Wide receiver Roddy White already wasn't a big fan of former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
So when Shanahan's offense appeared to crumble against the rallying New England Patriots in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50, White was happy to rip his former OC.
“I’m glad I wasn’t a part of that team because I probably literally would’ve fought [Shanahan],” White told the We Never Played the Game podcast.
The former Falcons wideout was particularly critical of Shanahan's decision to throw the ball on second-and-11 from the Patriots' 23-yard line, up eight with under four minutes to go.
Instead, quarterback Matt Ryan took a 13-yard sack. On the next play, Jake Matthews was called for holding to officially knock the team out of range to kick a field goal and take a commanding two-score lead.
“I told Julio [Jones] I would’ve jumped offsides,” White said of having a throwing play called in that situation.
“At that point, it’s second-and-16, you know they’re going to run the ball,” White said. “Or they’ll throw quick game (quick pass off a three-step drop). It wouldn’t be anything you can take a sack on. ... To not finish — and that’s what you preach. You have a kicker in a dome and he don’t miss.”
White played under Shanahan—now the San Francisco 49ers head coach—for one season, 2015, seeing his receiving yards per game from the previous year sliced more than in half (65.8 to 31.6). Then he was released by the team.
“I expected to play a bigger role in the offense, and that’s what I wanted to do," White, who lost $40,000 on the Super Bowl betting on the Falcons in Las Vegas, said last year of his departure. "But [Shanahan] 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].”
No teams picked the free agent up in 2016.