Ryan and Turner still stars

Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and the Falcons are set for more big things

Updated: July 1, 2009, 11:52 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Funny how much things can change in a year.

It wasn't long ago that the Falcons were a franchise saddled with a black mark, facing an uncertain future. Michael Vick had been suspended and imprisoned entering 2007, and new coach and savior Bobby Petrino, robbed of his most valuable offensive weapon, resigned his post late that year. The Falcons finished the season 4-12, and while that didn't represent the worst record in franchise history, most people would have told you there might not ...

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