Todd Gurley needs help.
The Los Angeles running back rammed against brick walls in the first two games of the season. Gurley compiled only 98 yards on 36 carries, for a measly 2.7 yards per carry.
On many parts, Gurley tacklers to pay just to get back to the line of scrimmage. In each of the past two weeks, the star running back gained more yards after contact than before the contact. In Week 2 against the Seahawks, Gurley averaged 0.6 yards rushing and 1.9 yards before after hitting by Pro Football Focus.
The offensive line knows to help Gurley.
"We must ensure that we understand this - it's still a sophomore," left guard Rodger Saffold said, via ESPN.com. "He will still have to continue to learn. But it's not on his shoulders. We never put that on his shoulders. We put that on our own. So we'll make it easier for him to be crowned success."
The first four starts of his career went for 141.5 yards per game on average. Then the defenses of the NFL responsible for the box, holding Gurley 62.9 yards per game in 10 starts since.
"It has the same capacity," said Saffold Gurley. "But we must ensure that we are cleaner, so that when he makes the first guy miss, we do not have two and three guys coming after him."
The Rams draft pick spent heavily on the offensive line in recent seasons. The group has not been disastrous, especially when you consider each team is to throw the kitchen sink at Gurley. When five men trying to block eight and nine, the numbers do not match.
"But there are ways that we can do a little better to open channels for him," said Saffold. "The biggest thing is how to protect themselves against all the different blitzes, fronts of nine men, to be able to open channels. Basically, it will continue to see these things and he will gain experience and learn, just -wise vision. 'Hey, that looks good. But there's someone standing in the hole. I may have to press here, out of the other side. "These types of things.
"It's a group effort. Our team, we must do a better job blocking. Our receivers to dig people. And then we just have to be able to read and put us in the best situation. I think coaches are starting to do it for us. we put ourselves in certain situations better than we can open holes for Todd. "
Up Case Keenum and the Rams passing game always starts by leveraging the daring defenses to pass, it will be difficult for the Gurley sled and the offensive line.