The Rams can try anything they want to make this thing positive. The reality is that running back from Todd Gurley is no longer a key element of the team's offensive. And Gurley seems to get worked up about it.
He had a career low of five transfers at the 40-point breakout on Sunday against the Bucs, who scored 55. For the season he has 49 rush attempts and 11 pass receptions in four games. That's an average of 15 touches per game.
In four games in 2018, he had 94 touches (23.5 per game). In four games in 2017, in which Gurley was named the offensive player of the NFL of the year, he had 106 strokes (26.5 per game).
Obviously, he is not the player he was recently. Whether it's a knee that has an "arthritic component" or a deliberate decision to suppress one's commitment to save him later in the year.
He did not say it during his pre-match press conference in Seattle on Thursday night, but watch his demeanor and listen to his replies. He is currently not interested in talking to the media about anything.
The Rams were also not interested in adding his final exchange with reporters to the records that the team diligently spread almost daily. In Gurley's transcript, the question of whether Gurley plays an alternate series, the decision of the coach or the player, and Gurley's salty answer to it, is left out.
"I think you have asked this question before.
The reporter pointed out that he could not remember ever having asked this question.
"I also can not remember asking you that question," Gurley said at the end of the press conference difficult situation for Gurley. Whatever the reason for his dramatically reduced role, his role is indeed dramatically reduced, and he seems to be undergoing the uncomfortable process of coming to terms with the fact that his best days have come to an end – and that his time with the Rams could end earlier than later and possibly already in March.