Todd Gurley is not a fan of preseason football

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Todd Gurley thinks preseason football is fantastic — for other people.

As it pertains to the reigning offensive player of the year getting ready for the 16-game grind of the regular season, he has other thoughts.

Gurley hasn’t played in the first two Rams games and he’s not going to play in the next two either, and that suits him just fine.

That is everyone’s dream to not play in the preseason,” Gurley said, via Lindsey Thiry of, “Some guys just like being out there to get a feel for it and to see. But not this guy.”

As it turns out his quarterback may not either. Coach Sean McVay said the initial plan was to play Jared Goff Saturday against the Texans, but left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan won’t play, and right tackle Rob Havenstein just tweaked an ankle in practice.

“I wouldn’t feel great about going against those guys without our line,” McVay said. “But we’ll see what happens.”

While it’s normal for older quarterback to not play much in the preseason, Goff is kind of young for that sort of treatment, but he’s not fighting it either.

“Whatever they decide to do, I’m on board with,” Goff said. “I think we got a lot of good work in training camp through different situations that may come up. But planning to play and see what happens.”

The Rams led the league in scoring last year, and keeping those pieces in place seems to take precedence over any amount of work they might get against another team.

11 responses to “Todd Gurley is not a fan of preseason football

  1. Yea but for the 1st 4 weeks of the season most teams look like they haven’t played together since 2017, which is because they haven’t. The 1st month of the season still counts towards a teams record last time I looked.

  2. The issue with preseason is seeing new personnel and making judgements about what the roster should be.

    If the vast majority of coaches and scouts were to think that 2 preseason games is enough to evaluate talent, they should go to 2 preseason games. If they need 4 games to evaluate, then you don’t change it.

    That’s what should drive this issue.

  3. Whatever Sean McVay is doing, expect to see many others start trying to copy. When you turn a dog into a powerhouse overnight, it attracts people’s attention.

  4. chut26 says:

    August 24, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Yet NFL teams charge full price for an inferior product on the field.
    I agree with you.
    That’s why I won’t pay one dime to the NFL.
    I will watch the games on TV, but I won’t pay for it.
    Regular season or preseason.

  5. Too many rookies on the field being evaluated. New plays being tested. It creates a risky environment for feet, knees and hands. That is the problem with preseason. Veteran players should all be playing 4 downs and then out. Yesterday after Tyrod, now known as Turrod, hurt his hand, he went back in…that was a stupid move. He has played in the Playoffs last year, against all the teams during the season, why risk the only QB you have right now to start?

  6. Self entitled entertainers, want more money but don’t want to practice don’t want to get in playing shape. Oh the NFL today

  7. youngnoizecom says:
    Only players who need to be evaluated should play during the preseason. The other stuff you can work with on during training camp.

    If preseason games were only for “working on stuff” and evaluating players I’d agree with you, but they’re not.
    You can work out like a demon in the offseason and show up to camp in fantastic physical shape. But that won’t prepare you for wearing cleats, making cuts one makes only while evading defenders on a football field, and getting repeatedly pounded by defenders while doing it.
    These days NFL players rarely do much hitting in practice, and virtually none in offseason team activities. Teams have two choices: Work a player slowly into game shape over the course of several preseason games, or sit them in the preseason and toss ’em to wolves opening day, where many will be expected to play four quarters.
    The latter is far more dangerous, which is why so many holdouts end up getting hurt or nursing soft-tissue injuries over the course of a season.
    Four games in this day and age may be too many. But none would be a huge mistake.

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