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Roddy White says it’s “Super Bowl or nothing” for Falcons

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On Tuesday, we shared new Falcons running back Steven Jackson’s feeling that he didn’t sign with Atlanta just to make it to the playoffs.

Jackson isn’t the only person in the Falcons locker room who would be left disappointed by anything less than a trip to MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl. Wide receiver Roddy White has been with the team a lot longer, but he has the same expectations when it comes to the 2013 season.

During an appearance on ESPN, White said that he felt the Falcons were “satisfied” by their performance under Mike Smith until last season. That was when making it wasn’t enough and the urgency has only risen after last year’s trip to the NFC Championship Game.

“I think that the first three we were getting there and were just having fun being there. And then we turned a curb, and we said we have to stop just getting there and we have to win games,” White said. “We’re ready to take that next step. We know how good our football team is and the players we got, so it’s either Super Bowl or nothing for us right now.”

The Falcons have had a lot of success since Smith took over as the head coach, but it’s hard not to look at the upcoming season through the prism of Super Bowl or bust. Anything else would be a sideways step at best and that’s pretty much the same as a backward step when you were as close to the Super Bowl as the Falcons were last season.

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34 Responses to “Roddy White says it’s “Super Bowl or nothing” for Falcons”
  1. cakemixa says: Apr 10, 2013 6:09 PM

    Guess it’ll be nothing then!

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 10, 2013 6:12 PM

    So, nothing then.

  3. logicalvoicesaysneedswaybettercrazypills says: Apr 10, 2013 6:13 PM

    Soooooo it’s nothing???

  4. slumdog66 says: Apr 10, 2013 6:15 PM

    I guess it’s bust then.

  5. joetoronto says: Apr 10, 2013 6:18 PM

    Roddy: It’s Super Bowl or bust for every team, every year.

    One team wins, the other 31 lose.

  6. sbdt says: Apr 10, 2013 6:26 PM

    Too easy.

  7. floratiotime says: Apr 10, 2013 6:27 PM

    Every year someone says this … and every year they have to eat it later on.

  8. patfic15 says: Apr 10, 2013 6:28 PM

    OK. Looks like nothing it is!

  9. juliusanonymous says: Apr 10, 2013 6:32 PM

    Sorry Roddy… that window has closed. NFC is way too good to let an average team into the SuperBowl.

    Hope you’re okay with nothing.

  10. docboss says: Apr 10, 2013 6:33 PM

    Love the attitude. Now that SJ is in Atlanta, they are my second favorite team.

  11. 4thqtrsaint says: Apr 10, 2013 6:34 PM

    Guess its nothing.

  12. smartstickhotness says: Apr 10, 2013 6:37 PM

    Then it’s nothin. Every playoffs you get to watch Matt Ryan cry. Out on the first game like they almost were last season.

  13. ghjjf says: Apr 10, 2013 6:38 PM

    Good luck with Matty Choke.

  14. catquick says: Apr 10, 2013 6:40 PM

    Looks like it’s going to be nothing.

  15. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 10, 2013 6:43 PM

    Well Roddy prepare to be disappointed. The Falcons will not make it to the Superbowl. I don’t see them winning in the first round of the playoffs if they even make the playoffs

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Apr 10, 2013 6:48 PM

    Nothing.

    Same tired story every year with those clowns. They blew their chance.

  17. hrmlss says: Apr 10, 2013 6:50 PM

    Dream team?

  18. sampsonswag01 says: Apr 10, 2013 6:56 PM

    Nothing it is then.

  19. nirvana504 says: Apr 10, 2013 6:57 PM

    Nothin

  20. onbucky96 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:08 PM

    Sorry. Ain’t gonna happen. May the Packer injury curse strike the Falcons.

  21. ozymandias121 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:21 PM

    The Redskins motto is Superbowl or ACL.

  22. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 10, 2013 7:22 PM

    So far, it sounds like there are going to be a whole bunch of teams in the Super Bowl this year.
    Maybe they’ll make it a tournament.

  23. vikesfansteve says: Apr 10, 2013 7:36 PM

    You’ll get nothing and like it. – Judge Smails

  24. vikescry1 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:40 PM

    they better hope for other teams to have a lot of injuries if they want to make it. nfc is stacked this year.

  25. noring4youstill says: Apr 10, 2013 7:47 PM

    Well nothing it is

  26. bigalhebdman says: Apr 10, 2013 8:21 PM

    I’m not even sure they can win the NFL South again. No team has EVER won it twice in a row. Dream on Roddy. You still have to play the Saints, Bucs and Panthers twice.

  27. prmpft says: Apr 10, 2013 8:38 PM

    agreed – nothing it is then!

  28. bucfandango says: Apr 10, 2013 8:40 PM

    They better hope the Braves have a good year.

  29. pixelito says: Apr 10, 2013 8:51 PM

    Alot of the comments I’m reading were said about the Ravens last year.

  30. kinguga says: Apr 10, 2013 9:04 PM

    He’s right. That’s the way the team and the fans should feel after ending up a few yards short of a Super Bowl berth. The Falcons will have a good shot of getting there. That’s more than most teams can say.

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 10, 2013 9:12 PM

    They had their chance when Sean Payton was suspended the entire year and the Bucs and Panthers were down. Not to mention they didn’t have any crippling injuries to their big huge star players.

    You can’t have everything go your way every year, so when the stars align you have to take advantage, and they didn’t.

  32. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 10, 2013 10:03 PM

    The Falcons appear to be improvong so far in the off season including adding RB Jackson. They are going to be in the hunt for the NFC title but then again, they had a great opportunity last year with hime field and couldn’t get it done.

  33. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 11, 2013 12:17 AM

    That’s because Ravens finally win something and now everything revolves around them, until they miss the playoffs this year and nobody talks about them again.

  34. marcg1957 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:40 AM

    Well, the Falcons are a dome team. Even if they’re the #1 seed in the NFC and win it all (& that is a big IF) the Falcons still have to travel to the Met stadium & play outdoors in the cold weather. The chances of Falcons winning the SB in that environment are slim. Sorry Roddy but you won’t get a SB ring.

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