Tony Dungy tells Mike Smith, ‘Get Michael Turner back involved’

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner carries the ball into the end zone for the winning touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Atlanta defeated Washington 24-17. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner carries the ball into the end zone for the winning touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Atlanta defeated Washington 24-17. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


FLOWERY BRANCH – NBC analyst Tony Dungy, who helped build Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl XXXVII team and guided the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl XLI victory, was not too impressed with Falcons coach Mike Smith throwing the ball 52 times against the Redskins.

“I have a bone to pick with Mike Smith,” Dungy said. “I love Matt Ryan, too, but don’t forget about your running game. This was a team that was built on defense and running the ball. Get Michael Turner back involved.”

This little gripe was after Turner carried the ball for a season-high 18 times against Washington.

MICHAEL TURNER’S 2012 STATS

Team     carries    yards   TDs

K.C.            11            32        0

Den            17            42        1

S.D.            14            80       1

Car             13           103      0

Wash         18              67       1

Totals:      73            324       3

Dungy’s comments are timely, because even though the league is shifting to becoming more of a passing operation, some of the top teams in 2012 are running the ball down defense’s throats.

Four teams – San Francisco (311 yards), New England (251), New York Giants (243) and Chicago (214)– rushed for more than 200 yards on Sunday and all of them, like the Falcons, are in first place.

Turner’s 324 yards is 15th in the league. The team has been trying to cut Turner’s carries for the last couple of seasons.

He’s averaging 14.6 carries per game, which projects out to 233 carries for the season.

Turner had 301 carries last season, 334 in 2010 and 376 in 2008.

In each of those 300-plus carry seasons, Turner rushed for more than 1,300 yards. He’s on pace to rush for 1,037 yards.

While Dungy wants to see some more Turner, fellow NBC analyst Rodney Harrison liked that Ryan recovered from his interception and fumble to lead the Falcons to victory over the Redskins.

“This is the Matt Ryan that we didn’t see last year, coming back from these types of mistakes,” Harrison said.

ESPN’s analyst Mike Ditka still has a bad taste in his mouth from the Falcons’ playoff loss to the New York Giants.

“Unless you win in the playoffs, you’re going to be known as next year’s champions,” Ditka said when asked if he could trust these Falcons.

The Falcons may be 5-0, but clearly they are not winning in the national broadcast court of public opinion.

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100 comments Add your comment

Ben

October 9th, 2012
12:48 pm

Ben

October 9th, 2012
12:49 pm

Its okay, just keep winning and when we’re 8-0 they won’t have a choice but to pay attention. Disagree with Dungy. Ryan has a hot hand right now, gotta ride him with the weapons he has in the passing game.

TURTSNAP

October 9th, 2012
12:51 pm

I see that side, but here is a flip-side. Matt threw 52 times, but completed a high percentage I believe? At least 60%, which keeps the clock running regardless of whether you are running or throwing, no?

Slick

October 9th, 2012
12:52 pm

“I have a bone to pick with Mike Smith,” Dungy said. “I love Matt Ryan, too, but don’t forget about your running game. This was a team that was built on defense and running the ball. Get Michael Turner back involved.”

How many playoff games did that win us, coach? How about let’s try it this way this year and see what happens?

Adogg36

October 9th, 2012
12:53 pm

Randy

October 9th, 2012
1:00 pm

Yep, you tell him Tony. It’s apparent that Smitty does not know what he’s doing. Look at all the games that he’s lost this year!!!!! LOL

Adogg36

October 9th, 2012
1:02 pm

Enter your comments here
If we get turner involed we will open up da play action pass.Da numbers dont lie its like Night an Day.

