Roddy White apologizes to the fans on Twitter

Roddy White reacts to making a first down catch after returning to the game. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Roddy White reacts to making a first down catch after returning to the game. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White apologized to the fans via his twitter.com account on Sunday.

He wrote, “I want to apologize to all the falcon fans for our horrible performance last night it was not good and I’m sorry”

White turned in one of the best season in NFL history.

He led the league with 115 catches and set a new franchise mark for most catches in a season.

But after the game, he was terribly disappointed.

“You always think about your legacy and you’re judged by what you do in the postseason,” said White, who caught six passes for 57 yards. “I haven’t done anything yet. So we have to prepare ourselves for next year.”

The four turnovers jolted the offense out of sync.

“They came up with crucial turnovers when they needed them and they kept us out of the end zone,” White said. “After they got ahead, they kind of came after us a little bit. They blitzed us. We really couldn’t do anything. We had to throw the ball in the flats and things like that”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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jc

January 17th, 2011
12:53 pm

TOOTRUE

January 17th, 2011
12:56 pm

ALWAYS KEEP THIS PASSION RODDY, LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR

RAY

January 17th, 2011
12:57 pm

Just say you got a butt whipping and move on, cause that’s really what happen…..

Sam Troy

January 17th, 2011
12:58 pm

It’s not Roddy’s fault; The Atlanta Falcons just have one of those 100-year-old “Boston-Red-Sox’s-Style” curses on it, lol.

Dave

January 17th, 2011
12:58 pm

Roddy I’ve seen you improve so much over the past few years. We’re headed in the right direction. The loss was a team effort. Let’s put it behind us and move on. It’s time to start working towards next season.

C from Marietta

January 17th, 2011
1:01 pm

They need to get another receiver to help Roddy and work on the defense a little bit.

Greg Moundine

January 17th, 2011
1:04 pm

Roddy, please talk to organization. GO GET T.O. OR RANDY MOSS. With you on one side and T.O or Randy on the other, this will create a mismatch for any Defense and open up the runnning game. Atlanta also needs to add in more screen plays and mabe two or three trick plays. Look at New Orleans, when they did onside kick. I love you Falcons and had great year. I look forward to supporting each and everyone of you next year.

Greg Moundine

January 17th, 2011
1:05 pm

move Jenkins to slot

Greg Moundine

January 17th, 2011
1:05 pm

and do everything possible to bring back Gonzalez.

Falcons '11

January 17th, 2011
1:07 pm

NO T.O. or MOSS…Atlanta teams have class and don’t need disruptive trash on their teams!!

Brett Favre was once a Falcon

January 17th, 2011
1:07 pm

Hey Sam, it ain’t just the Falcons who are cursed. Braves, Hawks, Falcons, Flames/Thrashers have approximately 150 total seasons. One championship. Unbelievable.

Bro

January 17th, 2011
1:07 pm

The Falcons need to play real football. You got to go down field with your passes in order to loosen up the defense. Short passes and shorter runs only allow the other team to load the box with eleven men- no defensive play more than ten yards down field. The short pass only means no separation from the defender. Why are the falcon receivers forced to catch almost ever pass with a D-back all over them. Bad pass routes and no guts by the coaching staff. Even Auburn knew to make deep passes of 20 yards or more–just the threat opens up the run. Turner is just a fullback playing out of position. Coaching staff—-NO GUTS–JUST FAILURE WITH A PAY CHECK.

jalex49

January 17th, 2011
1:08 pm

Mr. White,

You don’t have anything to apologize for because you earned your salary and gave all you had all season long. I think the organization owes you an apology for not getting you quality help at the receiving corp(s). You have shoulder the workload and the other receivers most the most have not stepped up consistenly.

I like Mr. Jenkins but he is a back-up receiver and would be terrific in spots .. but doesn’t have the speed to seperate from the defenders on a consistent basis. You need a Vincent Jackson, Eddie Royal, Calvin Johnson type of receiver to play opposite you and compliments your abilities.

Hold your head high and thanks for all you accomplished. I am a long time Georgia fan(60’s) and have seen a lot of Falcon receivers and you rank as one of the best ever.

