Roddy White has never been afraid to voice his criticism of Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He expressed his frustrations with his role in the offense when the Falsons started out 4-0 last season and now that White has been cut, expressed himself even more freely while at the UAB alumni football game.
“What [Shanahan] expected from me and what I expected from him was totally different,” White said Saturday to 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 even went so far as to say Shanahan’s philosophy cost the Falcons games.
“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.” White went on to add, “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.”
Now a free agent, it’s safe to think that White will be looking to sign with a team willing to make him a significant part of their offense. However with recent injury issues, his age and this example of possible insubordination, it could be an uphill battle.