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Roddy White tees off on Kyle Shanahan

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After the Falcons started the 2015 season 4-0, receiver Roddy White complained about his role in the offense. Now that he has been cut, White has opted for even more candor, specifically in the direction of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

“What [Shanahan] expected from me and what I expected from him was totally different,” White said Saturday at the UAB alumni football game, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “I expected to play a bigger role in the offense, and that’s what I wanted to do. But he didn’t have that in his desires. He had other people that he wanted to play my role, so he wanted me to be out of the [offense]. That was the whole thing. And it is what it is. I can’t do nothing about it. I can’t change his way of thinking or anything like that. I can just do what I did, which was just handle my business and get myself prepared for this moment.”

Some think the Shanahan offense was too complex. White disagrees, sort of.

“No it wasn’t,” White said, “besides the things [Shanahan] was doing in making six variations to one route. It was just episodes throughout the game where I think he mismanaged things and screwed up and we didn’t have the opportunity to win the game, which, I thought, was on him as the offensive coordinator. It wasn’t sound football, but it was things that he was used to doing and things we weren’t used to doing as an offense, and it literally cost us like two games.”

Did White share his concerns with Shanahan?

“Man, I talked to him just about every day about everything,” White said. “But it’s like, ‘If I’m talking to you and it’s not getting no better, what do you expect from me?’ He kept trying to tell you all what he’s trying to do with the offense, but for the last 11 weeks of the season, we didn’t do anything. We didn’t turn no curves. The first four weeks were good. We went out there and scored a bunch of points and started off strong. But other than that, we didn’t do nothing the rest of the year.”

It’s somewhat surprising White didn’t say more publicly than he did during the season, given the extent of his frustration. Still, some think that White’s public comments (and private frustrations) after the team started off so strong helped create a negative environment, which in turn contributed to the offense’s struggles.

With age already working against him, White’s words could make a new team leery about signing him. After all, what happens if he’s not happy with his role in his next team?

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73 Responses to “Roddy White tees off on Kyle Shanahan”
  1. Seprix says: Mar 5, 2016 9:28 PM

    Roddy White may have a point, but no way am I signing him if I’m a GM. Not worth the distraction or the price tag.

  2. 12342345a says: Mar 5, 2016 9:29 PM

    Enjoy your new WR Tampa Bay

  3. coutre says: Mar 5, 2016 9:29 PM

    Luckily for shanahan, nepotism goes a long way at the NFL. I’m certain that if he gets canned by the Falcons, he will end up working for game ops at the league office. Or maybe rich Mckay can get him a job at the league like he did for his son.

  4. kmossg says: Mar 5, 2016 9:31 PM

    Even if there is some truth to what he is saying, this isn’t a good look for Roddy.

  5. coutre says: Mar 5, 2016 9:32 PM

    Luckily for shanahan, nepotism goes a long way at the NFL. I’m certain that if he gets canned by the Falcons, he will end up working for game ops at the league office. Or maybe rich Mckay can get him a job at the league like he did for his son.

  6. brianav036 says: Mar 5, 2016 9:32 PM

    This is totally random and off topic but as I ponder what to type I scroll with my mouse and glance over at the right hand side of the screen…..I am Cait advertisement huh? You would have to literally pay me to watch the disgusting garbage. I don’t know how many football fans you are going to get to watch that show but you may want to consider advertising elsewhere.

  7. Pftsliberalagenda says: Mar 5, 2016 9:34 PM

    His words probably make his English teacher at UAB leery. “Speaka ingresh, you imbecile!!”

  8. jvw1982 says: Mar 5, 2016 9:38 PM

    Shanahan is an idiot….if it wasn’t for his daddy he would be coaching so high school team…..White is only expressing what everyone already knows…this will not hurt him from finding another team…his age might….

  9. youdrivemenutseagles says: Mar 5, 2016 9:38 PM

    C’mon Roddy, this makes you look like a punk.

