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It’s time for Todd Gurley to retire. When you get benched in favor of Ito Smith, it’s probably time to hang up the cleats and pick a new career path. (Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s Time For Todd Gurley To Retire

When you get benched for Ito Smith, it’s probably time to call it quits. Todd Gurley was one of the best running backs in the NFL before his knees quit on him. That time has come and gone. It’s time for Gurley to hang up the cleats and retire.

Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris said that Ito Smith is Atlanta’s starting running back for the foreseeable future.

“Ito’s performance,” Morris said when asked why the roles have changed for both players. “Ito’s played so well. When he’s gotten opportunities he’s made yards.”

There’s not much else to it. When you get benched for Ito Smith, it’s time to retire and pick a new career path. It feels harsh because someone with Gurley’s talent shouldn’t be forced to walk away from the game too soon. However, even at the age of 26, the former Rams RB has shown he has nothing left.

In the game this past Sunday against the Bucs, Gurley had one carry for -1 yard. NOT ideal. On the season, the former University of Georgia product is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry with basically zero receiving production. Gurley is essentially unplayable at this point.

The weird part is, Gurley will go down as one of the better fantasy running backs in 2020 despite terrible production. That’s what happens when you fall into the end zone nine times punching in one-yard touchdowns. Unfortunately, he will help you in the fantasy playoffs when things actually count.

Who knows if the 2020 season is the last we see of Todd Gurley. I can’t imagine he gets anything more than a Devonta Freeman pity contract this upcoming offseason. Gurley will go down as one of the weirdest running back resumes in NFL history. Gurley scored 30 touchdowns in 2017 and 2018 and totally fell off a cliff. It’s a shame we just never got to see him at his peak for longer.