The Los Angeles Rams had to make the drastic move in letting go running back Todd Gurley this offseason as the team simply does not have enough capital to keep the running back on the team especially with huge contracts of quarterback Jared Goff, defensive lineman Aaron Donald and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Gurley has already opened up about the release and the lack of carries he had in 2019 on Chris Long’s podcast recently, but head coach Sean McVay has finally opened up about Gurley.
Remember, the Rams had the 7th fewest rushing yards per game in 2019 as Gurley had his worst season since his rookie season. McVay recently went on to the Rich Eisen Show and talked about the departure of Gurley. Here’s a couple of statements regarding the decision to cut Gurley.
The first thing I would say is its really unbelievable what he’s done over the 5 years of being a Ram. I couldnt be more appreciated of our time together and I do think eventually we can look back at alot of the cheerish memories. I owe alot of that to him. Sometimes tough decisions have to be made, the only way I put it Rich, is these decisions are never easier. There’s a lot of things that go into tough decisions, what I have to say is I wish him the best in Atlanta. But we are also excited to see if there is an opportunity we can add someone in the draft.
It seems McVay had a lot of passion and trust in Gurley and wanted to see him grow with the Los Angeles Rams. As McVay said it was a tough decision they had to make. In hindsight, if Gurley is still a top back in the league, there was no real way for the Rams to hold onto him with the contracts of Goff, Donald, and Cooks. McVay also talked with the voice of the Rams JB Long and here’s what he had to say about Gurley.
Those are decisions that are very difficult. But when I think about Todd Gurley, I think that the respect, the appreciation, and the admiration for all the good memories he’s created will hopefully be one of the things that really lasts in the midst of a very difficult decision. And I think he’ll do a great job for the Falcons.
It seems the young coach wanted to show that the respect was there for Gurley always. Gurley helped changed this franchise as there should be no Ram fan out there wishing him the worst in Atlanta. He deserves nothing but the best during this time. What was your favorite memory/play of Gurley?