Here at Falcons HQ, thinking about running backs

It didn't look good when Michael Turner went down Sunday, did it? (AP photo)

It didn't look very good when Michael Turner went down Sunday, did it? (AP photo)

Flowery Branch — Hanging around the Falcons, waiting for Mike Smith’s 3 p.m. press briefing, and I figured I’d pass along a couple of nuggets  in the interim.

First, The Falcons are not going to pursue Larry Johnson to fill a need at running back. “I had a bunch of text messages about that last night,” Thomas Dimitroff said, smiling.

And his response to those? “Absolutely not.”

Two things about that: Johnson, who just got bounced out of Kansas City for ripping his coach and making insenitive Tweets via Twitter, is the antithesis of what the Falcons want in a player. Even if the Falcons were down to no running backs, Johnson wouldn’t be the man they’d call.

And now the other thing: The Falcons are acting as if they don’t believe Michael Turner will be out long. There has been no official prognosis announced, but they’re mindful he had a high ankle sprain earlier in his career and seemed to heal expeditiously.

Again, Smith figures to have more details, but if I had to guess I’d say the Falcons are thinking Turner will be out two or three weeks, as opposed to a month or more. Again, though, let me emphasize that’s me speculating.

Back later with more. Anybody want anything from Chick-fil-A?

122 comments Add your comment

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

November 16th, 2009
12:42 pm

BigDawg

November 16th, 2009
12:44 pm

No, u r not first

mj

November 16th, 2009
12:45 pm

Couple corners. One’s that makes plays closer that 2 yards behind receiver.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

November 16th, 2009
12:45 pm

On Larry Johnson, this would be the same as the Hawks trade for J R Rider. 3 words: Locker Room Cancer

Mike

November 16th, 2009
12:47 pm

Mark, are you able to file these from your phone or do you lug the laptop around? The tools of journalism have changed.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

November 16th, 2009
12:47 pm

Oh yeah, and a Ice Dream in a cup

mj

November 16th, 2009
12:48 pm

Snelling played well enough for Falcons to win. Shank a pot a muss Elam should have made the field goal regardless, it was a chip shot. This is the second game, the first one he can thank the offense for pulling him out. Where is the pass rush???

OpenMinded

November 16th, 2009
12:49 pm

OK… Matt Ryan needs to stay in the pocket…. he’s running scared…. Snelling did a good job filling in but Norwood needs to suck it up and get back in there. The 2009 draft is looking like a bust overall. We are all seeing Elam’s age is showing and what Coach smith thinking when he went for 2 ? This is just one of those flat weeks where not much went well. Can’t wait for Sunday to see how our season will be evaluated.

This week is a must win if we have any chance at the play-offs.

Mark Bradley

November 16th, 2009
12:49 pm

I use the computer to write, Mike. I use the iPhone to post comments. Still not comfortable typing at length on the phone.

Ree Roe

November 16th, 2009
12:51 pm

Eighth! Mark, could you bring me back 2 #1’s (buttered buns please, all pickles) & a fruit punch no ice, 5 brownies & a #6. Thanks.

Do we resign Aaron Stecker? Will Norwood be ready this week? Is Mughelli back?

-REEcently Roe!

Chris

November 16th, 2009
12:52 pm

Oh darn, did I miss my chance to look like a D-Bag and post FIRST!?

gdg73

November 16th, 2009
12:52 pm

If Norwood comes back next week, I think he and Snelling might get us through. I know one thing, Matty “Put Away the Annointing Oil” Ryan looks gun shy. Even when there is no pressure, he looks jittery in the pocket. Case in point, the last interception he threw. Instead following through on the pass going forward, as so as the ball left his hands, he immediately turned his back on the rush, in an effort to protect himself. I’ve seen Phillip Rivers make that throw and get hit in the chops afterwards. This guy is scared!!

Mike

November 16th, 2009
12:52 pm

I figured you used the laptop for full-length pieces. This one looked like a tweener. Like David Pollack or Thomas Davis.

The Dogfighter Returns

November 16th, 2009
12:52 pm

but they’re mindful he had a high ankle sprain earlier in his career and seemed to heal expeditiously.

wishful thinking only leaves you with egg on your face, always cya.

