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Roddy White's agent says Kyle Shanahan is the reason behind his Falcons departure

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Last week, several teams made roster changes ahead of the deadline before contracts become guaranteed for the 2016 season. The Atlanta Falcons were no exception, as they decided to cut long-serving wide receiver, Roddy White.

White had been with the NFC South franchise for 11 seasons before he left last week, and was largely productive throughout his time there, having 10,863 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns from 808 receptions - leaving as their all-time leading receiver.

The reason behind his departure from the side has now been revealed, as White's agent, Jonathan Feinsod, said to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it was all down to the Falcons' offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.


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He said: "There is one reason Roddy is no longer with the Falcons and it is Kyle Shanahan.

"Kyle forced the Falcons to choose between him or Roddy. This was not Roddy's choice. Over the last 11 years Roddy has played for four different head coaches. Four different offensive coordinators. Three different wide receiver coaches and one incredible owner. Their opinions of Roddy and his opinion of them would all be consistently positive. Roddy has had and continues to have an incredible professional and personal relationship with them all."

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This comes after White made comments himself to ESPN about his former offensive coordinator. He said: "What (Shanahan) expected from me and what I expected from him was totally different. I expected to play a bigger role in the offense, and that's what I wanted to do. But he 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).

"That was the whole thing. And it is what it is. I can't do nothing about it. I can't change his way of thinking or anything like that. I can just do what I did, which was just handle my business and get myself prepared for this moment."

The wide receiver has even blamed Shanahan for costing the team two wins last season, saying he mismanaged the team on several occasions.

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Asked if he thought the offense was too complex, White said: "No it wasn't, besides the things (Shanahan) was doing in making six variations to one route. It was just episodes throughout the game where I think he mismanaged things and screwed up and we didn't have the opportunity to win the game, which, I thought, was on him as the offensive coordinator.

It wasn't sound football, but it was things that he was used to doing and things we weren't used to doing as an offense, and it literally cost us like two games."

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has denied ever talking to Shanahan about the decision to cut White, as he said: “I did not consult or confer with any of the assistant coaches. From my long history as an assistant coach, I know often times you want to have everybody forever. I did not confer with Kyle in any way regarding this decision.”

Due to his experience, White shouldn't have a problem finding another team to play for in 2016, but the pressure will definitely be on Shanahan to get his Falcons offense to perform after they dropped to a 8-8 record from going 5-0 at the start of the 2015 season.

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