Michael Bennett unimpressed by Todd Gurley

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Rams running back Todd Gurley wasn’t able to reach 100 yards on the ground Sunday, which allowed the Seahawks to run their streak of not allowing a back to run for that many yards to 21 games.

Failing to reach that number didn’t mean Gurley didn’t make an impact, however. Gurley ran 19 times for 85 yards and scored a fourth quarter touchdown that ultimately left the Seahawks with too much ground to make up in what wound up as a 23-17 Rams victory. He also had some good luck as a fumble before that touchdown was recovered by the Rams.

Those 85 yards leave Gurley as the league’s third-leading rusher, a pretty good spot for a rookie who missed the first two games of the season and played sparingly in the third. That makes Gurley a strong contender for offensive rookie of the year honors, but it doesn’t do anything to impress Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.

“He’s average to me, personally,” Bennett said, via the Tacoma News-Tribune. “He got a couple of big runs on miscommunication and misalignment, but I mean, I’ve seen better running backs in the NFL. It wasn’t Marshall Faulk to me, or Marshawn Lynch.”

Faulk’s ability as a receiver give him an edge on most backs, but Gurley’s rookie year actually matches up well to what Lynch did for the Bills in 2007 despite Lynch, who played 13 games that year, getting 50 more carries. It’s just one year, of course, but it’s been a better than average one and there’s plenty of reason that things will be even better in 2016 and beyond for the Rams back.

47 responses to “Michael Bennett unimpressed by Todd Gurley

  1. This is the same dude who got a contract, then complained that he wanted more money after signing the contract. Gurley is going to be a stud in the NFL, and he’s already showing it. Is there any member on the Seahawks outside of Wilson who isn’t a complete turd? My teams sucks right now, but Seattle is just a classless team. And for the new Seattle fans: Bennett is #72.

  2. I was unimpressed by a lot of things yesterday, a lot of them coming from the Seahawks…….

    At least you didn’t jump offside, Mike, but Cliff picked up where you left off.

  3. Bennett should learn to stop talking when his team loses since it makes him look like a sore loser. Although, it seems Bennett has had one too many hits to the head that he doesn’t seem to think straight.

  4. He isn’t as good as 2 of the best RB’s ever, yeah hes just a rookie, I don’t even know if thats even an insult, more of a compliment to even be named with those two. (usually like Bennett quotes but not today)

  5. He’s a rookie who averaged 4.5 per carry and scored against your defense. Oh, and you lost at home. Keep your mouth shut Bennett and do your job.

  6. Considering the Rams are 2-0 against the Seahawks they probably aren’t too impressed by them either. They’re average, nothing special.

  7. If you watch football, you know that it offensive rookie of the year should go to RB David Johnson. He’s got more yards from scrimmage and more TD’s than Gurley. Look him up.

  8. Bennett is probably the most irritating player in the NFL and that is saying something. The guy is decent, no doubt, but it’s a matter of the system he’s in and the guys around him than his talent. Sometimes people just need to shut up.

  9. this is so dumb on so many levels.

    If an “average” running back gashed your defense, does that make your Defense below average? You made one play the entire game and tried to show toughness by going after a punter. Quit yapping.

  10. “He also had some good luck as a pair of fumbles before that touchdown were recovered by the Rams.”

    Gurley only fumbled once. Cunningham had the first fumble.

  11. Those Bennett brothers just don’t know when to shut up, everytime they open their mouths you just know it will something dumb. Michael Bennett should worry more about not getting manhandled and flat out dominated by a guy(Greg Robinson) who has been less than impressive this season than worry about Gurley not being Faulk or Lynch.

  12. After that horrible steaming pile the Hawks left on the field yesterday none of them should have anything negative to say except about themselves.

  13. Marshawn Lunch says:
    Dec 28, 2015 10:30 AM
    Gurley is Not a “new beast mode”. Compare yards after contact to see why.

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    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news here, but I think we’ve already seen the best of Marshawn Lynch. NFL running backs (and I don’t care who they are) aren’t afforded the dignity of a gradual decline in productivity – it usually falls off a cliff.

  14. Michael Bennett has to be the angriest and most miserable animal, plant or mineral on the planet.

    He finds nothing but himself, his brother Martellus, and (some of) his ‘Hawks teammates to be impressive.

    By the way, Mr. Unimpressed played the whole game on defense and special teams — and came with one whole tackle, zero sacks, zero forced fumbles, zero fumble recoveries, zero everything else.

    An alternative headline for this article could have been, “The Invisible Man is Unimpressed by Possible NFC Rookie of the Year”.