Mark Bradley

November 16th, 2009
12:53 pm

Important update: I’m not going to Chick-fil-A. The Falcons have brought in pizza for us media persons.

Chris

November 16th, 2009
12:53 pm

It appeared to me that the missed kick should be on Michael Koenen. It looked like Elam not once, but twice felt like the ball was about to be snapped and started his motion to kick. By the time the snap came he was off of his kicking motion and it certainly looked like it when he got to the ball. I don’t blame Elam for that one.

Mark Bradley

November 16th, 2009
12:53 pm

This was close to a tweener, I’ll grant you.

Marcus

November 16th, 2009
12:54 pm

MB, thanks for the update. Seems as though last years charmed season was relatively injury-free in comparison. Are they going to call Stecker back or get Thomas Brown in the mix, or is practice -squad rookie Antone Smith coached-up enough to be a fill in as backup to Snelling?

gdg73

November 16th, 2009
12:54 pm

revised version

If Norwood comes back next week, I think he and Snelling might get us through. I know one thing, Matty “Put Away the Annointing Oil” Ryan looks gun shy. Even when there is no pressure, he looks jittery in the pocket. Case in point, the last interception he threw. Instead following through on the pass moving forward, as soon as the ball left his hands, he immediately turned his back on the rush, in an effort to protect himself. I’ve seen Phillip Rivers make that throw and get hit in the chops afterwards. This guy is scared!!

Donny

November 16th, 2009
12:55 pm

When is Norwood back? He’s been my Turner hedge since last year and now I need him. Congratulations to him on the birth of his child, now get back to work please.

PS. Just bought my daughter a Matt Ryan jersey. Her first!

Mark Bradley

November 16th, 2009
12:55 pm

Papa John’s pizza, I might add.

Mike

November 16th, 2009
12:58 pm

It’s important to vigorously shake the PJ’s garlic butter container to achieve an optimal, creamy state of dipability. Insufficient agitation will leave the product separated and unsatisfying. Some things you learn through experience.

NCFalconFan

November 16th, 2009
12:58 pm

You media people are so lucky, games, interview and Papa John’s pizza!! WHAT A LIFE!!!

PMC

November 16th, 2009
12:59 pm

Larry Johnson is a woman beating buffoon. He’s more of a disgrace to Penn State than Matt Millen.

The Falcons are wise to stay away from that loser.

Mark Bradley

November 16th, 2009
12:59 pm

It’s a good job. What can I say?

PMC

November 16th, 2009
1:00 pm

Two Chick Fil A sandwiches please!

Cuz

November 16th, 2009
1:04 pm

Does this mean that Veron Haynes may actually get to run the ball instead of block on third down?

Donny

November 16th, 2009
1:06 pm

Does anyone know about Norwood’s status? Out with a hip doesn’t mean much.

The Murf

November 16th, 2009
1:07 pm

Even if we need a running back for two weeks or so, who is out there? TJ Duckett? Stecker? Is Maurice Clarrett out of jail???

Thomas Brown

November 16th, 2009
1:10 pm

I can think of someone.

Raph

November 16th, 2009
1:13 pm

What about bringing in Warrick Dunn?

Michael

November 16th, 2009
1:13 pm

I see you are otherwise occupied with football and free pizza, but check this out when you get a chance. Lookie who’s #1.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/powerranking

Kregg Lumpkin

November 16th, 2009
1:13 pm

The Murf

November 16th, 2009
1:14 pm

LOL Thomas Brown

matt ryan wears a dress

November 16th, 2009
1:15 pm

tell matt ryan to man up !!!

Kregg Lumpkin

November 16th, 2009
1:17 pm

You can sign me off the Packers practice squad.

Danny Ware

November 16th, 2009
1:20 pm

I think the Giants would take a seventh round pick for me.

Cuz

November 16th, 2009
1:20 pm

Where is Danny Ware?

Danny Ware

November 16th, 2009
1:21 pm

I’m with the Giants, dude.

Cuz

November 16th, 2009
1:21 pm

Wow, type in something and he pops up. This is better than Google.

Cuz

November 16th, 2009
1:22 pm

Yeah, but are you happy with the Giants. I hear New York City can be pretty boring.

