Roddy White was not happy with his drops

 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Seattle. AP

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Seattle. AP

SEATTLE – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was in a downcast mood after the Falcons victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

It wasn’t the gray skies or the rainy weekend spent in the Pacific Northwest, either.

For the second game in a row, White, the Falcons All-Pro wide receiver, had two dropped passes in the fourth quarter. One of his drops against Tampa Bay could have given the Falcons a lead and perhaps avoided a 16-13 defeat.

Against Seattle, his drops were not as crucial, but could have helped the offense run out the clock.

“Right now, I’m not playing at a high level,” White said. “I’m not really helping my team. I have to fix myself so that we can perform better. We’ll get better.”

White was targeted on 11 passes. He made six catches for 78 yards, including a 26-yarder that set up Michael Turner’s 1-yard touchdown run to give the Falcons a 21-7 lead in the second quarter.

White overcame a problem with drops earlier in his career.

“Yeah, those are plays that I usually make,” White said. “I’ve just got to make them. I can’t keep putting my team in bad situations.”

White has been bothered by a deep thigh bruise he suffered in the preseason. He was listed on the Friday injury report as being questionable for the game. He doesn’t want to use the injury as an excuse, even though he hasn’t fully practice for the last two weeks.

“As long as I’m out there, I expect to play at a high level,” White said. “Hurt or not hurt, it really doesn’t matter. I just have to go out there and help my team win. I just have to get better.”

Rookie Julio Jones helped to carry the passing attack. He finished with 11 catches for 127 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard game. He was targeted 17 times.

“Julio is doing a good job,” White said. “He’s going out there and making plays. He made some big plays today. We needed every last one of them. So, he just has to continue to be Julio, stretch the field and make big catches for us.”

Quarterback Matt Ryan, who completed 28 of 42 passes for 291 yards and one touchdown, plans to stick with White through this little rough patch.

“My thinking is, Roddy is going to make those plays,” Ryan said. “He has done it for such a long time and he’s going to continue to do it for us. It’s a long season. There are still a lot of plays for him to make and he’s going to make them. My confidence never wavers with him.”

White believes the offense needs to put two halves together.

“We can’t go out there and just play well and then be up and down, up and down,” White said.

Jones concurs.

“We are up and down every week,” Jones said. “We have to be steady. We just have to keep working on that as an offense.”

Jones was happy with his 11 catches.

“It went OK,” Jones said. “There is still a lot of room for improvement.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Jordan

October 2nd, 2011
11:16 pm

Jordan

October 2nd, 2011
11:16 pm

Wow my first first

Hamp

October 2nd, 2011
11:45 pm

Love my team but i’m worried! Why the step back from last year? What are we lacking? I know we don’t play in the second half but why?

NJFalcon

October 2nd, 2011
11:50 pm

We’re still in training camp mode (lock-out). Week 6-7 look out for these falcons. Defense is playing well. By then it will be very stout. Go falcons!!!

Henry D.

October 2nd, 2011
11:58 pm

NJFalcon- defense is playing well? What team are you watching? Absoliutely no pressure on the quarterback. receivers still running wide open with no cover men within 8 yards of them. Leaving guys wide open in the end zone. They stink.

BVG needs to be gone after this year.

curse's of roddy white

October 2nd, 2011
11:59 pm

very powerful vo0do0 white, the curse will be with you ! u see u all will see

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robert

October 3rd, 2011
12:02 am

julio was not under contract and he was at summer team only work outs on the reg. roddy stayed on the sideline or didn’t show up and arrogance has clouded his head. you have to work constantly to make it on this level. you can’t let success get to your head. time to get it together roddy.

