Rams coach Sean McVay says Los Angeles has a ‘good deal’ in the backfield
The Rams were able to find a healthy balance once again between running backs Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown. According to Albert Breer of SI.com, McVay is happy with what he has seen from them thus far:
“It’s going to be something that’s by game,” McVay said. “And really, it’s more in the flow and the feel and how he’s doing it as much as anything else. Because Todd’s a big part of our offense, he’s going to continue to be a big part of our offense. And the nice thing is that we feel good about Malcolm Brown being able to spell him. Because of the confidence we have with those two guys, it’s been a good deal the first couple weeks. And in all seriousness, [I can’t] tell you that’s going to be what it is, because then Todd gets the hot hand and you feel like he’s going to end up with 25 carries. I don’t think that’s out of the question either.”
McVay’s optimism is certainly understandable. There had been plenty of speculation regarding how much he was going to temper Gurley’s touches after dealing with a knee injury this offseason. It is safe to say that the approach has worked out for the Rams so far:
Gurley finished with 63 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against the Saints. Meanwhile, Brown averaged a whopping 6.2 yards per carry while tacking on a reception for 10 yards. More importantly, both backs appear to be working with fresh legs through the first two games of the season.
Thus will continue to be on McVay to find a way to give them both enough touches to sill be effective. Of course, his comments indicate that it may be only a matter of time before he is forced to feed Gurley the bulk of the touches. Regardless, the Rams’ priority will be on having him as healthy as possible for the postseason.