NFL Network: National media flocking to White for quips

10412 ATLANTA: Falcons fans celebrate being 8-0 after defeating the Cowboys at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

10412 ATLANTA: Falcons fans celebrate being 8-0 after defeating the Cowboys at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — I flipped on ESPN2 yesterday and my man Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were embracing debate over whether the Jets should play Tim Tebow.

There was another clip where Stephen, my former NABJ basketball tournament teammate and 3-time NABJ champion, wouldn’t answer Lomas Brown’s question about whether if the Jets are going to make the playoffs.

The Jets are 3-5 mind you and look horrible.

But because their coach is a Carnival Barker and is fast with the quips, the Jets are on national television all the time.

The 8-0 Falcons, not so much.

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) celebrates his touchdown with teammate wide receiver Roddy White (84) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) celebrates his touchdown with teammate wide receiver Roddy White (84) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Part of the reason is because with head coach Mike Smith, it’s about the football and not the one-liners. Also, quarterback Matt Ryan keeps it pretty bland, too. He’s cool as the other side of the pillow and loosens up as soon as the cameras click off.

So, all the Falcons have is wide receiver Roddy White, who’ll say just about anything and the affable Tony Gonzalez. I think Thomas DeCoud is a great interview, but a New York station called to set up an interview late last week and didn’t know the future Pro Bowler’s name or that he was second in the league in interceptions.

With the national media forced to pay attention, they’ve flocked to White and Gonzalez. White was on Jim Rome’s show and NFL Total Access on the NFL Network this week.

Here is the transcript of the entire interview NFL Total Access on NFL Network:

On his comments that the Falcons have ‘the pedigree to go undefeated’: “We have good enough players that we can pull this thing off. We’ve been playing well enough on offense, defense and on special teams to go out there and win games week in and week out. I feel like this team gets better week in and week out. So if we can just continue to do what we’ve been doing, go out there and play hard, and not have any setbacks, we can run the table. We think we can.”

On if they feel they can run the table and win the Super Bowl without losing a game: “We feel like we can do that. We’re going to take it one game at a time. This week is New Orleans so we’re going to have to go down there and get us a win to keep this streak going. We felt like coming into this season and going through the preseason we did a lot of good things. We just wanted to translate it throughout the season. It’s all coming together like we planned and we’re going out there playing ball. Guys are flying around, we’re going out there making plays and just loving each other. Just going out there every week and getting W’s.”

On Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan: “He’s just been consistent throughout the whole year. Every game he’s been going out there and hitting all of the reads, giving us opportunities to make plays on the outside, and keeping the chains moving. That’s all we want to do, just keep the chains moving, keep out third down percentage up. He’s been doing a heck of a job of doing that, just getting in the red zone and scoring points. Our defense has been doing a heck of a job getting us turnovers and with short fields he’s been doing a heck of a job of getting out there and scoring touchdowns. He does a heck of a job getting us off to fast starts too. He just has to continue to be what he is, and that’s consistent, and we’ll go out there and we’ll win games.”

On facing the New Orleans Saints this weekend: “It’s a rivalry game and we always get up for this one. These two teams kind of have a hatred for each other. When we get together, we like to mix it up. We just have to stay focused about what they’re doing on defense and go out there and be calm, cool and collected, move the chains. Don’t get too overly excited. They’ve given up some big plays this year, they’re giving up a lot of yardage but the last two games, they’ve gotten a lot of turnovers and a lot of sacks. We have to be focused, hit our Q’s, go out there and when we get the ball in our hands make plays.”

On the Super Bowl being in New Orleans this year: “I’m planning to get down there twice this year.”


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November 10th, 2012
10:29 am



November 10th, 2012
10:47 am

It’s ok to have one or two players with character. Go Falcons


November 10th, 2012
11:11 am

Roddy is a leader Among others. He’s been there He’s done that !! Look how long it took for Elway to get his rings !! This team has been on a mission for several years now. Over all this team is still young !! The falcons are for real !! Your Terrys & Jimmys & alike don’t think they have what it takes to make it happen !! But they have been putting this together for awhile now !! They’re passing game speaks for it’s self !! But don’t forget they still have a strong running game !! J.J. Walker wrote a song ” They call me the Breeze” The next line was And I keep rolling down the road !! Well that’s where the Siants will be after this sunday !! Kicked to the curb & rolling Down the losing road !! RISE UP & GETUSUM !!!!!!!!


November 10th, 2012
11:32 am

roddy and gonzo are great guys ..true pro bowlers ,but I like mike smith and Ryan approach ,when you are vague with Ansewers or questions even comments its pretty manipulating and it has everyone wandering how they feel ,the results to the media from Matty and mike is WINS


November 10th, 2012
11:36 am

Joe Namaths rant on the jets was much better. He called out the whole gang !


November 10th, 2012
11:48 am

Be careful Roddy,winning is skill and luck. Lady Luck gets very annoyed when we put forth words (energy) that tries to run out in front of her.


November 10th, 2012
12:06 pm

the Atlanta falcons have earned the right to talk some trash..8-0 is quite a feat in the nfl…just run up the score on the aints …i hate them

Jerry Glanville's Beltbuckle

November 10th, 2012
12:23 pm

i hate them 2, let’s run up 50+ points on the stinky aint’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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November 10th, 2012
12:58 pm

Sean Payton = Bobby Petrino. Liar, cheater, and an ethical loser…could there be a better fit for the Aints?

