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Michael Turner not thrilled with Falcons run game right now

Michael Turner,Philip Wheeler AP

The Falcons are undefeated, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have problems.

For a team with an offense that’s rolling, and seemingly moves the ball at will in the fourth quarter, they don’t have the same pound-it-out element they used to.

That had running back Michael Turner ambivalent about going into the bye week after he carried 11 times for 33 yards against the Raiders.

Yeah, a win is a win,” Turner said, via Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “But we’re looking at something beyond just winning right now. We’re trying to be special and special teams don’t play like that.”

So far, quarterback Matt Ryan, kicker Matt Bryant and a defense that has played an opportunistic style has been enough. But that doesn’t satisfy Turner.

“I’m not sure why it’s going like this,” Turner said. “It’s great to be 6-0 and everything. But we can’t just assume we’re always going to be able to get an interception or a last-minute field goal every time. At some point we’re going to have to run the ball. We’ve got to be able to knock it in [the endzone].”

Turner has 84 carries for 357 yards this season. Throw out his 103-yard Fountain-of-Youth game against the Panthers, and he’s averaging 63.5 yards per game and a pedestrian 3.6 yards per carry.

Turner insists he hasn’t lost confidence, but the bigger question might be whether they’ve lost their confidence in him. Again, other than against a leaky Panthers run defense, the 30-year-old back has looked painfully ordinary this year, and that might have as much to do with his lack of action as anything else.

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19 Responses to “Michael Turner not thrilled with Falcons run game right now”
  1. steviaquinn says: Oct 15, 2012 11:51 AM

    Here’s a thought. stop giving the ball to Jaquezz Rodgers. He’s a poor mans Ron Dayne and has no business being in the NFL. Where’s the speed? the burst? the vision?

    give the rock to turner and snelling and sit Rodgers

  2. cakemixa says: Oct 15, 2012 11:52 AM

    I think the Falcons are improved from previous years. I expect them to score 3, maybe 7 points in their playoff loss this year.

  3. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 15, 2012 12:06 PM

    Turner knows what’s up. Two early playoff exits have shown him and the league that you can be a great regular season team but tht don’t mean diddly squat come playoff time.

  4. larryboodry says: Oct 15, 2012 12:22 PM

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  5. dzor22 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:23 PM

    cakemix – excellent humor! However; all the rest of you– have fun with that 2 points. It’s all you got. So what’s your team’s record right now? Who did you lose to already?

  6. paulitik74 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:38 PM

    For all the haters talkng about those “2 points” in the playoffs. Go talk to Jacksonville and Auburn about it, because that’s where the 2 points went with, Mularkey and Van Gorder. This ain’t the same team.

  7. granadafan says: Oct 15, 2012 12:44 PM

    Turner is mad about his stats. Next year is a contract year for him.

  8. cooklynn17 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:02 PM

    Actually the headline should read the Falcons are less than thrilled with Turner running…err not running the ball.

  9. FinFan68 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:12 PM

    3.6 is now pedestrian. thats garbage. With that average 3 straight runs = first down. i swear some of these fantasy football clowns have no clue what they are watching or what it takes to win. gaudy stats are all that matters.

  10. vishadow says: Oct 15, 2012 1:21 PM

    I think its quite funny that haters making comments about an undefeated team. Every other team in the league (GB, NE, SF, Hou, Bal, Chi, NYG) where they were either completely dominated or beat by a team they they should have rolled over. An ugly win is a win. All teams (except maybe NYG) are fighting to win their division and get the #1 seed. The Falcons can’t be in better position to do that. ATL is still learning how to use their offense and Nolan is still trying to make his mark on Defense… They have to sure up some things if they hope to beat the most powerful teams. However, ATL has the talent and ability to compete with those teams.

  11. buffalose says: Oct 15, 2012 1:22 PM

    Under 4 YPC is average, nothing to do with fantasy football

  12. mlenenski says: Oct 15, 2012 2:18 PM

    Honestly, if Turner could just get one yard when they need it, the Falcons might have a chance to win a playoff game!

    Coaches don’t trust him at all down there….or anybody else.

    The achilles heel of the Falcons is getting it into the endzone from close range.

    Put in a call to the Fridge!