  10. tonebones says: Mar 5, 2016 9:48 PM

    Good riddance. Old veterans that can no longer contribute on the field are sometimes worth having around just to mentor the young guys. So the best place for Roddy White is as far away from the Falcons facility as humanly possible. Don’t let the door hit you in the …. Roddy.

  11. uglydingo says: Mar 5, 2016 9:52 PM

    If Roddy is teeing off, maybe he should be on a golf course.

  12. nyneal says: Mar 5, 2016 9:53 PM

    Maybe Shanahan’s problem was he couldn’t understand White.
    White needs to go back to college and learn how to speak English instead of sounding like an idiot.

  13. SexBoat Captain says: Mar 5, 2016 9:58 PM

    “We didn’t turn no curves” this Is why UAB is considered the Harvard of the south .

  14. magikskillz says: Mar 5, 2016 9:59 PM

    You guys did not pay attention in history class. There are no federal laws protecting gay people from discrimination. It is up to individual states. Georgia and the rest of the South does not choose to protect gays. Gay marriage was legalized by Supreme Court just recently and gay sex was legalized in 2003 by the Supreme Court. Unless the NFL has a rule saying you cant ask if someone is gay, the Falcons did nothing wrong legally.

  15. reprob8 says: Mar 5, 2016 10:01 PM

    I expected Roddy to make some kind of public comments about Shanahan’s train wreck handling of the Falcons offense, but I hoped that he’d hold off until he got signed by another team.

  16. arwiv says: Mar 5, 2016 10:02 PM

    I’m not sure why but there is something about people using double negatives that makes my blood boil. Didnt most of these guys supposedly go to college (not that it should take a college education in order for a person to know how to speak properly)?

  17. genericcommenter says: Mar 5, 2016 10:05 PM

    This isn’t the way to get a new job. See: Coughlin, Tom.

  18. getakluwe says: Mar 5, 2016 10:05 PM

    The true punk here is Shanahan.

    #SignRoddy

  19. genericcommenter says: Mar 5, 2016 10:07 PM

    magikskillz says:
    Mar 5, 2016 9:59 PM
    You guys did not pay attention in history class.
    ——————–

    History changes fast, man. Some of the guys posting here probably had their last history class in the 1950s. Dred Scott might be current law if you go by what people learned in history class.

  20. mikelin99 says: Mar 5, 2016 10:09 PM

    He’s absolutely right but Quinn was in a difficult place. Fire his offensive coordinator and admit you made a HUGE mistake. Or let go of the fan favorite and Atlanta Falcons legend Roddy White who is close to retirement….

  21. geefan1 says: Mar 5, 2016 10:11 PM

    Kyle Shanahan has a very short shelf life

  22. bullcharger says: Mar 5, 2016 10:14 PM

    How can what he said help him? It can’t. Dumbest move ever. Much better to just say good things and show that he is capable of being a good teammate and ok with having his role reduced as he gets older. Bad advice from his agent.

  23. genericcommenter says: Mar 5, 2016 10:15 PM

    brianav036 says:
    Mar 5, 2016 9:32 PM
    This is totally random and off topic but as I ponder what to type I scroll with my mouse and glance over at the right hand side of the screen…..I am Cait advertisement huh? You would have to literally pay me to watch the disgusting garbage. I don’t know how many football fans you are going to get to watch that show but you may want to consider advertising elsewhere.
    ——————–

    Those are Adsense ads….which are based on your own browsing history. Google serves custom ads for each browser, targeted to that audience.
    For example, I am seeing ads for a vision charity. Probably because I was doing some working for a client who is an eye doctor.
    There are no fixed ads on the right. There are taboola ads under the article. On the right I only see other PFT content and Google Ads.

  24. dallasfan76 says: Mar 5, 2016 10:19 PM

    Roddy, don’t blame Kyle Shannahan for your lack of production. Rather blame another person within the organization for taking your touches away. Heres a hint: his name rhymes with “Bulio Lones.”

  25. tedmurph says: Mar 5, 2016 10:23 PM

    Some players just forget they’re 34 yrs old, in they’re 11th yr, and ain’t what they used to be.

