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SB: Should the Rams have benched Gurley for CJ Anderson?

JohnF : 2/4/2019 10:56 am
It would have been a ballsy move by McVey, but should he have started CJ Anderson for Gurley in the Super Bowl?

Gurley has not been himself since the knee injury. And Anderson has had success against the Pats in the recent past:

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In his career against the Patriots, Anderson has had a great deal of success. He’s faced them four times in the regular season, totaling 201 yards on just 31 carries – an average of 6.48 yards per attempt. He also had two touchdowns and caught eight passes for 74 yards. In the 2016 AFC championship game, Anderson carried it 16 times for 72 yards, helping lift the Broncos to a 20-18 win.

...With the way the Rams spread defenses out, it opens up the middle of the field for inside zone runs. You could make the case that Anderson is better in that area than Gurley, especially when looking at their rushing charts.

Todd Gurley or C.J. Anderson: Which RB should Rams lean on in Super Bowl?

If you remember the 1990 season, Rodney Hampton was the #1 back until his injury late in the season, with Ottis Anderson taking over and helping the Giants win SB XXV. Now, Hampton's injury was worst than Gurley's, but I think the Rams would have been better suited to fully committing to CJ and really pounding the ball. I think Goff would have had a much better game as a result.
Frankly I would have played Gurley a lot more, not CJ  
PatersonPlank : 2/4/2019 10:58 am : link
Gurley said he felt fine. IMO this was one of the biggest flaws in McVays coaching last night
Gurley “started” one snap  
Ssanders9816 : 2/4/2019 11:00 am : link
Then it was mostly C.J.
heard  
Steve in Greenwich : 2/4/2019 11:01 am : link
Dr Steve O'Brien from Hospital of Special Surgery on Francesa's show yesterday flat out saying Gurley has an arthritic knee. He had deep concerns over whether Gurley will be able to play long term in the league based on the condition and that each season we likely will see him peter out the deeper the season gets and each year the effects will start showing earlier and earlier in the season.
The better question is should the Rams have paid Gurley  
Go Terps : 2/4/2019 11:02 am : link
Even if you're OK with committing that much to a RB, everyone knew about his knee.
Gurley  
Mr. Nickels : 2/4/2019 11:04 am : link
is clearly injured. If he's not. Then this is some of the worst coaching all time and McVay should be fired.
RE: The better question is should the Rams have paid Gurley  
Big Blue '56 : 2/4/2019 11:04 am : link
In comment 14286672 Go Terps said:
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Even if you're OK with committing that much to a RB, everyone knew about his knee.


If the knee was not deemed solid as to recovery or healing or something he just needed to live with, then an emphatic no!
RE: Gurley  
FStubbs : 2/4/2019 11:10 am : link
In comment 14286677 Mr. Nickels said:
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is clearly injured. If he's not. Then this is some of the worst coaching all time and McVay should be fired.


This.
Didn's CJ play most of the game?  
ZogZerg : 2/4/2019 11:23 am : link
Gurley obviously isn't himself.

The real question is... should they have changed QBs?....
RE: Gurley “started” one snap  
BillKo : 2/4/2019 11:25 am : link
In comment 14286667 Ssanders9816 said:
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Then it was mostly C.J.


Huh???
Anderson didn't exactly light it up  
bluepepper : 2/4/2019 11:30 am : link
7 carries for 22 yards. Gurley 10 for 35. Hard to kill McVay either for not enough Anderson or not enough Gurley. Pats dominated the highly touted Rams OL.
6 to one, half a dozen to the other  
GeorgeAdams33 : 2/4/2019 11:50 am : link
Goff lost them the game.
The Rams Offensive Line...  
BamaBlue : 2/4/2019 11:56 am : link
lost the game. They couldn't protect Goff and they couldn't run block. They looked like the Giants OL clownshow...
The RAMS  
djstat : 2/4/2019 12:01 pm : link
Were not ready for the big stage on offense. The HC is the OC and he was clearly out coached. I thought the Defense and Special teams were fine.