OPEN YOUR EYES

October 3rd, 2011
12:03 am

ITS SO FUNNY HOW THERE WOULD BE ALOT MORE PEOPLE ON THIS BLOG, IF SEATTLE WOULD’VE WON! LOL! THE OFFENSE LOOKED VERY BALANCED AND EFFICIENT THE FIRST HALF. THE SECOND HALF WAS JUST A DISASTER!OUR RUNNING GAME WAS NON-EXSISTANT AND MATT RYAN FOR SOME REASON KEPT OVER-THROWNING SLIGHTLY OPEN RECEIVERS. THIS IS STARTING TO BE COME AN ISSUE, WE NEED MATT RYAN TO MAKE THOSE THROWS TO MAKE THE DEFENSE PLAY THE RUN HONEST. BUT IF YOU CAN’T MAKE THOSE THROWS THEN TEAMS WILL ALWAYS STACK PEOPLE IN THE BOX TO STOP THE RUN. THERE WAS A FEW TIMES WHERE JULIO JONES BEAT THE COVERAGE YET MATT COULDN’T LAY THE BALL IN THERE. THAT IS WHAT SEPARATES A GOOD QUARTERBACK FROM A GREAT QUARTERBACK. RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED MATT RYAN WILL JUST HAVE TO KEEP PRACTICING THOSE THROWS IN PRACTICE UNTIL, AND IF HE CAN’T MAKE THOSE THROWS WE WILL NEVER SNIFF A SUPER BOWL.

NOW THE DEFENSE REALLY CONCERNS ME AFTER WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. WE ALL KNOW TAVARIS JACKSON IS NOT THAT GOOD THROWING THE BALL, YET HE TORCHED OUR SECONDARY ONCE AGAIN FOR 300+ YARDS. KEEP IN MIND THAT WE HAVE THE PACKERS NEXT WEEK IN A REMATCH FROM LAST YEAR, AND ARRON RODGERS IS LOOKING FOR BLOOD. BRIAN VANGORDER NEEDS TO ADDRESS THIS SOFT ZONE SCHEME, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY ITS NOT WORKING AGAINST ANY QUARTERBACK WE FACE. IF HE DOESN’T FIX THIS, THEN WE MIGHT BE LOOKING AT A “DEBACLE IN THE DOME PT. 2″ COMING UP THIS SUNDAY.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST I’D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS, WHICH DID DECENT COMPARED TO THE LATER WEEKS. IT SEEMS AS IF MATT BOSHER’S KICKING LEG IS GETTING STRONGER AND STRONGER EVER WEEK. BUT WITH ALL THAT SAID I REALLY DO HOPE THE FALCONS CAN PUT TOGETHER A GOOD, UNPREDICTABLE, AND EFFICIENT GAMEPLAN AGAINST THE PACKERS THIS WEEK. MATT RYAN REALLY NEEDS TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH ROODY WHITE TO GET THIS DROPPING PASS FIASCO CLEANED UP. I REALLY DO HOPE WE GET JONATHAN BABINEAX BACK THIS WEEK SO WE CAN GENERATE CONSTANT PRESSURE AND HITS ON ARRON RODGERS. WE NEED TO KNOCK HIM AROUND SO HE WONT GET TOO COMFORTABLE IN THE POCKET AND PICK US APART. IF WE CAN DO THIS THEN MAYBE WE CAN HAVE A BETTER CHANCE TO WIN. GO FALCONS!!!!

dawgforlife

October 3rd, 2011
12:07 am

its the dadgummed soft zone…I HATE that thing…so what if we get burned a time or two deep…lets man up, get physical with these receivers, and BLITZ more…were trying to keep them out of field goal range..rushing three…dropping 8 in a soft zone almost like we’re playing prevent with a three touchdown lead…our players on defense are very fast and athletic…it is completely scheme and being passive…we need to attack!

OPEN YOUR EYES

October 3rd, 2011
12:09 am

SPOT ON!!! @DAWGFORLIFE

CGD..

October 3rd, 2011
12:13 am

Arron is just warming up after putting up 49 today!

Up next: Greenbay 55, Falcons 28

U-G-L-Y!

CGD..

October 3rd, 2011
12:14 am

Hey Coach Clean Shot, WHEWWWWWWWWW!

CGD..

