Originally written on The Lady Sportswriter  |  Last updated 11/20/12

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 15: Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
I’ve seen enough. Michael Turner is no longer the running back he used to be; the back who was capable of getting you the tough yards. The back who could run through tackles and make the big third down play when needed. The guy who Atlanta Falcons fans could turn to and truly call “The Burner” because he was literally burning through opposing defensive lines with an ease and toughness you could respect from your signature back. But that guy is apparently gone, leaving Falcons fans with something a lot less impressive. This Michael Turner is a frustrating one. This Michael Turner makes you pray during short yardage situations because you’re simply not certain he’s capable of getting you that crucial yard. I don’t know about you, but I expect my running back to be something of a horse when it comes to goal line play—run it down there throats and make them pay for trying to tackle you. Turner used to do that, but not this season. If anything, Turner is a liability in such situations and that ain’t good. …According to ESPN Stats & Information, Turner has had nine carries inside the 3-yard line this season. They’ve resulted [...]
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