As Super Bowl LIII crawls closer, the questions continue to persist regarding Todd Gurley’s usage in the biggest game of his career.
The running back touched the ball just five times in the NFC Championship Game for 13 total yards, both career lows. The NFL Offensive Player of the Year candidate attributed the poor performance to his own “sorry” play after two drops and a big negative-yardage run, not a lingering knee injury.
On Tuesday, coach Sean McVay again took the blame for not getting the running back more involved in the offense, attributing it to play selection, and vowed to get Gurley the rock in Sunday’s Super Bowl showdown versus the New England Patriots, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.
“I think what says as much about Todd as anything, is the way he handled it right after,” McVay said. “You learn about people when they do go through a little bit of adversity. I couldn’t have been more proud and pleased with just the way that he handled that — demonstrated the mental toughness that we expect. You show me anybody that’s great in anything they do, I’ll show you somebody that’s persevered, demonstrated that mental toughness to overcome some obstacles and adversity. And I think a large part of specifically when you talk about last week’s game was a result of some of the things in terms of the play selection. I’ve got to do a much better job for Todd to get him opportunities to get him going. … Fully expect him to be the Todd Gurley we all know and he’s going to be a big part of this game.”