October 3rd, 2011
12:16 am

Gave up 4 TD’s to a lousy team….Ugly Win! Lots to be concerned about but hey Coach u aint seen nothing yet! lol

painter

October 3rd, 2011
12:24 am

You wonder what happened at halftime. Guys high-fiving, coaches with their feet up? When are these guys gonna learn that the successful teams don’t relax. I also agree the playcalling was a little iffy. Run, run, incomplete pass. I’m glad we won though.

ueeediot

October 3rd, 2011
1:13 am

Whew, thank goodness for a win.
2-2 is workable.

Coaching issues abound in this game.
Mike Smith’s emotional challenge of an obvious dropped pass by White.

Pete Carroll was stupid not to call time out with 2:30 left on the clock with the Falcons 3rd and 6. You call timeout there…you let 3rd down happen and make a stop, get the ball back with either more than 2 minutes or around 1:52.

Fortunately, for Pete Carroll, Mike Mularkey and Mike Smith are worse at clock management than he is and called a pass play which had Matt rolling to his left with the idea to throw cross body at a receiver already past him. So after an incomplete pass, instead of a run play to try to get half the distance needed, the clock stops and you basically have given a time out to the sea hawks.

The Falcons were lucky to overcome Mularkey’s pathetic play calling in the second half.
Way to payback the defense for bailing out and getting an interception in the endzone by running in the middle twice with 9 in the box and then a simple goal line formation pass play for 2 yds. 3 plays, punt 2 minutes off the clock and with a decent punt return youve squandered a 20 point lead and let them back in the game.

Next week Mike Smith has a chance to show if January was a fluke, or if you have any answer for real coaches who know how to game plan.

lowdownjj

October 3rd, 2011
1:50 am

I still love ya Roddy. Damn the haters…lil more stickum next game though just the same. Nicholas must be benged up, 2nd straight Daddy Mustafa has started. Need Babs back for Pack.Love the Missourri Hammer’s hits!Quizz looked good again today. Snells better watch his back. Spoonman showing up more and more also. D coming together. Any news on Mud Duck?

Regina

October 3rd, 2011
2:41 am

Excuses, excuses,excuses four weeks in the season and we see the defense nt getting pressure on the quarterback, dbs leaving wrs open, the of line not stopping anyone from getting to the qb and roddy white playing like his first season. When will the real falcons show up. This is pathetic and unexcusable to see every week. The whole team stinks!

Michael M.

October 3rd, 2011
7:23 am

Point to Roddy White……as in movie ……Karate Kid, “Stay focused Danielson, Focus ! “

CGD..

October 3rd, 2011
8:59 am

“Next week Mike Smith has a chance to show if January was a fluke, or if you have any answer for real coaches who know how to game plan.”

Fluke? Chicago was a Fluke too? Hmmmmmm…

PMC

October 3rd, 2011
9:30 am

Roddy White is too good a WR for that. It happens, this will motivate him. He’s been running awesome routes. He’s getting open doing all the hard work. Time to put the tennis ball gloves on again at practice.

The good news this week is that unlike the last game vs the packers now there are 2 guys Ryan can go to on big downs. I hope they can continue using option routes and drags. Maybe Matt and the receivers can get into a good rhythm this week.

Roddy needs more targets.

CGD..

October 3rd, 2011
11:29 am

“THERE WAS A FEW TIMES WHERE JULIO JONES BEAT THE COVERAGE YET MATT COULDN’T LAY THE BALL IN THERE. THAT IS WHAT SEPARATES A GOOD QUARTERBACK FROM A GREAT QUARTERBACK. RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED MATT RYAN WILL JUST HAVE TO KEEP PRACTICING THOSE THROWS IN PRACTICE UNTIL, AND IF HE CAN’T MAKE THOSE THROWS WE WILL NEVER SNIFF A SUPER BOWL. ”

Should have drafted Flaco…21-2 @ home = 0 playoff wins….Yawn..

