Falcons OC Dirk Koetter says Todd Gurley is arguably 'the best back in the game' when healthy
The Atlanta Falcons took a flyer on former Georgia star RB Todd Gurley II this offseason, signing him to a 1-year, $5.5 million contract.
A couple of years ago, Gurley was the star of the Los Angeles Rams’ offense, leading the team to the Super Bowl (where they lost to the New England Patriots). However, concerns about his knees and health have plagued him the past couple of years.
On Tuesday, Falcons OC Dirk Koetter spoke with team reporter William McFadden and said he still thinks Gurley is a superstar when he’s healthy:
"When healthy, you can argue Todd Gurley is the best back in the game."
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“He’s 25 years old and, just from talking to him, for a guy that’s accomplished what he’s accomplished, you love his approach,” Koetter said. “You love his attitude. I mean, he’s excited to play. He’s excited to come back and play in front of these fans in Georgia. What does he bring?
“When healthy, you could argue he’s the best back in the game. Yeah, he’s had down years as far as the number of touches the last couple of years, but none of us really know — if you’re not there, if you’re not on the inside, you don’t really know all the ins and outs of that. So, Todd is telling us that he’s good to go and that he’s healthy. When you watch his tape from last year, he definitely has times where looks as good as ever. The question will just be: How often can he do? How consistently can he do it?”
Gurley ran for 857 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Rams, adding 207 yards and 2 scores as a receiver.