True American Hero

October 9th, 2012
1:05 pm

Look, its not that we don’t want to run the ball. Be honest, we haven’t been able to run. Its not that we need to get the ball to Turner, its that we need to give the ball to a back that will actually run it and get it down field. I don’t place the blame completely on Turner, the O-line has some part to play in this, but as for Turner the guy has to do something other than run into the back of his own O-line and think he’s going to drive his way to a first down.

watchforbird-ish

October 9th, 2012
1:06 pm

Dungy.. You can STFU!!

watchforbird-ish

October 9th, 2012
1:08 pm

Best in the league.. We score at will.. We don’t show all of our playbook.. Turner can burn or eat clock. Pick your Poison!

watchforbird-ish

October 9th, 2012
1:09 pm

Thank You.. Mr.Blank :-)

Answer This

October 9th, 2012
1:09 pm

We will need Turner involved when everyone keeps talking about….the playoffs! If he is fresh and his legs are ready we will be merciless in the playoffs! No 52 times is not idea…but when we can do it and win…..who cares how many times it was! Turner will get his touches he just must prove to be ready when he does!

Falcons 73

October 9th, 2012
1:10 pm

The old adage of “having to run the football to win” just doesn’t hold weight anymore. Sure, if you can have balance between run and pass that would be ideal, but at the end of the day the only result that matters is winning.

I’ll take a fresh Michael Turner at the end of the season, as opposed to a run down back that has nothing left to contribute. Also, the fact that you are forcing Matt Ryan to step up now and mature in the passing game, will only lead to better results when the Falcons are in crunch/playoff type situation.

True American Hero

October 9th, 2012
1:14 pm

@Answer This, Turner is fresh now and he still isn’t going anywhere. I’m not saying Turner isn’t a good back, he is actually a great back. Its just as of late, he continues to run into a pile of defenders and expects to gain yards. That can’t happen. Not all the games we play will always be sunny, indoors, or in ideal conditions. Light rain this weekend against the skins definitely had an effect on our receivers catching the ball. Those are good times when we need to be able to pick up yards on the ground to make the passing game more effective.

jim

October 9th, 2012
1:16 pm

Keep Turner fresh for the long haul. It ain’t a sprint.

Decon

October 9th, 2012
1:36 pm

Keeping Turner as fresh as possible for the playoffs could work out great in the end. He’s fresh and ready to go and we can ride him through the playoffs to the Super Bowl!

Diggity

October 9th, 2012
1:38 pm

Hmm lets see…Mike Smith is a current coach in the NFL….Dungy NBC analyst that cant get a coaching job.

to real

October 9th, 2012
1:44 pm

Tha great teams find ways to win even when they not playing their best football u take wateva it is dat other team def gives u its no secrect we loaded with weponds so wat ova dat other team allows u to do dats how we win

observer

October 9th, 2012
1:44 pm

Who cares what Dungy says? It’s pretty hard to get Turner involved when his typical run is 1 yard up the middle and fall down quickly. He is the slowest RB in the league. Can’t throw him screens because he can’t catch the ball. Getting Turner more involved will kill the offense.

Dawgbone

October 9th, 2012
1:52 pm

The sad part is that MT is not capable of getting involved in the game. Look at his stats and compare them to any other team and a high profile back. Unfortunately, MT’s time is past and the Falcon’s need a big fast back that can make cuts and long runs. Give Mike a beer and let him watch the game next year at home…

Jimmy Crack

October 9th, 2012
1:59 pm

5-0, Tony, 5-0!!

Puma

October 9th, 2012
2:23 pm

I am pretty sure Tony could get a coaching job if he wanted to, in a heartbeat.

With that said, I think our offence is looking pretty good, maybe the best I have ever seen as a Falcons fan, which granted only goes back to the days of Jerry Glanville

Ditka?

October 9th, 2012
2:52 pm

Why do they keep talking about winning in the playoffs. This is the regular season, the next game is always the most important one. The playoffs will come soon enough.

james

October 9th, 2012
2:56 pm

Since when have any of the National Broadcasters had anything good to say about the Falcons,as far as I’m concerned they can stick it.

Michael M.

October 9th, 2012
3:42 pm

I never listen to what those folks say on those sports network channels………………all that matters is what us locals and the Team says and does…………….they saying 5 – 0 right now and undefeated……..hahahahaha…………do the Falcons look like they need advice from Fox Sunday or Dumfy or any of those so called experts or rather idiots ? I say they all can ” STICK IT ” to where their is plenty of room but no sunshine………………………hehehehe

Big Crimson 75

October 9th, 2012
3:51 pm

Yea!! I laughed hysterically when Dungy said we were built on Defense!!
Before this year we haven’t had one.

