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Roddy White plays the “we beat ourselves” card

Jabari Greer, Roddy White AP

Saints linebacker Scott Shanle felt that the Falcons were “classless” before the start of Sunday’s game.

We imagine he holds an equally dim view of what Falcons wide receiver Roddy White had to say after the game came to an end. White, who spent the days leading up to the game letting the world know he disliked the entire city of New Orleans and hoping that the Saints played man coverage in the secondary, thought that the Saints didn’t beat the Falcons 31-27 as much as the Falcons beat themselves at the Superdome.

“It doesn’t say much about us about us. I think we had opportunities today. It’s not like they came out here and just … I feel like we kind of gave it away,” White said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We just gave it to them. It wasn’t nothing they did. It was what we did in not cashing in on opportunities. We play them against in three weeks and we’ll be ready. It will be at the Dome and hopefully we’ll beat them that time.”

We’ve heard this line of reasoning plenty of times before, which doesn’t make it ring any truer coming from White’s mouth. Every losing team in the history of football could say that they beat themselves because they obviously couldn’t do enough to win a game. The only common thread in those games is that there was another team on the field that was able to cash in on their opportunities often enough to end the game on top of the scoreboard.

The Saints defenses stopped the Falcons from scoring touchdowns on two trips inside the 10 in the fourth quarter, they came back from an early 10-0 deficit, stuffed the Falcons running game and ran the ball well all day. If that’s not the blueprint to win a game, we’d love to know if it is even possible for an NFL team to win a game anymore or if every game is just decided by who beats themselves more.

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67 Responses to “Roddy White plays the “we beat ourselves” card”
  1. aces79 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:37 AM

    Ya what ever ugly man (Roddy White) your winning streak was a fluke now your losing streak begins Atlanta is very lucky to have record like that you should be 6-4 you had some fluke wins

  2. radtrigger says: Nov 12, 2012 10:39 AM

    This Roddy White clown says the same bs everytime. Accept your loss. I bet they’ll “beat themselves” in playoffs since they can’t beat anyone else…

  3. szwhtsup123 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:40 AM

    This pathetic excuse for losing in the NFL is really getting old….

  4. keepingitrealdumb says: Nov 12, 2012 10:40 AM

    this white is clueless .. entirely self-centered .. everything is about him, not like there is another NFL team out there (who happened to have won a ring not too long ago) playing better than they are out there

  5. Daboys says: Nov 12, 2012 10:40 AM

    That guys is a complete joke…. What, 4 days after he said they have the make up to go undefeated he then says they gave it to the Saints… SHUT IT…

  6. formuk says: Nov 12, 2012 10:41 AM

    You’re an idiot, Roddy.

    Give props where props are deserved. Saints played good D inside their own 10 not once but twice which was enough to pull out a hard fought win.

    Next time ask your team to put up more than 2pts in a playoff game before opening your trap you colossal ass.

  7. Daboys says: Nov 12, 2012 10:42 AM

    Hey Roddy: They are who YOU thought they were! And YOU let ‘em off the hook!!!

  8. mavajo says: Nov 12, 2012 10:42 AM

    It’s getting harder and harder to separate these teams at the top of the NFC. How does a “we beat ourselves” factor into playoff tie-breakers?

  9. tjacks7 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:43 AM

    what a sore loser.

  10. huskersrock1 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:43 AM

    They really need to sew his mouth shut. It is bad enough to open your mouth and make a fool of yourself, but if you do, for the love of god,

    SHUT UP!

    He needs to eat his piece of humble pie and take it as a lesson learned.

  11. phrancheyez says: Nov 12, 2012 10:45 AM

    Put a sock in it, Roddy. If our crappy defense didn’t outplay you guys in the end, we wouldn’t have won.

    It’s not even like you ran out of time, had a bad call, or anything like that. In the last 5 minutes of the game, we beat you. In the last 5 minutes of the game, in a rivalry which always has close games, we outplayed you.

    So blame it on whatever you want, but New Orleans, the Saints, their Fans and even the food of New Orleans hates you too. Only difference is, we’re the ones with the smile on our face today. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out of here.

  12. bdert says: Nov 12, 2012 10:47 AM

    The falcons also came back from an 11 point deficit in the 2nd half on the road to make it a close game…If the Saints have the blueprint to win games then why are they 4-5 juxtaposed to 8-1?? I know that you’re partial but at least don’t make it SO obvious???

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:49 AM

    This is one of the reasons I cannot stand this dude.

    Add to it, they thought they would just waltz in there and win, and they wonder why people don’t respect them?

    They carry themselves like a team that has won a super bowl. Hell, even a playoff game. Saints will beat them again, and the Bucs will beat them twice also. Throw in desperation game by the 7-6 Giants and they are in danger of not even getting a bye.

