For the second time this season, the Seattle Seahawks lost at the hands of the St. Louis Rams. Despite trailing the entire game, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was hesitant to give any credit to the Rams.
Bennett was quoted saying, “The Rams, they play good football against us. They just don’t play good football against everybody else.” While it’s a fair point made by Bennett considering the Rams’ 7-8 record, his more controversial statement regarded rookie running back Todd Gurley.
After Gurley rushed for 85 yards on 19 carries and scored the game-winning touchdown, Bennett said, “He’s average to me, personally. I’ve seen better running backs. He’s no Marshawn Lynch.”
Coincidentally, Gurley’s speed, power and tackle-breaking ability has led many experts to compare him to Lynch. Even though it wasn’t the Rookie of the Year front-runner’s most impressive game, Gurley was still the key cog in leading the Rams to victory.
Comments like Bennett’s should only fuel Gurley’s drive to improve his game, as the rookie running back already looks like one of the best at the position. In a time when injury controls the trajectory of every player’s career, the former Georgia Bulldog will be dominant for as long as he can stay healthy.
That spells bad news for the Seahawks who could potentially face the 21 year-old twice a year for the next 10 seasons. By the end of Gurley’s career, “average” will be the last word any Seattle Seahawk uses to describe him.