HC007

October 9th, 2012
3:52 pm

What Dungy doesn’t see is that we’re taken what the defense is given us, if they load th box, we thow, only rushing four, we run.

jay

October 9th, 2012
3:57 pm

running and defense? running maybe, but when was this team built on defense?

billyho55

October 9th, 2012
4:11 pm

DUNGY IS A FOOL IF THAT IS HIS HONEST OPINION! HE NEEDS TO STICK TO BEING THE “FATHER FIGURE” TO ALL THESE CONVICTS AND LET THE REAL COACHES DO THEIR JOBS! THE MAN HAD PEYTON MANNING AND MANAGED TO WIN ONLY ONE SUPER BOWL! THAT SAYS ENOUGH TO ME ABOUT MR DUNGY AS A HEAD COACH AND WHAT’S BETWEEN HIS EARS!

billyho55

October 9th, 2012
4:15 pm

DON’T GET ME WRONG THOUGH, AS A MAN HE IS TOP SHELF! JUST NEEDS TO SETTLE HIS ARSE DOWN ON THIS TOPIC!

SawThat1nce

October 9th, 2012
4:35 pm

Mike Dicktka sux.

Esquire

October 9th, 2012
5:05 pm

MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

Rocki84

October 9th, 2012
5:11 pm

The problem with Turner is that he couldn’t find a hole if it was underneath his own feet. I have never seen a RB run into the back of his own line as much as Turner. Bounce outside, make some moves, hit the hole quicker, blow open some holes, do something other than bouncing off your own line! Turner has clearly lost his vision and quickness! He gets lucky once or twice a game and everyone is happy with his performance.

Dirty Bird

October 9th, 2012
5:31 pm

Do what wins, and passing wins.

Of course, we need to get the run going as well.

Getaway

October 9th, 2012
5:34 pm

Mike Smith to Tony Dungy – Look at the camera when you’re giving advice, not the has-been or never-was sitting next to you. And blink fer chrisakes!

Getaway

October 9th, 2012
5:39 pm

Turner needs what A. Foster has, someone to lead the way. His fullback was the one finding the holes – that Houston’s cut-blocking was creating.

DR. FALCON

October 9th, 2012
6:24 pm

TURNER IS STILL A PLOW HORSE1 HE STILL HAS HIS JETS, AS THE 68YD SCREEN PASS HE TOOK TO THE HOUSE 2 WEEKS AGO! HE NEEDS 20 CARRIES ATLEAST! GREAT JOB, THOUGH COACH KOETTER!

PapaK

October 9th, 2012
6:37 pm

Opinions are like A-holes, everyone has one. Who cares what Dungy or Ditka think. It’s fun being a Falcon fan, enjoy the moment.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 9th, 2012
6:52 pm

I think turner would be better if our line could block better and create holes but we clearly need a new feature back cause when your line dont make holes the back has to be able to cut to the outside or create holes himeself. Turner is just getting to old and i dont think he has the power he used to have and hes definately not fast, get it together ole boy or you may be retiring after this year. Go falcons

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 9th, 2012
6:53 pm

I think our line needs a serious upgrade as well

falCANS

October 9th, 2012
7:43 pm

Turner is a pound & grind type of RB needs at least 25 carries …. Glad it was brought up by Dungy and hope Coach takes heed. The Play Action was horrible against washington and made Ryans targets smaller. Run Defense is attrocious…Start Peterson Now!!! Please!! Every team seen how weak or run def is.

Anyway Best team in Nfl

Falcon James

October 9th, 2012
7:44 pm

I am sure when Coach Smith wants Dunge’s opinion, he will give it to him.

J

October 9th, 2012
8:35 pm

I partially agree with Dungy’s comments. The fact of the matter as others have noticed we have a 5-0 start, no adjustments needed there. And, it also almost guarantees that Turner will be healthy in the latter part of the season, in December when it counts during the playoffs. Hopefully he will be fresh when needed.

