Let’s say you’re looking to beef up your receiving corps in free agency this offseason. You see a WR in his mid-thirties with 1 TD and just over 500 yards receiving. You’d say no interest whatsoever, right? Roddy White, the team’s all-time leading receiver is coming off his worst year as a Falcon and will be 35 in November. Combine diminishing returns with a large cap number and the Falcons made the kind of decision that championship winning teams make every year.
It’s just that we’re not a Championship team, at least not anytime soon. And I don’t trust the offensive coordinator or the personnel department.
I understand the football business side of the move. Roddy accounted for just 11% of Matt Ryan’s throwing yards. The 2015 season started with a typical Roddy White effort in support of Julio Jones. Roddy’s Week 1 performance against the Eagles, 4 receptions for 84 yards and what should’ve been a TD if not for an underthrown pass by Matt Ryan (Kiko Alsono did make an Odell Beckham like pick).
But as the Falcons got off to 5-0 start the throws to Roddy disappeared. In wins against the Giants and Cowboys White was targeted once. New Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense seemed to feature Julio Jones and new tight end Jacob Tamme. The same way his offense in Houston showcased Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels with the power running of Arian Foster.
Roddy’s run blocking helped open up big plays for Devonta Freeman but his targets never got over 4 a game.
Then Roddy complained to ESPN.com’s Vaughn McClure about getting the ball more.
And then the Falcons lost to the Saints, eeked out a low scoring win over Tennessee, losing 7 of 8 games including 6 in a row.
Some fans blamed the swoon on Roddy. His comments were a distraction. That’s ridiculous. Was Roddy fumbling all over The Super Dome? Was Roddy getting pushed back into Matt Ryan? Was Roddy calling the plays or missing tackles?
Then the Colts came to town in Week 11 and perhaps to silence the critics (who said get Roddy the rock) Kyle Shanahan designed 2 specific pass plays for Roddy White to start the game and then a 3rd down check down pass from Ryan. A month of minimal targets, coming off the bye week and then ya give 3 throws to Roddy White? What kind of a professional offensive coordinator plays games in the first possession of regular season game?
And that’s the only reason I can’t say it’s a slam dunk to cut Roddy. I’m still not sold on the coaching staff. Dan Quinn said yesterday it was his decision and his alone.So there was no input from Kyle Shanahan?
So there was no input from Kyle Shanahan?
You’ll save $2.3 million against the salary cap but now you’ll have to find another wide receiver when you need (in no particular order) a center, a guard, 2 linebackers a defensive end and a safety.
Sure, I’m a Roddy White fan, I’ve always loved his intensity and his passion and his ability to move the chains. And yep, I get this is a business. Let’s just hope the guys that cut the team’s all-time leading receiver via a text message know what they’re doing.