There were some very interesting points to note on the defensive side of the ball last night as both Quinton Coples and Calvin Pryor were dropped from the base defense in favor of Jason Babin and Antonio Allen. Lets see how that affected the snap counts:
|Player||Position||Snaps||% of Defensive Snaps|
My biggest issue with all of this is the fact Coples was asked if he was annoyed/frustrated/upset about him seeing his play time dramatically decrease and he said not at all. He saw his play-time fall from 76% against the Chargers to 49% against the Broncos to the 33% you see today. He hasn't been very effective this year, only flashing at points. Despite not starting in the base defense, Pryor played in over 90% of the snaps.
It's good to see Barnes back and it was interesting to see Kyle Wilson on the outside at points, it's not often he plays there, but he wasn't terrible. Antonio Allen was abysmal last night and he took the blame for the touchdowns he allowed, there was clearly confusion on the first. Good to see Ellis in there as well, although only playing a handful of snaps.
I just don't feel great about Calvin Pace and Jason Babin playing 70%+ of defensive snaps. We got zero pressure last night and with an outside linebacking unit composing of those guys, it's not surprising.