Jay

October 9th, 2012
8:38 pm

Ignore Dungy…this team’s identity has changed, for the better. How far did we go with an offense based on Turner? Nowhere in th playoffs.

It was time for a change and to play to our roster.

J

October 9th, 2012
8:39 pm

What I’d like to see in addition to the wonderful start? A few sound wrinkles that can be used when we need 4th and 1 like in last years playoffs. How about putting number 61 in front of Turner, or a Tightend up front ahead of turner. We need a dominate blocking back for Turner. Hopefully, a wrinkle like this can and will be added to the team already good performance.

Nowwehaveasecondary!

October 9th, 2012
9:38 pm

In Koetter I trust.

Just think what this offense could be like next year if we draft a running back similar to Ray Rice or LeSean McCoy.

JR1967

October 9th, 2012
10:00 pm

When the local NFL team wins its first playoff game since January 2005, then maybe the national media will give them their due respect. Fast starts like 5-0 are well and good, but winning in the playoffs are all that matters.

StillDirtyBirdin

October 9th, 2012
10:09 pm

DLed,

Sorry to be a pedant, but the Giants are not technically in first place- Philly has them beat due to division record. “If the playoffs started today…” they wouldn’t be in. Then the media-verse would explode. I agree though, Turner could stand to tote the rock a few more times.

Dan

October 9th, 2012
10:59 pm

Just stop passing the ball to Turner! He drops balls like he is dropping the benjamins at Magic City! Its like watching Smooth shooting those long jumpers for the Hawks, You are like WTH??? Finally they brought in Snelling and were doing the screens to him.

Mike

October 10th, 2012
12:02 am

Dungy has never cared for the Falcons, he only mentions them now because of their record. Our coaches are fine without his opinion.

Cedrick

October 10th, 2012
12:47 am

Wow! looking at some of these comments about Dungy. I can say this, hate on Dungy as much as you want but he has somethin NONE of the Falcon players or coaches have -> a “SUPEROWL RING”

Dav

October 10th, 2012
12:49 am

Dungy only won 1 super bowl in ten plus years with Peyton Manning and since he has retired, “NOW” all at once HE knows it all? Who cares what Dungy thinks? The game pasted him by years ago

StillDirtyBirdin

October 10th, 2012
1:57 am

Hey, Cedrick- Asante Samuel (2)- Pats, Mike Smith- asst w/ Ravens. Caps are used for emphasis, usually when correct… OOPS. Ha.

BravesFan79

October 10th, 2012
2:22 am

Why diss Dungy? The mans a good coach, and normally he would be right…..But…. Problem is, Turner is old, and whatever is left of him needs to be saved for the very end of the season. We should of brought in the RB who the Giants cut after last year… he could truck people.

Adogg36

October 10th, 2012
5:21 am

I just hope we make some noise in da play offs so we can earn our respect around da legue.Because of rite now aint none.Turn on NFL network anytime and u can just hear da negativety It always got to be one to go agaist us sad. FALCONS GEL AND RISE UP!!!ON DEY BICTH ASSESS.Falcon for life.

come on

October 10th, 2012
7:11 am

why use turner up when we can throw and win. turner is not the same as 3 years ago and he is still getting the ball. maybe the plan all along is to slowly increase his roll so he peaks in January not October. we don’t need him burned out early.

enough.com

October 10th, 2012
7:13 am

falcons keep doing what you doing,dungy is in the booth stay there. I’m not a Turner fan but I like the way we are using him and can we please get Antoine Smith some carries, he’s a really good player, not only in the pre-season.

chucktownfalcon

October 10th, 2012
8:01 am

Fair assessment, we have to be balanced in my opinion. No prob with Tony’s comment.

Falcon71

October 10th, 2012
8:08 am

Dungy is wrong and it didn’t take the new OC long to figure that Turner is the slowest, fattest, most hesitant runner in the NFL. He tippy toes in the back field and hits the holes about as fast as turtle. Moreover, I’ve never seen such a big guy get tackled so often on first contact. I will admit that Turner does look a LITTLE better this year but in all seriousness, I would take any starting RB in NFL over him. Snelling and Quizz are certainly better.