    First round exit again, yawn.

  14. sdisme says: Nov 12, 2012 10:50 AM

    If I was Roddy I would hate New Orleans too. He has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth every time they play there.

  15. thebadguyswon says: Nov 12, 2012 10:51 AM

    No Roddy, you’re just an overrated team.

  16. mdd913 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:52 AM

    You couldn’t get one measly damn yard three times in this game. You couldn’t get one measly damn yard in the first game last year. They beat you like a drum in the second game and you’re 2-11 against them in the last seven seasons. Get over it Roddy. They own you.

  17. zidanevalor says: Nov 12, 2012 10:53 AM

    I can’t believe the people that get upset at this.

    It’s a cliche.

    It’s just another form of “we have to correct our own mistakes; we can’t worry about what anyone else is doing.”

    It’s not a slap in the face to the Saints, or the Giants, or whoever else this is said against.

    You would think that with 3 or 4 different players having said this exact same thing so far that people would pick up on it.

  18. N JAIL U MY HOE says: Nov 12, 2012 10:56 AM

    Shouldn’t been running his mouth days before the game.

  19. dchamp12 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:57 AM

    Hey Roddy, it’s more like the Saints kinda left you guys in the game to even have a chance at the end. We all know that every team that has lost this season “Beat” themselves, little late with that excuse buddy. The Falcons lost the game, move on to the next one already, keep quiet and focus on winning number 9 instead of winning number 16 in week 11. Oh, how was the food you got served in the Dome?

  20. sb44champs says: Nov 12, 2012 10:57 AM

    Roddy White = A walking bulletin board

  21. kellij666 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:58 AM

    one question roddy…. where do you guys keep your superbowl trophy? oh yea, you don’t have one. you have no business running your mouth…. just shut up and play ball and let your play do the talking… oh wait, you have to have class for that and you my friend, have NONE!!!!!!

  22. sb44champs says: Nov 12, 2012 11:03 AM

    Roddy can’t ever shut it before playing the Saints, but it makes it that much more SWEET!!

  23. broncosnative says: Nov 12, 2012 11:07 AM

    You better man up, no excuses for your 8 wins, don’t make any for your first lost. Hate it when players pull this crap, just accept the lost and move on to the next opponent.

  24. scjohnny says: Nov 12, 2012 11:09 AM

    Roddy is a really good player,however when he opens his pie hole he always comes off as an moron

  25. daknight93 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:11 AM

    Roddy is a self-centered immature and sore loser..Saints have beaten his team 11 out of last 13 times since 2006 and the losses have fried his brain ever since

  26. 989lions says: Nov 12, 2012 11:14 AM

    this ATL team does the same thing every single year. hot start, they start to fade, and now they will get destroyed in the first round of the playoffs. nothing to see here. “Rodney” white is a clown, that guy really has to shut up and play ball.

  27. tommysaint1 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:16 AM

    Ok Roddy,its going to be ok….until the playoffs.

    But for now, everything will be ok.

  28. sneakerhead11 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:18 AM

    Why not just shut your mouth, take the loss? You barely beat Oakland who’s horrible, and barely beat Carolina (horrible). Atlanta may be the most overrated team in the league. Roddy should be more concerned with winning their first playoff game.

  29. choppa2lis says: Nov 12, 2012 11:18 AM

    just another falclown dufus making excuses. the falclowns and the entire city of atlanta are a choking epicenter of sports teams. still over that epic choke job by the braves yet roddy LOL atlanta is a city of ringless wonders and that will never change. this guy better HOPE that the saints dont get a wild card berth and play in atlanta aka SUPERDOME EAST because more saints fans inhabit that joke of a stadium in atlanta than their own bandwagon fanbase does.

  30. hor2012 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:28 AM

    Hey Rodney go get a damn haircut. But, beyond that you weren’t playing yourselves and it looks like you beat yourselves a lot when you play us. Face it dude we own you. Now, go back to you dome and get ready for another round. Next time we play yall we’re going to open up a extra large can of whip a$$ on you son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. delusionalcardsfan says: Nov 12, 2012 11:29 AM

    They will feel much better about the season once they beat the Cardinals on Sunday. :/ GO CARDS!

  32. originalsteelcurtain says: Nov 12, 2012 11:30 AM

    Nice to see your prophetic 16-o prediction last all of 3 days, Nostradumass!

  33. tduhe1 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:31 AM

    Oh, this Prick is going to get his head knocked off real soon. If you’re a wide reciever, especially, you should always keep your trap shut. Defensive players are paid handsomely to inflict licks, and they really love to deliver them on big mouths like White. Keep talking, my Man – your jaw could very well be shut for the rest of the season when we play you again!

