Our defense right now looks a little thin and a little soft at the back-end. Unfortunately we don't really have the personnel to change that. However lets take a look at who played on Sunday and for how long. Remember we had a couple of injuries to Pryor who left the game, Harrison, who left and then came back and Allen who stayed in but apparently had an ankle injury.
|Player||Position||Snaps||Percentage of Defensive Snaps|
|Muhammad Wilkerson||Defensive End||59||91%|
|Sheldon Richardson||Defensive End||55||85%|
|Calvin Pace||Outside Linebacker||52||80%|
|Quinton Coples||Outside Linebacker||46||71%|
|Damon Harrison||Nose Tackle||30||46%|
|Jason Babin||Outside Linebacker||20||31%|
|Leger Douzable||Defensive End||17||26%|
|T.J Barnes||Defensive Tackle||16||25%|
|Trevor Reilly||Outside Linebacker||11||17%|
I thought Jarrett played particularly well once he entered the game for Pryor. He seemed to be quite active and quick to the ball. T.J Barnes really struggled when he came in, looked as though he was getting pushed out of every single play. Coples saw his playtime drop by around 10% from last week, where as Trevor Reilly saw his increase by 10%. I know Coples does a few things right, but he is largely invisible for most of the game and We'll never get the best from him playing him at the OLB position.
I can't help but think 80% of defensive snaps is too much for Pace. We talk a lot about the problems in our secondary but I think we have a problem at our outside linebacker position, neither Coples or Pace are doing all that much this year. It's an area we desperately need to address.
Apart from that, there really aren't too many observations to take from the playing time this week.