I guess if you had any dreams of Pro-Bowl wide receiver Roddy White wearing the black-and-gold in the future, then you can forget all about that.
During Sunday night’s preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts, White took to Twitter to send a harsh message to Haley.
Todd Haley problem is he really thinks that coaches win games not players when he realizes he doesn’t win games than he will be fine
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) August 20, 2012
While white may be correct that only players can win games, maybe he is missing the boat altogether on the fact that coaches get the players ready to play week in and week out.
It is one thing for a coach to come in and change things to fit his philosophy, but it’s something different altogether when a coach comes into a team and changes to fit his personnel, which is exactly what Haley has done so far by putting the ball in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s hands more often.
To me, that’s a smart coach.
Sure Haley has had his share of sideline blowups in the past with the likes of Anquan Boldin and Matt Cassell and that could be what White was referring to, but this is just another case of a loud-mouthed athlete running his mouth about something that doesn’t concern him.
Maybe White should concentrate on winning playoff games and getting to a Super Bowl, somewhere Haley has already been. Unless he feels that’s not important. White puts up numbers, but does he do it during the playoffs to help the falcons win games that matter? His five catch, 52-yard performance in last year’s playoff loss to the Giants would suggest no.
But then again, maybe White and company would win more games that count if he had better coaches. Who knows, just a thought.
The bottom line though is that in the NFL, coaching matters more than in any other team sport.
Someone should tell White, before he shoots his mouth off again, that players don’t win games. Coaches don’t win games either.
TEAMS win games.
Until a guy like White realizes that, he just another selfish, loud-mouthed athlete who’s more interested in his numbers than doing anything to help his team win.