Dirk Koetter on Todd Gurley: ‘What’s his health status? What’s his workload?’

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter runs through the new options for team in 2020. (Video by D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter can’t wait to see running back Todd Gurley when teams can meet after the coronavirus pandemic restrictions are lifted.

The Falcons signed the former NFL offensive player of the year in free agency after he played five mostly spectacular seasons with the Rams.

“He has had an unbelievable career and is a heck of a player,” Koetter said on a video conference call Thursday. “I think it’s also really fortunate for us that he’s coming from a really similar offensive system, terminology-wise. The run game is very similar conceptually to what they were doing in L.A.”

Gurley was a fan favorite when he played at the University of Georgia.

“I know from talking to Todd that he’s fired up to be coming back to Georgia,” Koetter said. “He can do everything. He’s an excellent running back. He can protect. The main question is that no one seems to know is, what’s his health status? What’s his workload?”

Koetter studied how the Rams used Gurley, who reportedly has an arthritic left knee, last season.

“He averaged about 17 touches a game last year,” Koetter said. “Which is a little bit lower than he’d been when he was All-Pro. We are just going to have to find that out once he gets here. Get him up and running.”

(Full story to come later)

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