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Should Rams Fans Be Worried About Todd Gurley, Pt. III

Time to re-visit one of the least comfortable questions of 2016...

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley
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In mid-September, I asked if as fans we should be worried about Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley. The answer was a relatively unanimous “no.”

Roughly a month later, I asked the same question. The unanimity was gone.

As of today after 11 games of the 2016 season, JTG is averaging 58.27 yards per game at a 3.21 yards per carry clip.

In fact, here’s how Gurley’s season was looking at the time of those two posts (after Weeks 2 & 6, respectively) vs. today with his first four starts and his entire rookie season at the end for comparison:

Sep. 22 Oct. 20 Dec. 1 First 4 Starts 2015
Att/Gm 18.00 19.83 18.18 22.00 17.62
Yds/Gm 49.00 57.67 58.27 141.50 85.08
Yds/Att 2.72 2.91 3.21 6.43 4.83
TDs/Gm 0.00 0.50 0.36 0.75 0.77
Rec Yds/Gm 7.00 22.17 21.91 15.75 14.46
Total Yds/Gm 56.00 79.83 80.18 157.25 99.54

Yes, things have gotten better for JTG since the first two games, but not noticeably since mid-October.

There’s been a detectable level of frustration from Gurley in his press availability, and it’s not hard to understand why. As someone who was billed to be the big superstar for LA sports in the wake left by Kobe Bryant’s departure, the numbers just aren’t stacking up.

Still, we’re talking about a running back in the midst of just his second year in the league. I know the unanimity that existed early on has been shattered, but I wonder to what degree.

You tell me.

Are you worried about Todd Gurley?