  26. fjackie says: Mar 5, 2016 10:51 PM

    He reminds me of Junior from “Platoon”.

  27. jjackwagon says: Mar 5, 2016 10:55 PM

    White’s current production level notwithstanding, has Shanarat Jr ever been successful?

  28. jonwill57 says: Mar 5, 2016 10:56 PM

    Roddy White is old, slow, couldn’t get separation and was making too much money. His decline began two seasons ago. Say what you will about Shannahan, but Father Time beat Roddy out of a job. And now he’s flapping his gums…bye Felicia

  29. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:06 PM

    be careful roddy, a guy at playboy teed off the models butt and they got sued for it.

  30. cav2ya says: Mar 5, 2016 11:14 PM

    Welcome to the Cowboys Roddy.

    They need a new QB, but will sign you instead, thinking that Romo is still the best QB ever, and it was only bed talent around him..

  31. mattryansnoodlearm says: Mar 5, 2016 11:20 PM

    Who cares? The Turd Birds are garbage anyway.

  32. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 5, 2016 11:20 PM

    Somewhere, Richard Sherman is laughing

  33. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 5, 2016 11:27 PM

    Everyone should know by now that once you’re in a Shanahan doghouse, there’s no getting out.

    The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree. There’s a reason Jr. has had three jobs in three years and Sr. can’t get back in the game period.

  34. TomsulasMustache says: Mar 5, 2016 11:28 PM

    come to san diego

  35. redskins0228 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:28 PM

    Julio Jones gets close to 1900 yards and you blame Shanahan because your not the man. He is the only one smart enough to see you are now only over the hill but bitter. You will be out of the league in a year when everyone can see your too slow.you cannot beat man coverage. It happens, but most do it with class.

  36. struckgold49er says: Mar 5, 2016 11:28 PM

    I’m aware this is an offensive friendly league, but this guy was a blatant offensive PI machine , never got called.

  37. orivar says: Mar 5, 2016 11:28 PM

    What is it with veteran players not like Kyle? Hm. Remember that dispute in Washington?

  38. gbanman says: Mar 5, 2016 11:31 PM

    This article isn’t about Roddy White…Lots of questions remain about Kyle’s emotional development / maturity. He hasn’t a answered any of them.

  39. suhmonster90 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:35 PM

    This is teeing off nowadays? “I talked to him just about every day about everything.” The venom is piercing.

  40. amaf21 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:55 PM

    @brianav36 you need to get your ad blocker on son.

  41. suggahbuggah says: Mar 6, 2016 12:04 AM

    Roddy White made half his catches because he was pushing off cornerbacks, as soon as they caught on and starting enforcing the rules his numbers started sucking..he’s cooked. he’s done..way to old for a check. Good riddance to this loud mouthed fool

  42. pastanow says: Mar 6, 2016 12:59 AM

    Falcons are one total mess of a franchise. Dan Quinn created the dumpster fire. He won’t last long as the Atlanta head coach. Arthur Blank sure is regretting firing Mike Smith now. Enjoy trying to sell those PSLs now at your new stadium.

  43. cmsaint9 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:20 AM

    Well he kept his mouth shut all season when things were going sour and everyone knew the falcons were imploding so that’s saying something. So the negative bias in the article is unfounded….and this is coming from a saints fan. Who dat swept the falcons this year??

  44. xsm941f says: Mar 6, 2016 2:02 AM

    It’s beyond me how the players from the South have such difficulty with basic English. Its not “its not getting no better”, its not getting ANY better. What is so difficult about that? I learned it in 1st grade! “We didn’t turn no curves” Its we didn’t turn ANY curves. Roddy. Go back to school.

  45. chairman291 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:18 AM

    Roddy White aside. The question is can Kyle Shanahan coach are not. Now after all the Roddy White remarks someone answer that question.

  46. txmidnite says: Mar 6, 2016 2:19 AM

    Roddy – It’s a young man’s game. Ride off gracefully into the sunset, with class. Thanks for the memories.

