Michael Turner was rejuvenated by the Falcons trip to San Diego

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner at least for one game appears to be rejuvenated

Turner busted out 80 yards and a touchdown against his former team the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.


Turner’s lack of recent breakout games and his recent DUI have taken center stage when his name is mentioned lately.

While an 80 yard day is not a great day it is certainly solid and the Falcons are eager to keep him on solid ground.

According to Turner the team’s road trip to his old stomping grounds was the best thing that could have happened to him.

“This was probably the best place for me to be, in San Diego,” Turner told the Atlanta Journal Constitution after the game. “Getting out here early, I got a chance to see some old friends and just reflected on the good times. It brought back some good memories. This trip couldn’t have come at a better time for me.”

Was one of those old friends ex-Chargers great LaDainian Tomlinson?

Turner backed up L.T. for the early portion of his career and upon scoring on Sunday mimicked Tomlinson’s touchdown celebration.

“I knew he was at home watching the game, so I gave a little love to him,” Turner said.

Being a former Charger, Turner knew coming in the style of play that the Falcons needed to play.

“We knew coming into the game that we had to keep scoring when we had the ball because you didn’t know when they were going to start letting loose,” Turner said. “[Antonio] Gates, Malcolm Floyd and everybody else, they have some weapons on offense. They can come back with ease. We just wanted to keep pushing them and keep putting the pressure on them.”

Though he is proud of the Falcons’ aerial attack, the bottom-heavy workhorse knows that the running game must continue to grow stronger.

“We want to be an elite team and we want to get the offense rolling,” Turner said. “We can’t put all of the pressure on Matt [Ryan]. We have to give him some help.”

The team as a whole seemingly still has faith in the running back that set the foundation for their current success.

“Michael had a tough week,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Michael is a very resilient guy. I really don’t want to get in depth about it, but that’s something that we’ve put behind us.”