Pete

October 3rd, 2011
11:44 am

Roddy White is the LEAST of the Falcon’s problems. The very least.
A non existant D secondary along with a feeble, lame, pathetic pass rush is what will allow Aaron Rodgers to set a new NFL passing record next Sunday nite in the “shopping mall” Dome.

Dave from Decatur

October 3rd, 2011
11:47 am

Whoever that was blitzing from the left side on Seattle’s last 3rd down saved the game. Made Jackson hurry and throw a bad pass. Anybody know who that was? Seattle’s false start helped, but that kick wasn’t going to be any better from 56 yards than 61. But a completed pass on 3rd down would have made things interesting. Kudos to one successful blitz all game!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & TIred

October 3rd, 2011
11:50 am

I totally agree with all of the folks complaining about Vangorder’s defensive soft zone coverages. Aaron Rogers is going to throw the ball all night long if the Falcons play that soft zone coverage dropping 8 back and only rushing 3 linemen. Unless Vangorder comes up with something different it might be a real long night this Sunday.

I was one of those folks hoping that some other team would have taken Mularkey during the off season. Hell…..I’d even chip in some serious money if any team wants to take him right now!!!!!

Loserville USA

October 3rd, 2011
11:52 am

We need to blitz the crap out of Rodgers next Sunday.

I’d rather see them score 50 getting burned on blitzes over letting that guy just sit back there and have his way.

It’s all about the hits.

Elvis

October 3rd, 2011
12:19 pm

I will ask this question again, maybe you can answer DLed…why dont we run Ovie in the redzone? A fake to Turner and give to Ovie on a misdirect would be a beautiful thing to watch. Also, I have yet to see a WR run an up the middle mid-range route and be thrown to, say a 20-25 yard completion, All we seem to throw are out routes and sideline patterns which are 50/50 at best. I hate to join the chorus but if you cannot see Ryans lack of zip on the ball on the long throws then you just arent watching, He has to step and wind up rather than just gun it down there…he needs to address arm strength by conditioning.

Barton

October 3rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Amen to that Loserville. Maybe we can get some of those little pieces of rubber from the field in his eye. Just figure out where he likes to throw his hot and sneak a safety in. I know its easier than it sounds, but damn its frustrating as a fan to watch a QB just stand there even if we do win.

Thomas

October 3rd, 2011
12:28 pm

Eagles lost again. That dream team is turning into a nightmare for them.

Matty Ice will have to have one of his signature 4th quarter win if we are gonna beat the packers Sunday night.

This defense is horrible.

CGD..

October 3rd, 2011
12:28 pm

Arron throws 45yrd rockets/darts into 1 foot squares. Means not defensible….Clinic?

CGD..

October 3rd, 2011
12:29 pm

The Eagles are now 1-7 in their last eight games.

Andy Reid is toast!!!!!!!!!!

Delta is Ready Andy NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peter

October 3rd, 2011
1:00 pm

Well I think Roddy needs to step it up….. his drop is the reason we didn’t take the lead in Tampa Bay !

truth

October 3rd, 2011
1:01 pm

it still amazes me that Matt ryan hasnt thrown for more than 330 yards (took 47 attempts) in his career.. he has so many weapons.

Cam Newton has thrown over that in 3 of 4 games with less weapons. Falcons have no confidence in Ryan

Golden Talons

October 3rd, 2011
1:06 pm

Biggest issue right now is lack of pass rush on defense. Seattle’s QB pretty much had all day to throw, most of the time. No defensive backfield IN THE LEAGUE covers without a good pass rush up front. The offense set up the first half for the kill and the “D” let Seattle back into the game. Blitz maybe?

DC Dirty Bird

October 3rd, 2011
1:12 pm

We have got to have the worst 3rd down defense in the league thanks to BVG. It’s like he hasn’t done any game planning. 3rd and 6+ equals soft zone and weak blitz. I really can’t remember the defenses in Jacksonville being this vanilla and lacking agression.