  15. Lynch is NOT on of “the best ever”. He’s pretty good in short stretches, but he is wholly inconsistent in terms of production. Plus his “beast mode” thing wears thin after awhile.

    Faulk was one of the best ever, no doubt about that. We have to wait and see how productive Gurley is. Let’s not crown him too early.

    This is clearly a situation when Bennett doesn’t have a clue b/w “great” and “good”.

  16. Bennett told the truth. When Gurley has 8 years of good production behind him, bandwagon Rams fans can talk. Until then, he’s not even as good as Steven Jackson, who never posted 100 yards against the Seahawks.

  17. Gurley is Not a “new beast mode”. Compare yards after contact to see why.
    __________________________

    Lynch rookie year = 1,299 total yards & 7 TD’s
    Gurley rookie year = 1,296 total yards & 10 TD’s

    Gurley rookie year YPC = 4.8
    Lynch BEST SEASON YPC (2012) = 5.0
    Lynch 2nd best season YPC (2014) = 4.7

    You’re right…….Gurley is not a “new beast mode”…..it looks like he’s going to be better.

  18. Seems that the Bennett Brothers both suffer from the ‘can’t stop talking and saying dumb things’ disease.

  19. I see what he’s doing. He’s comparing a rookie to a Hall of Fame back (Faulk).

    Ok..let’s talk about Michael Bennett:

    ‘He’s average to me. I’ve seen better Defensive Ends in the NFL. It wasn’t Reggie White to me, or JJ Watt’

  20. For his first year in the league, Gurley did a pretty darned good job running the ball. Bennett, like most Seahawk s and the “new money” 12th bandwagon, just doesn’t know when to shut the hell up. They make Josh Norman seem like a classy guy.

  21. Todd Gurley: rookie 13 months removed from an ACL injury and didn’t even start till week 3

    1108 yards (3rd in the league)
    4.8 YPC
    10tds

    Ran for 85 yards (4.47 YPC) against the 2nd ranked defense who was giving up 84 rushing YPG TOTAL.

    So Michael, based on that what would impress you?

  22. I like that the Bennet brothers speak their minds rather than all the other boring politically correct crap other players spew out in monotonous monologues.

  23. It clear few commenters even watched the game. Gurley had an OK game, but he didn’t gash anyone. The Rams had about 200 yards of total offense. On Gurley nicest run he foolishly hurdled a defender and Deshawn Shead absolutely splattered him coming down. He coughed up the ball like a three year old eating a piece of bacon. Could have easily cost the Rams the game.

    The stellar players on the field yesterday were the Rams front 7. Absolutely terrifying and relentless. I have never seen Russel beat up so bad by anyone. They won the game for the Rams, not some rookie with extremely poor judgement.

  24. Gurley had an OK game, but he didn’t gash anyone. The Rams had about 200 yards of total offense.

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    Seattle has a good run d and he gashed them in the fourth quarter at will.

  25. vancouversportsbro says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:27 PM

    Seattle has a good run d and he gashed them in the fourth quarter at will.

    See sportsdude that’s what I mean. You obviously didn’t watch the game. Gurley had a total of three plays over 5 yards in the 4th quarter. The longest one (20 yrds) he fumbled while being a numb nuts. The other two were 7 and 9 yards. I guess that’s a gashing to you. Rock on, Gruden.

  26. folkcrusader says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:14 PM

    It clear few commenters even watched the game. Gurley had an OK game, but he didn’t gash anyone. The Rams had about 200 yards of total offense. On Gurley nicest run he foolishly hurdled a defender and Deshawn Shead absolutely splattered him coming down. He coughed up the ball like a three year old eating a piece of bacon. Could have easily cost the Rams the game

    You know what the sad thing is? The Rams did have just over 200 yards of offense and still put up 2 tds against the “vaunted” Seahawks defense. As far as Gurley I don’t think you can question a rookie RB who is 3rd in the league in rushing and gained more yards vs Seattle then Seattle has been giving up total for a game.

  27. So according to this rocket scientist, you are either a hall of famer (Faulk) or average? OK.

  28. Whew I can smell the stench of hate from here. Stinky.

    (Bennett, Lynch, Sherman equal ghetto.
    Gurley shows class)
    Criticize Wilson’s nice intercepted pass, Sherman being burned, Offensive line, the 12th man for forcing Seattle to jump early, the 12th man for leaving early and showing no faith in own team, Your fumbling rb, Wilsons nice fumble, ect ect.

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