A report surfaced Tuesday about the San Francisco 49ers (2-6) waiting a week to start Blaine Gabbert and bench Colin Kaepernick because they wanted Gabbert to face a "weak" Atlanta Falcons defense at home.
The report obviously drew a reaction, with the Falcons tweeting "Oh" as a reply to the original tweet.
Veteran receiver Roddy White, not one to bite his tongue, spoke up in favor of his defense after learning about the report.
"The defense is playing really well, so good luck to Gabbert on Sunday," White told ESPN.com. "We should get a couple turnovers."
Linebacker Paul Worrilow was a little more reserved in his response.
"We're just gonna get ready to play ball and totally be into the process of getting ready," he said.
Gabbert, who hasn't started a game since the 2013 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, has 24 interceptions and 23 touchdowns in his career. The former first-round draft pick has 27 starts, all in Jacksonville. He is 5-22 as a starter and has a career quarterback rating of 66.8.
The Falcons (6-2) have had their hiccups on defense and enter Sunday's game 31st out of 32 teams in sacks with just 10, and 24th in pass defense, allowing 262 passing yards per game. But they have also come up with timely turnovers, including a game-winning pick-six by cornerback Robert Alford against Washington and a game-sealing interception by rookie Robenson Therezie at Tennessee.
If the Falcons can generate a pass rush, and if secondary starters Desmond Trufant (back), William Moore (groin), and Alford (groin) are healthy coming off injuries, then maybe the defense will back White's words.