  34. mlenenski says: Nov 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    His owner, GM, and coach can’t admit that they need another power running back. By not getting a short yardage running back, in that respect, the Falcons beat themselves.

    They lost at least three games last year because they couldn’t score from 1 yard out.

    Michael Turner is done. Maybe its the booze. Should have been cut after the DUI so the team could figure out how to score from 1 yard out.

    Without this ability, the team will never advance in the playoffs.

  35. lightcleric says: Nov 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    How does a guy who gets away with so many holds and pushoffs manage to whine so much?

  36. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 12, 2012 11:47 AM

    The “We Beat Ourselves” card, trump card of respect-less players for the last few years. The Saints won. Give them credit and move on. And people wonder why they haven’t won a playoff game in some time.

  37. buffalose says: Nov 12, 2012 11:48 AM

    I agree with the guy above, who cares he said this? Of corse he’s going to, people calling him a sore lose are obviousely saint fans who are missing their pride. I hate saint fans. So quick to forget the bag days. These were two good teams, enjoy quality football and quit searching for reasons to whine

  38. barbasol11111111 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:52 AM

    Roddy White is dumb.

    It’s one thing to run your mouth before a game once or twice. It’s another thing to always trash talk before every game to the media and then downplay your opponent after they beat you…to the media.

    Dude does it every time, again and again.

    I thought Victor Cruz was reaching pretty low with pulling the “I won a SB card” when White tried to downplay his talent because he is a slot receiver. Now I realize it’s the only way to respond to such idiocy.

  39. mrfoozball says: Nov 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    Stay classy NOLA. There is no need to stoop down to ATL’s level.

  40. xxwhodatxx says: Nov 12, 2012 12:00 PM

    Ahahaha so stopping you 4 downs in a row TWICE at the end of the game had nothing to do with the Saints D!! Please Roddy keep believing that.

  41. dcmaxx says: Nov 12, 2012 12:05 PM

    Well the Falcons should be happy because they are finally getting the media attention they wanted after yesterday’s game.

  42. brian31471 says: Nov 12, 2012 12:07 PM

    Roddy White,

    Get you and your no playoff win Falcons stink asses out of our dome.

    Who Dat Nation

  43. deathonwings410 says: Nov 12, 2012 12:08 PM

    He’ll be saying the same thing when GB or SF one and dones them in the playoffs.

  44. prmpft says: Nov 12, 2012 12:18 PM

    keep beating yourself roddy, keep beating yourself.
    WHO DAT!!!

  45. 666foles says: Nov 12, 2012 12:18 PM

    Yeah so I guess all the games u guys barely won those teams beat themeselves too? In that case everybody does. no more perfection for u buddy

  46. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 12, 2012 12:37 PM

    Discrediting an opponent like White did is lame.

    At least White is right about the Falcons making at least one excusable mistake: why on earth did White inexplicably go into a backpedal on that late game fly/go route down the sideline? He beat his man — all he had to do was stay in stride for six. The ball would have been right there. Talk about badly misjudging a ball.

    But no question, playing the “we beat ourselves” card is both weak and disrespectful.

  47. swampymux12 says: Nov 12, 2012 12:42 PM

    Say it however you want, but the Falcons had plenty of opportunities to win that game… Int to the 14 that ended with 3, 2nd and goal from the 1 that ended in 3 and another 2nd and goal from the 1 that ended with nothing… That’s 3 trips to the redzone that ended in 6 points – nowhere near good enough to beat a team that is nowhere near as bad as their record. I love my Falcons, but missed opportunities, porous run defense and the inability to get a yard 6 or 7 times in a football game doomed them today, and may doom them again come January. They held on to Turner one year too long, as I’m fairly confident that any dude off the street could gain 15 yds on 13 carries in a game. Falcons are at a bit of a crossroads here, they survived some games that they maybe shouldn’t have survived, but have to capitalize on this nice lead they built in the division and their “holes” (run O and D) finally cost them a game. It needs to be cleaned up in a hurry if they are to stand any chance come January… I don’t know if they have an answer on the rush O (Quizz is deadly out of the backfield, but hasn’t been much better than Turner carrying the ball – at least he breaks tackles and gives you a chance, Snelling hasn’t had many opportunities, and Antoine Smith actually got some PT, but no carries?) the run d will be better when Spoon comes back (Dent is pretty bad). I can’t take another one and done, so I pray they can figure some of this out!

  48. snookau says: Nov 12, 2012 12:50 PM

    The window in Atlanta closes after this season – especially if Gonzalez follows through with retiring. Their offense revolves around the TE. I still can’t figure out why most teams can’t stop Ryan when he STARES down his TE so often.

