There were plenty of reasons the Los Angeles Rams improved from 4-12 in 2016 to 11-5 last season.
They got superb play from their quarterback, Jared Goff, and their running back, Todd Gurley. Their defense, under the guidance of Wade Phillips, was strong.
‘He brings excitement and we just believe in him’
But the driving force behind it all was their rookie head coach, Sean McVay.
“We were No. 32 (in offense) the year before and a lot of things didn’t go our way,” Gurley told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Late Hits. “But just for him to just come in and have us the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL, which is a hard thing to do as a first-year head coach … His offensive mind is just like no other. He just comes in prepared to just get better each day. He brings the excitement and we just believe in him, believe in his game plan and just follow his lead.”
‘You know (Goff) was the No. 1 pick for a reason’
Gurley wasn’t surprised to see Goff’s dramatic improvement from a rookie season when his struggles raised serious questions around the NFL about why he was the top overall pick of the draft.
“You know he was the No. 1 pick for a reason and he definitely showed it last year and we were able to do our thing and go to the playoffs,” the running back said. “So that’s what it’s all about, just making those improvements every year.”
‘The thing was ball security and just making sure we just keep our identity the game as the offense’
At the start of the Rams’ offseason program Monday, McVay’s primary message to his players was to pay attention to the small details.
“The big thing (Monday) was ball security and just making sure we just keep our identity the same as the offense and just being able to get better every day — one percent better each day and just not forget about the little things,” Gurley said. “Coach always says, ‘Focus on the bad things, but also don’t forget about the good things that we did.'”
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