Sean McVay attributes increased Todd Gurley usage to “me not being an idiot”

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The Rams had been careful with running back Todd Gurley for much of the season. In recent weeks, they’ve used him more extensively.

So what’s the reason for the heavier workload?

“Me not being an idiot,” coach Sean McVay told reporters on Wednesday. “I think he’s felt good and, really, he’s done a nice job with that. You look at the Chicago game and then kind of just going from there, you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you ended up making earlier on in the season. I think he’s done a nice job handling a bigger workload, but then also, you do have confidence in those other guys if they need to give him a spell.”

McVay denied the notion that he used Gurley less earlier in the season to save him for the playoff push.

“It has nothing to do with that,” Gurley said. “It was really just, you’re just kind of working through the 2019 season — the best way to utilize all of our players and figuring out what our identity is. I think we’re still working through that, but didn’t have anything to do with [load management]. Shoot, we’re just trying to win a game. So certainly it wasn’t ever with the mindset of looking ahead before anything was accomplished.”

Many won’t buy this explanation. Given the issues Gurley dealt with last season, especially late in the year, it makes sense to be careful with him. He still has a lingering knee problem, an “arthritic component” as his trainer has called it.

Gurley’s touches in 2019 have unfolded like this: 15, 19, 14, 12, 18, zero (injured), 19, 10, 12, 28, 9, 20.

Gurley missed one game due to a quad injury unrelated to last year’s knee problems. And if it’s true that Gurley’s knee is fine and that his underutilization earlier in the year had nothing to do with concerns about saving him for later in the year, Gurley should be used far more aggressively during an upcoming run that includes games against the Seahawks, Cowboys, and 49ers.

14 responses to “Sean McVay attributes increased Todd Gurley usage to “me not being an idiot”

  1. They are playing this game until the end. Gurley isn’t getting a full workload like past years cause of his knee issues. There is no division titles or super bowl appearance last year without Gurley. They are simply not giving him the ball as much cause of his knees

  2. McVay is being humble and taking all the blame, which maybe he should. No doubt he has made mistakes, but he has to live with the team he has. Gurley is finding it difficult to run, and Goff doesn’t get pass protection; which makes it difficult to score points. The GM should have gone after offensive linemen in the 1st and 2nd round, but traded down instead and ended up with several second rate players. It’s difficult to run and pass with the weakest offensive line in the game.

  3. McVay tries a bit too hard trying to keep everything in house. He thinks everyone is an idiot who believes his Gurley explanations. Everyone can tell he’s got knee issues. The more McVay denies it the more he sounds like an idiot. He’d be better off just admitting Todd still has knee problems. Because if nothing is wrong with Gurley then McVay truly is an idiot for not using him right.

  4. “McVay denied the notion that he used Gurley less earlier in the season to save him for the playoff push.”

    If he did it’s a good strategy

  5. It’s that time of year when a coach has bring out his best to win. The nature of the sport. “It’s how your playing in November and December.” Bill Parcells

  6. He can’t tell the truth. BB has it down to a science.

    Evade, avoid, talk in circles but never give the opponent an edge. But the numbers and the film don’t lie. So why ask a dumb question knowing you’re going to get the run around?

    You have to be an idiot to NOT see that this isn’t the same Gurley who took the League by storm.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 4, 2019 at 8:08 pm
    A little too late to stop being an idiot now that you have missed the playoffs.

    Umm, their 1 game back of the 6th seed with 4 games to play. Who is the idiot now?

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