Roddy White Says He ‘Literally Would’ve Fought’ Kyle Shanahan Over His Super Bowl Play-Calling
Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has made it clear since the team released him that he wasn’t a fan of then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and those feelings got even worse after Super Bowl 51.
As he and everybody else watched the team blow a 25-point lead to the New England Patriots, White immediately put the blame almost entirely on Shanahan’s shoulders and his play-calling.
“I’m glad I wasn’t a part of that team because I probably literally would’ve fought him,” White said about Shanahan on the ‘We Never Played the Game’ podcast, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jeff Schultz.
Shanahan was drilled by everyone in the media for not running the ball when the team was in field goal range late in the 4th quarter, which could’ve potentially sealed the game for them. Instead, Matt Ryan took a sack and a holding penalty forced them to punt, leaving enough time for the Patriots to tie the game.
“You destroyed a dream for a city,” White said. “It’s bigger than me. The city of Atlanta needed that championship and you had it. (Falcons owner) Arthur Blank needed that championship and he deserved to win that game, with everything he’s been through. It was finally our time to win and it just hurt me that we didn’t get it done.”
Losing the Super Bowl was bad enough, but Roddy stated he lost much more because he bet $40K on his former team to win. He also lost $60,000 playing blackjack.