Really?

October 10th, 2012
8:09 am

We miss Ovie Mughelli…. yes overpaid but he could knock the d-linemen and linebackers back enough for Turner to squirt through. That’s more of a problem than anything Turner is or isn’t doing. We’ve had almost every linemen and other backs trying to be a fullback and it just isn’t working well.

Big Daddy

October 10th, 2012
8:23 am

It would seem that we have to have a mixture of both. With the top receiver duo in the league, it would not be wise to waste them. However, if we have enough runs, we can possibly make them come up in the box, get the one on one on Jones and White and get either of them or check down on Tony.

We have the possibilty of an unstoppable offense. I still don’t understand why we are having the troubles we have in the red zone. But, we do have the talent that can get the separation, the additional backs in Rogers and Snelling who can provide so many options. Best of all, our new defense is giving the oppostion fits. We do need to give the front four some different strategies. Have not heard much from the DE’s.

old man

October 10th, 2012
8:31 am

1. I’m not a Turner fan.

2. Rogers has been a disappointment.

3. I’ve advocated Antone Smith getting more carries, but if he can’t stay uninjured, I’ll have to stop advocating him.

4. I admit Turner has done better than I expected, but not by a lot.

5. What we are doing now seems to be working. Keep his carries right where they are. We could do better, but he’s the best we have right now. I note he is on track to have 26 receptions, versus his career best of 17 last year. Not much, but something. 4.4 yards per carry, versus 4.0 for Arian Foster. We need to use him as our change of pace player. Pass first, then cross them up with MT.

old man

October 10th, 2012
8:35 am

Big Daddy:

Last year we were 13th in red zone TD percent. This year we are 4th. And we obviously are getting a field goal every time we don’t get a TD. So our red zone efficiency is OK.

Whadda Ya Know?

October 10th, 2012
8:39 am

Mike Ditka who cares what you think? Next year’s champion? I’ve never heard of any team referenced as next year’s champion…they’re just losers THAT year. Why do people insist on throwing the Falcon’s playoff trouble in their face? At least they’ve been getting to the playoffs–which can’t be said for a lot teams.

If this team is fortunate enough to make it back to the playoffs, I believe we will definitely see a different Falcon team on the field. Mostly because we don’t have Mularkey and BVG making the calls anymore. No one wants to admit to them as being a factor in the losses.

Mike is Back

October 10th, 2012
8:43 am

Dled, coming from Dungy really means a lot…he must really think these BIRDS are special. I will say Turner has look like the Turner of old…of late…so getting the running game going full throttle…does make the BIRDS more potent.

However, you really have to give credit to Mike Smith and his Staff for the way the BIRDS have perform thus far…it wouldn’t surprise me at all…to see Turner, Rogers, and Snell more in the mix. The BIRDS gotta stay on the Attack!!

RISE UP BIRDS…KEEP IT GOING…LET’S GO…LET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Samuel

October 10th, 2012
8:51 am

Just take what the defense gives you, if that means Michael Turner’s name is up so be it. But pass to run is the new Falcons offense. I like a fresh Turner later on down the line when the temperature get’s cold.Also Tony should have said you need to stop the run, that’s the Falcons biggest problem to date.

Ron

October 10th, 2012
8:59 am

@ everyone on the Blog! Tony has won a Superbowl! And if he choose to come back to the NFL as a Coach, i’m sure all teams that are in dire straits will look to hire him. Yes…We really need to get our running game going!

tfalcon

October 10th, 2012
9:22 am

dungy is intitled to his opion that is what he”s gettin payed for anyway,fact is we’re 5-0 come late november thats when we will pick up the run game on offense,I’m more concerned about run defense
at the moment

Fan since 66

October 10th, 2012
9:55 am

I somewhat agree with Dungy…it would be nice to have an explosive back who can guarantee you the 1 yard on 3rd or 4th down. I believe Turner still has some life in his legs, but losing Ovie was a big deal. It seems the reason Michael is running into his own players, is that no one is making a hole for him. The couple of times he has broken out this year were when he bumped it outside off tackle. You gotta give Koetter credit for seeing what personnel he has and planning the game around it. You can’t argue with 5-0 in this league. Come on folks, we’re there for the first time in 46 seasons! The post-season wins will come, then the doubt from the media, whether misplaced or not, will cease. Meanwhile, from this lifelong fan: Go Falcons!

