On Thursday afternoon, the Los Angeles Rams announced their 2019 captains. For the most part, the captains will remain the same from last year, with one notable difference...and no, it’s not the addition of safety Eric Weddle.
For the first time since 2016, Rams’ running back Todd Gurley was not named an offensive captain.
Our captains. pic.twitter.com/g4gzzOrVE4— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 5, 2019
In the absence of Gurley, the 2019 offensive captains are Jared Goff and left tackle Andrew Whitworth, both of whom held the title last year.
On the defensive side, its (obviously) defensive tackle Aaron Donald, cornerback Aqib Talib, and a new addition to the bunch, safety Eric Weddle.
Johnny Hekker will handle the captainship for the special teams squad.
Is Todd’s absence as captain odd? Maybe. But so has the entirety of his offseason, if we’re being honest. Regardless - and feel free to speculate away - Gurley has lost the title for at least the upcoming year.
(UPDATED at 3:24pm ET)
It came down to the votes
Rams coach Sean McVay is asked about RB Todd Gurley no longer being recognized as a captain by his teammates: “He’s still looked at as a leader.” Mentions he was just a few votes shy. @usatodaynfl @DowntownRams @CVRamsClub— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) September 5, 2019