You think that at some point Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White would realize when to say when on his pre and post game banter. Even after his usual smack talk on Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints fell flat, he wouldn’t relent when asked about the loss.
Prior to the contest, White was quoted as saying that he feels that the Falcons could go 16-0 and when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked about the heated rivalry between the two teams, White said,
“I don’t like nothing about the Saints. The colors. The city. Nothing”
The feeling is mutual for Saints fans who love to hate the outspoken receiver and frequently engage him on his Twitter account. It will likely happen again after White refused to eat his words following the Saints ending the Falcons perfect season.
After heading to the locker room, White expressed frustration at the Falcons lack of efficiency in the red zone. In fact he even cited it as the factor for the reason they lost today.
What White wouldn’t do is give the Saints even the slightest tip of the hat as a contributor to the defeat. He relayed his reasoning for this by saying,
“It’s not like they came out here and won a game today. I think we kind of gave it to them. It’s not nothing they did; it was what we did. But we play them in three weeks and we’ll be ready in the (Georgia) Dome for them then.”
White was correct on one thing which is that the Falcons have some red zone issues. But those issues were directly caused by the Saints in several goal line stands.
In fact White was actually involved in one where quarterback Matt Ryan tried to hit him with pass over the middle from the Saints 2-yard line for a touchdown on 4th and 1. Cornerback Jabari Greer stepped in front of White and batted the ball down, killing the drive.
The Saints defense also held the Falcons to 46 yards rushing where they usually averaged 98.5 yards a game. Not to be outdone, the Saints offense also put up 298 yards passing and 148 yards rushing which the Falcons usually held teams to averages of 228.8 yards passing and 127.5 yards rushing.