15, 2017 8:52 AM

    Sounds like they signed Tom Coughlin as their coach. Giants fans will understand.

  14. streetyson says: Feb 15, 2017 9:38 AM

    I can see the problem just by looking at that photo – they ain’t got Gurley they got Gurley II – and sequels are never as good (except Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan).

  15. ghostlight13 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:28 PM

    Gurley should spend less time making burger commercials and hanging with rappers and more time looking at film of himself running into the backs of his OL when the hole is one step to his right because he was too impatient to read the blocks.

  16. tommynatorii says: Feb 15, 2017 2:21 PM

    Good luck with that. Gurley and Tavon are divas on that team. Nobody tells them what to do, and it was shown all over Hard Knocks.

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