Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley did not touch the ball 20 times or more in any of his first eight games this season. He’s done so twice in the last three contests.
Last week, Gurley rushed 19 times for 95 yards and a touchdown in a 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals, adding one reception for 20 yards. In Week 11, he carried 25 times for 97 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Bears, while also hauling in three receptions for 36 yards.
So, what explains the increased workload? Rams head coach Sean McVay gave an honest answer to this question today.
He claims it’s because he stopped being “an idiot.”
What's gone into Todd Gurley's increased usage recently?
"Me not being an idiot," Sean McVay said.
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) December 4, 2019
The Rams have battled inconsistency this season but currently remain in the playoff hunt at 7-5.
Most likely, they will have to win out to wrap up a Wild Card spot. Finishing 10-6 might get it done, but it would require a collapse by the 8-4 Minnesota Vikings.
Los Angeles takes on the NFC West-leading Seahawks in primetime on Sunday night.