The 49ers took the NFC by storm last season, and one of their division rivals has clearly taken note of it, and is attempting to replicate that level of success in one particular area.
It was exactly one year from when the 49ers were playing in Super Bowl LIV back in February, from when their NFC West foe Rams were competing for a title against the Patriots. The division has seen a lot of success in recent years, as the Seahawks had a great run as well. But the Rams saw a fall from grace last season, and now they’re attempting to get back to greatness.
And apparently, that level of success runs through their run game, which really dropped off last season, in part due to Todd Gurley’s injury woes.
To get back to the level of success they had in 2018, Rams head coach Sean McVay is taking a page out of the 49ers’ playbook, it appears.
“I think it’ll just naturally work itself out. I think if you look at that success San Fran had last year with that running back-by-committee approach,” McVay said, via NFL.com. “What I thought Kyle and their players did a great job of is, ‘Hey, we’re going to have an open-mind approach, we’re going to be committed to trying to have some balance and then we’ll go with the hot hand or whoever really expresses himself as deserving of the carries.”
That running-back-by-committee is certainly the recipe for offenses in today’s NFL, as it keeps backs fresh, and opposing defenses off balance.