Roddy White admits that the Falcons used to be scared of other teams

The Atlanta Falcons swagger captain is hands down, without a doubt veteran receiver Roddy White. White can thump his chest and talk trash with the best of them.

RoddyWhite1a1He has every right to, to a certain degree as his team is 12-2. Boom.

Right now they are the best in the business with only the AFC’s Houston Texans holding a similar record.

So as is his nature, White is taking it upon himself to tell anybody that wants to write it down why the Falcons are moving beyond being a great regular season foe.

In his latest salvo, White admitted that Atlanta has been prone to being intimidated by other successful football programs.

“I told them early in the locker room, ‘We can’t keep ducking people and say, “We don’t want to play these guys, we don’t want to play those guys,” ‘ ” the Falcons’ wide receiver told USA Today.

“We have to go out there and execute our game plan, whatever Smitty (coach Mike Smith) brings to us, and we’ve got to go out there and play Falcon football. Stop saying, ‘I hope we don’t get these guys.’

“We’re a good football team. We have to go out there and play like a good football team.”

Now? White readily admit fear does not live in Atlanta anymore.

“Absolutely. I could say, two, three years ago, that was the attitude, trying to escape guys and not do this and say, ‘I hope we don’t get these guys,’” White said. “We’d be saying, ‘Oh, these guys can do this, they’re a good football team.’ We can’t say we don’t want to play them. We can’t say that. This year, it’s a totally different team.”

Perhaps the latest addition to the team’s secondary Asante Samuel has brought some  spirit to the group as well.

“When you come to the Georgia Dome, this is our house and we ain’t taking no prisoners in our house,” said cornerback Asante Samuel. “That’s how we feel and that’s how we’re going to take the field, like champs. This is our house and you can’t do nothing in our house.”

They Falcons are one win away from making sure the road to the Super Bowl runs through their house.

With a fortified attitude and confidence at home, they may get the monkey off their backs in their house, only to win it all in the home of their arch-rivals the New Orleans Saints when their dome hosts the big game in February.