Rams running back Todd Gurley had not heard the news.
Then he got a text from quarterback Jared Goff.
“You’re going to like him,” Goff wrote.
“What are you talking about?’’ Gurley responded.
“We just got a new coach,” Goff wrote.
Gurley said Friday that after learning that Sean McVay had been hired by the Rams, he reached out Thursday by phone to congratulate him.
“He seemed like a pretty energetic coach, and he has a good plan for us,” Gurley said in a phone interview.
The running back is coming off a frustrating season.
The 2015 NFL offensive rookie of the year rushed for only 885 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games, a struggle after gaining 1,106 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns the previous season.
So he welcomes McVay, who as the Washington Redskins’ offensive coordinator directed the NFL’s third-best offense this season.
Gurley said that he has followed the development of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and that Redskins running back Keith Marshall, a former Georgia teammate, also spoke highly of McVay.
“He said, ‘You’re going to love him,’ ” Gurley said.