The Los Angeles Rams had a disappointing season on all accounts in 2016, as after starting 3-1 in their first season back in Los Angeles, they lost 11 of their final 12 games to finish the season 4-12.
The rough season cost head coach Jeff Fisher his job, as the Rams have decided to go a different direction, hiring former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay to be the youngest head coach in NFL history.
McVay should help out a Rams offense that ranked dead last in both yards and points per game last season.
Among the Rams offensive players that struggled was running back Todd Gurley, was was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year the season before.
Due to a poor offensive line Gurley struggled to find holes in 2016, in a season that he recently compared to a nightmare, via Chris Wesseling of NFL.com:
“Like a nightmare. I still can’t believe the season,” Gurley said. “It was definitely a tough year, a learning experience for me. To be 4-12 this year? I don’t want to feel that feeling again.”
At one point in the season Gurley compared the team’s offense to a “middle school offense”. Gurley recently clarified what he meant by that, saying that he wasn’t criticizing the coaching staff:
“The week before, we played New England. I think we probably scored one touchdown and that was the last two minutes of the game,” Gurley explained. “Then we go play Atlanta, and they probably put more points up on us on defense than we actually put up on offense.
“It was frustrating. I kind of told it like it was, kind of how we looked. It was too many mental errors from everybody, including myself, just turning the ball over. You just can’t have that.”
Gurley carried the ball 278 times last season for 885 yards and six touchdowns. The 3.2 yards per carry was the second lowest in the league behind only Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That is coming off a rookie season in which he rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 13 games. He will look to return to that form in 2017 under McVay and what should be a much improved offense.