Per chance once the final whistle had blown in the 2018 NFL season, we would at closing gather some clarity on what precisely used to be occurring with Todd Gurley. Or so we hoped.
Tuesday didn’t bring us any clarity on the matter. As a replace, it used to be Sean McVay explaining how pacing, rhythm and in the same draw sized workloads were the foremost focal level of the Rams in the postseason.
“We had long past in sparkling that we wanted in bellow to almost have extra or less a shared load between he and C.J. (Anderson),” McVay acknowledged Tuesday. “So the amount of attempts that we had merely speeding the ball in the closing couple video games used to be a tiny bit bit a type of. Explicit to the sport the a type of evening, Todd will get correct into a tiny bit little bit of a rhythm, or it might maybe well appear love when we would have a honest, sure urge, then one thing would inevitably occur to keep of living us relief. And then in the occasion you’re now not ambiance pleasant on third downs, we merely didn’t gather quite lots of attempts off. That in fact ended up being a mountainous result of what ended up happening.”
The numbers dangle it out. Gurley and Anderson combined to lope merely 17 instances (Gurley: 10, Anderson: seven) for a total of 57 yards. The ground game never in fact got going, merely love the comfort of Los Angeles’ offense.
And when it regarded as if Gurley used to be warming up, a questionable penalty introduced it relief. Gurley’s 13-yard urge early in the fourth moved the Rams into Patriots territory, nonetheless used to be negated by a flag for preserving on center John Sullivan.
The video shows Danny Shelton, who used to be engaged with Sullivan, knocked down at the knee by teammate Gerald Everett. Everett used to be executing a prick up block on Kyle Van Noy, who blew up Everett so violently, he flew into the legs of Shelton, knocking him down. The flag flew in quickly thereafter, bringing relief Gurley’s produce.
That name forced the Rams to cross, which resulted in a sack on first-and-20, an incomplete cross on 2nd-and-22 and lack of 1 yard on an sick-fated third-and-22 speeding are attempting. The Rams punted, and the Patriots scored the traipse-forward touchdown on the next possession.
These are the setbacks McVay referenced. Anderson, who had been a revelation in the final three weeks of the in type season and thru Los Angeles’ two playoff victories, used to be ineffective. New England performed very ultimate defense for 60 minutes (and McVay admittedly might maybe well’ve opened his pondering to some a type of alternate choices in that high-stress scenario). It be intelligent to beat such circumstances.
“I judge they were both merely in a extremely honest rhythm,” McVay acknowledged of the video games main as a lot as Nice Bowl LIII and their subsequent draw. “And I judge the precise scenario that we had long past into the playoffs with used to be what you noticed in Dallas, where it used to be both of those guys becoming concerned. After we extra or less had that draw, after which you’re shrimp with the amount of carries that you cease up getting off or the type that a game plays out, that’s merely extra or less what the result used to be. Nonetheless it completely used to be one thing where we knew we desired to gather both of those guys concerned.”
Nonetheless that also doesn’t demonstrate what grew to develop to be a two-and-a-half-game pattern for the Rams. Used to be Gurley’s absence in key scenarios resulting from his effectively being? Something on that?
“I’ve now not had a likelihood to meet with Reggie yet, through extra or less following up with how all those things went,” McVay acknowledged of exit physicals. “Nonetheless that is the long-established working plan and Todd took share in that.”
We might maybe well never know. Nonetheless we are going to consistently wonder what might maybe well need came about had the Rams pounded the ball with Gurley in Atlanta.