If you have followed my writing at all you are well aware that I believe Todd Gurley is massively overrated as a running back. He has the ability to cut and go and take the ball to the house every time it’s handed to him but only when the offensive line gives him a massive hole and because of their failure to do so, the young back went all of last season without a 100 yard game and his longest run was just 24 yards.
I also mocked the team for trading away a ton of assets to draft an unproven quarterback that had no real receiving weapons and had apparently just given away their best chance to get any. Jared Goff was considered the most NFL ready quarterback coming out of college but he was coming to a team that didn’t seem ready for him.
I smiled a bit when Los Angeles went out and brought in Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. The duo has been highly touted during their tenure with the Bills but has failed to ever live up to expectations in Buffalo and it seemed likely that the pattern would remain the same with the Rams. Fresh team, new location, same old story.
The other major issue I saw was on the offensive line. The team has their quarterback of the future and a potential superstar running back but as we have seen, without the right blocking none of that is as effective as it needs to be. I shook my head when the team gave a massive deal to 35 year old left tackle Andrew Whitworth. Yes, he is one of the most dominant lineman in the league but it seemed like it would be more reasonable to bring in someone to spearhead the run game instead.
I didn’t realize it when it happened but one of the Rams draft picks appears to be the piece that pulls all of this together and completes the puzzle. Cooper Kupp was selected number 69 overall by Los Angeles and is already proving himself as a difference maker for the squad. Kupp figures to fit in at the slot position for the Rams and has already shown he will be trouble for defensive backs. If he can continue to be a weapon for Goff, all of a sudden it opens up all kinds of opportunities for the rest of the offense. That makes Gurley that much scarier because defenses will have something else to distract them. It also makes the addition of Watkins and Woods a bit bigger and it all starts with the blocking from Whitworth. All of a sudden this team which was very one dimensional last season, seems to be firing on all cylinders.