  49. ahostiletakeover says: Nov 12, 2012 12:56 PM

    Mi dislike of Roddy White stems from whem my Ravens visited in ’10. Flacco had just led the team down the field for a 21-20 lead when White blatantly shoved CB Josh Wilson to the turf after the ball was in the air (aka a blatant offensive pass interference) and sauntered into the endzone for the game winner with his arms spread wide as if to say “yeah that’s right, I’m that good that no one can come close to covering me.” I’ve had little respect for the man since. A great receiver on the field, but apparently a mental midget everywhere else.

  50. chattanola says: Nov 12, 2012 12:57 PM

    “We just gave it to them”. Thanks for the bulletin board material, Roddy. Saints will have that one tacked up 3 weeks from now when they roll into Atlanta.

    Keep on plucking that chicken!

  51. canmannac says: Nov 12, 2012 1:13 PM

    Falcons beat themselves…… all you need to know….

  52. 49erstim says: Nov 12, 2012 1:14 PM

    The fact of the matter is that you are supposed to be a pro whether you win or lose. He claim ATL got no respect when they won and he turned right around and did that to NO. He is a hypocrite. Take the loss and move on…..the one where “statistically the worst defense ever” stopped you cold when it mattered most.

  53. pmars64 says: Nov 12, 2012 2:10 PM

    Saints are 7-1 in last eight vs. Falcons and the one win they got was after Hartley missed a very makeable FG in OT. Saints are 11-2 in last 13 vs. Falcons.

    That said, as a Saints fan, almost all of these games have been decided by one or two crucial plays. But the Saints almost always seem to make them and the Falcons don’t. Until they do, they’re still pretenders in the NFC, not contenders.

    Still, one of the best under-rated rivalries in football.

  54. turfrage says: Nov 12, 2012 2:13 PM

    Wow. I remember the Saints saying the EXACT same thing last time they lost to the Falcons! I guess that was ok then. Saints fans are just envious that the Falcons are having such a strong year while they are struggling. Things cycle. Get over it. That’s football.

  55. wwttww says: Nov 12, 2012 2:31 PM

    I was wondering where all the Saints fans were hiding. Typical Roddy Saints own us now but like life cycles come and cycles go. the next 5 years might be flipped who knows but right now the Saints do own us but change is inevitable. Man it’s gonna be fun to see a Brees-less Saints team one day. That man is something else.

  56. robertocfg says: Nov 12, 2012 2:33 PM

    And that’s why there’s an unwritten rule in football that says that when you’re undefeated, you don’t talk about going undefeated all the way.

  57. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 12, 2012 2:38 PM

    Appeared to me that the Saints wanted this game more. Falcons are the better team but the Saints came out and played with a lot of effort and purpose. Don’t really see how Falcons beat themself. The Falcons turn the ball over less than anyone.

  58. buffalose says: Nov 12, 2012 2:55 PM

    Listen to these Ain’t fans!!! Compare records then run mouth.

  59. 7ransponder says: Nov 12, 2012 2:56 PM

    Sounds like Roddy is auditioning to be a Packer.

  60. crazysamoan says: Nov 12, 2012 3:05 PM

    Saints showing no “respect”.

  61. chachanola says: Nov 12, 2012 3:35 PM

    How are the Saints being classless? Nobody even talks bad about Atlanta no one even thinks about them. But every year this dude opens his mouth and comes off looking like a fool in the in. What is the definition of insanity again?

  62. goodolebaghead says: Nov 12, 2012 4:01 PM

    Actually sounds pretty accurate, because his statement would mean the first 8 teams he played this season beat themselves. I knew ATL was too smart to take credit for all those wins.

  63. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 12, 2012 4:03 PM

    The Saints would be undefeated forever if they:
    A. Played every game at home on Monday night
    and
    B. Played against Roddy White’s mouth.

  64. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 12, 2012 4:43 PM

    No one is shocked that the Saints won. Except the Falcons, who think they will walk into every game and only manage to lose because they beat themselves somehow.

  65. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 12, 2012 5:14 PM

    Oh yeah, Roddy White pushes off more than anyone in the NFL.

    For a guy who couldn’t gain separation to save his LIFE before he started doing it blatantly — as he did on that final drive, once again vs. NO — he has the nerve to hate on the guys who truly are BETTER than he is.

  66. raiderapologist says: Nov 12, 2012 6:31 PM

    sneakerhead11 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:18 AM

    Why not just shut your mouth, take the loss? You barely beat Oakland who’s horrible, and barely beat Carolina (horrible).
    ————
    Oakland isn’t horrible. They just beat themselves yesterday. Baltimore didn’t really do anything. The Raiders just didn’t take advantage of their opportunities.
    Seriously, Rodney. No matter who says it, it sounds lame.

  67. ascensionparish says: Nov 12, 2012 7:35 PM

    It shold be mandatory that you can’t pull out the “we beat ourselves” card if you never have the lead at any point in the 2nd half.

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