M Ditka

October 10th, 2012
9:58 am

Start cookin’ ….cleanin’ ….leavin’ ..and joggin’ !!!!

Ramblin Black Jacket

October 10th, 2012
10:01 am

Reading some of these comments makes me sick. We’re 5-0, but understand people that means nothing. We can have our assets bounced out the playoffs just like we did against Green Bay. Let’s stop being so cocky and just enjoy the ride and hopefully we can do it all season then make some noise in the playoff. Tony Dungy has a Super Bowl ring, so he can talk. We have nothing here in Atlanta………..

Willie Coyote

October 10th, 2012
10:29 am

You gotta run block first. That hasn’t really happened this year.

BigWood Sec.127

October 10th, 2012
10:58 am

Tony Dungy & Mike Ditka, What them 2 Yahoo’s… This is the same mike ditka that gave the ball to refrigerator perry in the super bowl instead of The Great Walter Payton…
Tell both of them Ex-Coaches D’ssss Nuts… Go FALCONS

Decatur Falcon

October 10th, 2012
11:09 am

Tony Dungy, has one super bowl ring and is scared to coach again like Chucky on Monday Night Football on ESPN . Let’s stop the madness, Tony Dungy is wrong, you need a running game at the end of the regular season so you can go into post season destroying those bang up LB’s and DB’s. I would have a fresh Turner than a hurt up Turner who can’t run because of an injury. It is called ladies and gentlemen player management. Mike Smith knows what he is doing that is why he 5-0 with hard schedule ahead. Tony Dungy knows nothing about player management like those coaches who won many Champions like New York, New England, and the 49er’s back in the 90’s. The goals is let the enemy think you are a pass first time, so you can destroy them with the run. That’s how New York won the Super Bowl last year. GO FALCONS!!!

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The G

October 10th, 2012
12:17 pm

First two games Turner averaged 2.6 yards per carry. Last three games he has averaged 5.6 yards per carry. You could make the argument that its not how many yards you run for, but how effective you are when you run.

Chance

October 10th, 2012
12:55 pm

I agree we do need to be more balanced on offense. But Matt Ryan has done a great job. But we do need to be able to run the ball when we need to to close out a game. Yet again it’s only week 6, we will be just fine. Also I have to give the o line some credit bouncing back against the redskins

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rtbsydzach

October 10th, 2012
1:12 pm

Turner needs to go.. 2102 offenses throw and all great backs are a threat to catch one every now and then…Michael is not! That being said, the play action, when executed rules him out catching a pass 99% of the time. Further, he’s not quick enough to demand really covering him out of the backfield. Defenses let him roam, knowing they can catch him. And with Mr. Ryan being no threat to run himself (good thing) it becomes 9 on 11… He ain’t cathin’ and Ice ain’t runnin. In little league, that’s not a big deal. In the NFL, 9 on 11 is a serious issue!

All I'm Saying Is....

October 10th, 2012
1:18 pm

Dungy and Ditka are both right and since they both own Super Bowl rings (as players and coaches), then I will go with them rather than the rest of you chowderheads. Elway didn’t win a Super Bowl until he had a running attack to take the pressure off of him and until the Falcons under Dimitroff, Smitty and Ryan win playoff games, they will have accomplished nothing. Truth hurts but it must be recognized. They are still my guys and the Falcons are still my team.

LET’S GO FALCONS!

Marsha In ATL

October 10th, 2012
1:37 pm

I quit listening to Dungy when he facilitated michael vick’s return to the NFL. Now when I see his face, that’s all I can think about, is that he was one of the most instrumental people involved in giving sick vick a leg back up in the league. Shut up already, Dungy, you have already proven to me that you have very little morals and scruples, I will never listen to your drivel again…

Falcon nut

October 10th, 2012
1:38 pm

Just win damn it!!!!!!!!

eddie willers

October 10th, 2012
2:12 pm

Its hard to do your best when you are hungover. Have you noticed how much better Turner has run since his DUI?

