Falcons line doesn’t want all the blame for run game


When faced with situations you think they’re built to convert, the Falcons haven’t.

But those involved don’t want to draw a line connecting the short-yardage run game failures against the Giants in last year’s playoffs to yesterday’s inability to run the ball against the Saints.

The Falcons managed just 46 yards on 18 rush attempts against the league’s worst defense. They also couldn’t convert a third-and-1 run in the fourth quarter, and elected for two other passes from inside the 2 with a chance to win.

“That’s two totally different ballgames,” center Todd McClure said of the comparison to the playoff loss to the Giants, via Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “That’s what [ticks] me off more than anything is you guys are going to write about how bad we are up front and that we can’t get in the end zone. But there’s more to it than just blocking up front, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

“I get really frustrated when I hear things and read things knowing there’s more to it than five guys up front but we take the brunt of the blame. I don’t want to talk about that anymore because I don’t want to say anything I regret.”

You mean, like pointing out the back who isn’t gaining the tough yards anymore?

Falcons running back Michael Turner’s been good for about a game per month this year, and Sunday wasn’t it. He finished with 15 yards on 13 carries (1.2 yards per carry).

“It is in every aspect of it,” McClure said. “But we get the ball on the one, we are expected to get it in. I just get frustrated sometimes the past couple years. There’s more to it than just lining up and blocking the guys wherever they line up. And that’s it. I can’t talk about it anymore.”

Of course, McClure recused himself from saying it was any other particular thing, but he doesn’t have to say it. Anyone who has seen Turner run this year has seen it too.

20 responses to “Falcons line doesn’t want all the blame for run game

  1. It’s seems like just yesterday the Falcons were whining that they weren’t getting enough respect. Oh wait .. It WAS just yesterday.

  2. Michael Turner just isn’t the same dude. You can just look at him and see that he’s become doughy. The offensive line will always take a portion of the credit or the blame, whichever is to be spread around, but it doesn’t help when the running back gets the ball and literally runs right into the back of the center or guard and gets tackled.

  3. Turner will leave Atlanta as one our greatest RBs ever and that will always be stated. But, the truth to it now is with his age and speed on rapid decline for the entire league to see its safe to assume this is his last year with us. It’s a shame he’s got to go out like this. I’m talking Derek Lowe style.

  4. New Orleans was doing a really good job of stacking the line on short yardage. It would have been hard for anyone to run against that. Give them some credit too.

    They left their DB’s in 1-1 match-ups and they did d just enough to cover and win the game.

  5. Yeah, that’s the mark of a winning team: trying to lay blame on somebody other than yourself or your unit. Nice going, Todd McClure, you tool! No wonder the Falcons always tank come playoff time!

  6. nolahxc says:
    Nov 12, 2012 3:33 PM
    Wait…. this team is 8-1. Why are they complaining so much???

    Apparently, they thought they had a right to an undefeated season but the Saints knocked them on their collective butts one more time.

    I have thought all along that they were overrated.

  7. Turner isnt as good as he used to be, but he was having to break multiple tackles behind the line of scrimmage on those goal line sets. There arent many, if any, backs that could have scored with that blocking

  8. Turner the burner was a legendary back in his day and he had a really tough running style, but like all horses, someday they’ve got to be taken out to the pasture.
    In this case the pasture is free agency where he’ll be looking to get a shot with someone else and he’ll be saying, call me, maybe?

  9. Turner didn’t really have anywhere to run, and the Saints had something to do with that. Give credit where it is due.

  10. Sounds to me like he’s blaming the scheme not turner. He said “not just lining up and blocking the guys wherever they line up”… So maybe
    The coaching staff isn’t doing a good enough job with their game plan or Matty ice isn’t making the right reads at the line… Just sayin

  11. These guys are hilarious. When you outphysical them and don’t allow them to dive for your knees, you realize that they’re light in the cakes and get pushed around.

    I said it last week and I am sticking to it, the five other teams that will make the playoffs (take Bucs, Seabags, Vikes — think the Saints have dug themselves too much of a hole with that Denver loss, especially) are ALL more physical than Atlanta. That’s why their playoffs won’t be any different this year than they have the last 3-4 times.

  12. As noted, no surprise to anyone who has watched the Falcons – the O Line can’t get consistent movement, and when they do Turner no longer hits the hole with authority or breaks tackles. And unfortunately, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling are not viable replacements.

    It’s interesting that the “experts” still talk about all the “weapons” that Matt Ryan has at his disposal. While it’s true that Julio, Gonzo & Roddy White are excellent players, a mediocre OL and poor RB play seem to indicate that Ryan may be even better than we think, taking this unbalanced team to 8-1……

    …..Of course, the haters point out he’s never won a playoff game….maybe they can trade him for Mark Sanchez.

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