Before the 2018 season began, Todd Gurley signed a record-setting 4-year deal worth $57.5 million and $45 million guaranteed. And he earned that contract after winning Offensive Player of the Year in the previous season
And Gurley had a phenominal 2018 season as he had 1,831 yards from scrimmage with 21 total touchdowns which led the league. He was voted All-Pro and seemed even more dynamic this year than he did the year prior.
But then Gurley missed a couple of games in December with a knee injury and from that moment on, something weird happened. CJ Anderson came to town thicccc as hell and took his job.
While Gurley was icing his knee, Anderson came in and rushed for back-to-back
But most noticably, with the Los Angeles Rams stating very clearly that Todd Gurley was healthy and his knees were fine, Gurley ran the ball just 4 times in the NFC Championship against the New Orleans Saints.
He started the game by letting an easy screen pass bounce off his hands and lead to an early interception for the Saints and never really made a play for the rest of the game. He was completely irrelevvant from start to the finish.
And then in the Super Bowl, the biggest game of the year, Gurley had 11 touches and needn’t have shown up at all.
Interesting. Either Todd Gurley is truly suffering from a lingering knee injury that has plagued him since his days in college or he is the highest paid backup running back in NFL history.
Either way, this sounds like a player that I would label as the least valuable player in the NFL. You can have all of the regular season success in the world. Get those stats.
But when the playoffs start, you might want to bring that same energy, my guy.
Now, it’s very possible that Sean McVay overthought the whole situation and gave CJ Anderson more of the workload after watching him rush for over 400+ in the final 2 weeks and the first round of the playoffs.
At the same time, Gurley did have opportunities to make an impact and did nothing with them so perhaps McVay felt like he had no choice but to keep him on the sideline.
It’s also very possible that we’re days away from Adam Schefter tweeting that Gurley is getting knee surgery this offseason and the reason why the Rams were so weird about it is because they didn’t want to put him on the injury report that way the Saints and Patriots can waste time game planning against him
Either way, backing the Brinks truck full of cash up to the guy who is constantly in crutches is the opposite of ‘value’ especially considering that the Rams gave him this deal a year earlier than they needed to.
Or he just sucks now. Yikes.
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