My guess is he put down the bottle and picked up the pads. Take it from one who knows.

RidinDirty

October 10th, 2012
2:34 pm

Mr Dungy your opinion seemed to suggest we were not in st place. If our line were stronger we would probably run more often. Turner actually does better with 12-18 carries per game. Half the time he gains less than 1 yard. Of all the things you have a bone to pick…you pick Turner not getting enough carries and we are winning and scoring points. How about our run defense…now that is what needs to be addressed. You keep it up Dungy and I will take your job!!!

Mike Franklin

October 10th, 2012
2:59 pm

Turner more burner? Maybe… but one well-known and understood fact in football is that your O-line doesn’t do as well when they don’t specialize in either run or pass blocking. Balanced attacks require the O-line to become a static wall that never crosses the line of scrimmage because on small step on a pass play and the zebras have your ass.

Very few teams have ever succeeded here… which explains why Turner generally gets buried at the line of scrimmage. The alternative is to turn him into a button receiver… which has worked fairly well at times.

John

October 10th, 2012
3:26 pm

Turner averages about 2 yards per carry outside of one big carry per game. He is tough to bring down in the open field, so he typically rumbles for 45 yards when he gets going. 95% of the time, it will be run into the line for a 1-2 yard gain. People who look at stats say “oh, hey, 4.4 yards per carry. that is damn good.” It is an artificial statistic.

easynow

October 10th, 2012
6:27 pm

I agree with Dungy..But..if he has all the answers, why is he OUT of the coaching ranks?? Another gripe of mine..WHY are all these EX coaches still referred to as COACH?? The ONLY coach is the one in that occupation!! Just like EX presidents still being referred to as Mr. President..The only PRESIDENT is the one in office!!

Steven

October 10th, 2012
9:36 pm

Tony, if you want to coach the Falcons then put in an application.

JosephDaKoolest a.k.a No Answer For Julio

October 11th, 2012
1:32 am

Ok, here we go. I have no problem with Tony’s or Mike’s opinion. Becasue thats all it is, an opinion. Just like we all have opinions on what the falcons should or should not do. But the one common denominator is that Mike Smith is the only head coach. He is the head coach for a reason. Now I respect everyone’s opinion but it is a reason why we are all on here bloggin and we are not on somebody’s sideline coaching. With that being said, no one has ever believed in any of our teams. The Ga Bulldawgs and the Atlanta Braves are the only ones that get National respect. Oh yeah and the Dream do too. But we have never gotten any respect and we won’t until we start winning in the playoffs. And until we start winning rings. And we will win a superbowl soon. I don’t see any other team right now that is better than us. However, we just have to continue doing what we have been doing when we reach the post season.

Barron

October 11th, 2012
2:00 am

Da Burner hasn’t been the same since ovie mughelli left… I say ket quizz play in first half then MT in 22nd half when defense is tired and he can eat clock up

JosephDaKoolest a.k.a No Answer For Julio

October 11th, 2012
4:17 am

Let’s not forget that we have always been a run first team. And we have not always had a good defense. Definitely, need to play better against the run. I like the penetration but we need to be more stout at the point of attack and more gap sound. With that being said I love Mike Nolan’s scheme and they way we are playing on defense right now. And for all the people that say we need to get rid of Michael Turner…Well who should we get to replace him? Or do you want to draft an unproven rookie? Look its still early and since we have always been a run first team, opposing teams have been loading the box in the playoffs. And let’s not forget that Matt Ryan is playing much better, reading defenses better and overall he’s more mature. Since 2008 when Michael Turner has had great production now all of sudden he has declined. REALLY? The O Line is not blocking as well as they have in the past. Although lately they have been run blocking pretty good. And like some alluded to early Ovi is a big loss. But we are having a lot of success throwing the football. So why fix it,if it’s not broke? And since we like numbers so much Micheal Turner in 2008… 376 carries 1,699 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns 4.5 yards per carry. In 2009 (missed 5 games) 178 carries 871 yards rushing and 10touchdowns 4.9 yards per carry. In 2010 334 carries 1371 yards rushing 12 touchdowns. 4.1 per carry. In 2011 301 carries 1340 yards rushing 11 touchdowns. 4.5 per carry.

