Jason Taylor played his college football right up the road from Canton, Ohio.
“Honestly, I never was the guy to really do goals because if I say one thing and it doesn’t happen, people would be (negative),” Gurley told co-host James Laurinaitis and me Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “But on my keychain it has 1,500 (rushing yards) and 1,000 receiving.
“Obviously, every running back wants to have 1,000 (rushing). That’s the big goal. The more yards you can have, the better position I can have to help this team out.”
Not even a player as talented as Gurley could help keep the 2016 Rams from having the NFL’s lowest-ranked offense in both yards and points scored. After winning 2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, Gurley’s stats dropped significantly in overall yardage (1,106 to 885), average per carry (4.8 to 3.2) and touchdowns (10 to six) despite playing in three more games.
Gurley’s frustration boiled over following a 42-14 loss to the Falcons in Week 13, when he questioned the effort of some teammates and described the offense as being “middle school”-caliber. Coach Jeff Fisher was fired in the aftermath.
Gurley is encouraged by the new system being installed by Fisher’s full-time replacement, Sean McVay, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons.
Tomlinson and former Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor were the only first-ballot Hall of Famers in this year’s seven-man class.
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