Thanks

Falkin Phraud

January 17th, 2011
1:08 pm

Next year will be another losing year for the ATL. NO will be back with a vengeance, and TB will be improved. ATL will backslide. The old TE will retire, and Cryin Ryan has been x-posed as a playoff choker. Plus, all those breaks they got last year, well, that was last year. Finally, the cat needs to lick off that cheesy moustache off Blanket’s face. The national pundits were 100% correct about the overrated ATL. Get it? No super bowl for Atlanta. Not now. Not ever. Deal with it.

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Nettie

January 17th, 2011
1:11 pm

I am 41 years old. I have been a fan since I was eight years old and my Dad would explain to me what was going on. I watched him throw our grill off the deck when the Falcons lost to the Cowboys in the 80’s! I thought of doing the same Saturday night. It is absolutely heart breaking.

Smarty

January 17th, 2011
1:13 pm

We stunk Saturday and it’s time to move M. Ryan down the ladder of QB’s. Heck Sanchez is in 2 Championship games in a row. Aaron Rodgers though is the best QB in the NFL now. Sorry Brady fans. Typical Atlanta sports teams with their choking ways!! I’m Still FALCON’d upset!

in A

January 17th, 2011
1:13 pm

I still love my Falcons, bandwagon members and ship jumpers may step aside now

Bro

January 17th, 2011
1:15 pm

iF YOU THINK THIS ROUT WAS TOUGH FOR THE PLAYERS TO HANDLE, JUST THINK OF THE FAN WHO POURS HIS/HER HEART AND SOUL INTO THE FALCONS. THE FAN THAT HAD TO WATCH THE GAME ON TV BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT AFFORD THE HIGH TICKET PRICES ARE THE ONES THAT SUFFERED THE MOST. MOST OF THEM DON’T GET THOSE HUGE PAYCHECKS LIKE THE PLAYERS AND ARTHUR BLANK. THE POUR THEIR HEART AND SOUL INTO EVERY PLAY, EVERY WIN AND EVERY LOSE. SPEND A LITTLE MONEY ON BETTER SCOUTS AND BETTER COACHES–OFFENSIVE COORD AND DEFENSIVE COORD. DON’T CONTINUE TO SETTLE FOR THE AVERAGE. DEFENSE WINS GAMES. OFFENSE MAKES IT HAPPEN. BUT, IF YOU DON’T STOP THE OTHER TEAM WITH DEFENSE YOU WILL NEVER WIN THE REALLY BIG GAME. LOOK AT THE FILM S MR B. THE DEFENSE DID NOTHING SUPER ALL YEAR. JUST ENOUGH TO WIN A FEW GAMES YOU SHOULD HAVE LOSS.

PMC

January 17th, 2011
1:15 pm

Appreciate that, I am impressed that all of them want to take accountability.

Unfortunately it’s just another big depressing loss to add to the long history of depressing losses.

They NEVER get the right amount of people in their prime at one time.

PMC

January 17th, 2011
1:16 pm

Today…. Matt Ryan is a whole lot more Kyle Orton than he is Tom Brady.

Tpeg

January 17th, 2011
1:18 pm

People, we have to hold our heads high because we know the media expects us to hang them. Three years ago our team was in shambles and even the bravest fans were scared to come out and admit they like the Falcons. In three years we became a team that the words ‘Super Bowl’ actually became correlated with. This is a young francise in terms of success. Eyes to the sky! Next year will be better.

Tim

January 17th, 2011
1:18 pm

How touching.

Smitch

January 17th, 2011
1:19 pm

Everytime Roddy open his mouth he proceeded to stick his foot in it. Usually had terrible games to back it up.

no excuses

January 17th, 2011
1:21 pm

IMHO, it was completely lost in the trenches – both on offense and defense.

t_height

January 17th, 2011
1:22 pm

I don’t think the fans want to hear any apology right now. Just move on. Roddy has struggled a lot the past 5 or 6 games. Can somebody tell me why Mularky didn’t do any interviews for head coach. he and matt ryans has really irritated me this year.

t_height

January 17th, 2011
1:24 pm

sorry i meant matt ryan

Irish65

January 17th, 2011
1:28 pm

Roddy,

You have had a great season, and with the attitude you have shown, next year will be better. Keep your head up and your attitude strong!!

