Here's a capsule preview of the Atlanta Falcons' 2013 season, a much-anticipated campaign full of Super Bowl promise.
Three Things To Know
1. Replacing Michael Turner with Steven Jackson will make a huge difference
Last season, the Falcons ranked 29th in net rushing yards per game, as Turner, who finished third in the MVP voting in 2008, fell off a proverbial cliff with his production.
His yards-per-carry reached a career low of 3.6, which was down almost a yard from the previous season. It speaks volumes that he remains unsigned at this juncture, a sign that his career effectively could be over.
His declining ability to run the ball and limited receiving skills greatly hampered an offense taken over by new coordinator Dirk Koetter last season. The Falcons still finished eighth overall in total offense.
On the other hand, Jackson, a physical specimen if ever there was one, has not shown the same signs of decline. In the second preseason game (against the Ravens), he ran the ba...