Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris knows that Falcons running back Michael Turner is a load.
In the past four meetings between the teams, Turner has rushed for a combined 380 yards and four touchdowns. So, putting the brakes on Turner and the Falcons running game is one of the defensive priorities of the Buccaneers.
If only it was that easy.
In his first two games this season, Turner has rushed for a combined 214 yards on 31 carries for a 6.9-yard average.
“We’ve got to find a way to get the rolling, bowling ball down,” Morris said Friday of the 5-foot-10, 250 pound Turner. “We’ve got to put some holes in him and get him in his gutter and find a way to get him down, gang tackle him.
“He’s going to bounce off you. He’s got a different style of running than say Adrian Peterson. Adrian Peterson runs angry. He (Turner) runs to bounce off and keep going. He’s got great balance so we’ve got to find a way to get him on the ground.”