Roddy White is the greatest Falcons wide receiver to ever suit up, and he has the record to prove it. While he maybe surpassed one day by Julio Jones, White was a big reason that the Falcons were able to win many games years ago. Yesterday in an interview with Vaughn McClure of ESPN, White talked about his relationship with Kyle Shanahan the offensive coordinator of the Falcons, and it was not pretty. White sort of let it rip regarding the so-called intelligent play caller.
“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.”
White said the offense was not complex like many believe:
“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.”
White said he talked with Shanahan as well regarding the situation:
“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.”
Roddy White is certainly declining in play, but he could still sign with someone and do a decent enough job to stick around.