PFT 2019 storyline No. 17: How much does Todd Gurley have left?

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A notorious running back who knows a thing or two about playing in the L.A. Coliseum showed that he doens’t know squat about fantasy football by suggesting that Todd Gurley is in the mix to be one of the top picks this year. Really, anyone who has been paying even the slightest bit of attention to the situation realizes that Gurley is hardly the no-brainer touchdowns-and-yardage machine that he previously was.

Gurley’s torn ACL from 2014 seems to have caught up with him, and the Rams’ decision to handle him with extreme care this offseason underscores the reality that the 2017 NFL offensive player of the year abruptly has shifted past the workhorse phase of his career.

Officially, Gurley’s knee swelled after the Week One win over the Raiders, quickly healed, but then became a problem later in the year, knocking him out of a couple of regular season games and keeping him from being in the postseason the dominant force he has been. Unofficially, Gurley’s knee bothered him all year. Which suggests that it quite possibly will be bothering him this year and every year for the remainder of his career, especially given the multiple reports and acknowledgements of arthritis in the knee.

The questions will hover over the entire season for the defending NFC champions, with constant questions posed to Gurley, coach Sean McVay, and others regarding the distribution of the workload and the status of the knee — especially in light of the perception (reality) that the Rams concealed the condition for most of the 2018 regular season. The issue of Gurley’s bum knee could quickly become a sore point for him, especially if he indeed isn’t and can’t be the guy he recently was, and if the Rams begin considering whether they want to escape after 2019 the big-money contract they gave to Gurley last year.

Then there’s the impact of Gurley’s status on the rest of the offense. Unless former Memphis tailback Darrell Henderson can perform like Gurley has performed at his best, quarterback Jared Goff will have to do more to get the Rams back to where they were in 2018. Throw in the murmurs that the league has begun to catch up with McVay’s offense, and Gurley’s situation could spark a regression for the defending NFC champs.

30 responses to “PFT 2019 storyline No. 17: How much does Todd Gurley have left?

  1. The Rams will be fine. Gurley is replaceable and they were foolish for giving him that contract. As long as you have a great OLine good RBs look great. CJ Anderson was almost out of the league before he tore it up behind that line.

  2. Yet another overrated SEC player.
    Gurley, Moreno, Tim Worley, Fournette epitomize the failure of SEC Rbs in the NFL. Those are just 4 examples off of the top of my head.
    Herschel Walker and Barry “Bananas” Foster are the only 2 SEC RBs that have truly had success in the NFL.

  3. Rams defense got them to where they were last year as long as you have a zone blocking scheme any competent back could excel with that line. Gurley is overrated plain and simple if I were the Rams I’d get some sucker to over pay for him when his contract expires.

  4. dryzzt23 says: “Herschel Walker and Barry “Bananas” Foster are the only 2 SEC RBs that have truly had success in the NFL.”
    ———————

    Emmitt Smith: “Um, what?”
    ———

    Shaun Alexander: “I guess league MVP and setting a single season TD record of 27 in 2005 means nothing either…”

  5. dryzzt23 says: “Herschel Walker and Barry “Bananas” Foster are the only 2 SEC RBs that have truly had success in the NFL.”
    ———————

    Emmitt Smith: “Um, what?”
    ———————

    Shaun Alexander: “I guess league MVP and setting a single season TD record of 27 in 2005 means nothing either…”
    ———————

    Jimmy Taylor: “Hey guys, I know I’m a bit older that y’all kids, but come on. I won 4 NFL championships and the first SB. Also the league MVP in 1962.”

  6. dryzzt23 says: “Herschel Walker and Barry “Bananas” Foster are the only 2 SEC RBs that have truly had success in the NFL.”
    ———————

    Emmitt Smith: “Um, what?”
    ———————

    Shaun Alexander: “I guess league MVP and setting a single season TD record of 27 in 2005 means nothing either…”
    ———————

    Jimmy Taylor: “Hey guys, I know I’m a bit older that y’all kids, but come on. I won 4 NFL championships and the first SB. Also the league MVP in 1962.”
    _______

    Terrell Davis: -stares at super bowl mvp trophy in trophy case from recliner-

  7. The uncertainty regarding Gurley will actually benefit the Ram offense. McVay and Goff will be even more creative and use a greater variety of weapons. And, still, Gurley will line up back there on 75% of their plays. What’s the focus of the defense gonna be then?

  8. Way bigger question for Rams is whether Goff can play well down the stretch and in the playoffs.

  9. Hopefully he’ll be ok, it would be a shame if his career was finished just when it got going

  10. It isn’t that defenses caught up to McVay’s offense, it is that Gurley wasn’t commanding the attention by the D and Goff isn’t the type of QB that can carry a team. McVay like EVERY coach rely’s on great players to make their offense great. These video game fans think that football is all about the play call have no idea what the this great sport is really about.

