Sean McVay: Rams have three good RBs, still deciding how many carries they’ll get

Getty Images

Rams coach Sean McVay hasn’t determined who will fill the role of departed running back Todd Gurley, but he has no doubts that there are players on the roster who can do it.

McVay said that Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers are all up to the task.

“We feel we’ve got three really good backs,” McVay said, via ESPN. “What does that mean in terms of the distribution of carries? I think that’s to be determined based on how things play themselves out and when we get a chance to actually compete in practice and in those live opportunities.”

McVay said his offense doesn’t need to identify one bell cow running back, but that he does feel good about the depth he has at the position.

“What we wanted to do was get a group that we felt really good about,” McVay said. “This enables us to say, ‘We’re not necessarily committed to any approach, it’s a feel for the flow of the game.’ But you’d like everybody to create a role for themselves, and we’ll see what ends up happening then.”

It’s anyone’s guess who will lead the Rams in rushing, but McVay sounds confident that all three backs are capable.

15 responses to “Sean McVay: Rams have three good RBs, still deciding how many carries they’ll get

  1. McVay was confident that there was nothing wrong with Gurley last year as well and kept insisting that it was just game flow that decreased Gurley’s carries and yards.

    It is crazy how just 2 years ago, if you shook hands with McVay once, you got a head coaching job.

    It’s a lot easier to coach when you have multiple high first round picks on rookie contracts.

  2. Running back by committee is usually a more cost effective way of getting production out of the position rather than having a single elite back.

  3. What else is we going to say? We have three guys that can’t cut it?? Cmon…

    It will be interesting to see how the boy wonder of 2018 does in a loaded NFC West….

  4. Rams have the worst RB unit in the NFCW, he may feel they have 3 “great” RBs but no one who lives out here in a thing called reality believes that. He still needs a QB to with the worst QB in the NFCW, Rams have taken a giant leap back over the last two years while everyone else has gotten better. Rams are in for a season of hurting next season.

  5. The RB position isn’t the problem. They may have three good RBs but that can’t counter an average QB. Sure, he had a good eight-game stretch in 2018 that compelled the Rams to (inexplicably) give him a $134M extension. Now they are stuck with him and that contract until at least 2022. He’s due over $25M in 2023 and unless his play starts improving I can’t see them keeping him for that much money. They can’t afford to cut him, if they were so inclined, until at least 2022 because of the dead money against the cap. His 86.5 QBR in 2019 is tied for 21st with Kyler Murray and behind Daniel Jones, Gardner Minshew, Case Keenum and Jacoby Brissett. Something tells me the Rams expected something more for that $134M extension than they saw from him last year. He hasn’t looked the same after his 16.4 QBR in the Super Bowl. It’s one thing to put up big numbers against bad teams. It’s quite different to be able to win a game against a good opponent. I expect both Goff and McVay will be gone by 2023 if not earlier.

  6. Worked for the Pats on multiple SB runs. Different RBs with different skill sets makes for a more versatile offense causing defensive confusion.

    As for those calling McVay a bust, he got them to the SB and if Gurley’s knee had held up for anther year, they may have beaten my Pats, they were that good. And those castigating him now would be singing his praise.

  7. Funny how both the Seahags AND the Rams have never been the same since they lost the SB to New England.

  8. ”Running back by committee is usually a more cost effective way of getting production out of the position rather than having a single elite back.”

    It isn’t usually an optional situation: A player develops into a star, and goes from low price tag to higher demand/price tag. Now the GM is left to manage the choice of pay a healthy elite RB or to move on. He wants stability in the offense, so starting from scratch is not always the best choice. Having depth at RB does help but if the emerging talent accepts the lower end of his talent segment’s salary range signing him to a 2-3 year deal is a good choice. Moving on from a talented, healthy starter without trying to manage a modest salary concession, and thus maintaining stability would be a hasty mistake.

  9. McVay is a wise young man. It’s a QB league, so it’s not necessary to have an Adrian Peterson or Barry Sanders. Actually, neither of those 2 HOF RB’s ever participated in a super bowl. Looking back on recent super bowl winners, Patriots, Chiefs, Eagles, I’m not really thinking a bell cow RB is all that important. Not in today’s NFL. The Rams have a QB who’s good enough to get to the super bowl, so the Rams are just trying to set the rest of the roster. They’re actually in pretty good shape.

  10. “he got them to the SB and if Gurley’s knee had held up for anther year, they may have beaten my Pats, they were that good.”
    _____________

    True but he was outcoached to an EPIC degree in that Super Bowl which is where a lot of the disillusion with him is now coming from. Goff got hit on every dropback in that game and they never once moved the pocket or even called a screen pass to slow down the rush. McVay made zero adjustments because he’d convinced himself his original gameplan was infallible. Oops.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.