Sean McVay: Todd Gurley ‘feeling good’ after shaky postseason
One of the more prominent storylines heading into the NFL postseason was the health of Todd Gurley, something that became cloaked in even more intrigue as the Los Angeles Rams marched all the way to Super Bowl LIII.
Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine Thursday, Rams head coach Sean McVay indicated Gurley is “feeling good” following a shaky postseason.
Rams coach Sean McVay weighs in on Todd Gurley’s health and performance down the stretch. Says the RB is ‘feeling good.’ pic.twitter.com/93se5J9wpA— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) February 28, 2019
“He’s feeling good. Anytime you go through the amount of work he got specifically this season, there’s going to be a toll it takes on your body,” McVay said. “But from a physical and really a mental standpoint, he’s in a good place and we’re excited about how Todd’s feeling moving into the offseason.”
Gurley’s postseason struggles, which seem to be mostly attributable to a knee injury that had him sit out the final two games of the regular season, came to a head in the Rams’ appearances in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl.
The 24-year-old back posted a solid line in the Rams’ 30-22 divisional round win over the Dallas Cowboys, carrying the ball 16 times for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Things bogged down, however, as the postseason progressed. In games against the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, Gurley quickly became a non-factor, totaling only 14 carries for 45 yards.
Leading up to the Super Bowl, McVay and the Rams downplayed the seriousness of Gurley’s injury woes, but it became clear to most he was not 100 percent.
Still, McVay is arguing it was his game-planning, not Gurley’s injury, that led to the running back’s ineffectiveness.
Sean McVay still maintains that Todd Gurley’s ineffective Super Bowl was a result of him not getting his RB as involved and into a rhythm as he should have. Adds sure, workload of the season takes a toll on the body, but he should’ve done better positioning Gurley for success.— Mike Jones (@ByMikeJones) February 28, 2019
All that said, McVay did confirm that Gurley will not require offseason surgery, although the Rams will consider lessening Gurley’s workload going forward, according to general manager Les Snead.
Les Snead says Todd Gurley has experienced a fair amount of wear and tear since the acl at Georgia, that #rams will have to seriously consider reducing his workload via a Batman/Robin scenario #NFLCombine— RosterWatch (@RosterWatch) February 28, 2019
It will be interesting to watch how the Rams handle their franchise running back going forward, especially given the team’s substantial financial commitment and how Gurley arguably appeared to wear down as the season progressed.