Falcons coach Mike Smith on Michael Turner’s arrest

FALCONS COACH MIKE SMITH ON TURNER’S ARREST

“First and foremost, anytime a player sheds negatively on our football team and our organization, we’re very disappointed. This is a legal matter that is very well defined on how we have to proceed through the league. We’ll let this process run its course. I want to emphasize that I’ve spoken with Michael we’ve had a conversation and like all conversations with my players, we like to keep those internally.

“He knows that we are disappointed in the decisions that we made after the ball game last night.”

ON IF TURNER WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH HIS PLAY AND IF THAT LED TO HIS ARREST: You can’t speculate on that. Again, anytime a player sheds a negative light on our football team and our organization, we are disappointed. I can’t say any more than that.

There are certain parameters that are set in place by the collective bargaining agreement which is between the NFL and NFLPA. Those guidelines will be followed in terms of what we can and can not do. If there is going to be any internal discipline, that discipline will stay internally. That will be the conversations that we have Michael and the conversations that we already had this morning.

WHAT ARE THE INTERNAL OPTIONS: I don’t want to discuss the internal options that we have. Again, it’s collectively bargained between the NFL and the NFLPA. This is a legal matter and it has to run its course and it will. I don’t think that it’s appropriate for me to talk anymore about it.

FALCONS RELEASE STATEMENT ABOUT RB MICHAEL TURNER

“We are aware of the situation involving Michael and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”

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September 18th, 2012
1:02 pm

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anti-nike....just don't do it

September 18th, 2012
1:08 pm

If the idiot wasn’t driving 97 mph (especially at 4 am), he probably wouldn’t have had any trouble.

anti-nike....just don't do it

September 18th, 2012
1:10 pm

NFL provides free ride service to their stoners and drunk players.

Dirtybird of Prey

September 18th, 2012
1:13 pm

clwtank I seriously doubt the Jacksonville Jaguars r stupid enuff 2 trade Maurice Drew-Jones 4 Michael Turner….Mularkey would..and I would gladly take the trade…..now I’m not justifying Michaels actions but there might b something going on with him a little deeper than we might know so he may b crying out so guys just hope he can get the help he needs……hope I’m not sounding judgmental….I normally just read what u guys say as Falcon fans cuz I’m 1 as well so I don’t come on and say much….go Dirty Birdz….Rise up cuz we 2 legit 2 quit.

SINCE66

September 18th, 2012
1:15 pm

1. There has to be holes for a back to run thru. 2. People make dumb choices. 3. Has anyone else ever made a dumb mistake? Not and excuse, we all are apt to do thingss that we should not do.

Mike Franklin

September 18th, 2012
1:27 pm

Yup, MT went and screwed the pooch, no doubt. But… if we can look the other way for players that abuse their spouses and rehire players after serving time in the federal pen… and allow arbitration panels to set aside league rulings on players that accepted money to cause purposeful injury to others… then Turner’s little incident is nothing.

No, I am in no way defending what he did… just saying that there shouldn’t be a double standard. If we are going to be a moronic culture, lets dive in head first.

GameReviewer

September 18th, 2012
1:42 pm

Good ole “stumblefoot” knows he’s done. That’s why he went out drinking. The slightest breeze or puff of air can knock stumblefoot to the turf.

Al Sharpton

September 18th, 2012
1:45 pm

What a big deal! He just celebrated the win. No alcohol tests present= innocent until proven guilty. Millions of people speed every day. Get over it. He deserves a privacy.

Augustabred

September 18th, 2012
1:48 pm

I find it interesting that just last week someone posted that Turner likes to drink the night before games! He just might be on the road to some sort of rehab facility.

warfalcon

September 18th, 2012
1:48 pm

Way after mid-night when the game ended,why not just go home and have a drink,short week.DAMM.LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

athensmatt

September 18th, 2012
1:55 pm

Did he go more than two yards before being stopped? Because he didn’t during the game.

Orlin

September 18th, 2012
2:38 pm

At least Ray Lewis was smart enough to hire a limo when he helped kill that guy. MT, next time hire a car!

jalex49

September 18th, 2012
2:43 pm

Turner is still a good football player. I am stunned about this incident because I don’t know if I’ve every heard of Turner doing something like this? He may be feel depressed about his productivity but he came through when Atlanta needed him and I would like the see the fans support him.

