Les Snead: Rams will spread it around at running back

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The Rams made an expensive mistake when they gave running back Todd Gurley a big second contract rather than simply letting him play out his rookie deal, and it’s a mistake that General Manager Les Snead indicated he won’t make again.

Snead said the Rams’ focus at the running back position going forward will be on having multiple backs, not shelling out a small fortune on one starter.

“What we do want to be is a team that utilizes more than one workhorse moving the ball, with different skill sets,” Snead said, via Greg Beacham of the Associated Press.

Snead acknowledged that Gurley’s salary cap number was simply too high to justify keeping him.

“Ultimately, our vision is to keep us contending not only in the short term, but the long term. Releasing Todd, we felt, was the best thing for the Rams,” Snead said.

The Rams currently have three running backs on the roster: Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson and John Kelly. They may add more before the season starts, but you can bet they won’t add any running backs who cost anything close to what Gurley cost.

22 responses to “Les Snead: Rams will spread it around at running back

  1. If the Rams want to compete either short or long term, Snead should be the one to go.

  2. I actually have insider information. The Rams will also look horrible hoping to distract teams with their new hideous uniforms that are so bad an XFL expansion team wouldn’t pick it.

    You know? Bad optics!

  3. Thanks, Les. I would say trading away all those 1st round picks was the big mistake but you haven’t learned from that.

    Their RB depth chart is pretty lousy. They won’t hand out any Todd Gurley-like contracts because he won’t find a Todd Gurley-like RB again.

  4. stick55 says:
    April 7, 2020 at 4:48 am
    If the Rams want to compete either short or long term, Snead should be the one to go.
    ——————————-
    Yes, it’s awful for a GM’s team to go 11-5, 13-3, and 9-7 the past three years, for a combined 33-15 record. Simply dreadful. Away with him!

  5. You could argue Rams couldn’t have known about Gurley’s knees in July 2018 and so didn’t make a mistake, just unlucky. BUT using a big back as a single deep tail like that so that he’s always meeting the front line alone at a full sprint is asking for trouble in terms of his joints.

  6. Kyle Shanahan has shown the entire league how to do it. Unfortunately for the Rams, Les woke up from his slumber a few years too late.

  7. It’s a QB league. Did the Chiefs just win the super bowl because of a great RB? No. They recently lost their great RB, Kareem Hunt. They won because their QB became the top QB in the league. The Rams will be ok. Their QB has already taken them to one super bowl, and he’s still young and learning.

  8. The LAmbs head coach is infatuated with the passing game, and the team will not be running tbe ball much. Spreading it around means no one will get a lot of carries. He should look at Kansas City. The Chiefs dumped Kareem Hunt too hastily and they became less effective in the second half of 2018, and failed to reach the Super Bowl. They rediscovered the running game late in the 2019 season, and they won the big one.

  9. Teams with top 10 RB cap hits and/or top 10 QB cap hits just do not make the superbowl, let alone win it.

    The exception being Todd Gurley (who should’ve been on his rookie contract still) in 2018.

    Fun stat : 2019 – 0 8-figure RBs against the cap, 2020, 5 8-figure RBs against the cap.

    Let’s see if any of them make the SB but it looks unlikely.

  10. the gurley extension was possibly premature however the selection of gurley at #10 was not snead has been about 75% right over the years and when compared to other GMs he has been good along come mc vay and the lousy for a decade rams suddenly average 11-5 for the last 3 seasons and a break even season would not ruin my enthusiasm for a rams team that was lousy from 2004-2016 we will be back!! btw as a sidebar doesn’t the rams skull logo look similar to a longhorn dead animal logo!!

  11. Gotta say that the Rams seeming lack of urgency is kind of bizarre. They went from the Super Bowl to a big letdown last season and this offseason has been nothing but them shedding salary and trying to make it sound like this was the plan all along. Very recently they looked poised to enter play in their new stadium as a contender and are now a distant 3rd or even a 4th place club but to here them talk everything is just great.

  12. computojon says:
    April 7, 2020 at 5:49 am
    stick55 says:
    April 7, 2020 at 4:48 am
    If the Rams want to compete either short or long term, Snead should be the one to go.
    ——————————-
    Yes, it’s awful for a GM’s team to go 11-5, 13-3, and 9-7 the past three years, for a combined 33-15 record. Simply dreadful. Away with him!
    _________________________
    The Rams traded away first round picks and paid large short-term contracts. Dreadful? Yes! The writing was on the wall when those players started leaving, hence it was no surprise that they went from 13-3 to 9-7. Now tell me, do you think they’ve gotten better this off-season. I don’t. I see 9-7 as their ceiling, if a full-season were to be played.

  13. Norm Snead said: “I wish I hadn’t played for so many (6) lousy teams during my career.
    Little bit of trivia: Norm Snead is the last QB to win a game while posting a zero QB rating.

  14. nyneal says:
    April 7, 2020 at 10:00 am
    Norm Snead said: “I wish I hadn’t played for so many (6) lousy teams during my career.
    Little bit of trivia: Norm Snead is the last QB to win a game while posting a zero QB rating.

    —————————-

    Ben Roethlisburger came close, with a lot of help from the refs. In what was considered one of the worst reffed super bowls in history Ben won with a 22.6 QBR.

  15. The Rams went 9-7 last year with a gimpy starting RB, three OL on injured reserve, and one of the best safeties in the league on IR as well. They also lost their first and second string middle linebacker for the year. They missed a last second field goal in Seattle for the win, and should have had the Niners in OT in San Francisco. They HAMMERED Seattle at home, and lost to the Niners 20-7 early in the year after being tied 7-7 and fumbling inside their 10 on the opening play of the 2nd half.

    And people act as if they were terrible. Whatever.

  16. Bears fan here. All I can say is playing the Rams without Todd Gurley in 2018 (he sat out that game) was much different than playing the Rams with Todd Gurley in 2019.

  17. It would be easier to “spread it around” if the Rams actually had some running backs.

  18. Running back by committee can work as it did for most of the Pat’s SB runs including the one against the Rams. The 49ers 1st SB
    title also. The Gurley signing was a mistake 20-20 hindsight but if the knee had held out for 1 more year and they’d won their SB title I’m sure most people would have think it was worth it. Overall I agree with those who think that spending the kind of money that Zeke,Levion Bell…demand is usually a bad idea.

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