Many expected former Georgia running back Todd Gurley to do great things after he was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.
But as of late, Gurley is just struggling.
He rushed for 57 yards in a loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, marking his ninth straight game failing to reach 100 yards on the ground.
Bleacher Report NFL writer Mike Freeman wrote an article on Wednesday detailing what has been going wrong during Gurley’s struggles. And he doesn’t blame the former Bulldog, but rather the team he is playing for.
“It’s rare for us to see — firsthand — bad coaching ruin a potential Hall of Famer,” Freeman writes. “But that is what we are witnessing. Gurley doesn’t stand a chance with the Rams. He never did.”
Freeman attributes Gurley’s inability to find holes to opposing defenses consistently playing eight- or nine-man fronts. He says that happens because of the poor quarterback play for the Rams, who have been starting Case Keenum rather than rookie Jared Goff.
Freeman says Rams coach Jeff Fisher has an “archaic” offensive philosophy that puts Gurley in too many predictable running situations. But the NFL writer blames more than just Los Angeles’ coach.
“The talent around [Gurley] stinks,” Freeman writes. “This is obvious. Fisher simply hasn’t put good players on the roster.”
The Rams, who are 3-4, are entering a bye week. Gurley will look to break out next when they host the Panthers on Nov. 6.