He must understand his role is different and play within this and this doesn’t diminished his value to the team and 99.9% of his teammates and fans are thrilled to have him still with the team!

Mr. Turner this is not who you are! We know who you are as we have had the pleasure of seeing you over the years!

Cambell Soup

September 18th, 2012
2:50 pm

I think a trade is eminent IMHO, because of M. Turner’s decline in production along with the baby mama drama in public view. How long will Arthur Blank put up with his smelly mess? Not long. He’s just a shell of himself-a washed out loser-who has to come home to his baby mama and has a restraining order on the other. The man’s got personal problems that can put a strain on his coach and other teamates. Untimately, this dude is not leading a happy life, and uses (alcohol or maybe other substances) as an escape for his perceived problems-which include child support, baby momma’s, etc. Time to pack it up broham.

MT, if you need it...

September 18th, 2012
2:50 pm

Hire me to help you stay on point if you don’t have family or friends. You are fortunate that you didn’t end someone’s life that night.

Antone Smith

September 18th, 2012
2:52 pm

Oh, put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Running Back.

old man

September 18th, 2012
2:53 pm

Smitty, Antone is singing to you now. Give him a chance.

P B Orr

September 18th, 2012
2:55 pm

“Turner’s decline in production..” HE HAD 1300+ YDS LAST YEAR. That’s not a decline. And he didn’t start too fast.

GregKennesaw

September 18th, 2012
2:56 pm

I say bench him for the Charger game – let Snelling or Smith play along with Rogers, at least don’t let him start. Hey fat boy – get with the program.

FalconsFam

September 18th, 2012
2:56 pm

Lol @ the ne’er-do-well’s in here bashing Turner for his personal life issues. Every person in here who is quick to criticize Turner for making a poor decision has probably made poor decisions in their lives as well. The only difference is you are can do so in total obscurity because nobody outside your home knows who the heck you are or even cares what your personal issues may be. LOL. Michael Turner made a poor decision to drink and operate a vehicle, clearly. Clearly, we as fans should be disappointed in his poor decision as it pertains to any affect the decision may have on the team but to act as if no one has ever been disappointed in you and your poor decision making skills is quite disingenuous. I’m pretty sure some of you don’t even randomly come in here to comment about football. You smelled a little blood in the water today and decided to do what you do best and that is to bash, whine and complain about someone else’s personal life because yours is less than desirable. Turner screwed up and HE will pay for it…not you.

Seen This B4

September 18th, 2012
3:11 pm

Cejay

September 18th, 2012
3:21 pm

Hey everybody, I found Mr. Coward himself, Mat “choke” ryan, he’s alive,well and posting over on Mark Bradley’s blog. go,say hello

http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2012/09/18/3-points-about-the-winning-falcons-who-put-peyton-in-his-place/?cxntfid=blogs_mark_bradley_blog

SWAT Native

September 18th, 2012
3:40 pm

The sad thing is that this should have been a big week for him – going back to San Diego and showing them how far he’s come. Now, he may not get to make the trip.

ctfalconsfan

September 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

At least MT waited until after the big game to party it up.

Imagine if we flash back to Jan 1999 and Eugene Robinson had waited one more night to get his freak on we’d have a SB troph in Flowery Branch…

Just imagine….

kennyc

September 18th, 2012
4:07 pm

Man look at all the angels we have on here —get a life the man made a mistake !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MT, if you need it...

September 18th, 2012
4:07 pm

LOL, @ctfalconsfan!!!

101 for Dummies

September 18th, 2012
4:09 pm

KennyC, a “mistake” that could have taken someone’s life. Grown-ups should know better! DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE/CALL A CAB/DITCH THE KEYS

Fading RB

September 18th, 2012
4:10 pm

Obviously, it was stupid and dangerous for turner to drive drunk and speed. That being said I think much of the commentary that he is garbage and worthless is excessive. He was solid for us for a number of years. The shelf life on a RB is about 4 years. There were games in past years where he carried us. No question he has lost a step. he cant pick up yards by bulldozing anymore (although he did pick up a huge first down for us at the end of the game) Lets not get carried away. The law and probably the NFL will punish him for the DUI. His career is definitely in the latter years and effectiveness fading.He gave us some good years when we did not have to worry about RB. Lets appreciate that. We will need to find some young legs going forward.

