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Roddy White’s agent claims Kyle Shanahan issued ultimatum to team

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On Saturday, former Falcons receiver Roddy White unloaded on Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. On Sunday, White’s agent jumped on the pile.

“There is one reason Roddy is no longer with the Falcons and it is Kyle Shanahan,” Jonathan Feinsod told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Kyle forced the Falcons to choose between him or Roddy. This was not Roddy’s choice. Over the last 11 years Roddy has played for four different head coaches. Four different offensive coordinators. Three different wide receiver coaches and one incredible owner. Their opinions of Roddy and his opinion of them would all be consistently positive. Roddy has had and continues to have an incredible professional and personal relationship with them all.”

Falcons coach Dan Quinn denied the contention that Shanahan made a Roddy-or-me ultimatum, claiming that Quinn made the decision without consulting with Shanahan.

“I did not consult or confer with any of the assistant coaches,” Quinn said. “From my long history as an assistant coach, I know often times you want to have everybody forever. I did not confer with Kyle in any way regarding this decision.”

Regardless of whether Shanahan did or didn’t lobby for White to leave, the decision to keep Shanahan after one so-so season necessarily became a decision to get rid of White. With Shanahan not using the 2005 first-rounder very much, it was impossible to justify White’s salary.

Whether the Falcons made the right decision will hinge on how well White does or doesn’t perform elsewhere. As a practical matter, the double-barreled blast from White and Feinsod could make teams leery about bringing White to town.

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53 Responses to “Roddy White’s agent claims Kyle Shanahan issued ultimatum to team”
  1. trollaikman8 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:28 PM

    Who wouldn’t choose the alternative ?

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 6, 2016 8:33 PM

    The way Roddy performs elsewhere doesn’t mean anything to evaluate the Falcons’ decision to cut him. Schotty needed to get rid of the guy who understands and has the trust of the team. He’s got one stated goal: get the ball to Julio. As a Falcons season ticket holder, I’ve seen Ryan scrambling to force the ball into bad spots. He’s regressed under Schotty. More Red Zone INTs than anyone in the NFL.

    I guess with five or six cooks in the kitchen in the front office in Flowery Branch, three of them new, it was easy to part with a gutsy WR who would go up for any ball thrown his way.

    Dump a team leader for a new OC that’s turned the offense into a jittery mess. Great move, 4-5 cooks. This team will be worse next season than 8-8.

  3. key2heat says: Mar 6, 2016 8:34 PM

    The player can not get open anymore. He is done…that mean the Colts will sign him.

  4. theseekeroffun says: Mar 6, 2016 8:40 PM

    The current QB of the Falcons is not as good as their fans may think either, sorry Falcon fans, but he’s not.

  5. insightfulcomments says: Mar 6, 2016 8:40 PM

    You had a great career. It’s over. Show some dignity Roddy.

  6. brianav036 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:40 PM

    hite was a very outspoken wr which is fine. People always put up with it when you are producing and putting up big numbers. However, when you begin to slow down and are no longer a stats machine you are always the first to get whacked.

  7. beckzhere says: Mar 6, 2016 8:49 PM

    Shanahan is a punk and it blows my mind he is still employed by an NFL team.

  8. magnumpimustache says: Mar 6, 2016 8:51 PM

    When my girlfriend chose to go in a different direction and let me go.

    I acted just like Roddy white

  9. mousietongue says: Mar 6, 2016 8:51 PM

    Of course, why would the head coach consult with the OFFENSIVE COORDINATER about the offensive personal. Makes perfect sense to me…..

  10. tonebones says: Mar 6, 2016 8:56 PM

    Dwight Clark was the star WR for Joe Montana’s first two super bowl wins. He was famous for “The Catch”. His number 87 is retired. And then along came Jerry Rice. He was a better WR than Clark. The 49ers loved Clark, and gave him every opportunity and then some. But at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for the team. Clark was a good guy. He didn’t run to the media and complain of some conspiracy to get rid of him. He realized the 49ers had better options, and he also realized their ultimate goal was to win the super bowl.

  11. slayer1224 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:00 PM

    Push off Roddy

  12. Ugadogs21 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:04 PM

    Assuming this happened. Why would you continue to represent a guy who can get cut based on the word of an assistant with just one year on the team? Especially one responsible for an offense that collapsed after five games.

  13. stew48 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:13 PM

    The last sentence in article is utterly silly. He can latch on if anyone thinks he has the ability to help, and that means a lot more than anything else.

  14. ttommytom says: Mar 6, 2016 9:14 PM

    Let’s put the “Do you like men” question on Shanahan and you can clean this whole mess up with one phone call.

    Or maybe it’s a big smokescreen.

    Or maybe the Falcons are just a mess.

    I’m going with ‘mess’…

  15. pastanow says: Mar 6, 2016 9:16 PM

    Quinn your seat is getting warm next to the dumpster fire you built. Quinn and Kyle will be going down together it seems.

  16. derekgorgonstar says: Mar 6, 2016 9:20 PM

    Living in Atlanta we know all about what a dimwitted abrasive diva Roddy is. Dear God, look at his history of inane tweets. Who could blame Shanahan?

