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Snap counts and notes for the Falcons' Week 13 loss to Tampa Bay

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There are a lot of things going wrong in Atlanta, and the snap counts illuminate a few of them.

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Offense

Andy Levitre: 67 (100%)
Jake Matthews: 67
Mike Person: 67
Chris Chester: 67
Ryan Schraeder: 67
Matt Ryan: 67
Julio Jones: 62
Roddy White: 60
Jacob Tamme: 52
Devonta Freeman: 48
Justin Hardy: 44
Levine Toilolo: 25
Patrick DiMarco: 23
Tevin Coleman: 11
Nick Williams: 10

It's notable that the Falcons elected to go with three receivers on nearly three quarters of their offensive snaps, but it didn't translate into a ton of extra production for anyone. This was a day that featured five drops (including two from Julio Jones, who was targeted 17 times), and Roddy White and Justin Hardy combined for just six catches and 67 yards. Nick Williams was targeted twice on ten snaps, meanwhile, and reeled in one of those. Devin Hester didn't get an offensive snap.

In other words, receiver is a mess right now for reasons that are a combination of talent and usage. You got the sense from Matt Ryan's angry shouting in the direction of Nick Williams that he's not exactly in love with the way Williams runs routes, but he's about as utilized in the passing game as Hardy is, despite Hardy suddenly getting a ton of snaps. Roddy's been a bit more productive and continues to spend the majority of the game on the field, but he's still not pulling down more than 3-6 targets per game. The Falcons have shown no ability to stretch the field, which makes Devin Hester's complete absence pretty baffling. There just appears to be no compelling reasons why players are getting the snaps and targets they are outside of Julio, and even he didn't enjoy his usual caliber of game in this one.

Also noteworthy: Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combined for 59 snaps and 17 carries. If you want to further critique Shanahan for a lack of offensive balance, there's ammo for you to do so, even if Freeman and Coleman weren't particularly productive with those carries.

And it all comes back to Shanahan, doesn't it? Every week I think he's going to make the kind of adjustments to the offense that help a struggling unit out, but we're seeing some of the same frustrating trends week after week after week. I've gone on the record repeatedly saying I don't believe Shanahan will be let go on the basis of not even a full season of shaky offensive play, but with every week that this drags on, I become a little less sure of that. Someone is going to take the fall for this.

I know one thing: Frustration with Kyle Shanahan's offense and Matt Ryan's play seem to be mounting inside and outside the building. Unless this offense suddenly becomes productive over the next four weeks, there are going to be some tough conversations heading into the offseason.

Defense

Desmond Trufant: 71 (100%)
Robert Alford: 70
Paul Worrilow: 70
Ricardo Allen: 68
Justin Durant: 54
O'Brien Schofield: 41
William Moore: 38
Vic Beasley: 36
Kroy Biermann: 35
Adrian Clayborn: 35
Jonathan Babineaux: 35
Tyson Jackson: 34
Ra'Shede Hageman: 33
Jalen Collins: 32
Brooks Reed: 30
Grady Jarrett: 26
Robenson Therezie: 19
Kemal Ishmael: 18
Philip Wheeler: 18
Paul Soliai: 18

Another week, another list of things to unpack. Paul Soliai's unfortunate low snap count is easily explained by the head injury he suffered on Sunday, but it's not that easy to figure out why the speedy Philip Wheeler only played snaps, even with an ugly, costly facemask call to his name. Paul Worrilow and Justin Durant continue to pull down a plurality of the snaps despite missed tackles and major lapses in coverage, even if Worrilow had two big plays yesterday that certainly help to make up for that. The Falcons more or less have to make linebacker a major priority heading into 2016.

There's also plenty of reason to doubt William Moore's future in Atlanta. He played just 38 of a possible 70 snaps, ceding ground to Kemal Ishmael and Robenson Therezie along the way. The Falcons would save $3.35 million against the cap by releasing Moore next year, and while he's a tremendous locker room guy, he's mixed big plays with many mishaps, and appears to be falling out of favor with the coaching staff.

Jalen Collins is good for a handful of truly bad plays per game right now, which is deeply unfortunate. The team wants him to develop and will give him the time, run, and coaching he needs to get there, but he's actively costing the team right now. Unfortunately, Phillip Adams has fallen completely out of favor and isn't seeing the field, and Akeem King isn't ready for primetime, so the Falcons appear to have no alternatives even if they wanted to park Collins for a bit.

Vic Beasley's in the same boat. He just isn't impacting the game most weeks out, and even with 38 snaps this week, he was essentially a non-factor. No players have to make a bigger leap heading into next season than Beasley and Collins.

Grady Jarrett is getting more snaps and playing like one of the team's better linemen, so hopefully that trend will continue. With the team falling out of contention, another loss or two likely means they'll go whole hog with starting young players to get them crucial developmental snaps.

Special Teams


Kroy Biermann: 22
Kemal Ishmael: 20
Nate Stupar: 20
Levine Toilolo: 19
Nick Williams: 14
Matt Bosher: 14
Akeem King: 13
Eric Weems: 12
Patrick DiMarco: 12

James Stone: 10
Justin Hardy: 9
Josh Harris: 9
Jalen Collins: 9
Tyson Jackson: 8
Devin Hester: 8
Desmond Trufant: 8
Robert Alford: 8
Ricardo Allen: 6
Philip Wheeler: 6
Andy Levitre: 5
Ryan Schraeder: 5
Shayne Graham: 5
Jake Matthews: 5
Grady Jarrett: 5
Robenson Therezie: 5
Paul Worrilow: 4
Paul Soliai: 4
Ra'Shede Hageman: 3
Jake Long: 1

This unit is consistent and consistently useful, at least, but Devin Hester had few chances to run and not enough blocking when he did, so the Falcons weren't great in any of the three phases Sunday. Eric Weems saw a decreased role with Hester back in action, and that will likely continue to be the case.