101 for Drunkies

September 18th, 2012
4:11 pm

KennyC, a “mistake” that could have taken someone’s life. Adults should know better. In case folks don’t know:

1. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
2. DON’T DRIVE DRUNK
3. CALL A CAB

ken

September 18th, 2012
4:16 pm

What happen to all the Aints fans posting c5ap here??? 0-2 Aints LOL

Seen This B4

September 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

I want some.

[...] coach Mike Smith was terse and measured when he spoke to the media about the [...]

Michelle Oh Bama

September 18th, 2012
4:35 pm

Please don’t let Michael lose his job. Last thing my husband needs is another unemployed black man.

TSleazy

September 18th, 2012
4:40 pm

Long before this incident occurred, I had called for the release/trade of Michael Turner. And the reason for it was his ON FIELD performance or lack there of! When he first came to Atlanta he ran hard then shortly after that he quit running. He attempts to run as if he is a scat back when he is a power back! He doesn’t run hard like many of the other premier backs in the league. He consistently tip toe for yards, hence the nickname “Tippy Toe” Turner! Our running game has been suffering a lot and the coaches need to address this issue sooner than later! As for as the alleged DUI, I’ll let it play out in court, but it he felt the need to immediately consume enough alcohol to get a DUI immediately after he got off of work, there might be a problem! If he would run as fast as he drives he would be a great back! I would like to hear what others think!

old qb

September 18th, 2012
4:41 pm

I offer a big thank you to “Sir Real”. I knew I’d take heat from most of the negative ones that have a very big mouth, are quick to judge, and wouldn’t know which way to put on a jock, never mind a football uniform in the NFL.
Turner acted the fool, a roll I know I’ve performed brilliantly in on occasion as someone that made the wrong decisions when I knew better. But that’s all part of life and growing. I’m very glad Turner hurt no one but himself in the eyes of his teammates, the organization, and his family. It could have been so much worse.
The Clowns jumping on him right now forget Denver has one of the single best defenses in the NFL. Turner deserves to suffer the guiilt and the punishment, but these dingalings seem to forget a major reason the Falcons have had consecutive winning seasons in large part are directly due to Mike Turner and if there are true Falcon fans out there now he deserves better than self-described experts that don’t understand the pressures of playing at the NFL level. I make no excuses for him and I’m thankful no one got hurt physically. But you clowns that have no idea should shut up and that includes you “Open Your Eyes”.

Seen This B4

September 18th, 2012
4:44 pm

Only a radical idiot posts political comments on a sports blog. Vote and STFU!!

old man

September 18th, 2012
4:50 pm

TSleazy:

I agree. The DUI thing, it will happen when you get 53 young men on a sports team and give them all bizillions of dollars in cash. By all accounts, Turner is a very nice guy. But for two years we have not had the slashing, hard hitting type of running game you need in the NFL. No break away threat at all. If the DUI is something that causes the FO to reevaluate Turner’s value, that’s fine with me.

hind tit

September 18th, 2012
4:56 pm

The refs should have thrown a flag for RUI last night.

Techbuzz

September 18th, 2012
4:57 pm

He should’ve been cut in the off season!!! Runs to long in the same spot and has NO explosiveness hitting the line. Snelling or Rogers should be the feature backs. Turner had that one good year in 2008 and after he got his first injury in 2009, he has never been the same.

Yes, he has had 1,000+ rushing every year except 2009 (injury year), but he is too damn slow now. Even the sports talk shows were saying today that the holes were there for him to run in but he just tip toes, or what I call, “Duckett Danced” to the line and just leans forward.

In the NFL, you have GOT to have a SPEED back to hit that line and just rip through it! Granted, the NFL has turned into a passing league now, but you have to have a run game to balance the offense. Plus, if you look at most of the RB’s in the league, there not the big bruising backs of the past. They are leaner, faster and more agile. The philosophy now is pretty much out run everyone instead of running over them.

dougmo2

September 18th, 2012
5:05 pm

Dear Falcons fans,

I just got off the phone with a bunch of UGA players and asked how they celebrated abig win. They told me to get a DUI asap and be just like them. So I did.

