White is the smiling leader in the back.
In an interview on Thursday, Roddy White was quoted by D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the possibility of the Falcons completing a perfect season:
“I’m hoping so,” White said when asked if the Falcons could go undefeated. “I think we have the pedigree to do it.”
White likes the makeup of the team.
“How we are on offense and defense and how we are as a team,” White said. “This locker room is very united right now. Every week, we expect to win. There is not a team that I felt like when we went into a ball game this year that we didn’t feel like we were going to win. I think we can (go undefeated). We just still have to be consistent, don’t turn over the ball and get turnovers. That’s been the key to winning games all over the league this year. If we can continue to do that, we’ll be just fine.”
In analyzing his quote, Roddy points to quite a few reasons why the Falcons can go undefeated: the team's pedigree, how they play on both offense and defense and how they act as a team and not as individuals.
The pedigree of the team is where Roddy made his initial point. However, this is the best mix of veterans, like Tony Gonzalez, John Abraham and White himself, and youthful players like Matt Ryan, Sean Weatherspoon and the talented young safety pairing of Thomas DeCoud and William Moore.
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On offense, the Falcons have made tremendous improvements despite having the same unit as 2011. White has been part of the new scheme, doing well with ideal blocking on screen plays. This, in conjunction with the more aggressive deep ball offense, has turned the Falcons into a much more explosive team. The explosion is why the Falcons could go 16-0.
The defense has also been much better. While yardage itself hasn't improved, they are now the No. 5 scoring defense in the NFL, allowing just 17.9 points per game. The mix of aggressive schemes and the addition of Asante Samuel has turned the Falcons defense into one of the best in the NFL.
The final part is teamwork. While other teams around the league have an idea of individual football working, the Falcons are all about the team winning. Even the outspoken Asante Samule and Roddy White are all about the team winning.
To counteract his quotes, multiple media sources started criticizing him, so White had a rebuttal to the media via his twitter account:
It's crazy how people can twist your words into what they want them to say I was asked can my team go 16-0 I said yes am I suppose (cont…— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) November 8, 2012
…cont) to say we are going to lose— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) November 8, 2012
He makes the perfect point. No one wants to hear that their team is going to lose. And no one will blame Roddy for having confidence in his team after they have gone 8-0 so far. They have to take it one game at a time though. And that starts versus the Saints this week.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.