On being Michael Turner

On being Michael Turner

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 18:51
It really isn't a big deal, since the Bears don't tackle in practice anyway, but they really don't have anyone who can provide a similar look in practice for what the defense will see from the Falcons' Michael Turner. The stumpy but explosive Turner packs about 255 pounds on a solid 5-foot-10 frame, although the Falcons list him at 244. The Bears' backup running backs – 5-foot-7, 186-pound Garrett Wolfe and 5-10, 212-pound Adrian Peterson – just aren't the same type of players. So it was suggested to defensive coordinator Bob Babich that maybe stout nose tackle Anthony Adams could play the role of Turner. Adams weighs 307 pounds and is listed at an even 6 feet tall, but he looks more like 5-10. Babich laughed. “We wouldn't get anything done if Anthony was playing running back,” he said. “But once the season starts, we just wrap up (ball carriers in practice) a little bit. We don't take them to the ground. So it'd be hard to practice (for Turner) anyways.”
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