  47. gurnblanstonreturns says: Mar 6, 2016 2:24 AM

    Wow, without Daddy Shanny or Kubiak to hold his hand, the number of games before Lil Kyle’s offense is figured out and neutralized by real coaches is four.

  48. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 6, 2016 3:31 AM

    Yeah that’s why you weren’t good this year Roddy. Keep telling yourself that.

  49. 4512dawg4512 says: Mar 6, 2016 4:33 AM

    Look at you all crushing this guy for telling us how it is. I guess we expect athletes to stay quiet and only give cliche answers, I’m glad he spoke his mind

  50. nyneal says: Mar 6, 2016 5:01 AM

    genericcommenter says:
    Mar 5, 2016 10:07 PM
    magikskillz says:
    Mar 5, 2016 9:59 PM
    You guys did not pay attention in history class.
    ——————–

    History changes fast, man. Some of the guys posting here probably had their last history class in the 1950s. Dred Scott might be current law if you go by what people learned in history class.

    _________________________________________

    As a big fan of history, I am very sad to know that history has largely become an afterthought in our education system today. My wife teaches 5th grade, and she can back that up for me.
    I drive a school bus so I am around young men and women a lot, too. It is shocking how little most of them know of even our recent history, and even more shocking that they don’t care.
    Recently, we took a group of Middle School kids by bus to the site of the original Woodstock, Bethel Woods. The teachers spent some time in class going over the events surrounding that gathering, and to get a perspective on all sides, even brought in a former soldier who was in Viet Nam to speak to the kids a couple of days before we went.
    I had never been there, and had mixed emotions about going. My dad was career Army, 3 of my four brothers served in the service, and I enlisted in the Army in 1971. Suffice to say I was not happy with a lot of what went on during that time.
    Anyway, we spent about 5 hours there. After the kids came back out to my bus, the teachers asked me to talk with the kids to see how they liked it. The teachers waited outside the bus and I asked the kids how they liked it. Most of them just stared at me blankly. So I asked them by show of hands if they liked it. Only two girls, seated together, raised their hands. I was kind of stunned, and asked if the rest of them didn’t like it or just didn’t care.
    They started opening up, saying things like they didn’t care, or didn’t like it, or they hate history, or the only good thing was it got them out of school for the day.
    I got off and whispered to the teachers that I didn’t get a positive response and one of them said she didn’t think I would.
    As for me, it was kind of like a catharsis. I was happy to see in the videos they play non stop, many of the commentators who were at the event and were interviewed as they are now stated that a lot of what went on there was not good. They said it’s regrettable and they wish they could go back and change it, but as with anything where there is a tremendous amount of people, bad things will usually happen. It was refreshing for them to admit that, and vindicated some of what I have been saying ever since it happened.
    I stood in the spot where the stage was and looked up at the hill were some 400,000 people were gathered and it instantly brought me back to that time. I watched the news reports of it as it was happening, and had high school class mates who actually went.
    Anyway, back to my point. It’s my view that ignoring our history is dangerous, because the old adage that if you ignore the mistakes made by those who have gone before, you are prone to repeat them, is true.
    By the way, if you are ever near Bethel Woods, I urge you to go to the site and tour the museum and the grounds. It is worth it no matter what your views, especially if you lived during that time.

  51. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 6, 2016 5:55 AM

    Dear Roddy,

    I tried to warn you, but everyone made me out to be the bad guy. Now you know

    Yours Truly,

    Robert Griffin, III

  52. donmcg2012 says: Mar 6, 2016 5:55 AM

    “”C’mon Roddy, this makes you look like a punk.””

    He is a punk, and a whiny one at that.

  53. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 6, 2016 5:59 AM

    If it makes you feel any better Roddy, I did start the Saints’ defense on my fantasy team for the two games you played against New Orleans…

  54. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Mar 6, 2016 5:59 AM

    Sure doesn’t take these Obama Zombies long to burn bridges, now does it?

  55. kcflake says: Mar 6, 2016 6:08 AM

    Yeah. Shanahan sucks. If he didn’t have the last name Shanahan, he would be caching high school ball somewhere.