Joe

January 17th, 2011
1:29 pm

Randy Moss? Is he still in the league? He is done. Sanchez is in 2 straight AFC because of the defense not him. This game was lost up front on both sides of the ball. Pressure on Ryan/no run game and no pressure on Rodgers all day was the biggest thing.

GT

January 17th, 2011
1:30 pm

Can you say STUNK???

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 17th, 2011
1:31 pm

Ray — I think you are right.

Nettie
— Glad you didn’t throw the grill off the deck.

Greg
– The Falcons won’t touch T.O. or Moss with a 10-foot pole. They’ve had 5 different times, including passing over him in the draft, to get T.O. They’ve passed every time.

two picks

January 17th, 2011
1:36 pm

Ryan’s two picks changed the entire atmosphere of the game. Once down, our defense was exposed. We need more talent and depth on that side of the ball. Owens will be gone.

Brian R

January 17th, 2011
1:37 pm

Although the city is very disappointed and heartbroken by this lost lets not got get caught up in this one season and look at the big picture this franchise is definitely headed in the right direction and any TRUE fan can see that OUR TIME is coming and soon with this talented core of young players only lacking a few small pieces. HOLD YOUR HEADS HIGH AND LOOK FWD TO 2011 RISE UP!!!!!!!

Cowboys

January 17th, 2011
1:40 pm

Havent you stupid fans learned by now that the Falcons are such losers

Cowboys

January 17th, 2011
1:41 pm

dont pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining -in my dr.phils voice

bruce mac

January 17th, 2011
1:43 pm

Same old Falcons, what is the big deal.

give me a break

January 17th, 2011
1:45 pm

Uh, you’re a Cowboys fan dude. I wouldn’t call anyone a loser if I were you.

C from Marietta

January 17th, 2011
1:45 pm

I agree with Brain R. This team is headed in the right direction. This is Matt Ryan’s 3rd year. Give him a chance. Yeah, he was bad on Saturday. Maybe, the Packers had something to do with that.

GT Alum

January 17th, 2011
1:47 pm

Well, and pairing T.O. and Ochocinco worked so well in Cincinnati this year, so pairing him with Roddy would have to work well. Not to mention how things went with Moss’ return to Minnesota. That kind of malcontent is just what a fairly stable franchise needs.

PappyHappy

January 17th, 2011
1:48 pm

Wonder if Tom Brady is doing the same thing (apologizing) to the New England fans today??

What have we learned this weekend you ask??

*Being top seeded doesn’t mean a lot!
*Having a bye may be dangerous for your future (get soft too quick)!
*Home field advantage may be a lot of hype!

C from Marietta

January 17th, 2011
1:48 pm

@Cowboys. YOur showing everyone on this blog that your an idiot. Only a fool would talk crap when their team was what 5-11. LOL.

JJ

January 17th, 2011
1:51 pm

Thank you Atlanta Falcons for a great season!!!!! I have really enjoyed watching you guys. I have been a die hard Falcons fan since 1980. I have been with you through all the ups and downs, and this was the best season we have had in a very long time!!!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

Reid Adair

January 17th, 2011
1:53 pm

I have no doubt that Roddy White and all of the players were very disappointed with the performance Saturday night, just as Coach Mike Smith said in his post-game press conference and again yesterday.

I never cease to be amazed by the bandwagon fans and the self-proclaimed “fans” who want to do nothing but criticize. Saturday night wasn’t good at all, but people need to look at the big picture.

Since the arrival of Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith prior to 2008, this team has posted three consecutive winning seasons (11-6, 9-7 and 13-4). By contrast, from 1999 to 2007, the team posted a losing record in six of those nine seasons.

In two of the three years, they’ve made the playoffs (2008 and 2010); this is only the third time in the franchise’s history that they’ve been to the playoffs two out of three years.

In two of the three years, Mike Smith has been named NFL Coach of the Year.

