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Gurley Embracing New Offense for Year 3

Posted May 24, 2017

RB Todd Gurley said he's liking the new offense HC Sean McVay and OC Matt LaFleur are implementing in Los Angeles.

There’s been plenty of talk about how head coach Sean McVay and his offensive system should aid in improving quarterback Jared Goff. But there are plenty of other players the new scheme will affect.

One of them is running back Todd Gurley, who’s had a favorable impression of the offense thus far.

“I like it,” Gurley said this week. “The coaches have just been doing a great job of coaching us up and making sure we’re focused [on] the details and the little things.”

While there are nuances to the new scheme, Gurley said they haven’t been too difficult to grasp.

“At the end of the day we’ve been running the ball our whole life,” Gurley said. “But obviously, you have to be detailed to track your steps. It’s just different terminology. It’s a whole new playbook, so you’ve just got to learn it just like everybody else.”

The 22-year-old running back set the world on fire in 2015, winning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. But last year was clearly a different story, with Gurley tallying just 885 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.

“Obviously, just want to be able to not have the season we had last year,” Gurley said. “I just work hard every day and then just come with the mindset of just trying to get better at one little thing each day.”

That work ethic has left a favorable impression on the new coaches, particularly offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur.

“What I’ve been most impressed with him is just how he’s approached it on a daily basis. He’s really come out here and worked his tail off,” LaFleur said earlier this month. “Obviously, you want your star players to set the tone for you and he’s done a great job with that.”

“Obviously, guys are going to look at the key players or whatever that is. So, I’m just coming in here, working hard, and just lead by example,” Gurley said. “We’re all in here competing for starting jobs. I want my job just like everybody else wants their job, so we’re all competing with each other and helping each other out.”