  11. The Rams owe Gurley a lot of money.
    He’ll play in 2019.
    After 2019 he’s got 13,500,000 guraranteed.
    So they can cut him and eat that.
    And accept the accelerated cap hot.
    If they keep him through 2020 all thats left is the accelerated signing bonus hit.

    After 2019 the Rams turn back into a pumpkin.

  12. Slot if good RBs have come out of the SEC as well as a couple bad ones. That’s not the issue. Is Gurley done? I think his workload will decline, but he’ll still be a relevant RB.

  13. Well according to this post the Rams knowingly lied about Gurleys injury most of the season, and leading up to the Superbowl. If that’s the case why aren’t they being punished, and why hasn’t the league hired Mueller to investigate? Oh that’s right it’s because it doesn’t involve the Patriots… right my bad

  14. Here’s hoping that sports medicine and all the training elements that make athletes better, plus Gurley’s own hard work, and prudent use of him by the Rams, lead to many more great seasons!

  15. So that makes it official: The NFL and Goodell no longer care about the injury report.
    Until a certain team is involved.

  16. Wow the ignorance of rams fans,we will be fine gurley is replaceable?? I agree RB are not that important but when you have a special one it does make a huge difference ask us niner fans how easy it’s been to replace gore or Seattle fans how much they miss Lynch. Plus FYI you don’t have a dominant line and it’s not the same. You lost a pro bowl guard and your center the intellect of the oline. Oh and wit is 400 years old and struggled staying healthy last year. Face it ya had your Chance now ya have to eat your big contracts and rebuild your WR core is young and your qb (debatable if that’s a good thing) and pretty good young DL but that’s it boys look st your team that’s it. Enjoy looking up at even the cards in 2 years.

  17. Wheels are important to being a rb.

    His wheels have had problems. Big problems.

    The biggest problem has been a team that would not limit his workload.

    Over work a healthy rb and it is over.

    They have overworked a rb with bad wheels.

  18. ask us niner fans how easy it’s been to replace gore or Seattle fans how much they miss Lynch
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    Sure, we missed the Lynch from his prime but watching Raider games it is apparent they did too…and he was playing for them.

    Time is the winner vs everyone…

    Keep your eyes open and watch some Chris Carson and you’ll see why most Seahawk fans don’t miss Lynch and his antics THAT much…we love us some Chris Carson. He is a beast in his own right. Penny is there as well, jury is still out on him but we have high hopes.

    Frank Gore isn’t what he once was either and the niners have moved on from him but he has passion for the game that can only be admired. He has goals that are still on the board.

  19. Todd Gurley sat out of the Super Bowl after trying to rest that knee after they had their playoff spot locked.

    You all can say any RB can fill that role but what makes Gurley special is his dynamic pass catching ability to go along with those skills of hitting the hole and edges.

    If you take away Rams running back the QB goes from elite to below average.

  20. I don’t know what kind of problems Gurley is having right now, so it’s all speculation. But maybe by using him sparingly and more on sweeps and catching passes will limit the wear an tear on him. Those are just examples, but there may be some plays he can do easier than others.

  21. dryzzt23 says: “Herschel Walker and Barry “Bananas” Foster are the only 2 SEC RBs that have truly had success in the NFL.”
    ———————

    Emmitt Smith: “Um, what?”
    ———————

    Shaun Alexander: “I guess league MVP and setting a single season TD record of 27 in 2005 means nothing either…”
    ———————

    Jimmy Taylor: “Hey guys, I know I’m a bit older that y’all kids, but come on. I won 4 NFL championships and the first SB. Also the league MVP in 1962.”
    _______

    Terrell Davis: -stares at super bowl mvp trophy in trophy case from recliner-

    ———-
    Jamal Lewis:” I guess my Super Bowl ring, 2000 yard season, 2003 Offensive POY and over 10000 career yards doesn’t mean much huh?”

    Fred Taylor: “does my 11,695 yards and 66 touchdowns mean I’m a failure too??”

  22. I’d suggest if he was built like a bull to lose some weight even if it was at the expense of strength. But, he’s kind of a string bean at his position.

  23. You can’t have a bad knee and be an effective RB in the NFL, plain and simple. The fact that it is arthritis is even more problematic. Just like every other fad in the NFL, the Sean McVay offense was exposed in the SB. The NFL will do what they can to keep the Rams relevant, because they went all in on a team in the LA area, and for insurance they put the Chargers there as well, but they need them to be viable. Phillips had his chance last year, and so did the Rams, but if those teams take a step back from last year, Going into that new stadium next year with empty seats will not show well on networks

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