Critics of Matt Ryan? In case you missed it, he tied Dan Marino for most wins in his first three years as a NFL starter with 33. Yes, that’s regular-season games – but it’s still impressive. Ryan is a solid quarterback, and he will continue to get better.

I am convinced that this organization is built for the long haul, and the team will continue to improve. They have improved every year since Coach Smith arrived. There’s no reason to believe that the improvement won’t continue.

Too many people get caught up in what the media says. Some media members said Saturday night’s loss made the entire season a failure; those same people, ironically, said nothing about the Patriots, the AFC’s #1 seed, losing to the #6 seed Jets yesterday. As opposed to the Falcons, the Patriots were picked to win their division in the pre-season and were a Super Bowl favorite.

So, folks can jump off the bandwagon all they want. The false “fans” can continue to call in to talk shows with their absurd complaints and post them on these forums with their cute, fake names. Fans of this organization who have been with the team 10, 15, 20 years or more have long since learned to ignore them and the media critics.

Roll Tide

January 17th, 2011
1:53 pm

in a town so full of haters it doesn’t surprise me the way our teams seem to revert to cave man status on the biggest stages. It is staggering how many people in Ga. get off on seeing Atlanta lose. It’s like they’re scared of going with the flock because the butcher is waiting on the other side of the door. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT! If celebrating when teams that represent the city or state you live in lose is the only way you have to noticed, maybe you should take guitar lessons or something….Mr. Blank, SIGN CALVIN JOHNSON, TRADE MICHAEL TURNER FOR SOME DRAFT PICKS, DRAFT MARK INGRAM, FIND SOME UGLY, SMELLY, VIOLENT BEAST TO PUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DEFENSIVE LINE, REBUILD THE SECONDARY, AND FIND A DOMINATING MIDDLE LINEBACKER THAT CAN RUN THE DEFENSE AND HOLD THE OTHER GUYS ACCOUNTABLE…and yes i am available if you need to shake up the front office…

Nativebird

January 17th, 2011
1:54 pm

Coaching. It was c l e a r that Mularkey and Van Gorder were outclassed in every way.

JASon

January 17th, 2011
1:55 pm

shut up roddy, this loss had nothing to do with you

OK

January 17th, 2011
1:56 pm

Season tix holder here, that goes a long way. Thanks Roddy. I am sorry my wife and I left in the 3rd quarter.

Timbo

January 17th, 2011
1:57 pm

I admire his candor and honesty.

No crying in Football/Baseball/Basketball/Hockey- PERIOD!

January 17th, 2011
1:57 pm

In Life in any capacity…we are only as strong as are weakest link. A sports franchise is a reflection of its fans. Not the shirt wearers, but the true fans, for it is the true fans that grieve for this season as if we lost a close friend or relative. For we know we squandered a #1 seed and how rare it is for us to be in the situation we were. Nevertheless, we must rise…just as our city rose from Ashes after it was burned. In the causal link-we must REMAIN STRONG & VIGILANT & ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT WERE EXPOSED. WE ALL KNOW WHAT THEY WERE…The point is…Anyone can celebrate a victory…but a true testament to your character is how you deal with adversity…it doesn’t get any more adverse than this….trust me…Im a grown man with an Atlanta Falcons bed spread…and I will not change my sheets…just as I won’t change who I am…FALCON IV LIFE & SO IT IS & SO IT SHALL BE….as Maya said & STILL I RISE…so TRUE FANS…RISE WITH ME

WHO DAT SB44 CHAMPS

January 17th, 2011
1:58 pm

Roddy White still havent learned his lesson from tweeting from the week leading up to the monday game between the Saints/Pidgeons, we actually are loving the way the pidgeons got thrashed by the packers for the simple fact how the pidgeon fans were talking like yall had an automatic bid to the superbowl. OVERRATED ALL YEAR, HAD THE #1 SEED, HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE AND DID JUST WHAT A PIDGEON WOULD DO…LAY AN EGG, LMAO!!!! I kno the pidgeon fans are sick to their stomach, every sports show is talking about yall but i’m gonna leave the pidgeon fans alone and go polish off our LOMBARDI TROPHY…SOMETHING THE PIDGEONS DONT HAVE AND WILL NEVER GET, LOL!!!!