With the Los Angeles Rams going through various plenty of changes over the offseason, the team is looking for a fresh new start heading into the 2017 season.
The same could be said about All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, who is coming off a disappointing second year where he rushed for just 885 yards with six touchdowns while averaging 3.2 yards per
On top of that, he is the first running back since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to participate in all of his team's games and average as many carries per contest (17.4) without amassing a single 100-yard rushing performance for an entire season. Despite these struggles, Gurley has been able to mentally shift gears past last year's struggles with his focus solely fixated on what lie ahead.
“It’s easy. It’s another year. I’ve been playing this game my whole life," Gurley said. "It’s just another offseason. Each offseason you want to make it better than the previous year – just focus on getting better.”
Gurley already has a completely new challenge lined up before him prior to his third campaign that begins with learning how to implement himself in new head coach Sean McVay's offensive game plan. During the annual league meeting last month, McVay stated that he envisioned the Pro Bowl tail back experiencing a bounce-back year in 2017 as a huge component of the team's offense.
Despite not yet having a great grasp of the new playbook, Gurley is excited to get immersed into what he believes could be a strong fit for him.
"I know he’s had successful offenses in the past," Gurley said. "We wouldn’t have hired him if we didn’t think he was a good coach. Definitely looking forward to it. ”
There have been many steps taken in the offseason toward putting together a roster that gives the Rams a better position to succeed. The front office added potential impact players at critical positions in free agency that included bringing aboard two established lineman in former Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan along with veteran wideout Robert Woods.
These moves along the offensive line could prove to be huge for the running game with Gurley as he struggled to break free at any point last year because of both the team's struggles in run blocking and his inability to make plays. That said, his main focus currently lies with taking it as a day-by-day process.
“Just getting better, just getting better every day.," Gurley said. "Taking it day-by-day and making it a better offseason than I’ve had in the past.”