I’m sick and tired of the Falcons holding on to mediocre coaches and players because they are “good people”. Undoubtedly having locker room chemistry is paramount, but Mularkey and BVG must go. We need an OC who can really develop Matt Ryan, not coddle him such that he can keep his job. Oh and is it me or do we have some of the simpliest route patterns in the NFL? We need a DC who’s capable of designing defenses that take advantage of the athleticsm of our LB’s and safeties. Can we have WillieMo and Decoud work more on man coverage so that we can blitz from the corner and OLB more often?

jussme

October 3rd, 2011
1:14 pm

TRADE BAKER,OVIE, AND THROW IN DOUGLAS TOO FOR A QUALITY LEFT TACKLE. DUNTA NEEDS TO BE RELEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AprilS

October 3rd, 2011
1:28 pm

Roddy if you stop your twitter rants and trash-talk you can focus more on the task at hand!

AprilS

October 3rd, 2011
1:30 pm

The way Aaron Rodgers is playing right now, (LIKE A MAN POSSESSED) Nobody will be able to stop him, definitely not the falcons!

Greg Moundine

October 3rd, 2011
1:37 pm

Rush 3 and play zone D and dare Rodgers to run. We must have spy on him. Counter Attack with an attack by having Ryan run at times!

Blue

October 3rd, 2011
1:41 pm

Truth; How many games has Cam won so far?

tidog

October 3rd, 2011
1:43 pm

The corner and safety play seems so out of sync in zone coverage. It’s as though no one is covering their zone. Guys are constantly looking at one another after the receiver makes the catch in the zone opening. They don’t seem to have a skill set for man cover or for zone cover. One would think a rush would help but with these guys ummm. Congrats to Tavarris Jackson, but this kid had a career day against that secondary. I feel like it’ll be a loooonng night against Rodgers and the Packers.

truth

October 3rd, 2011
1:47 pm

He has won one game.. he dominated the defense (chicago) that made Ryan look like a high school quarterback

CGD..

October 3rd, 2011
1:48 pm

It will be a short night! Its over by halftime…..

mark

October 3rd, 2011
1:48 pm

the defense its gonna get torched i didnt see any team in the nfl cover like that its like always its somebody open take the sea td every time a reciver was alone in the end zone no cover no blitz no zip! we all know what aaron r its gonna rip us apart like a saw movie and its gonna be ugly but maybe its what we need to get that DC fired if you make look tavaris like dan marino you r in trouble

Stevie B

October 3rd, 2011
1:51 pm

Its good to see the W, but do we ever have work to do. I am very disappointed that we took our foot of the gas in the second half. Roddy did remind me of his early days of his career. I thought we were over that. I am proud of him for recognizing it and I believe he will be determined to step up his play. Our defensive secondary continues to be a problem and I am no expert of running a offense, but even I know what we are going to do before we do it. The run run, pass it way too predictable. I think we are going to have a better game against Greenbay. I believe we will see more audibles by Ryan which should take Mullarky out of the equation. I am hoping this soft zone defense goes away. One big thing I noticed is that Ryan was getting rid of the ball quickly. This made the offensive line look better. I hope we continue that path and see more play action.

CGD..

October 3rd, 2011
1:52 pm

Mr Blank if your squad gives up 55-63 plus points. You should fire this coaching staff pronto…

Remember yall were pick by fanatics and experts to be in the SB this year….Hugh????????

Roy

October 3rd, 2011
1:55 pm

Same old problem no pass rush!

I'm with ATL teams (Always)

October 3rd, 2011
2:00 pm

Roddy Need to be in 2010 form not 2008(Too many dropped passes).

TBone

October 3rd, 2011
2:05 pm

Hey Roddy has been a pillar for the Falcons for a few years now. He has earned some respect and some of you need to get off his back. I’ll take him over most wide outs in the NFL to make the catch when needed. Go Birds!

CGD..

October 3rd, 2011
2:10 pm

Birds should be 3-1 instead of 3-2..Thanks to Roddy’s Jenkins type drop all alone on the flats 10 yds from the end zone…That was huge?