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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:54 pm 
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FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons wore their throwback uniforms last Sunday against New Orleans, and some unfortunate symmetry that day was we witnessed a throwback version of Roddy White.

Until two catches in the team’s next to-last possession of the fourth quarter, White had two catches, two drops and two 15-yard penalties. It was a reminder of the young and immature White who looked like a draft mistake for two seasons, not the player who evolved into a three-time Pro Bowler and a difference-maker who commanded a $48 million contract.

White has not had a great season. He openly admits it. There’s something to be said for that, especially given he plays a position that breeds prima donnas. But if the Falcons’ wide receiver doesn’t start resembling something closer to the player who caught 28 touchdown passes in his previous three seasons and had a career-high 115 receptions last year, there is little chance this Falcons’ season will turn into anything special.

When asked if he needs to perform better, White didn’t hesitate: “Absolutely. I have to make significant plays and game-changing plays for us to win.”

It’s a really nice story that Harry Douglas was targeted 14 times and made eight catches against the Saints. But if Douglas is leaving White (seven targets, four catches) in the dust on the stat sheet, something is wrong.


Roddy White said he welcomed the team's addition of Julio Jones, disputing conjecture that he is "pouting." (Curtis Compton/AJC)
There are several theories about why White’s production is down. One involves Julio Jones. There is this theory espoused by White’s critics that when the Falcons invested heavily to draft the Alabama wide receiver, it was a shot to White’s ego and he has been pouting ever since. Honestly, I haven’t seen any evidence to support this, but I felt obliged to ask White, anyway. This all goes back to the wide receivers-can-be-high-maintenance theory.

“I’ve never pouted or cried about the situation,” White said. “Julio makes us more explosive. He’s a great player and he’s going to be a great player for a long time. But I look at my stats and it’s not where I want them to be. I’ve had chances to makes plays. I’ve dropped too many balls this year. I just have to get better. I have to find ways to help our team.”

White has 15 catches in the last four games (3.75 per). He had 32 in the first five (6.4). His nine-game totals — 47 catches for 563 yards and three touchdowns – project to 84 catches, 1001 yards and 5 TDs. The reception total, while down from last year, is right at his career average. But the projected yardage and touchdowns would be his worst since his second season in 2006.

There are several potential reasons for the decline. One is obvious: White just needs to be better. He can’t lose his temper every time something goes wrong. Last Sunday, he jumped a New Orleans player who he felt was “mushing [Douglas's] head into the ground after a play” and was flagged for a personal foul.

White gets into trouble when he lets his lack of production lead to a blown fuse. Quoting: “Sometimes you get frustrated when you’ve had success in this league and suddenly things aren’t going your way.”

The other issue is more big picture: design and play-calling. An offense with White, Jones, Douglas, Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers should rank higher than 12th in yardage and 16th in scoring.

That’s on offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who seemingly is struggling to blend Jones and Rodgers into the offense. White said the offense lacks “chemistry.”

“I feel like we’re really far away from where we need to be,” he said. “We have to figure this thing out. … Last year everything went right for us. We could do no wrong. This year it’s been a whole lot different. Defensive coordinators have found ways to know some of the things we’re doing and they’re dialing up the right coverages for it. … We have to do a better job mixing things up, maybe spread guys out and going to four- and five-wide receiver sets and see what we can do.”But White knows every scheme requires a playmaker. That’s where he comes in.

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White's problem at this point in time is his attitude. He needs to go back to being a receiver. Quit trying to be whatever it is that he's trying to be, and just be a receiver. Once he does that, he'll be fine.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:35 am 
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White comes as close a player possibly can to throwing a coach (Mularkey) under the bus without really doing so. I can't say I disagree.

But Roddy needs to focus more on football. He needs to work harder. Drops are a lack of concentration....nothing more. I do think that the Julio pick has affected his ego....and that's part of it. But he is getting older, skills will diminish. If you ask any of the great WR's, they will all tell you, the older you get, the harder you have to work. Does Roddy have it in him? He was lazy not too long ago and me thinks he's reverted back his lazy ways.

Enough excuses about defenses knowing what you're doing and s***. The great ones overcome that. Be great Roddy. Shut up and play.


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For all the bitchin' about Mularkey and his 'scheme', If Roddy makes 2 catches he dropped (Tampa and NO) we are 7-2 and leading the division.

STFU Shoddy. Can we dig up Joe Horn to come put a foot in his a$$ again? :down:

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Maybe Momma needs to come down here.

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Fear of Failure, and Mother, Motivated Falcons’ Star Receiver
By RAY GLIER

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Five games into the 2006 season, Joenethia White answered the phone at her home in James Island, S.C., and heard the shamed voice of her son, Roddy.

“I’m about to be the third receiver,” he said. “I lost my starting position.”

A first-round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2005, White seemed to know the routes to the nightclubs and bars better than he knew the routes he was supposed to run in practices and in games. Tired of his act, the Falcons benched him.

“Well, then,” she said. “I need to pack up and move down there and take care of you like you’re a baby again.”

It was White’s wake-up call, so to speak. He did not want his mother stomping into town.

“No, no, don’t do that, I got this,” he said.