  17. dynastyposeiden says: Mar 6, 2016 9:24 PM

    I would take his building swipe card & hand shanahan a cardboard box shanahan how the same egotistical incompetents continue to bounce from job to job is beyond amazing. then tell roddy thanks for the service best of luck

  18. huggybear2014 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:25 PM

    Falcons have their issues. Asking a guy if he likes other guys isn’t one of the issues. Let the PC world into your locker room, and watch your franchise become neutered like a BLT community member.

  19. fanboyarmy says: Mar 6, 2016 9:26 PM

    Boo Hoo, coach no like me!

  20. Moudabo says: Mar 6, 2016 9:32 PM

    I’d be butt hurt too if I got dumped after giving my all
    to an organization, only to be unceremoniously discarded
    for things that were not my fault.
    it’s about loyalty and respect, and the Falcons brass are
    demonstrating that they have none for a guy who was a
    star player for them for so many years. It amazes me how people
    go along with that and think that is okay. It’s not.
    Roddy is right to voice his displeasure. I’d sure as heck be peeved off.

  21. therealtrenches says: Mar 6, 2016 9:32 PM

    So…Falcons: dumpster fire status? Yup.

  22. theheyseed says: Mar 6, 2016 9:34 PM

    Kyle is the new Norv Turner.

  23. mrfrostyj says: Mar 6, 2016 9:44 PM

    Kyle Shanahan is now 4 for 4 in being an offensive coordinator turned team cancer.

    If it doesn’t work out in Atlanta I don’t know how anyone can justify hiring him ever again. Even if there wasn’t the whole “having off the field issues with people on all his teams” thing he has that whole “having terrible offenses with high draft pick QB’s” thing which might be worse.

  24. Seprix says: Mar 6, 2016 9:57 PM

    Who on earth would go out and say “Either I leave or Roddy White leaves”? There’s no middle ground here. Either this is a complete lie, Roddy White is completely insufferable as a player, or Shanahan just flat out hates White, to the point where he would rather be fired than work with him. I don’t see option three.

  25. tomtravis76 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:19 PM

    It’s not a far trip to see if Cam needs some hands in Charlotte.

  26. DaveKShape says: Mar 6, 2016 10:33 PM

    Say what you will, but as a Skins fan, I can totally say that it is 100% true that the Shanahans get into town and immediately write off players, regardless of talent or whatever else actually makes sense as far as football is concerned.

    I know his dad isn’t around anymore, but Kyle has clearly adopted the “doghouse” mentality. White still had/has something left in the tank. Who knows why he was shut out.

    But Kyle’s “system” is genius, y’all! And he’ll still think that 5 years from now when he’s been the OC of 3 other teams.

  27. jvw1982 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:03 PM

    Dwight Clark was the star WR for Joe Montana’s first two super bowl wins. He was famous for “The Catch”. His number 87 is retired. And then along came Jerry Rice. He was a better WR than Clark. The 49ers loved Clark, and gave him every opportunity and then some. But at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for the team. Clark was a good guy. He didn’t run to the media and complain of some conspiracy to get rid of him. He realized the 49ers had better options, and he also realized their ultimate goal was to win the super bowl.
    ********************************************
    Dwight Clark didn’t have Kyle Shanahan running the offense or I am sure he would have…..Roddy has been a model citizen in Atlanta so he gets the benefit of the doubt, while Kyle has caused drama at every one of his stops….why would you not believe Roddy in this situation?

  28. qbarrel says: Mar 6, 2016 11:09 PM

    So, I guess the fact that the guy can’t play anymore has nothing to do with the team’s decision to cut him? Is that his story?

  29. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 6, 2016 11:16 PM

    If I were a Falcons fan, the thing that would concern me the most about this article is that Dan Quinn, a lifelong defensive coach, does not consult his offensive coaching staff when making decisions on offensive personnel.

  30. codiablo says: Mar 6, 2016 11:55 PM

    Roddy, come to MN – join a winner

  31. fanboyarmy says: Mar 7, 2016 12:04 AM

    But Kyle’s “system” is genius, y’all! And he’ll still think that 5 years from now when he’s been the OC of 3 other teams.
    __________________________________
    Kinda like Wade Phillips and his many jobs around the league?

  32. chawk12thman says: Mar 7, 2016 12:08 AM

    Coach Quinn most likely didn’t need to consult with Shanahan after the season regarding Roddy Whites value to the team…….Looking at the money/cap and using his end of season discussions, I am sure the decision on the move was made a long time ago. Where Coach Quinn may want to improve on is his “its not you or personal, its just business” discussion with players being released/traded………

    I think he will do very well on another team and I don’t think anyone is going to be Leary of giving him a look just because he wasn’t happy not being involved in the offense. If he was content with it, then they would be Leary…..

  33. evrybdyhas1 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:11 AM

    Fowlcons are the new Browns.

