Here are four things to glean from the NFC South clubs, less than one full week into NFL free agency.
1. Sorry, Falcons fans, but the 2013 season won't start with Atlanta holding a 10-point halftime lead in the NFC championship
Listening to Atlanta radio every day, I've lost count of the number of times Falcons fans have attributed the title-game defeat to running back Michael Turner, as if the bruising back didn't do enough to protect a 17-0 lead (over the 49ers) and secure the franchise's second Super Bowl berth.
Never mind that Turner sustained an ankle injury in the third quarter and had to begrudgingly pass the rushing torch to Jacquizz Rodgers. For an emotional fan base that views the Falcons' "championship window" as closing (or even closed), swapping Turner for Steven Jackson seems like a major upgrade.
But let's have some perspective here:
Yes, Jackson (turns 30 in July) is 17 months younger than Turner, but he has logged 756 more professional carries than his counter...