Part of this, of course, was tremendous rust. Gurley had not played in a live football game in almost a year (and even then, he's only 10 months removed from very serious ACL surgery). But part of it was getting used to a zone-blocking scheme that Gurley barely ran behind at Georgia.
"We had an outside zone run (in college at Georgia), but we never ran it," Gurley said, via The Post-Dispatch. "It definitely requires patience, getting those 'backers to flow and stretching the D-end, making sure you're pressing the track and making the cut at the heels of the line.
"It's something new to whole offense and definitely new to me, but it's no excuse. It takes repetitions, looking at other team's outside zones and learning from that, watching film with the O-line. We'll get it down."
Gurley, though, is his own special blend of power and speed. He'll just need time.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said he saw a few of Gurley's carries last week that could have gone 50 or 60 yards. Right there is the moment where most fans will roll their eyes and assume the worst.
They shouldn't do that with Gurley. They'll end up regretting it.