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What Are The St. Louis Rams Doing With Todd Gurley?

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None of this makes much sense.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

First, some data. Here's St. Louis Rams rookie RB Just Todd Gurley's game log from 2015:

Opp Result Carries Yards Yds per TDs Snaps Snap% Carry%
v PIT L, 6-12 6 9 1.50 0 14 28.00% 42.86%
@ ARI W, 24-22 19 146 7.68 0 36 67.92% 52.78%
@ GB L, 10-24 30 159 5.30 0 45 63.38% 66.67%
v CLE W, 24-6 19 128 6.74 2 36 67.92% 52.78%
v SF W, 27-6 20 133 6.65 1 36 52.17% 55.56%
@ MIN L, 18-21 (OT) 24 89 3.71 1 58 78.38% 41.38%
v CHI L, 13-37 12 45 3.75 1 31 49.21% 38.71%
@ BAL L, 13-16 25 66 2.64 1 45 73.77% 55.56%
@ CIN L, 7-31 9 19 2.11 0 29 39.73% 31.03%
v ARI L, 3-27 9 41 4.56 0 26 52.00% 34.62%

The first thing is there's not a lot of consistency in how the Rams have used JTG this season either in how many snaps he's getting or how many of those snaps involve him rushing.

2015 Gurley usage through Week 13

Part of the problem? The last four weeks have shown a clear correlation in how much Todd Gurley runs the ball based on how often he's out there. You go back to the Green Bay and San Francisco games, he actually carried the ball at a higher rate among the snaps he was out there than the rate of his actual playing time. Other than the anomaly of his first game, that's not only rare. It forces the defense's hand.

The last four weeks, though, his carries were almost determined by his snaps. Perhaps that's pre-determined gameplan from midweek. Perhaps that's having three games in which you were losing pretty heavily in the second half.

I think it's fair to wonder though on the back of the decision to fire ex-Offensive Coordinator Frank Cignetti, Jr,. if there couldn't have been more variance in how the Rams chose to employ JTG this last month, ESPECIALLY given how little work he's gotten in the last two weeks.

If nothing else, the results are more condemnation than anything.