One of the things you can set your watch to in the offseason is a player saying that he’s going to do more in the year to come.
It’s strange, then, to see Roddy White talking about how he’s going to do less this season. While talking about life in new coordinator Dirk Koetter’s offense, White said that he understands that he has to carry a lighter load for the team to have the more diverse offense that they are looking for in Atlanta.
“I know that sounds crazy, but we’ve got other guys out there that can play,” White said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Julio [Jones] is going to be a big part of the offense this year. Harry [Douglas] is going to do wonders in the slot. We have to maximize our talent and get the ball in everyone’s hands.”
White said that you could expect to see a multitude of looks from Koetter’s offense. White said there will be “a lot of wide receivers, tight ends out there” as well as screens designed to get the ball into the hands of the running backs. All of that is designed to make the offense less focused on White and Michael Turner, something that was also talked about quite a bit before the start of last season.
It didn’t really happen come the regular season so the jury will remain out on this year’s attempt until the Falcons are doing more than working out among themselves.