Roddy White and Julio Jones better duo than Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks?

The Falcons segment on NFL Network’s Gameday featured an outspoken wide receiver with a proven track record of leading his team to greatness.

Roddy White was part of it, too.

Michael Irvin, Hall of Fame playmaker, visited Flowery Branch last week and interviewed White and teammate Julio Jones. Irvin asked White if Atlanta’s duo is better than Cowboys wide receiver tandem Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.

“You serious?” White said, an appropriate response to that question.

Are they better than the Giants’ pair, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz?

“We are a better group than them,” White said, a less obvious answer to that question. “I’m not taking shots at people. Victor Cruz is a lot more of a slot receiver. The big boys play on the outside.”

Not sure where Cruz lined up when he shredded the 49ers in the NFC championship game last year. At least White didn’t mention Nicks, who dominated the Falcons in the playoffs last year while White was part of that infamous scoreless effort.

White shored up his Pro Bowl credentials by making game-winning plays against the Panthers Sunday. Still, he has to ask Cruz and Hicks what it feels like to win a playoff game.

Irvin brought up Atlanta’s offensive flatlining against the Giants in the playoffs and wanted to know why the unit is humming now. White cited confidence and the influence of offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

“Everything is set up exactly like we thought it was going to be and now it’s time to go get it,” White said. “So if we don’t win a playoff game, Roddy is going to be upset!”

He’s not the only one.

Newton’s ‘sulking situation’ dissected

Not surprisingly, Cam Newton’s “sulking situation,”as Fox play-by-play man Dick Stockton called it, was a big topic for today’s TV talkers.

Newton, the former Westlake High star, pouted on the bench late in Carolina’s blowout defeat to the Giants last week. Irvin set up White with a lob by asking if Matt Ryan would ever do such a thing, and White obliged by dunking it.

“He would never do that,” White said of Ryan. “We’ve taken some beatings around here my past eight years of being here. I’ve just never seen that type of behavior. No, that’s not acceptable.”

Newton also took some heat for his touchdown dance late in Carolina’s loss to the Giants. Surely that had to perturb Fox color analyst John Lynch, the former hard-hitting NFL safety on his way to the Hall of Fame.

No, it didn’t. Lynch said he likes Newton’s enthusiasm.

“If you are a defense and you don’t want him dancing, you’ve got to stop him,” he said after Netwon broke out in a dance following a touchdown run against the Falcons.

Short takes

  • Watching a replay of Carolina’s Charles Johnson bull rush Atlanta’s Tyson Clabo and grab Ryan in like two seconds, Lynch said: “That’s really a coverage sack.” Got to get open faster, Falcons receivers.
  • In the latest sign that the replacement refs debacle made everyone pro-union, Fox NFL Sunday’s Howie Long characterized the lockout as “31 owners trying to squeeze the last quarter out of negotiations.” You know it’s bad for the owners when they get ripped by a guy who’s used his Fox forum to take off-topic shots at Al Gore and President Obama.
  • Fox reporter Jay Glazer asked Eagles coach Andy Reid about his comments last week that Michael Vick is his starting quarterback “for now.” “[Reid] said, ‘You know what, semantics, that’s what got me,’” Glazer reported, and by “semantics” Reid must mean “honesty.”
  • Steve Mariucci’s “bold prediction” during the NFL Network studio show: “Matt Ryan of the Falcons will have three 100-yard receivers. . . . ‘Matty Ice’ will have four ‘bills’ passing.”

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Waffle House

September 30th, 2012
8:02 pm

Waffle House

September 30th, 2012
8:03 pm

Good job falcons…


September 30th, 2012
8:32 pm

Where is d led and the ajc coverage for this game. I going to help instead of complain

1. Mike smith pushing our d line coach

2. Cam sitting in locker room with blue towel over his head for 15 minutes

3. Matt Ryan circa 2008 Chicago Game

4. Michael turner big game and first receiving TD

There you go

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GA Giants fan

September 30th, 2012
10:37 pm

Try beating the Giants then you can start talkin smack Roddy….until then you’re a bridesmaid.

I usually just read but...

October 1st, 2012
8:10 am

Glad we won. Esp after playing so poorly. Should have never been that close. D was slopply. O line couldn’t hold point and at least 4 sacks Mat took he could have thrown the ball away imo. No, I couldn’t have done better, but I’m not a player making the big bucks. We were lucky to get out of this one with a W. This was the panthers, not the 9er’s, giants, pack or anything to be confused with the top teams and we did little to stop them with the superior talent we have. Maybe I’m just upset because they almost gave me a stroke. I’ll be back for more next week.

mike hawkes

October 1st, 2012
11:41 am

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October 1st, 2012
11:41 am

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The Austrian Brotherhood

October 1st, 2012
11:41 am

Ledbetter fails to make the distinction between private sector unions and public sector unions. Guess what the distinction is. Here’s a clue. It’s a significant difference. One can’t make arguments for or against without acknowledging this difference it’s so damm big…and obvious. So what is it?

GA Giants Doubter

October 1st, 2012
4:27 pm

Hey, GA… you report as though you were on the field for last year’s 1st-round win by the Giants. Face it, you are scared… yes, scared like a little GIRL… worrying about a 2012 Falcons’ dismantling of your little Giants. Hahaha.

Football Life

October 2nd, 2012
12:11 pm

Straight Statstics here other than one comment to Doubter. White is unfounded here because in his whole career he has never had a 1500+ yard season like Cruz. Yes he has had some excellent 1300 and 1100 yard seasons but don’t call out a guy wearing a ring who has beaten your stats…from the slot. In the past 5 years the Giants have won 2 Superbowls . Falcons since inception? 0. In last years playoff murder the NYG amassed 442 yards to the AF 247 and Nicks had as many yards asJones and White combined (115 to 64+42).Eli Manning scored the points for both teams giving the Falcons their only points when he stepped on the goal line during a throwaway that resulted in a safety. The Birds were owned by New York.The games that count most are the Postseason! So Doubter…Scared? Hahaha? Grow up and try following the game. It’s blinding to stare at an empty Trophy case.. Ask the Eagles who beat the Giants yesterday who also have never had a Lombardi.


October 2nd, 2012
6:54 pm




October 4th, 2012
2:09 pm

Lol roddy white is stupid! Miles Austin and dez Bryant is the best tandom in the league and Cruz and nicks are great also. Julio and roddy are a good tandom but Julio and roddy both drop way too many catches to be talking like they r..

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October 5th, 2012
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