Jay AdamsPublished March 28, 2011 at 11:14 AM
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We’re back with another edition of Mailbag Monday, where I take fan questions that were submitted through Formspring.me and provide them with answers that, in my mind, are informative and well-thought-out.
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On to the mailbag:
Question: Are the Falcons thinking about getting rid of Michael Turner?
Answer: No. I don’t see that happening at all. Turner led the NFC in rushing in 2010 and was a Pro Bowler. Getting rid of him would be silly. I do, however, see a complimentary back added to the roster — someone who can catch passes out of the backfield and provide a solid checkdown option for Matt Ryan. Since Turner and Jason Snelling are both basically built from the same mold — hard-nosed, physical backs — I could see a speedster brought in, a change-of-pace back, if you will. But Turner will continue to be a vital part of the Falcons’ offense.
Q: Do you think the falcons will have it where anyone can come and tryout for the team?
A: Save your game tape. I don’t see that happening.
Q: Hey do you think that we need to take Sam Acho like Was Durham said on NFL Network?
A: I like Acho (pictured above) and I like Wes Durham, so I trust his assessment. I think Acho will be there when we pick in the second round, so whether we take him or not depends a lot of who we’re able to get in the first round. If there’s a top-flight defensive end available at the No. 27 spot, I think we pounce. If there’s not and we go a different direction, we could totally see Acho in red and black next year. I like the upside with Acho. He’s quick off the edge and he can be physical, and I love his off-field demeanor. He fits into the Mike Smith/Thomas Dimitroff mold when it comes to character. He could definitely be a quality pick.
Q: Fox reported that Brian Finneran may not return next season. Have you heard anything about that? Hope they’re wrong!
A: Yes, I reported a few weeks back that there had been reports that Brian Finneran and Brian Williams would not be re-signed by the Falcons. Finneran also backed up those reports on his SportsBuzz.com account. That post appears to have disappeared, so I can’t link it here. But, yes, it looks like the Brian Finneran era is over in Atlanta.
Q: Has TD, as two time exec of the year, considered telling the story of his process in a sports exec book? From the side of potential recruits being interviewed, to scouts, to (Les) Sneed, to pro days, to TD, etc. Should be a great read.
A: I’m not sure, but I definitely agree a book like that would be difficult to put down.
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