Daily Dose: Gurley and Donald make 2018 ‘all-analytics team’

Each weekday, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Wednesday, June 12 about your Los Angeles Rams.

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ALL-ANALYTICS TEAM

NFL Network’s analytics expert Cynthia Frelund came up with an all-analytics team, looking back at the 2018 season, and the roster features both running back Todd Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Frelund’s looked at each player’s contribution metric — “a numerical value created to add or subtract each player’s impact on their team’s ability to win games, for every snap.”

Here’s a look at what each player did to make the team:

Running back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams. “The Rams' running back earned 96 total first downs in just 14 games (tied for the most in the NFL). The per-game rate of 6.9 led all qualified players, while his 5.0 rushing first downs per game was the most for any qualified running back. When you factor in Gurley's 35 rushes of 10 or more yards (second most in the NFL) and his ability to draw attention from defenses on every snap, his contribution to the Rams' Super Bowl season is evident, even before adding in his league-topping 21 touchdowns.”

Interior defensive line: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams. “Donald got within five feet of an opposing quarterback 102 times. Think of top pass rushers doing this around 80 times per season ... Donald topped that by more than 25%. Let's consider this one more time: This is like adding four more games of production to the typical season of a top-echelon pass rusher.”

For the complete all-analytics team, click here.

GOFF’s STRIDES IN 2018

Pro Football Focus shared just how much Goff improved from year two to year three on Wednesday.

2019 WIN TOTAL OVER/UNDER

According to CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson, the Rams hold the highest projected win total in the NFC West heading into 2019 (10.5), but he says surpassing that mark could be a tall task for the defending NFC Champs. Brinson says a tough 2019 schedule and questions concerning new faces at the line of scrimmage might outweigh head coach Sean McVay’s explosive offense and Donald’s dominance. 

Verdict: Under “The reality is this number's too high to take the over, but betting against Sean McVay is not an ideal scenario. I would lean 10 wins for them and take the under -- I wouldn't be surprised if they took a fairly significant step back either.”

For more on the Rams and each NFC West team’s projected win total, click here.

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