I will never understand these coaches and believing that a star player at 80% is still better then most players. Bull $hit. It is the Super Bowl. Gurley has either been hurt or lost his mojo
Gurley  
Giants : 2/4/2019 12:21 pm : link
has been playing hurt
this is hilarious  
ColHowPepper : 2/4/2019 12:29 pm : link
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6 to one, half a dozen to the other
GeorgeAdams33 : 11:50 am : link : reply
Goff lost them the game.

The Rams Offensive Line...
BamaBlue : 11:56 am : link : reply
lost the game. They couldn't protect Goff and they couldn't run block.
One of these posters saw the same game I saw. I don't know what game the other was watching.
Steve in Greenwich said  
Bubba : 2/4/2019 1:32 pm : link
[quote]heard
Steve in Greenwich : 11:01 am : link : reply
Dr Steve O'Brien from Hospital of Special Surgery on Francesa's show yesterday flat out saying Gurley has an arthritic knee. He had deep concerns over whether Gurley will be able to play long term in the league based on the condition and that each season we likely will see him peter out the deeper the season gets and each year the effects will start showing earlier and earlier in the season.[quote]

When was this discovered? Didn't they just give Gurley a huge contract renewal?
Sorry: Steve in Greenwich said  
Bubba : 2/4/2019 1:35 pm : link

Bubba : 1:32 pm : link : reply
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heard
Steve in Greenwich : 11:01 am : link : reply
Dr Steve O'Brien from Hospital of Special Surgery on Francesa's show yesterday flat out saying Gurley has an arthritic knee. He had deep concerns over whether Gurley will be able to play long term in the league based on the condition and that each season we likely will see him peter out the deeper the season gets and each year the effects will start showing earlier and earlier in the season.


When was this discovered? Didn't they just give Gurley a huge contract renewal?
Is it the injury?  
Bill L : 2/4/2019 3:38 pm : link
The way everyone was talking about Gurley, especially vs the Saints, it almost sounded like a mental thing with him. (Although, I have no reason as to why that should be)
RE: heard  
mrvax : 2/4/2019 3:58 pm : link
In comment 14286670 Steve in Greenwich said:
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Dr Steve O'Brien from Hospital of Special Surgery on Francesa's show yesterday flat out saying Gurley has an arthritic knee. He had deep concerns over whether Gurley will be able to play long term in the league based on the condition and that each season we likely will see him peter out the deeper the season gets and each year the effects will start showing earlier and earlier in the season.


This seems very likely to me, from what I've observed.
Re Arthritic knee  
81_Great_Dane : 2/4/2019 4:46 pm : link
I'm assuming the doctor who was on the radio isn't Gurley's doctor and didn't consult on his case, because then he'd be bound by medical confidentiality rules. So he's speaking more generally.

I have had two knee surgeries, one to remove torn cartilage and one to repair a torn ACL. I was told each time by my doctors that I'd have arthritis in the knee, but less if I have the surgery than if I don't. And I do in fact have pretty nasty arthritis in my "involved" knee. It doesn't bother me most of the time, but I don't play running back in the NFL. In fact, my knee pain improves with exercise because the joint swells slightly and the extra fluid reduces pain.

Knee trauma triggers osteoarthritis -- this isn't an obscure fact. It's something every team has to consider when re-signing a guy who's had a major knee injury. However, it would be news to learn he is severely limited by arthritis at such a young age, even with the knee trauma he's had.
RE: Didn's CJ play most of the game?  
Beezer : 2/4/2019 4:50 pm : link
In comment 14286707 ZogZerg said:
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Gurley obviously isn't himself.

The real question is... should they have changed QBs?....


Gurley had 11 touches. Anderson had 9 touches. (including catching passes - Gurley 1, Anderson 2).

Gurley averaged 3.5 yards per rush. Anderson averaged 3.1 yards per rush.

Neither was particularly effective.

So let’s get rid of this because the question was asked and answered  
Ivan15 : 2/4/2019 5:13 pm : link
by McVay.
Anderson's fumble was terrible.  
St. Jimmy : 2/4/2019 6:19 pm : link
He should have lowered his shoulder and picked up the first down. It looked like he would have got it. He was licky the ball made it out of bounds.
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