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The greatest free agent signing in Falcons history?"Thomas Dimitroff really hit a grand slam in his first ever offseason as general manager of the Atlanta Falcons Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , didn’t he? First, he used the No. 3 overall pick in the draft to secure Matt Ryan, who would go on to become the team’s franchise quarterback for the next decade plus. Then, he brought in maybe his greatest free agent acquisition ever — Michael Turner.Turner was the big prize of the free agency pool that offseason, hitting the market after proving himself as a capable running back in San Diego, but blocked from the starting job by the legendary LaDainian Tomlinson. Dimitroff won the Turner lottery, and lured him to Atlanta with a six year Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , $34.5 million contract.Turner was spectacular as an Atlanta Falcon, especially in that initial 2008 season which was his magnum opus. He was a First-Team All-Pro selection after totaling 1,699 rushing yards and a league-leading 17 rushing touchdowns in Matt Ryan’s rookie season, leading the Birds to an unlikely 11-5 record and playoff appearance.Turner spent five wonderful years in Atlanta, and he exceeded 1,300 rushing yards in three of those seasons (he didn’t achieve the feat in 2009 because of an injury which cost him five games). The Burner also scored double-digit rushing touchdowns in all five of his years as a Falcon.Turner was the engine of Atlanta’s offense in Matt Ryan’s early days, and he would carry the weight of the load on his shoulders in between 2008 and 2011 Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in the 2008 and 2010 seasons (he led the league in carries in both of those years).Michael Turner rushed for 6,081 yards in his time as a Falcon — second in franchise history behind only Gerald Riggs; and he totaled 60 rushing touchdowns — by far the most in franchise history (Gerald Riggs is second with 48). His 81.1 rushing yards per game is also the best mark in franchise history by a substantial margin (Gerald Riggs is second with 72.9 rushing yards per game).The numbers are spectacular to look at, and they make the Burner arguably the greatest running back in Falcons history, but Michael Turner’s impact can’t be measured simply by looking at the numbers.A young Matt Ryan’s life was made so much easier because of Turner’s presence in the backfield, and with the knowledge that he could be leaned on when the Falcons needed it most. Ryan was able to develop at his own pace, and win right away at the same time, because of Michael Turner. Who knows how different things would be Ryan today if not for Turner’s impact in those early days.A salute to the great Michael Turner Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , who once upon a time turned the power running game into an art form for the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons rebounded from blowing the biggest lead in a Super Bowl by making it to the final eight, and by nearly advancing to the NFC title game. This year, they likely won’t go to the playoffs at all.After winning three in a row to even their record at 4-4, the Falcons have lost three games in 11 days to fall to 4-7. They can’t win the NFC South, even if they run the table and the 10-1 Saints lose their last five games. The best hope for Atlanta to make it to the playoffs will entail winning five in a row and hoping for plenty of help.With Ravens, at Packers, Cardinals Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , at Panthers, and at Buccaneers remaining on the docket, that will be a tall task. Assuming that the Falcons can’t win five in a row (and/or don’t get the help they’ll need to sneak in with nine wins), plenty of questions will be asked about the future of the franchise that will continue the streak of Super Bowl hosts not playing in the game.Coach Dan Quinn and G.M. Thomas Dimitroff have contracts that run through 2022. Although buyouts would be peanuts in comparison to the cost overruns at the team’s two-year-old stadium, not many owners pay highly-compensated employees to not work for four years. And so the question becomes whether offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian or defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel (or both) will take the fall.Sarkisian became an outside-the-box choice to replace Kyle Shanahan after Super Bowl LI, and persistent red-zone problems won’t work in Sark’s favor. And so the question becomes whether the Falcons can identify an offensive mastermind who will get the most out of quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones.As owner Arthur Blank ponders that possibility, the bigger question becomes whether to simply make that offensive mastermind the head coach Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , swapping out a defensive coach for an offensive coach in an age of high-powered offenses. Especially in light of the reality that any offensive mastermind who would fix the offense would then become a candidate to be whisked away by another team as its head coach, the same way Shanahan was.However it plays out, Blank has to be troubled by the regression, and like any astute businessperson he’ll be asking tough questions. Depending on the answers, hard decisions could be coming in Atlanta.
 
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