The Falcons running back dashed for a career-high 145 rushing yards and one touchdown on 11 carries, a whopping 13.2 yards per carry.
"It was just a lot energy out there," Coleman said, via the team's official website. "The guys came out with energy, I came out with energy. They got on their blocks, they made big holes for me."
Taking advantage of a Cardinals run defense ranked tied for 29th in the NFL entering Sunday, Coleman generated chunk gains, earning his second 100-yard game this season. The day would have been even bigger for Coleman had another 40-plus-yard touchdown run not been nullified by a blocking penalty. For a Falcons team averaging a league-low 81.2 rushing yards per game, the fourth-year back's performance was a reminder of the type of runner Coleman can be when the offensive line isn't struggling to open holes.
Games like Sunday are a reminder of what the Falcons offense would be losing if that eventuality occurs.
"Yeah, I'd like to see Tevin [back]," Jones said. "But, you know, I don't make those decisions."
The men who make those decisions chose to pay Freeman last season.