  34. gammynomnom says: Mar 7, 2016 12:16 AM

    I heard people on here say White would go to NE, No way B B puts up with this loudmouth

  35. wringworm says: Mar 7, 2016 12:32 AM

    He’ll be someone else’s Steve Smith in a very short time. ATL better hope it’s not Carolina or Nawlins

  36. campcouch says: Mar 7, 2016 1:09 AM

    The Cleveland Browns thought so ill of Kyle Shanahan that he was let go before Pettine. He’s making his rounds, packing off good talent, implementing that dinosaur offense and reminding us who he’s the spawn of.

  37. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:28 AM

    Anyone who may have watched the Hard Knocks season that featured the Falcons could clearly see that Roddy White wanted to put in only minimal effort in practice.

  38. hahalolrofl says: Mar 7, 2016 2:04 AM

    Parcells had lots of jobs around the league.

  39. rickyhump says: Mar 7, 2016 2:09 AM

    Shananham is not trying to win a superbowl. It just player getting the record Freedom 5 in rushing yard and Julio 1 in passing yard. Look at Shananham history is a quarterback kill Matt this season has been poor performance because of Shananham like to go to one or two guy. Spread the ball around team have Shananham number, he wii not make through middle season Quinn need to awake up are his job will be on the line

  40. sumkat says: Mar 7, 2016 3:54 AM

    Without taking sides in this disagreement, I find it extremely odd that Quinn would release players without consulting with his coordinators and position coaches

  41. cjonesaf says: Mar 7, 2016 4:03 AM

    Seems like everyone needs to relax a little; it’s nothing more than moving on from an aging player who has lost several steps. It doesn’t have to be personal. The Bears did the same with Forte, who has a lot more left in the tank than White.

  42. classicfinder says: Mar 7, 2016 5:18 AM

    Falcons have their issues. Asking a guy if he likes other guys isn’t one of the issues. Let the PC world into your locker room, and watch your franchise become neutered like a BLT community member.

    Hmm…BLT

  43. jammer88 says: Mar 7, 2016 5:27 AM

    I never liked the punk kyle shahahan and the only reason why he’s in the NFL at any capacity of because of his father. Kyle shanahan doesn’t know a thing about football and at most he should the 2nd string water boy for the Falcons and not an assistant coach

  44. troylok says: Mar 7, 2016 6:24 AM

    You see it over and over that an aging player blames his decline on someone or something else. The reality is, Roddy White has seen his better days. He won’t have a better season somewhere else with the prima dona attitude. He’s done.

  45. abninf says: Mar 7, 2016 6:55 AM

    theheyseed says:

    Kyle is the new Norv Turner.
    ===========================

    Kyle only wishes he had Norv’s rings.

  46. thenameisredskins says: Mar 7, 2016 8:25 AM

    johnnyjagfan says:
    Mar 6, 2016 8:33 PM

    The way Roddy performs elsewhere doesn’t mean anything to evaluate the Falcons’ decision to cut him. Schotty needed to get rid of the guy who understands and has the trust of the team. He’s got one stated goal: get the ball to Julio. As a Falcons season ticket holder, I’ve seen Ryan scrambling to force the ball into bad spots. He’s regressed under Schotty. More Red Zone INTs than anyone in the NFL
    ********************************************
    Who is Schotty? Who are you talking about? You are a Falcons season ticket holder, so you probably know some of the coaches better than the rest of us. I was just curious, because the article discussed Kyle Shanahan, your offensive coordinator, and a supposed rift with Roddy White. I didn’t see anything about anyone named Schotty.

  47. buckethead1 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:31 AM

    What would happen if Roddy Piper married Rob Roddy…

  48. rufustfireflyjr says: Mar 7, 2016 8:50 AM

    @ Moudabo (Mar 6, 2016 9:32 PM)

    It’s the NFL. If guys want loyalty, they should get a dog.

  49. rex2020 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:21 AM

    Another mess in Atlanta. Too bad cuz at least you have some talent…..I live in Chicago. Agree with UGAdogs21. Shannahan is an idiot anyways That team has too much talent on offense and I’m not a even a fan of Matt Ryan. I’ll take the Bears coaching staff and Atlanta’s talent….deal?

  50. realfootballfan says: Mar 7, 2016 9:30 AM

    Seems to always be something with Kyle. But hey, I’m sure it’s everybody else.

  51. mogogo1 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:36 AM

    Not much could surprise me about Kyle Shanahan. Spoiled kid born on third but thinks he hit a triple, has had run-ins with people everywhere he has been.

  52. charliecharger says: Mar 7, 2016 10:31 AM

    You need to have good players to win. The Falcons have a so-so QB. Nice guy. Good guy. But mediocre player. As far as coaching goes, the Shanahan’s are as good as it gets. Look at Gary Kubiak, a protégé of Mike Shanahan’s. They fired him in Texas, now all of the sudden he’s the best coach in the NFL? Kyle is a better coach than Kubiak. I think it has something to do with talent, unless you think Shanahan’s protégé actually outcoached everyone this year. I’ve got a bridge for sale if you do. I also don’t think Kyle Shanahan is making the final decisions on personnel in Atlanta.

  53. scrp2 says: Mar 7, 2016 11:08 AM

    Kyle is going to stick to his system and lose games.

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