The Falcons cut Roddy White. And it’s the right move

Roddy White with a catch last season. He didn't have all that many. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Roddy White with a catch last season. He didn’t have all that many. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The Atlanta Falcons have released Roddy White. If you’re in the market for outrage, you should shop elsewhere. I think it’s a good move. I think it’s the right move. I think it’s the first move this club has made in a while with which I agree.

From Bill Barnwell of ESPN:  “No starting receiver drew fewer targets than White, who was thrown the ball on just 11.7 percent of the routes he ran in 2015. And the only wideouts in the league who averaged fewer yards after the catch than White were DeAndre Hopkins and Pierre Garcon.”

We can gripe that dumb ol’ Kyle Shanahan didn’t get the ball to White, but think about that: You’re an offensive coordinator, which means you’re judged on making first downs and scoring touchdowns. If you thought White could help further those endeavors, wouldn’t you make it a point of emphasis to — going all Keyshawn on you here — get him the darn ball?

Those who thought the White of 2015 was capable of being the White of 2010 were looking through — going all “The Way We Were” now — misty water-colored memories. He was no longer that player. He was a 34-year-old wideout who couldn’t get open and who couldn’t do much with the ball even if caught the darn thing. He caught 43 passes in 16 games. He scored one touchdown.

To keep White just because he used to be a great player is to ignore the first rule of roster-building: Get the best players you can find. The Falcons can find better receivers than what White had become. Time was, he was among the very best in the business. That time, alas, was yesterday.

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Value bet to win the next Super Bowl? ESPN’s Tuley says the Falcons.

The Falcons retain Dimitroff, so I guess it’s still all Smitty’s fault.

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Donna8979
Donna8979

And what did Kyle Shanahan accomplish with his plan????? He still didn't get the ball in the end zone. 

Donna8979
Donna8979

I disagree completely!!!! Kyle Shanahan is the problem!!!!!

Donna8979
Donna8979

I disagree completely!!!!!!! Kyle Shanahan is the problem!!!!!!

DutchDogg
DutchDogg

Mark, you're dead on the money.  BUT.... we should all THANK Roddy for one important thing in 2015.... He picked the fight (behind the Ref's back) that led to the personal foul against the Panthers that sustained our first drive and.... truth be told.... won that game for us.  So, Roddy, thank you for being a sneaky little $h*t like Neidermeyer!

rutherfordtony5
rutherfordtony5

@MarkBradleyAJC Cut Durant, keep Reed? Cut White, Keeping Hester? #2 WR wasn't priority. White cut but Ryan didn't know Offense either.

rutherfordtony5
rutherfordtony5

@MarkBradleyAJC Wrong move. Inexpensive. Not targeted b/c Ryan didn't see him wide open a lot last year. Clutch 3rd down catches later in yr

tomwdatl
tomwdatl

I disagree, but time will tell.  I do not think the man went from 70-80 catches to not even a number 3 in one year.


I hear that it was DQ's decision completely and think that is BS covering for KS.


When we see Roddy catch 60-70 balls next year for one of our foes we will all know the truth.


KS has a resume of losing,  RW and MR both went from decent years to lousy years under him.  Now Roddy is gone.


We all know Roddy's time was coming, but I believe his time is only up with the Falcons some other team is going to benefit.


Time will tell.  What will DQ and KS say if Roddy flourishes elsewhere and we end up sub 500.

Donna8979
Donna8979

@tomwdatl Exactly!!!!! They didn't give him the ball on purpose, and the Falcons suffered for it!


kumon
kumon

Why keep Roddy if he's not going to play? The Falcons are doing him a favor, this will give him a chance to be signed by another team.

slydawg
slydawg

He could very well end up in Carolina. He's from the area after all and they do have a serious need at WR.

