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Michael Turner: Have to “keep grinding” to fix run game

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The Falcons obviously need to run better.

But it might also help if they got together to get their stories straight as to why they’re not running better.

After center Todd McClure said he didn’t want the line taking all the blame for the recent problems, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter responded that running back Michael Turnerdidn’t have a chance” on many of his runs against the Saints.

Now, Turner, the man whose name is next to those 15 yards on 13 carries, said he agreed with the coach.

That’s what I’m saying,” Turner said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Sometimes defenses are going to have good schemes against us and be able to get good penetration and things like that. It’s just something we have to handle and run different types of plays sometimes and just clean it up.”

Turner’s averaging 3.8 yards per carry this year, and appears to have lost his old burst, leading to more games like the loss to the Saints than he’s used to.

“Everybody’s going to nitpick,” Turner said. “We’re a different team this year, obviously with philosophies and things like that, but I mean we’re 8-1. That’s the bottom line; to get Ws.

“We’re not worried about it. Of course we want to get better and improve in all areas we need to improve in and just maintain the things we’re doing great. We’ve just got to keep going, keep grinding.”

But he said part of the problem is getting used to a new way of doing business, as the team has gone from featuring him to building around quarterback Matt Ryan and an array of big-play receiving targets.

“Oh yeah, it was talked about,” Turner said. “It’s been talked about for years, but this year it’s finally showing. But there is nothing that I can do really.

“Everything is revolving around the quarterback and we have a great one and he’s striving to be elite. You have to let him do his thing.”

Considering the fact Ryan’s doing his thing more efficiently than Turner’s doing his these days, that was a good decision on behalf of the Falcons.

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7 Responses to “Michael Turner: Have to “keep grinding” to fix run game”
  1. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 16, 2012 12:58 PM

    U will still need to run the ball effectively to be considered a super bowl caliber team

  2. hor2012 says: Nov 16, 2012 1:22 PM

    I thought before the season started that the falcons were a superbowl team. But, that was before they started talking about going unbeaten and when they lost they had the audacity to try to convince everyone that they were the better team Sunday. They’ll win this Sunday and win the division. And, then like every year they’ll get be down in the first round of the playoffs. They won’t win the Super Bowl this year or any other with this coaching staff and QB

  3. billhicks666 says: Nov 16, 2012 2:04 PM

    I’m sorry, Michael, but it’s over. Your best years are long gone and you’re currently on a team that will never get to the Super Bowl, let alone win one.

  4. dzor22 says: Nov 16, 2012 2:10 PM

    Good point hor2012 and many of you Falcon haters…will your team even make the playoffs? Still 8-1. Go birds!

  5. daddyb1gdrawz says: Nov 16, 2012 2:33 PM

    I said this before and I will say it again, while MT has lost a step (maybe 1/2 a step) that offensive line is not blocking. I watched the Falcons throughout the year and MT has no running lanes at all. Just look at the tape and you will see it. I know many believe MT is done but his line can no longer run block.

  6. jkaflagg says: Nov 16, 2012 6:06 PM

    Turner is technically correct…even in his prime, he would often pound away with 1-2 yard gains, and eventually the defense would wear down and he’d start to break big gains…..unfortunately, with the balance of plays leaning towards to pass and less “pounding” in the run game, the big gains have been much less frequent….

    ….that said, as a fan who been watching him the last 5 years, he’s definitely lost a step…..Falcons really need to bring in some new runners next season, as Rodgers and Snelling do not appear to be the answer as first/ second down or short yardage backs…..

  7. ricksaints says: Nov 17, 2012 10:13 AM

    The unraveling continues….

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