  56. campcouch says: Mar 6, 2016 6:38 AM

    Shanahan goes from team to team destroying their offenses.

  57. metspeed21 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:19 AM

    As a fan of the Browns, I took great pleasure in watching Shanahan’s brilliance play out in Atlanta. I’m sure I could come up with 32 reasons why.

  58. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 6, 2016 7:35 AM

    White Cruz Beckham will look great in giants blue

  59. thejetssuck2001 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:46 AM

    thats rich roddy. youve been a team cancer since you donned the free vick garb, maybe before. maybe if you had just kept your yapper shut your team chemistry would have been different. but noo, if mama roddy aint happy nobodys happy. tool!!!

  60. beckzhere says: Mar 6, 2016 8:20 AM

    I’d much rather seen Shanahan get the boot instead of Roddy. Regardless of age, production, salary, etc….

    I’ve lost all faith in the leadership of this team. Dimitroff is inept and Quinn is out of his league. Sprinkle in countless washed up Assistants and former GM’s who are equally useless.

  61. dawgturd says: Mar 6, 2016 8:36 AM

    Shannahan is fools gold, he started out 7-4 with browns to…..I see a trend.

  62. quinzze says: Mar 6, 2016 8:48 AM

    Sounds like he had the same problem that chad Jonson had when he went to the Pats. Good football player just dumb as a bag of rocks. Any player can run a 9 or a post etc but ask players to run routes based on the Defense and some meltdown and can’t grasp the concept. He couldn’t handle 5 route variations ( the Pats have 15) so he blamed his teacher. Typical.

  63. troylok says: Mar 6, 2016 9:10 AM

    It’s tough to watch the great ones blame their body’s inevitable decline on someone not giving them a chance.

  64. oscarxray says: Mar 6, 2016 9:15 AM

    I’m not sure which is more impressive,Gary Kubiak winning the SB at Denver or making Kyle look worthy of being an OC with the Texans.

  65. dg0122 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:23 AM

    So a coach should change his offense to pacify an aging vet who was never more than a second fiddle receiver?
    Ok…

  66. tralfaz1127 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:26 AM

    Roddy might be over the hill, but seriously, all Shannahan’s are overrated. Daddy won because he had Elway and Terrel Davis.
    Kiddie boy keeps getting jobs he doesn’t deserve.
    FYI not a Falcon’s fan, just an observation.

  67. eagles777 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:49 AM

    Old, slow, hmmm. Then the Colts will sign him.

  68. steves11 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:39 AM

    White can be the 2016 version of Miles Austin for the Eagles…..a has been signed on the cheap.

  69. steves11 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:42 AM

    “Shanahan goes from team to team destroying their offenses”

    Yet teams keep hiring him. Go figure.

  70. tvguy22 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:59 AM

    genericcommenter says:
    Mar 5, 2016 10:07 PM
    ———————————
    History changes fast, man. Some of the guys posting here probably had their last history class in the 1950s. Dred Scott might be current law if you go by what people learned in history class.

    ———————————————————-
    LOL, history never changes. There’s just more of it.

  71. thetooloftools says: Mar 6, 2016 12:35 PM

    Shanahan tries to out think the room and all it does is create confusion. It’s bad enough when the offense doesn’t know what it is doing, let alone making it easier for the defense defending it.

  72. phluffyclouds says: Mar 6, 2016 1:13 PM

    Would love to see the Panthers throw a 1-year deal at Roddy White

  73. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 6, 2016 1:46 PM

    xsm941f says:
    Mar 6, 2016 2:02 AM
    It’s beyond me how the players from the South have such difficulty with basic English. Its not “its not getting no better”, its not getting ANY better. What is so difficult about that? I learned it in 1st grade! “We didn’t turn no curves” Its we didn’t turn ANY curves. Roddy. Go back to school.
    =====

    Or he could just buy a school with the money he’s made in his career. Has your fine grammar allowed you to amass enough money to do that?

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