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Saints still NFC South’s best, but can Bucs displace Falcons as next in line?

By Editorial Staff
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If these three can live up to the expectations they gave themselves last year, don’t be surprised if the Bucs harbor a top-15 or even a top-10 offense.

Now some would say that the Bucs are just a poor man’s version of the Falcons offense. To that, others would say look a little deeper. Lately, there has been speculation that Michael Turner could be facing a decline in the near future.

Scout’s Inc.’s Matt Williamson wrote the article that has caught everyone’s attention. He states succinctly, “I see a back whose best days might already be behind him.” Already? A player who was kept fresh for the first half of his career in San Diego and has been one of the elite rushers the past few years in the league? It isn’t all that crazy.

Aside from an injury-plagued 2009, Turner carried the ball 711 times in 2008 and 2010 combined. No matter who you are, that’s a hell of a workload. If Turner does start to become another jaded tailback in the mold of the Shawn Alexander’s of the world, obviously the Falcon offense will be forced to rely more on Matt Ryan, which is something they’ve been avoiding.

Now the jury is still out on Turner’s production for 2011, but the Bucs have taken the necessary precautions on defense to help stop any running back, not just Michael Turner.