Last Wednesday, Roddy White was released by the Falcons, the team who he had spent the first 11 years of his NFL career with after being drafted in 2005. And on Saturday, the 34-year-old talked extensively about being let go, and placed much of the blame on an offensive coordinator who Redskins fans will recognize: Kyle Shanahan.
Shanahan, who held the same position in Washington from 2010-2013, didn't allow White to put his abilities to good use in 2015, at least according to the receiver. That resulted in the veteran posting one of the least-productive statistical seasons of his pro life — a fact he doesn't sound too thrilled about it.
"What [Shanahan] expected from me and what I expected from him was totally different," White said, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "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."
White went on to say that Shanahan didn't only negatively affect his individual season, but Atlanta's as a whole as well.
"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," he said. "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."
The franchise's all-time leading receiver wasn't too upset with the organization itself ("I ain't frustrated at all. That's just the NFL," he said), proving that the issue was pretty much between him and the offensive play caller. And, like many unsuccessful relationships, it appears that communication was a main part of the pair's downfall.
"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?'"
With free agency negotiations picking up on Monday, the unhappy pass catcher can begin looking for a new NFL home and put his problems with Shanahan in the past. For someone who thinks he can "without a doubt" suit up for "two or three years," it'll then be on him to show the younger Shanny that he was indeed wrong for not letting him do more last year when he finds one.