Emmitt, don't waste your time talking Turner with Pudge. He has been against the Turner signing since day one and continues to bash him year after year. Of course Turner isn't the player he once was and Pudge relishes that. Father time and 350+ carries a year will break down anyone's body. But to say he is a below average RB is a bit much, even for the Turner-hater Pudge. I kinda chuckle when he uses stats (over and over and over again) to make his points, but when the stats say something he doesn't like, well, I guess we should just ignore them. The facts are that Turner is 6th in the NFL in rushing yards and leads the NFL with an astonishing 6.9 yards per carry.
I don't know much, but I do know that the Falcons would not have three winning seasons in a row, a playoff appearance, and nationally televised games without the 888 carries he's had in the past 3 seasons as a Falcon.
AJ51, you don't even know. I have backed Turner routinely on this board since 2008. But all people remember is my anti-Turner stance before the '08 season and that I think he's only a shell of himself now, and forget the 3 years in between when I was very much pro-Turner.
But fine, if people are going to peg me as a "Turner hater" so be it. I've discovered over the years that others relish in ignorance.
And once again, people make the silly mistake that just because I think Turner is on his last legs today
, it is a judgment on the past 3 years of his career. Turner has been an excellent player for the Falcons. He was our MVP in 2008, he played very well in 2009 before he got hurt, and while he slowed down in 2010, he was still very valuable. But that doesn't have anything to do with the player he is today, and the player he is today is a below average starting running back. Is he still better than probably 50-60 RBs in the league today? Sure. But there are probably 20, 25, if not 30 RBs in the league today that are better than him, regardless of how many rushing yards he has.
Fred Jackson, Darren McFadden, and Ben Tate are 1-2-3 in rushing yards this year, does that mean they are elite running backs? No. Does that mean they are better than 4-5-7 in Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, and Maurice Jones-Drew? No.
Does Turner still offer value to our offense? Yes. Does he offer significantly more value than Jason Snelling at this point in their careers? No, I don't think so.
Has Turner offered significant value over Snelling the past 3 years? Absolutely. But is that the case anymore? No, I don't think so, based off what I see. Would Snelling have 214 yards, 6.9 yards per carry, and 1 TD if he had been the starter the past 2 games? Probably not.
But we're not playing fantasy football, and measuring a team's rushing success is bigger than how many yards or how high your YPC is.
I watched both the Falcons games and the Packers games so far this year, and James Starks is a better RB right now than Michael Turner.