Orlovsky: Sean McVay Will Have One Super Bowl Regret

"I think it’s going to be something he’s going to think about for years," Dan Orlovsky said

Reiter Than You
February 07, 2019 - 11:55 am

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When Sean McVay reflects on Super Bowl LIII – which the Rams lost, 13-3 – he will likely have one overarching regret:

He didn’t ride Todd Gurley.

Indeed, Gurley finished with 10 carries for 35 yards. Put another way, he had as many carries as Julian Edelman had catches.

And that may have been the difference.

“If you look at the AFC title game, when New England finished off Kansas City, it was Brady, it was Gronk, it was Edelman,” ESPN NFL and college football analyst Dan Orlovsky said on Reiter Than You. “If you look at the Super Bowl, it’s Brady, it’s Gronk, it’s Edelman. Sean McVay has to learn that (while) system is great (and) he’s an incredible coach and bright star, (he needed to ride his star player).”

Gurley slowed down toward the end of the season, finishing with fewer than 50 rushing yards in four of his last five games (playoffs included). In the two biggest games of the year – the NFC Championship and Super Bowl – Gurley combined for 14 carries for 45 yards and had two catches for two yards. In fact, he was non-existent in the passing game all postseason: four catches for five yards in three games.

"The fact that (it) was not, ‘Todd, we’re going to win this game or lose this game on your shoulders’ is a big, big deal,” Orlovsky said. “Unfortunately for Sean, I think it’s going to be something he’s going to think about for years. I’m talking 10, 20, 30 years down the road. Why did I not ride my best offensive player?”

Click below to listen to Orlovsky’s interview in its entirety.