Mike Franklin

November 10th, 2012
1:36 pm

I love Roddy but the trash talk does nothing but fire up an opponent. he needs to learn to put his brain in gear before putting that mouth in motion.


November 10th, 2012
1:36 pm

@zbulldawg ……. J.J. Walker wrote a song ” They call me the Breeze” ACTUALLY It was J. J. Cale

BUT I AGREE KICK THOSE N.O. loser to the curb stomp on them and kickem’ down the road


November 10th, 2012
1:48 pm

Much ado about no big deal………………


November 10th, 2012
2:01 pm

Y’all kill me…this is sooooo not a rant. I saw the interview and Roddy was as jovial as they get and answered the question calmly and cooly. You media types are really hard to listen to when you regurgitate something into a different interpretation just to get people to read or watch JUST like Stephen A. and that troll Skip Gutless. Are sales that low?

Braves #17 Fan

November 10th, 2012
2:12 pm

Relax folks. Go Falcons!


November 10th, 2012
2:29 pm

D-man..thanks for the description. That is exactly how I thought it was. Roddy has remembered to have Fun playing the game. The pay’s good too.


November 10th, 2012
2:38 pm

did you really have to let us know Steven A is your homey? D ledbetter I always thought you were a waterboy, hard to believe you could handle the rock.


November 10th, 2012
2:47 pm

Best thing ever to happen to New Orleans? Katrina.


November 10th, 2012
3:13 pm

There is always one person to make a stupid Katrina comment.

D. Orlando Jocksniffer

November 10th, 2012
3:28 pm

I was at the gym today. Did I mention that Stephen A. Smith, my boy, worked out on the same bench I did one time. I got some of his @$$ sweat on me. It was awesome. I don’t think I will take a shower for a month!!!


November 10th, 2012
3:40 pm


Drew Brees

November 10th, 2012
3:57 pm

I’m gonna smoke you fools like crack!

Drew Brees

November 10th, 2012
4:00 pm

I look pretty with that Lombardi.

Matty Ice

November 10th, 2012
4:02 pm

I’m trying to get paid. I don’t give a damn about playoff wins.

Rick Patel

November 10th, 2012
4:18 pm

While Roddy had Rome in front of him, he should have slapped the jerk down like Jim Everett did.

Michael M.

November 10th, 2012
4:38 pm

Trash talking is good and it builds you up to play well in a game

Mike Franklin

November 10th, 2012
4:58 pm

Trash talking is cheap and it builds your opponents up to play well in a game


November 10th, 2012
4:58 pm

Roddy White is a damn fool! I can’t stand him with his ghetto a$#!


November 10th, 2012
5:04 pm

U atl fans really think y’all going to win this wknd. IDIOTS

Mike Franklin

November 10th, 2012
5:08 pm

blove – We gotta win. No choice… you go down in your own house.


November 10th, 2012
5:25 pm

ESPN famous for always kissing @ss big market teams (NY, la, Boston, Chicago) however Atlanta as well not small for some reason they hate any Atlanta team opposite Dallas, Denver, Minnesota and so on. best prescriptions, just ignore this jerks. go falcons.


November 10th, 2012
6:07 pm

So, where is Roddy’s rant?


November 10th, 2012
6:17 pm

@ ron the best thing to happen to atlanta-shermann?

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November 10th, 2012
6:27 pm

Easy schedule helps


November 10th, 2012
6:56 pm

WHAT RANT? Everytime a blackman TALK ABOUT WINNING ITS A DAMN RANT. HE Just has confidence in himself and his Team. SMFH.


November 10th, 2012
7:03 pm

I agree BIG Z…I did not hear any ranting, he,s just speaking on what they need to do.


November 10th, 2012
7:35 pm

I’m glad the elections are over,
let’s play so football. Go Falcons


November 10th, 2012
7:42 pm

Roddy didn’t say a daayyyum thing wrong!!! Just cause he has enthusiasm means he is ranting? He was telling the truth too….. Falcon Nation hates them sewer rat Aints! Cheating no good pansies! I can’t WAIT to watch tha Aints get played tomorrow in their own ragged butt dome. RISE UP!

Donna Outlaw

November 10th, 2012
8:42 pm

Rant? LOL Not only Who dat but who cares what Roddy says which wasn’t close to a true rant. Maybe the writer needs a dictionary.!

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Kennesaw David

November 11th, 2012
1:36 am

What happened to my comment?


November 11th, 2012
9:11 am

Pros are not like college football, no lobbying going on, no beauty contest the a good dose of the truth. Let the media love their hometown teams, more media more love, When we beat them we get all that energy, if they didn’t care what’s the use of beating them?


November 11th, 2012
9:12 am

Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!

Let’s put a beat down on the Aints so bad they just don’t want to show up at the GA Dome Nov 29th!!!

Open up a can baby!!!!

Starship 1

November 11th, 2012
9:25 am

I’ve seen Roddy up close in the offseason dining with his son. The man has character and integrety-nothing is out of place. He also has huge hands and a warm heart. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to watch the game on today-so Go Roddy, go Falcons!


November 11th, 2012
9:31 am

I hear Smitty and crew have come up with a new pass play. It’s called WHOO–PASS!


November 11th, 2012
10:38 am

hey drew brees, whats that you go on your face


November 11th, 2012
11:25 am

I didn’t hear anything wrong with what Roddy said in his interview. He by no means was ranting, he was only speaking of the confidence he has in his team, which he should. So what? was he suppose to say he thought they were no good or didn’t have a chance? HOW STUPID IS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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