Michael Turner and Body Fat are no longer friends.

Prisco Shows Falcons Love (& Hate)


Pete Prisco of CBS Sports is one the best NFL writers out there. His columns are a must-read. So you can imagine my excitement when he broke down the Atlanta Falcons with one of his Love/Hate columns.

I highly recommend you check out the full piece but here’s some highlights for you skimmers.

Entering his third season, Ryan is on the verge of something special. He is cut from that Peyton Manning fiber. He gets it. He works at it too. Ryan looked much more in command at this camp than he has in the past two.

With so many teams having question marks at quarterback this is so good to hear. I could see a Falcons-Packers rivalry developing with Aaron Rodgers and Ryan battling for NFC titles.

[Mike] Smith is as low-key as there is in the NFL for a head coach, a man who is more Xs and O’s than ego.

Ego is the dirty little word in the NFL. Every coach has it but it’s nice to see Smith doesn’t let it get in the way of his job.

Turner is in much better shape now. He is down to 245 and said he cut his body fat from 18 percent to nine percent. He looked faster and more decisive in the practices I watched.

This is the first I have heard about specific body fat percentages but if that’s true, how did no one on the team call him out for it? I know he produced when he played but he is a 2,000 yard-caliber back when he’s around 240.

Too many rollouts called. I hate that play for Ryan. He is a pocket passer. He doesn’t need the field cut in half to succeed. Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey used that when he had Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh. Stewart needed it. Ryan does not. Limit those plays, please.

Agreed.

Harry Douglas, coming off ACL surgery last year, is more of a slot receiver. Veteran Brian Finneran is in the mix. But the player to watch is rookie Kerry Meier. He has really impressed the Atlanta coaches.

I disagree and think Douglas could be the #2.

Head over to CBS Sports to read the full piece and let me know your thoughts in the comments or follow me on Twitter.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons CBS Sports Matt Ryan Pete Prisoc

  • TomQ

    I’ve got to say – I agree with everything here. He’s totally right about the roll out plays. Also, I have a good feeling about Meier. I think Douglas is a slot receiver who we should consider a starter. Jenkins will *probably* retain his 2nd receiver spot, but if anyone is going to take it from him, it’ll be Meier.

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      I would love to see Meier take the job, Tom. I am still in Douglas’ camp because I’ve seen what he can do in game action.

      • TomQ

        Douglas has lots of potential and has shown flashes. I think he should get plenty of playing time as the slot receiver. Maybe I’m wrong, but aren’t the wide outs typically taller? I’m not an expert, but that’s what I’ve gleaned…

        • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

          Ideally, receivers are tall but guys like Desean Jackson in PHilly show that fast receivers around 6′ can be starting receivers.

  • Ed

    Hello Troy,

    Not being able to pick up the Falcons game, how do you think they looked against the Chiefs. What were their strengths and weaknesses. The Ravens looked pretty good, but there pass blocking and tackling by the linebackers need some work. For everyone talking about their DBs being their weakness, they had a couple that looked pretty good. One was a guy named Prince Miller, who also looked good at kick returns. Ray Rice didn’t play at all, which may have been a smart move. Looks like Fabian Washington and Ladarius Webb could make it back at DBs for the first game, but they don’t want to rush their recovery time. Still looking forward to week 10.

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      Hey Ed, they looked great against the Chiefs. Unfortunately not so much against the Patriots.

  • Ed

    Hello Troy,

    I did get chance to catch some of the Falcons/NE game last night. Sorry about the part where the ref mistook the Falcons for the Ravens and called that running into the kicker penalty. And yes, that was pass interference on NE on that 3rd down short slant. Maybe by the time the regular season starts the refs will get their birds correct, for the Falcons sake. The Falcons looked good moving the ball down field until they got close to the goal line. Looks like the defense needs a little work also. Later.

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      Glad to see you’re back Ed. Those roughing the kicker penalties are always bunk. But you’re right, the defense does need some work. I am taking the stance that it’s because we had so many starters out and we’ll bounce back against Miami. The offense is ready, just need to correct some defensive miscues.