5 things we learned from Kyle Shanahan on Wednesday


060716 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Matt Ryan confer during an OTA day on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

060716 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Matt Ryan confer during an OTA day on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media for the first time since wide receiver Roddy White was released in March. Several requests were denied by the team.

Here are five things we learned from Shanahan on Wednesday:

1. White’s release. Shanahan took the high road. He said the move wasn’t personal, but he understood how tough it was to cut White, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver.

2. Red zone woes. Shanahan pointed out that Falcons were 18th in red zone (inside the 20) efficiency, but were 32nd in red zone turnovers.

3. Scoring must improve. Shanahan noted that the offense must improve its scoring. He noted that the Falcons had the most 10-play drives in the league last season. “I think we moved the ball real well last year,” Shanahan said. “We were proud of how we moved the ball, but there is one thing that matters and that’s scoring points and we didn’t do a good enough job of that.”

4. Two back system. Shanahan sang the praises of both running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. He expects both to play and said he doesn’t know when one or the other is in the game.

5. Cutting down turnovers. The Falcons blamed a lot of their offensive problems turnovers.  “There is not consistent (thread),” Shanahan said. “Turnovers are going to happen. I’m just going to sit there and scare the whole offense out of trying to make plays. You’re got do what you see and let it rip. Sometimes, it’s a tip pass that’s tough to control. Sometimes it’s a bad snap that happens. But we definitely have to do better at that and there’s a couple of bad decisions. But the ones that we have to eliminate are the unnecessary ones and that’s the snaps and some of the forced things.”


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