Todd Gurley, MVP of the NFL? His coach endorsed that idea Monday, but that’s easier for Sean McVay, who won’t have any salary-cap-induced headaches after this season.

Gurley put himself firmly in the middle of the MVP debate on Sunday when he totaled 180 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns against Seattle. It’s been a stunning turnaround for Gurley, who leads the league in touchdowns (17) and ranks second in all-purpose yards (1,817).

Gurley should be a lock for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, given that he rushed for only 3.2 yards per carry in 2016 and, this season, has elevated the Rams to the cusp of an NFC West title.
“I’m obviously going to be biased to Todd,” McVay said during his Monday news conference at Cal Lutheran, “but I think if you just look at it from a production standpoint, he’s as productive as any player.”

That’s beyond debate. Gurley has 32 fewer all-purpose yards than the league-leader, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell, who has totaled 76 more touches than Gurley. Gurley also ranks third in the league in rushing yards (1,187) and first in rushing touchdowns (13).

Gurley probably is a longshot for MVP as long as New England quarterback Tom Brady remains upright in the final two weeks of the season, because Brady has the pedigree and has passed for 4,163 yards.

Bell and Pittsburgh teammate Antonio Brown, whose 1,533 yards exceed the total of any other receiver by more than 200 yards, also will be in the conversation, as will Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz, who might have been the favorite until he tore his ACL against the Rams this month.

The Rams have had three MVP winners in history: quarterbacks Roman Gabriel (1969) and Kurt Warner (1999, 2001) and running back Marshall Faulk (2000).