Sean McVay after Sunday's loss: 'I never really gave us a chance'

From ESPN - November 20, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tavon Austin, an important decoy out of the backfield, received two offensive snaps. Todd Gurley, the NFL's leader in scrimmage yards, carried the ball 11 times after the opening drive. The Los Angeles Rams generally went away from the run in Sunday's 24-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, a scenario that also presented itself in a Week 5 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Rams first-year head coach Sean McVay put the onus on himself, as he is prone to do, saying he must "do a much better job for our team and for our offense" and that he "did not put them in enough good situations."

The Rams got in the end zone on their opening drive but amassed only 179 yards and zero points thereafter. Gurley finished with 56 scrimmage yards, 31 of which came on the Rams' first possession. He received only 15 carries -- compared to Jared Goff's 37 pass attempts -- and rushed for a season-low 37 yards, even though the Rams and Vikings were either tied or separated by one possession for most of Sunday's game.

Asked if he would have liked to get Gurley more involved, McVay said, "Absolutely, and just having a little better balance and rhythm and continuity. I do not think I really ever gave us a chance to do that, whether it be the incompletions or some of the other inefficient things on first down, where now you get into the second downs, you get into the third downs. I never really gave us a chance to get into that flow and rhythm."


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