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Falcons snap counts and angry notes for Week 11

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The Falcons lost to the Colts. Can the snap counts shed any light on why?

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Offense

Matt Ryan: 75 (100%)
Chris Chester: 75
Jake Matthews: 75
Andy Levitre: 75
Mike Person: 75
Ryan Schraeder: 75
Julio Jones: 70
Roddy White: 57
Jacob Tamme: 54
Tevin Coleman: 49
Leonard Hankerson: 43
Levine Toilolo: 35
Patrick DiMarco: 23
Terron Ward: 20
Justin Hardy: 9
Tony Moeaki: 9
Devonta Freeman: 6

There are a few frustrating items to cover here.The very first thing on my list is the usage of Justin Hardy, who had one reception and two targets on just nine snaps on a day where every receiving option not named Julio Jones was pretty useless. I don't think Hardy is ready to be an answer for this Falcons team, but when Roddy's pulling in four catches on nine targets, Tamme is disappearing, and Freeman is out of the game, you've got to get other options involved.

Roddy was targeted nine times and got the lion's share of the snaps once again, but he reeled in just four catches for 24 yards in total. There's just not an enormous amount of upside to having him out there for 50-60 snaps per game, and while I do think he can be a larger part of the offense going forward, the fact that he and Hankerson are seeing so many snaps for so little production tells you a lot about what's ailing this offense right now.

I appreciate that the coaching staff has so much trust for Terron Ward, as well, but I can't see the upside to having him on the field for 20 snaps even with Tevin Coleman's shaky play. If you throw a quick out to Coleman, there's at least a chance he might break it and actually pick you up a first down. Ward had a total of five touches yesterday for 17 yards, and while he's obviously worth keeping around as the third back on the roster and seeing how he develops, he's on the field a fair amount even when both Freeman and Coleman are healthy.

This offense is just a mess right now, to put it mildly. Ryan is hurting for receiving options outside of Julio Jones to the point where you can understand why Kyle Shanahan is so intent on feeding him, Ryan's mechanics and confidence appear shot, Freeman being out makes the offense extra one-dimensional, and the blocking up front was a legitimate problem against Indianapolis. There's no way out except for improvements across the board, however mild those improvements may be.

Defense

Ricardo Allen: 64 (100%)
Desmond Trufant: 64
Robert Alford: 64
Paul Worrilow: 58
Justin Durant: 54
Kroy Biermann: 33
William Moore: 33
Vic Beasley: 33
Adrian Clayborn: 32
Paul Soliai: 32
Jonathan Babineaux: 32
Charles Godfrey: 31
Tyson Jackson: 31
Brooks Reed: 31
Jalen Collins: 30
O'Brien Schofield: 27
Ra'Shede Hageman: 20
Grady Jarrett: 14
Philip Wheeler: 10
Akeem King: 6
Nate Stupar: 5

The secondary caught some heat yesterday, but the primary problems were not Allen (who had a pick and played well), Trufant (who was his usual self), and Alford (who was impressive coming off of injury). The problems were Jalen Collins and Akeem King on a combined 36 snaps, with King looking like a rookie seventh rounder and Collins scuffling in coverage again. That's to be expected when you're pressing rookies into these kinds of situations, of course, but it's still disappointing.

Equally disappointing is the state of the pass rush, with only Kroy Biermann managing a sack on Sunday, and Matt Hasselbeck generally finding time to pass and even managing to scramble a handful of times. What looked like a problem has blossomed into another crisis for a Falcons team that desperately needs a little pressure on opposing quarterbacks to help out the secondary.

Brooks Reed had his best week on his limited snaps, while Justin Durant had an up-and-down game. I expected more snaps for speedy Philip Wheeler, but that's apparently going to wait at least one more week. The defense was solid against the Colts—they only surrendered 17 points on their own, after all—but it wasn't quite enough thanks to the offense.

Special Teams

Nate Stupar: 23
Kroy Biermann: 22
Akeem King: 19
Eric Weems: 19
Kemal Ishmael: 19
Justin Hardy: 19
Philip Wheeler: 18
Levine Toilolo: 18
Patrick DiMarco: 15
Charles Godfrey: 14
Jalen Collins: 13
Josh Harris: 9
Terron Ward: 8
Tyson Jackson: 8
Tony Moeaki: 5
O'Brien Schofield: 5
Ra'Shede Hageman: 4
Desmond Trufant: 4
Paul Worrilow: 4
Adrian Clayborn: 4
Paul Soliai: 4
Chris Chester: 4
Andy Levitre: 4
Jake Matthews: 4
Ryan Schraeder: 4
Matt Bryant: 4
Tevin Coleman: 1

This was a fine day for Biermann, who continues to be one of the team's best special teamers and chipped in a sack. I'm not sure he'll be back after 2015, but he's not exactly talking the coaching staff out of it. Akeem King is apparently replacing Phillip Adams wholesale on defense and special teams, which is...surprising.