With the help of the former Atlanta receivers coach Paul Petrino, a new work ethic and his mother’s threat, White drastically turned his career around. He went from 30 catches in 2006 to 83 catches in 2007. He became the first receiver in Falcons history to have three consecutive seasons of at least 80 catches and 1,100 yards (from 2007 to 2009).

This season, White, 29, leads the N.F.L. in receptions with 70, and is on pace to easily pass his career high, 88, as the Falcons (7-2) sit atop the N.F.C. A two-time Pro Bowl player, White has climbed out of the rookie trap he fell into after he was drafted out of Alabama-Birmingham as the 27th pick over all pick in 2005. With money for the first time, he strayed to the nightclubs and bars in Buckhead and the west side of Atlanta.

“Too many bars, too many women,” his mother said.

Frequently, White said, his nights would end at 4 a.m. Instead of going home and risk missing morning meetings, White would drive to the Falcons’ facility and sleep in the players’ lounge. When he woke up, he would sit in a steam bath to rid his body of the toxins from the night out.

After struggling in his first two seasons, White was ridiculed for dropped passes and labeled as a bust-in-progress.

“It kind of scared me, especially my second year when I didn’t start anymore,” he said. “I needed to get my act together because they might cut me.

“I was mentally out of football at that point. Every day, I showed up at the facility and just walked around, basically didn’t want to do anything. I was just here.”

Then the Falcons fired Coach Jim Mora and hired Bobby Petrino, who brought in his brother, Paul, as the receivers coach.

“Bobby and Paul, they was like, ‘You’re going to be the guy, don’t worry about what other people say,’ ” White said. “ ‘We’re starting over, so you’ve got to get yourself ready.’ ”

In the first minicamp in May 2007, Bobby Petrino yelled for the starters to get on the field. White stayed where he was. Paul Petrino said: “What are you doing? Get in there.”

White said he was relieved.

“I was back where I wanted to be,” he said. “He got on my butt every day. He said you need to outwork everybody. I tried to win every drill.”

Paul Petrino said that when he first worked with White, he was rolling into his routes and not planting his foot and making firm cuts. His routes were not precise, so if the quarterback threw an accurate pass, White was out of position to make the catch.

“He dropped passes, and they said he had bad hands, but that wasn’t the case,” said Petrino, who is now the offensive coordinator at Illinois. “He was just not in the right position to catch the pass. He worked hard to correct his footwork.”

White, a two-time state wrestling champion in high school, learned how to better use his powerful hands to get a release off the line of scrimmage from the bump-and-run tactics of cornerbacks. The Falcons started throwing more balls to White in practice, building his confidence.

Petrino, who had come to the Falcons from the University of Louisville, also treated White like a college player. He stayed in touch with White, even after hours, and if he heard White was out carousing, Petrino would send a simple text message, “Get your butt home.”

Darrell Hackney, White’s best friend and his U.A.B. quarterback, said White’s first two seasons were a struggle because of the change in lifestyle and the pressures of being a first-round pick.

“You know what they say, more money more problems, and that was that,” said Hackney, who lives in Atlanta. “Those first two years, there was a lot of pressure. When he dropped passes, it was eating at him. He’s figured it out now.

“There are times I try to call him now in the off-season to go have lunch and he’ll say, ‘Can’t do it, me and Matt Ryan are about to hit the field.’ ”

Pat Sullivan, White’s offensive coordinator at U.A.B. and now the coach at Samford University, took his team here on the way to a road game to have White speak to the players.

“I had heard about the first couple of years in Atlanta and how he had trouble getting on track,” said Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn. “Now he has the bit in his mouth and wants to succeed. He has matured so much. The way he talked to our team and about priorities showed how far he has come the last couple of years.”

White has three children, who are 5, 4, and 1. His mother said that has calmed him down, but he also knows she is just four hours away and knows the way to Atlanta. She comes to most home games with White’s grandmother and great-grandmother, all three wearing White’s No. 84 jersey.

“I’m so proud of him,” Joenethia White said. She hesitated for a moment and then chuckled, “I knew he didn’t want me coming down there.”


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RobertAP wrote:
White's problem at this point in time is his attitude. He needs to go back to being a receiver. Quit trying to be whatever it is that he's trying to be, and just be a receiver. Once he does that, he'll be fine.


Exactly :!: :!:

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For all the bitchin' about Mularkey and his 'scheme', If Roddy makes 2 catches he dropped (Tampa and NO) we are 7-2 and leading the division.

STFU Shoddy. Can we dig up Joe Horn to come put a foot in his a$$ again? :down:


This is why Fun Gus is one of my favorite posters. Your totally right here and I can't even back up my boy here. That drop against the Bucs was absolutely pathetic.

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Emmitt wrote:
fun gus wrote:
For all the bitchin' about Mularkey and his 'scheme', If Roddy makes 2 catches he dropped (Tampa and NO) we are 7-2 and leading the division.

STFU Shoddy. Can we dig up Joe Horn to come put a foot in his a$$ again? :down:


This is why Fun Gus is one of my favorite posters. Your totally right here and I can't even back up my boy here. That drop against the Bucs was absolutely pathetic.


Which drop the 40 yard pass that Ryan put on the money or the 7 yard jerk route that had he caught he would have walked in the endzone :mrgreen: . All jokes aside Roddy needs to step it up he is hurting the offense right now if he continues we need to draft a receiver in the middle rounds with a similar skill set to take his place in the offense.

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