Discussion post this evening. Subject? Michael Turner's mindset heading into his 2012 campaign.
Michael Turner hasn't had an easy go of it. His high school team sucked. He played college ball at perennial power house [insert sarcastic tone] Northern Illinois University. Despite his impressive numbers and 4.3 40 YD time, he wasn't drafted until the 5th round. He then backed up LaDainian Tomlinson during his prime for four years. Simply stated, it took him a while to find the spotlight. But when he did, he really did.
We talked about Michael Turner's enduring value ad nauseum during the off-season. Mularkey probably won't buy him that steak dinner anytime soon, and he's probably OK with that. But how does he feel about his new role? How does he feel about the emergence of Jaquizz Rodgers?
Ostensibly he's facing a running back's worst nightmare going forward. He's on the wrong side of 30. He's carried the ball 300 times too many times. By all accounts, his career is in decline. Not a steep decline, but a decline nonetheless. Personally, I love the guy. He's still the best tackle breaker in football, and when all is said and done, he's going to be an integral part of this team in 2012.
Meanwhile, I can't help but wonder what he's thinking. He hasn't said much during the exhibition season. When faced with criticism of his exhibition season, he's responded casually. He's only worried about getting his reps. For now.