Ehh, in one sense yes. Roddy only had 6 targets, and given that Roddy routinely gets 8-12 per game, you could say that he was "taken out" of the game. At least if you asked the Shanahan & Haslett would they consider it a win if Roddy only was targeted a half-dozen times, in a vacuum, that would probably be a win in their eyes.
Roddy made the most of those targets and catches that he did have. And it's the type of game that I'm talking about where all three players are involved. This needs to be the type of game they have every week. So that even if a player is marginalized, he's not really marginalized as was the case with Roddy. He and Douglas were consistently making plays downfield. And I think that's more in line with what the Falcons want to happen.
I wouldn't go as far as to say that was part of the Falcons plan. I think they took what Washington gave them. Which was a ton fo short stuff to Gonzo, and trying to contain Roddy. Unfortunately for them they did not really do that, and of course Julio had his share of plays as well.
As I've said before, this Falcon team IMO has to mirror/mimic the 2011 Giants. Where Nicks & Cruz were the primary options, but Manningham was also consistently involved as the third option. Some weeks however it was Nicks & Manningham, others Cruz & Manningham, but when you look at the games where the 3rd guy was marginalized, they were often games that the Giants lost.
The point is you can't have one of them be a non-factor which was the case for Jones vs. DEN & CAR. Roddy was definitely a factor today, even if you could consider him the marginalized 3rd wheel.
Because if that is the case come January where one is a non-factor, the Falcons will lose. No doubt about it. Because they aren't going to be playing a bottom-ranked defense or a team with a QB that is going to throw 3 picks in the 1st quarter. Jake Delhomme is no longer a QB in the league.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.