  13. larryboodry says: Oct 15, 2012 2:27 PM

    vishadow says: Oct 15, 2012 1:21 PM

    “I think its quite funny that haters making comments about an undefeated team. Every other team in the league (GB, NE, SF, Hou, Bal, Chi, NYG) where they were either completely dominated or beat by a team they they should have rolled over. An ugly win is a win. All teams (except maybe NYG) are fighting to win their division and get the #1 seed. The Falcons can’t be in better position to do that. ATL is still learning how to use their offense and Nolan is still trying to make his mark on Defense… They have to sure up some things if they hope to beat the most powerful teams. However, ATL has the talent and ability to compete with those teams.”

    I have nothing but respect for the Falcons, and as a Bears fan I would say you are correct about Atlanta’s talent being good enough…And yes, each of the teams you mentioned has been beat badly at least once (in our case, GB done it, but we have gone 3-0 since)…I’d say if the Bears and Falcons meet in the Playoffs it will be a fun and competitive game to watch.

  14. redzonerocks says: Oct 15, 2012 2:32 PM

    As a Falcons fan I have to agree with Turner, but I hold him responsible. He’s just not effective anymore in short yardage situations. How many times have we seen him get the ball, try to run up the middle and bounce off a blocker and fall down? We used to be able to count on those 3rd and 2 plays, but not anymore. He also can’t change direction, he’s just not the impact player he once might have been. I’m not sure Rodgers is the answer, but they need a talented back to balance out the offense. We were very lucky to pull out the win on Sunday, they looked frankly awful most of the game. Any other team but the Raiders (or maybe the Chiefs) would have won.

  15. brewcrewbombers says: Oct 15, 2012 3:17 PM

    From the Packers fan…do what you need to secure the division spot then size up your competition going in to the playoffs. The record is meaningless during the regular season. Ask the Patriots if they would have traded a regular season loss for the Superbowl.

  16. internethumor says: Oct 15, 2012 3:38 PM

    JacQuizz has been a disappointment this year but I do believe if we gave him the ball as much as Turner, behind THIS line, he’d have more success.

    When they throw Quizz in, he is almost ALWAYS getting the ball. You don’t think NFL defenses are going to key in on that? They either throw him a screen or run him. No doubt that he could have done better with his opportunities to this point, but he needs help too.

    Turner on the other hand, is simply playing to his skillset. Its true that penetration kills any running game but its especially true for Turner. If you make him change direction in the backfield, the play is literally over because he doesn’t have an ounce of agility. However, if he gets a decent sized hole, he’ll be running down hill at you with no regard for human life. That has ALWAYS been him.

    I’d like to see more time for Jason Snelling and Antone Smith. Snelling has always been good and has not gotten a fair shake. Throw Smith in there for the hell of it, because not much else is working.

  17. seenoland54 says: Oct 15, 2012 8:05 PM

    Nice to see everyone conceding the Falcons in the post season…now spend a little more effort getting your own tams there instead of trying to minimize the only team in the NFL that hasn’t been beat…by any of you.

  18. jkaflagg says: Oct 15, 2012 8:11 PM

    Turner – although people like to talk about him being “fresh” after 4 years as LT’s backup in San Diego, the fact remains that he’s now in his 9th NFL season….with a power style such as his, it would be a miracle if he wasn’t slowing down…..

    Rodgers – have always had mad respect for him when he virtually carried the whole Oregon State team for 3 seasons; but it appears that he cannot break the tackles of defenders in the pros the way he did in college. And unfortunately, that is a key to his running style; he is not a “speedy scatback” in the Darren Sproles mold, the way so many seem to see him. He is useful in the short passing game, but doesn’t appear to have the skills to carry the load as a runner.

    Snelling – the Falcons value veterans such as this who know the system and avoid mistakes, but it’s clear that his skills have regressed – can’t imagine he would be able to step in like he did for Turner a few years ago.

    Summary – TD and the personnel department need to be looking for backs next year – maybe one in an early round.

  19. larryboodry says: Oct 15, 2012 8:25 PM

    seenoland54 says: Oct 15, 2012 8:05 PM

    “Nice to see everyone conceding the Falcons in the post season…now spend a little more effort getting your own tams there instead of trying to minimize the only team in the NFL that hasn’t been beat…by any of you.”

    Not all of us were ‘trying to minimize’…See you in the playoffs.

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