Raheem Morris speaks out on Todd Gurley’s late-game TD blunder vs. Lions
Todd Gurley and the Atlanta Falcons are still dwelling on him falling into the end zone in last week’s loss to the Detroit Lions. Despite Gurley being the one who committed the mistake, Raheem Morris is attempting to place the blame on himself.
“I said this before and I’ll say it again, I feel like I made the mistake for putting Gurley in that spot,” Morris said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s a little harder probably than me and you think to stop from going in. Obviously, it is. . . . I made a bad decision from the 10-yard line to give him the ball thinking he could stop before he got there. Probably should have put the ball in Matt Ryan’s hands and took the knee like I said before. That’s probably the biggest regret from the game. . . . I know I’ve said that clearly to [the media]. I’ve said it clearly to the team. Moving forward, we won’t make that mistake again.”
With nearly one minute remaining in Atlanta’s game against Detroit in Week 7, the Falcons handed the ball to Gurley. Before the play took place, the score was 16-14 in favor of the Lions.
At the same time, Gurley was told not to score on the play so the Falcons could run the clock down and kick the game-winning field goal to prevent Matthew Stafford from having a chance to win the game. However, the All-Pro running back would fall into the end zone in an awkward manner, knowing he just made a mistake.
Unfortunately, Todd Gurley’s mistake would allow Stafford and the Lions to drive down the field and score a game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game. Even though it was Gurley’s mistake, his coach was definitely trying to shield his player from any additional backlash.