Sean McVay: Todd Gurley will get more opportunities in Super Bowl

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Todd Gurley said postgame he wasn’t hurt, just “sorry as hell” in explaining why he didn’t see the ball more. Rams coach Sean McVay blamed himself for not getting his star running back more involved.

Gurley played 32 offensive snaps, only five fewer than C.J. Anderson, but Anderson had 17 touches for 49 yards and Gurley five for 13 yards and a touchdown.

“I thought C.J. had some tough, hard runs, but I definitely think I should’ve gotten Todd a little bit more involved,” McVay told reporters Monday, via NFL.com. “But again like the flow of the game, we’ve got to do what we think is in our best interest. And if anything that you love so much about Todd, and I think it epitomizes what’s right about our football team, the ownership that he talks about with regards to ‘I’ve got to play a little bit better.’

“I also think it is a result of the opportunities. He didn’t have a lot of opportunities to play much better, so I think that’s where I’ve got ownership in that as well and the great thing about it is he’ll get a chance to make a big-time contribution and have a big-time role in our game against the Patriots.”

Gurley, an MVP and offensive player of the year candidate for part of the season, missed the final two games of the regular season with left knee inflammation. He had five fewer touches than Anderson in his return in the divisional round but gained 118 total yards and scored a touchdown against the Cowboys.

The All-Pro did not appear on the injury report last week but had career lows for touches and yards.

“Todd’s healthy, and he’s feeling good,” McVay said. “He sure looked pretty healthy on that touchdown run where he ran through guys and demonstrated some explosion and what we know about him. More than anything, I’ve got to get him more opportunities.”

12 responses to “Sean McVay: Todd Gurley will get more opportunities in Super Bowl

  1. Rams fan here – I’m kinda worried about Todd. He is a beast but might be in a mental funk right now. I dreaming of a breakout superbowl for him. 4 touchdowns and MVP would do

  2. “And if anything that you love so much about Todd, and I think it epitomizes what’s right about our football team, the ownership that he talks about with regards to ‘I’ve got to play a little bit better.’

    “I also think it is a result of the opportunities. He didn’t have a lot of opportunities to play much better, so I think that’s where I’ve got ownership in that as well…”

    now that’s coaching. see how he put words into gurley’s mouth for him. is gurley going to contest that? no way.

  3. Watching Kamara be an almost impossible mismatch in running passing routes, I do not understand why the great offensive genius, McVay, has not developed Gurley into a similar threat in the passing game.

    He has the speed, athleticism, and hands to be a match-up nightmare—but all we see are screen plays and outlets in the flat.

    McVay learns and improves at great speed, and he is going to need to lay some surprises on Belichick to win the SB. Turning Gurley loose in the passing game would be a good place to start.

  4. This made no sense at all. Quite possibly the best player in the NFL (certainly top 10) and you have him on the sidelines all game because of two early miscues? That man is the main reason this team was the #2 seed. McVay is lucky there Rams won or he would’ve had to answer to this boneheaded decision for the entire offseason.

  5. Great article. What I really like to read, and I am not a Rams fan either. Just so much healthier than the endless junk about the Brown fiasco. Also, comments about Romo doing such a good job announcing. Boy, is that very long overdue. I mostly mute games I watch. Now, when I know Romo is onboard, I will listen. No, dummie, I am not a Cowboys fan either.

  6. Look for Gurley to be very focussed and running with bad intentions during the SB. After a poor performance vs NO he will compete like a mad man vs NE

  7. It was odd, but it seems very likely there is something going on that we don’t know about. We fans want every little detail, but teams and coaches want to keep some things private, especially on the cusp of the Super Bowl. McVay has earned the benefit of the doubt. Even bad coaches don’t leave their best player on the sidelines in the biggest game of the year without a good reason.

  8. It didn’t matter how many carries he got. The Rams were gifted the SB. Thanks Roger and refs. They came through in flying colors. What a rip!

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