JosephDaKoolest a.k.a No Answer For Julio

October 11th, 2012
4:26 am

From 2008 to 2010 he had 23 catches for 161 yards,O TD’s the last year and this year 25 catches for 239 yards and 1 TD. Just last year he rushed for more yards than Adrian Peterson, Darren Mcfadden, Fred Jackson, Steven Jackson, Arian Foster and Ray Rice. MJD lead the league in rushing and Shady just eclipse Turner the last game of the season. REALLY FALCONS NATION REALLY? GO Falcons The Real A Town Got Your Back!!!!!!!

Matt

October 11th, 2012
8:30 am

Dungy clearly only watches the highlights and stats lines. He obviously has no clue how ineffective turner and the running game have been. Would we throw it 52 times because we want to or because we get stuffed on the majority of running plays?

Ditka must be forgetting that our playoff loss to the giants included a ton of boring ball and running plays where our offensive line couldn’t move defenders an inch. If we want to win a playoff game it’s going to be through the brand of football we’re playing.

the dude

October 11th, 2012
9:15 am

i can’t be the only one who has noticed what is wrong with turner? than injury in 09. he’s never been the same. he’s still as powerful as a bull, can drag defenders with him. but he’s lost that explosive first step and rarely breaks of big ones which earned him the nickname “the burner”.

zbulldawg

October 11th, 2012
1:04 pm

Dungy is way off key here. He has alot to say about the Coons when he had Peyton he passed passed ETC. Turner will be just fine. They know what they are doing. They need turner for the long haul. In the past he was banged up & wore out come playoff time. Defenses still have to prepare for Turner so MISSION acomplished. Besides all BS out there it has messed up all there plans for the start of the season. Every one thought that without Lofton the defense would far apart. Not happening !! They thought without Turner we couldn’t win. Not happening. So what else is there to bitch about. Not using Turner enough. In the past they said we where using him to much That we couldn’t win when Turner didn’t get 100 yards. So make up your mind. Or just aceept the fact the FALCONS ARE FOR REAL. I can remember when the Falcons drafted mostly defensive players & they said we needed more offensive players. Now we have the offensive play makers & all they could say is how does Rodney fit in. Critics can’t live with the fact that they are wrong. Just look at the last Super Bowl champions & see how they got there & how they won it. Running the ball when they had to ! And passing the ball when it counted most. The teams that had the most rushing yards didn’t make. I rest my case your honor. Dungy & Dikta

GADAWG

October 11th, 2012
2:05 pm

Dungy is 100% right on this one folks. Think about if we make the playoffs! You have to do 2 things to get in and stay in the post season.

1. RUN THE BALL
2. STOP THE RUN

JosephdaKoolest a.k.a No Answer For Julio

October 12th, 2012
12:18 am

I agree with you zbulldawg I don’t understand all the crazy talk, besides they get paid to speculate early and make outlandish predictions. Some teams still haven’t found their identity yet so its hard to speculate with 10 games left. Specifically about the falcons what I don’t understand is if they make week to week evaluations why are they so hard on us. When we along with the Texans have been the most consitent teams up to this point. We won’t know what happens in the playoffs until we get to the playoffs. Right now we are 5 and 0 and we are playing much better on offense and defense than we played last year. We are throwing when we need to and passing when we need to. I mean if you have Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez and the defense cain’t stop em then why force the run. We have run the ball effectively enough to me because a lot of times our receivers have been wide open. And plus teams still respect Micheal Turner and the running game because Roddy, Julio, and Tony are still getting one on one coverages. I think we will run the ball more later on in the season and come playoff time. I think this is good for Matt Ryan he has thrown 3 interceptions that simply should not have been thrown. I think if he makes these mistakes now that will boat well for us this post season.

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