Roddy White said last month it would be a "tragedy" if his relationship with the Falcons were to end in 2016.
That partnership officially ended Wednesday when Atlanta released the veteran after 11 often hugely productive seasons. Now that the wide receiver has had the proper time to grieve, White is coming out swinging against offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, whom he believes expedited his departure from A-Town.
"What (Shanahan) expected from me and what I expected from him was totally different," White said Saturday, according to ESPN.com. "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."
White, 34, believes Shanahan's schemes overcomplicated the Atlanta offense and even cost the team multiple games. White was asked if he believed the offense was too complex.
"No it wasn't, besides the things (Shanahan) was doing in making six variations to one route," he said. "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."
The Falcons finished the season 8-8 after a 5-0 start, missing the playoffs for the third straight year. White, meanwhile, has more people to be unhappy with: His name does not appear on Around The NFL's Top 99 Free Agents list.