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WhoDat!656 11-13-2012 08:59 PM

Dirk Koetter: Michael Turner didnít have a chance on majority of runs
 
After Sundayís 31-27 loss to the Saints, Falcons center Todd McClure took issue with the idea that poor blocking was the sole place to point blame for the teamís lackluster showing in short yardage near the New Orleans end zone.

ďIt is in every aspect of it,Ē McClure said. ďBut we get the ball on the one, we are expected to get it in. I just get frustrated sometimes the past couple years. Thereís more to it than just lining up and blocking the guys wherever they line up. And thatís it. I canít talk about it anymore.Ē

One imagines that two of the things that McClure refers to when he says ďthereís more to itĒ are the running back and the play calling. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is the guy calling the plays and he doesnít think that Michael Turner was to blame for the teamís inability to punch the ball into the end zone. He also doesnít think that it would have made any difference if the team went with Jacquizz Rodgers in those situations because whoever was running the ball wouldnít have had a chance.

ďWe only ran the ball 18 times. We need to run the ball more efficiently as a team. It doesnít matter who the runner is,Ē Koetter said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ďWhen you look at the tape on the majority of Mike Turnerís runs in the game the other day, he had no chance. We had free runners at the point of attack.Ē

Koetter wasnít pointing the finger solely at the offensive line as he cited multiple reasons, including coaching, for the teamís failure to produce in short yardage. He didnít mention Turner specifically, although it isnít hard to notice that he isnít the same back that he was a few years ago.

Pointing fingers isnít going to fix the problem all by itself, though, especially when there seem to be no shortage of places to point them in Atlanta.

Dirk Koetter: Michael Turner didn’t have a chance on majority of runs | ProFootballTalk

73Saint 11-13-2012 09:34 PM

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And so begins the implosion that is the Falcons.

WhoDat!656 11-13-2012 09:41 PM

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|Mitch| 11-13-2012 10:02 PM

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If I was to point fingers, I'd have to start with the defense... They're going absolutely no where in the playoffs with a defense like they have.

Beastmode 11-13-2012 10:47 PM

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Falcon fans have commented that though Turner puts up good stats, it's misleading. He gets some huge runs mixed in with a lot of short to no gainers. He's a big bowling ball, easy to stop in very short yardage when defenses know it's coming. McClure is right, it has failed time and time again yet they keep doing it. They do the same thing in the playoffs, same game plan, no diversions, no decoys. Very predictable.

Mardigras9 11-14-2012 09:56 AM

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8-0 to start, 0-8 to finish? Too much to hope for probably.

Tobias-Reiper 11-14-2012 10:31 AM

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Not Turner's fault the entire Saints D met him 2 yards inside his backfield.

SaintsBro 11-16-2012 04:37 PM

Re: Dirk Koetter: Michael Turner didnít have a chance on majority of runs
 
As a guy who has been watching him for a few years, in this last game my seatmates and I REALLY noticed "in person" that with the naked eye, you can really see that Turner has lost a step,lost his push, lost his surge. He just looked "slow" out there, and sorta falls down with no punch or push whatsoever. Very noticeable in person, compared to past years.

atltillidie 11-16-2012 04:42 PM

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We aren't going to go 8-8. We're too discipline to implode like that.

Nemesis 11-17-2012 03:44 AM

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Was Turner this chunky the last couple seasons? Hes a dead ringer for the Bus, in dire need of a rear end alignment and new timing chain. That's just me though..


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