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Getting Gurley Healthy and the O-Line Up to Speed Could be the Rams Biggest Offseason Tasks

Two seasons ago the Los Angeles Rams were celebrating what was considered an upset when they defeated the New Orleans Saints on the road to advance to the Super Bowl.

Not many oddsmakers gave the Rams a great chance to beat the Saints, but helped out by an overtime interception they were able to kick a game-winning field goal to get into the biggest game on planet earth.

That was two seasons ago.

Last year if you would have checked US betting sites you can legally bet at the Rams were a favorite to repeat as NFC champions, but not only did they not get back to the Super Bowl, they also failed to get into the postseason.

The team suffered a number of issues along the way to go 9-7, but they were not able to do enough to advance to the NFL’s second season.

There were issues on the defensive side of the ball, as the team wasn’t able to keep games in check and eventually they lost their way and the defense allowed way too many points (364 total).

On offense, they were plagued all season by the issues surrounding running back Todd Gurley, who went from rushing for 1251 yards two years ago when the team made the Super Bowl, to rushing for just 857 yards last season as he seemed to fight through injury most of the year.

To put that in perspective as to the amount of yards that Gurley ran for, two years ago when the team went to the Super Bowl it would have been an average of 89.4 yards per game.

Last season as the offense simply didn’t have the same gusto that it had two years ago, Gurley averaged just 57.1 yards per game.

That is over a 30-yard per game drop off, and it 100 percent made a huge difference in the Rams offense in 2019.

To highlight as a team how bad the Rams were rushing the ball last season, they were as a whole 26th in the NFL, averaging 93.7 rushing yards a game.

By comparison, two years ago when Gurley was a beast and the team made it to the Super Bowl, they put up the third most rushing yards in the league per game, averaging 139.4 yards per game.

Getting back to rushing the football better in 2020 is a main reason why the Rams can quickly go from a 9-7 afterthought in the NFC to a team that once again can get into the Super Bowl.

It comes down getting Gurley healthy and making sure that he has enough support around him to be able to not have to run him 25 times a game.

Also the offensive line has to be better in 2020, not only from a health standpoint but also they have to play better, opening holes for Gurley and the other running backs on the team, and even they need to do better protecting quarterback Jared Goff.

Getting those things done this offseason might be the biggest things on the team’s agenda. If they can do that, the 25/1 odds for the team to get back to the Super Bowl might just be worth the risk.


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