Todd McClure on Struggling Rushing Attack: “There’s More to it Than Just Blocking Up Front”

It’s not hard to figure out who Todd McClure blames for the Falcons’ rushing woes. (Dale Zanine)

Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure is not happy.

The Falcons ran for just a paltry 46 yards against the New Orleans’ Saints last-ranked rush defense and failed to convert twice on short-yardage situations. McClure sounded off when asked if there were any similarities to the wild-card game versus the New York Giants last season:

“That’s two totally different ballgames,” McClure said. “That’s what [ticks] me off more than anything is you guys are going to write about how bad we are up front and that we can’t get in the end zone. But there’s more to it than just blocking up front, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.”

He stopped short of calling anyone out by name:

“I get really frustrated when I hear things and read things knowing there’s more to it than five guys up front but we take the brunt of the blame. I don’t want to talk about that anymore because I don’t want to say anything I regret.”

Let’s be honest: It’s clear who McClure is talking about. It’s not Matt Ryan; it’s not Julio Jones nor Roddy White; it’s not Tony Gonzalez; it’s doubtful he’s blaming Mike Cox, who was just re-signed.

It’s Michael Turner – he no longer has the speed he possessed, nor does he have the power to move the pile. He looks timid and uncertain when hitting the hole. Then again, the offensive line wasn’t opening many holes for Turner to hit.

Falcons fans have to wonder why Jason Snelling isn’t getting more opportunities, although it wouldn’t matter much if he’s getting hit in the backfield as much as Turner.

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