M. Turner

TJ Duckett

September 18th, 2012
5:06 pm

Put me in the game coach. “i think i can…i think i can”

Esquire

September 18th, 2012
6:38 pm

old man
September 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

Antone Smith is fast.
__________________________________

I have to concur. I see everybody mentioning Rodgers and Snelling and I don’t see them as the tandem to take us to the promised land. Actually Snelling looked a little slow to me last night too.Turner has just not been himself and it may be that the real problem is being made public with his arrest. We will not win the Superbowl with Turner as our primary ball carrier. And we know Turner won’t be back next year………..you would think he would want to showcase himself a little more for free agency………??

Singletary

September 18th, 2012
6:40 pm

Am I the only one worried about the usual Monday Night Football hangover? Sorry, but I think that is really what it is called when the team wins on Monday and play the following Sunday — in this case after a dry air flight to San Diego?

Mike Franklin

September 18th, 2012
6:48 pm

Singletary – Yeah… thinking the same thing. A big win, a short week, jet lag to the west coast and the bumps have 24 hours less to heal. On top of that, Turner’s little blaze of glory and you’ve got the recipe for a let down.

FalconsFam

September 18th, 2012
7:05 pm

WT??? Man we got some whiny negative spineless fans! One silly so-called fan actually wrote one time that he or she did not want the Falcons to win the Super Bowl because then what would they have to shoot for the next season. If we can win games against good football teams with Michael Turner then we can win a Super Bowl with him. I mean really what are you even basing your weak logic on? Several teams have won Super Bowls with RB’s not even close to the caliber of Turner. We have finally have an OC that can game plan and adjust his scheme to fit the opponent. The game plan last night was clearly to run the ball to eat up clock and keep Peyton on the sideline as much as possible. Turner had a tough time last night for sure. I was there, did anybody notice the defenders ability to put hands on Turner right as he got to the line of scrimmage? Has he lost some explosion? Yes, but we can obviously still win games. Calm down ladies everything will be fine. Every pass thrown won’t be caught and every run won’t go for 50 yards. It’s football. You win by being better than the opponent, not by being perfect.

Michael M.

September 18th, 2012
7:05 pm

Falcons wont have jet lag..they always get to the west coast early so the bodies can adjust to the 3 hour time change………………….the short week is only shorter by a few hours………………………………………….the beat up bodies or so called injuries…………..now that could be another story………………………….

BigDaddyC

September 18th, 2012
7:07 pm

Let him go for more reasons than this one…. This is not his first arrest. The Falcons and Mike Smith pride themselves on character…. It’s time to cut ties with Turner!

technofalconeer

September 18th, 2012
7:07 pm

bring back cox at fb!!!!! watch the play!! go with rodgers more!!! thank goodness ryan is ON fire!!!

J-Lo

September 18th, 2012
7:41 pm

lol, somebody says he looked as slow as a turtle, he’s gone from Turner the Burner to Turner the Turtle, he’s looked horrible lately, and has never, ever, ever, played well in a big game for the Falcons, his only value left is that teams still game plan for him and our play action is quite potent, reminds me of when teams would intentionally walk Chipper even when he was having a horrible year at the plate

T h e Burner Turner

September 18th, 2012
8:20 pm

OK all of yu jujubees.

This is the Burner here. Yeh so what, I got drunk and got a speeding ticket. I had run for 42 yds after a steller 30 yds last week. Who of you would not tie one on after that.

My car go fast too. I never would have gotten caught but I was in the process of eating two big macs and some frys I got at McDonalds. I think I might have swerved some when I was putting ketchup on the frys.

The cop was a sacker. I told him who I was and I could drive well enough to get home. He wanted me to blow into a tube and I told him to blow off I wasnt doing it. He got sassy with me and I think I might have brushed againt him with one of my 42″ thighs.

Anyway jail was ok. I got to eat as they were just serving breakfast. That food is not good in there.

Got out and went to the waffle house and chowed down hard .

damn I am hungry.

Someone said I got the tippy toes when running thru the line. I dare anyone to say that to my face. I ran hard but it wasnt a good effort.
My legs hurt. I got a hit to my chin and I may need some rehab. They got good food in the rehab. You sit in a tub of ice water and eat kringles.

Well The Burner will be back. Next week I will break the 50 yd marker, I promise. And if I dont , I am still getting paid. So you losers and posers eat my dust.

Burner Out