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Roddy Gone

Postby Pudge » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:32 am

I take it many here are broken up by this and feel like Kyle Shanahan is Satan incarnate and Dan Quinn is a joke of a head coach for texting Roddy that he was getting cut instead of flying out to Inner Mongolia (or wherever Roddy is on vacation) and saying it to his face like a man?

I mean, that was the reaction on twitter yesterday. Even though for the life of me, I don't understand why people were shocked by this.

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Re: Roddy Gone

Postby AngryJohnny51 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:16 pm

A year too late in my opinion. That being said...one of our strengths over the past few seasons....the receiving core....is now one of our weaknesses. We need someone to take heat off of Julio.

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Re: Roddy Gone

Postby backnblack » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:24 pm

Not a surprise. Not sure why it had to go down exactly like that given the length of time between the end of the season and now but such is life in the league. I'll miss Roddy but life goes on. 34 is ancient for a WR.

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Re: Roddy Gone

Postby Pudge » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:48 pm

Shots fired





http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14910 ... ut-offense

Roddy White 'kind of expected' release, said Kyle Shanahan wanted him out
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White opened up about being released after 11 seasons and was candid about his shaky relationship with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

The 34-year-old White, who participated in the UAB alumni football game Saturday, said he wasn't too upset about the Falcons' final decision.

"No, I ain't frustrated at all; it is what it is," the four-time Pro Bowler said. "That's just the NFL. Eventually, it's going to be your time. It's just according to when it happens.

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"They showed no indication that I was going to be there, so I kind of expected it already. Like last year going through the whole situation, I knew I was going to be on the team because they said I was going to be on the team. But this year, they didn't say that. They never gave any clear indication I was going to be there. When there's no clarity early on about decisions like that, that means you already have a 50/50 chance, so I was just thinking to myself that it can only get worse."

White saw his role diminish under Shanahan, who was in his first year as Atlanta's coordinator. He ended the season as the team's fourth-leading receiver with 43 catches for 506 yards and a touchdown.

After not catching a pass in consecutive games near the start of the season, White expressed displeasure with his role, saying he did not want to be just a "blocker."

"What [Shanahan] expected from me and what I expected from him was totally different," White said. "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."


Roddy White, who went to four Pro Bowls in 11 seasons with the Falcons, said he "kind of expected" his release given how the offseason played out and that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wanted other players for White's role last season. AP Photo/John Bazemore
White said he was annoyed with chatter of him not being able to learn the offense. He was asked if the offense was too complex.

"No it wasn't, besides the things [Shanahan] was doing in making six variations to one route," White said. "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 was asked if he attempted to speak with Shanahan throughout the season to voice his concerns, other than the sitdown he had with the coach after White publicly complained about his role.

"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.

"We weren't going out there and averaging over 20 points per game, which is bad. Prior to him being there, we could score 20 points sitting down. Our offense was never really a problem before."

Shanahan was unavailable for comment Saturday.

White, who had two years remaining on his contract and would have had a salary-cap number just over $6 million for 2016, confirmed the team never approached him about taking a pay cut.

"I don't think the money they were paying me was anything that had anything to do with the whole situation with them releasing me," he said. "That wasn't an issue at all. [General manager] Thomas [Dimitroff] kind of alluded to that, that [money] wasn't going to be an issue in whether they'd release me or not.

"The other guys felt I couldn't contribute to help the team win anymore, so they did what they had to do."

White clarified the details of how the release occurred. He was in Saint Martin with his girlfriend when his agent, Jonathan Feinsod, called him with the news. He received a call from coach Dan Quinn an hour later.

"I didn't answer because I didn't know it was [Quinn calling] until after I got his message," White said. "Then he sent me a text message, and I responded."

Quinn said the team released White on Wednesday so the veteran would have a chance to catch on with another team before the start of free agency. Quinn said he intended to meet with White face to face once White returned from Saint Martin.

"I'm literally done with that situation," White said. "I understand that Coach wants to sit down and talk but for me, we're past that situation now. We really have nothing to talk about. You just move forward. They're going in a different direction, and I'm going in a different direction, so no need to cross that bridge again and talk about, what, the good times we had?"

The next step for White, a former first-round draft pick and the Falcons' all-time leading receiver with 10,863 yards on 808 catches (63 touchdowns), is finding a new team.

"I know I can still play, without a doubt," White said. "Two or three years, I feel like I can play. I feel like I can be productive. Whoever brings me in will give me the opportunity to catch passes."

White stopped short of saying he wants to reunite with former Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach.

There is an obvious interest in such a scenario, however. Plus, White said he wants to stay in warm weather and in the South.

"I can't say that right now," White said of the Buccaneers. "That would just be me being emotional. I never base my decisions off emotions."

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Re: Roddy Gone

Postby Pudge » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:50 pm

Shots fired 2.0



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FLOWERY BRANCH — As the dust starts to settle on the release of wide receiver Roddy White, the team’s all-time leading receiver, his camp is pointing the finger at offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

“There is one reason Roddy is no longer with the Falcons and it is Kyle Shanahan,” said Jonathan Feinsod, White's longtime agent, on Sunday to 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 contended that it was his decision to release White on Wednesday and that he did not consult 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.”

Shanahan used White as a decoy and never really implemented him into the attack.

White’s production dropped dramatically under Shanahan. He had 125 targets and 80 catches in 2014 with Dirk Koetter calling the plays. Last season, White had 70 targets and just 43 catches.

White also blamed Shanahan for his release in an interview with ESPN.com.

He also contended that Shanahan mismanged at least two games the Falcons could have won.

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Re: Roddy Gone

Postby Pudge » Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:33 am

Tribute podcast. I actually say nice things!

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Re: Roddy Gone

Postby AngryJohnny51 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:24 am

I would have bet my mortgage that Roddy wasn't going to go quietly into the night......

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Re: Roddy Gone

Postby backnblack » Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:37 am

What she mentions in the podcast about the relationship between Roddy's HS wrestling success and his physicality and toughness as a football player is a great point and that toughness is what we are really going to miss from him. I would not describe him as having the most elite set of hands in the league but he seldom missed a catch due to fear of contact and he made a lot of tough catches in traffic and, of course, was a solid blocker. You know me. I'm an old school run the ball/stop the run guy and I really think when we got away from that initial philosophy in the Smith Era was where we lost our way. Roddy used to talk about us being a run first team and he was cool with it. Then we get to this last year where he is complaining about being a blocker and his targets. Just frustrated, I suppose. Cutting him was probably the right thing to do but he is bigger than yards receiving and so forth. You really wonder some time. You cut Roddy because he is deemed worn out and you bring back Spoon who never really did a lot and was always hurt. I always tip my hat to the Roddys, Matt Ryans and even Keith Brookings who seem indestructible in terms of injury. you can't really contribute from the whirlpool.


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