McVay had a lot of explaining to do.
In the aftermath of the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 loss at the hands of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53, fans and pundits have been wondering what happened to running back Todd Gurley. Gurley was a force this season with the Rams, scoring 17 touchdowns. He missed the final two games of the season with a knee injury and didn't look like himself in the playoffs. In the Super Bowl, Gurley was given a limited role and head coach Sean McVay explained why during the team's end of year press conference.
“We had gone in knowing that we wanted to kind of almost have a shared load between he and C.J.,” McVay said via USA Today. “So, the amount of attempts just rushing the ball the last couple games was a little bit different.”
McVay also noted that the team wasn't playing well enough on offense which led to Gurley's role being limited down the stretch.
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“We didn’t get the amount of plays off and didn’t have the drive continuity (we wanted),” McVay explained. “That’s a big result of why those opportunities were limited for him and just going into the game the way we had thought. As a result of us not being quite as efficient or not being able to convert on those third downs, it just limits those ops.”
Gurley only touched the ball 11 times in the Super Bowl and had four touches against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game.