From Peter King's MMQB column, on "Things I Didn't Like":
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...-10/index.htmlTerrible goal-line effort by Michael Turner. I'd much rather see Jacquizz Rodgers try to slither through gaps in a wall than see Turner pound fruitlessly into it.
From NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, "Around The League":
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...shape-nfc-raceThe more things change ...
2. The Falcons lost another rivalry game to the Saints because they couldn't convert in short-yardage. The difference between this year and last: Mike Smith only tried to run once in three plays against New Orleans. Smith knows the team can't win up front.
From Grantland's Bill Barnwell, "Falcons Seal Their Own Fate" (kinda long):
http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...t-week-10-newsMike Smith's an excellent head coach. He's good enough, in fact, that I'm tempted to try to find excuses to figure out why he wouldn't have been more aggressive with the game on the line. Does he have such little faith in Michael Turner that he (and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter) didn't think that the Saints would honor play-action or a possible run? Was he really afraid that the Saints would score a touchdown and put the game out of reach with a nine-point lead? Did he have last year's failures [on 4th and short] ringing around in his head? Honestly, from his quote after the game, it just sounds like he has a simple rule that's antiquated and doesn't consider how meaningful a given situation can be. That's really disappointing, and on Sunday, it played an enormous role in ending Atlanta's undefeated season.