HadleyV
HadleyV

no big deal--the dude's been washed up for a couple of years--thomas needs to trade 5 more draft picks for another wide receiver! julio getting old!!

swimfin2
swimfin2

Maybe his numbers went down because of tension with Shanahan. Remember the game where the first 3 passes went to Roddy. A slap in the face to fans who were asking why he wasn't targeted more. I saw several times this year where he was open and ryan opted for something else, which usually failed. If he goes to tampa, watch out. Bradley will likely be eating crow yet again.

jimstas
jimstas

Measuring targets is not the correct metric to use.  What you should look at is how many times that Roddy was the #1 or #2 target and where his targets came from.  I distinctly remember the overtime game against the Bucs here after we gave up a field goal.  Atlanta had a couple of opportunities before stalling on 4th down.  Roddy was wide open 20 yards downfield and Ryan dumped it off (he did have time).  Ryan did not look at Roddy because he was so deep on the progression.


Roddy is still better than anyone on our team besides Julio.  Use him like Finneran was used late in his career - possession receiver.  But, you have to throw to him for him to catch the ball.


Bradley, you are so off base - do you even watch a game?  And, I don't mean what the TV shows but the play outside of the play?

Savdon
Savdon

Dammit, Mark.  I hate it when you're right.


Good luck Roddy.  Thank for your efforts.

Harlemdawg
Harlemdawg

#84 is the first and only Falcon jersey i ever owned despite being a life long fan. Its the end of an era. I hate it, but football is a business, and it's a young mans game at receiver.

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

Never thought Barbra Streisand and the Falcons would be brought up in the same context.

dirtybirdrises
dirtybirdrises

I'm sure that 3mil they saved by cutting Roddy will be well spent by Dimitroff because after all, he always hit home runs in free agency.. right???

Also, I'm sure the wideout corps of Julio, Devin Hester, Justin Hardy, and Eric Weems are ready set the league on fire

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When are they going to cut the big bust of free agency Brooks Reed?

slydawg
slydawg

After I went to Spottrac about a month ago and realized both Trufant and Alford have 1 year remaining on their rookie deals, I knew Roddy was as good as cut. The Falcons took their time with this decision and it has come in:


This is now a defensive-led team....

Why? Where exactly is the rceiving help in FA and the draft? There really isn't a lot`of descent replacements and the falscons had to know this. Also, you do not need any prime receivers to get to and win Super Bowls.


There was no way the Falcons could acquire (2 out of 3) Alex Mack, Mario Williams, or Danny Trevathan, who all play NEED positions


And I am pleased that this is now a defensive-led team. I'm sick of living in the Deep South yet my home team plays like it's from California, all finessy and sh### (I mean no disrespect).


I see the Falcons going hard after 4-5 FA, specifically center and DE.


Your 1st rounder will be one of these 6:

Emmanuel Ogbah DE

Shaq Lawson DE

Darren Lee OLB

Reggie Ragland ILB

Leonard Floyd OLB

Jack Allen OG/OT


I do not expect anything outside of that.


p.s. Whatever Josh Norman gets, Trufant will command close to the same contract terms.

candlin14
candlin14

when you make bad moves on the front end, you have to make tough moves in the end. We cashed our chips in on Kyle Shanahan. We decided to keep him another year. That sealed the fate of Roddy. 


Thanks for everything Roddy, but as of now, I will take Sanu over #84.

aquadog
aquadog

Do the Flacons have three receivers better than Roddy? No way!

Borodawg
Borodawg

@aquadog True, but like Bradley says, there are  better receivers out there; they can get in FA or even the draft.

slydawg
slydawg

@Borodawg @aquadog No there is not. Offense is no longer priority on the team and there is no need for a $6 mil receiver where the ball will not be spread around and flying all over the place. They just need somebody cheaper who won't command the ball.

jmccoy1252
jmccoy1252

That's fine Bradley.  But don't piss on what Roddy has done for this Franchise.  Shanahan better get this offense working, or he'll be out the door next, and there won't be any heartache if he gets the boot.

Donna8979
Donna8979

@jmccoy1252 I can see this happening today!!!!!! I will shout for joy when this happens!!!!!


k483
k483

Could it be, though, that under Shanahan's offense Roddy was the #2 look, and Julio is simply so good that he is usually open at the #1 look?  

OH:IO
OH:IO

FIRE SCHANNY! 


BS