The Pro Football Writers of America named Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley its Offensive Rookie of the Year on Tuesday.
The PFWA announced the news, which comes as little surprise considering the huge impact Gurley had in his maiden year as a pro.
Gurley was selected 10th overall in the 2015 NFL draft despite coming off a torn ACL. After missing the first two games and barely playing in the third, the 21-year-old phenom proceeded to carry the Rams offense, finishing with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 21 receptions for 188 yards.
Even Gurley's transcendent efforts couldn't mask the overarching issue that has plagued the Rams for years. Their lack of a quality quarterback once again kept the team out of the playoffs.
With the franchise moving back to Los Angeles and Gurley entering the 2016 season fully healthy, there's reason to be optimistic about the future. As long as Gurley is in the backfield, the Rams ought to at least be competitive.
The NFC West is an extremely tough division, with Seattle and Arizona comprising four of the Rams' 16 games. They actually went 4-2 in the division this past season, yet they still finished with a 7-9 overall mark.
Los Angeles holds the 15th overall pick in the upcoming draft. It still needs a franchise quarterback after averaging a league-low 175.3 passing yards per contest. Former undrafted free-agent Case Keenum and Nick Foles don't appear to be long-term solutions.
One can only imagine what Gurley could do with a competent passing attack to complement him. Although he exceeded many expectations as a rookie, Gurley could be even more impressive in his second season and perhaps emerge as the best back in football.