Herschel Walker

November 16th, 2009
1:22 pm

I still have a year of eligibility left. Oh, wait …

The Dogfighter Returns

November 16th, 2009
1:22 pm

Larry Johnson is a woman beating buffoon. He’s more of a disgrace to Penn State than Matt Millen.

The Falcons are wise to stay away from that loser.
——

he is tame compared to marv albert and artie blank.

Danny Ware

November 16th, 2009
1:22 pm

No, I’m ready to come home and play for Sluggin’ Smitty.

Keith

November 16th, 2009
1:29 pm

The Team needs a big, wide body defensive tackle. When they had Grady Jackson last year, he took up two offensive linemen, as a result it left Johh Abraham one on one with the Left Tackle. This year, they don’t have a big body inside. Thomas Johnson isn’t cutting it at that position. Might as well go out & sign a 325 lbs lineman to help out against the run & help freeup the linebackers & John Abraham at LE. And they should have signed Chris McAllister, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens to be their LCB instead of going after Tye Hill. Brent Grimes is too small to paly against receivers that are “6 3″ or taller. They still have time, but its getting late in the season to consider these moves.

midnite

November 16th, 2009
1:31 pm

Why not go for two on the TD? The one still would require a field goal to win. “You play the game to win” just sayin’. All I want out of this season now is for the curse to be broken.

Steve

November 16th, 2009
1:34 pm

Yeah Mark, I’ll take a chick-fil-a sandwich with extra pickles on wheat-berry bread (the bread they use for chicken salad). Don’t forget to grab a honey packet and a packet of chick-fil-a sauce. If you’ll drop it off at the law library at UGA in Athens, I’ll tip handsomely.

Thanks!

Steve

November 16th, 2009
1:36 pm

Ahh just saw the pizza post. How about a slice of jalapeno & feta? I guarantee it is the best pizza slice you can buy.

jcwfalcon

November 16th, 2009
1:39 pm

Returned from Charlotte last night. Done with road games for a while after visiting Dallas too. Both game we fell behind a couple of scores early. Pretty embarrassing.

Ask if theres any chance Koenen will go back to being “triple threat” and kick field goals too. He has been showing off the leg on kickoffs, and might be ready for another shot. At this point, Elam cant be counted on. He doesnt have the leg for the long ones anymore, and his short ones are erratic.

Probably no nice way to ask Mark- but I would like to see someone hint that cutting Stecker yesterday was a mistake. They cut him so they could add Bergeron- I suppose because of the WR injury issues. This team seldom has more than 2 WR’s on the field with all the 2 TE sets and bunch formations. Yesterday, Stecker would have been useful as Snelling looked tired in the 4th trying to carry the load. I would bet if they had that to do all over again, it would have been different. And it doesnt exactly require hindsight— 3rd string RB is much more important to this team than 4th string WR…especially with Gonzalez being out wide sometimes.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 16th, 2009
1:39 pm

Best rookie qb ever? :)

TOLD YOU….TOLD YOU…TOLD YOU….

“DUMP THE CHUMP”

The league was so “anti-Vick” that they tried to build up this JOKE. I knew this offense was so simple, with an All Pro Back, that even Joey Harrington could have won with it.

When you spend 5 years in college and your senior year you throw 22 picks and can’t win the freakin A.C.C. Title in 5 years – just how are you going to make it in the NFL.

The league hated Vick so much, that famed this CHOKE the next coming of Peyton Manning. Well we saw what Peyton did to the Patriots and we saw what Carolina did to the CHOKE – Stop the stupid comparisons. This guy belongs in college and Art Blank is pissed at Smitty, Dimitroff and the non paying anti Vick fans.

I guarantee you, Art will be phoning Philly in the off season and you can fill in the blanks on that conversation.

The “New Face” experiment failed BIG TIME :)

Like I said after draft day – the CHUMP is a bust and should have drafted Flacco.

Vick’s legacy cannot be duplicated, whether you like it or not. He put this sorry franchise on the map and now the CHOKE is burning the map and the Falcons are so far off the radar of winning a playoff game, it is a joke.

You can’t send a boy to do a man’s job – sorry guys :)

“DUMP THE CHUMP”