Falcons are neither running nor panicking about it in preseason

AP

When the Falcons open the regular season, they’re going to count on their running game.

Yet the absence of said game in August doesn’t seem to concern them in the least.

After running for a combined 152 yards in two games, new offensivse coordinator Dirk Koetter didn’t flinch.

“To be honest, I never worry about the running game in preseason,” Koetter told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I just don’t see why you want to plow it up in there and get your backs beat up. We know that Michael Turner can run the football.”

Turner lost three yards on three carries against the Bengals Thursday, and ran five times for 17 yards in the opener. But as they look for lead blockers and try to find complements, their priorities are elsewhere.

“We are trying to get guys evaluated,” Koetter said. “I don’t think we forgot how to run the ball overnight.”

It’s kind of refreshing to hear Koetter shine the light on the lack of game-planning that goes into these games. Coupled with the lack of players who will factor into those game plans in a few weeks, it’s one of the main reasons preseason football can be so misleading.

And yet they still charge full price to see it.