Waiting until the 4th quarter to go to the no huddle is a fair gripe. I was calling for it when the Falcons got the ball with 5 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. Over the years, the Falcons have been extremely successful with the no-huddle in the latter half of the 2nd quarter and scoring TDs. They certainly abandoned that last night.
But the clock management at the end of the half isn't as fair a gripe.
Calling a TO with 11 or more seconds left changes nothing. The Falcons only got the 2nd play because of the defensvie penalty. They bled the clock down to 7 seconds likely because Smitty hadn't made the decision yet to go for it on 4th down. But regardless in the time it took to call the TO, they likely made the decision to go for it. Had they not, they would have kicked the FG with 7 seconds to go to end the half. in that situation, calling the TO earlier has zero benefit.
But they opted to go for it, and Koetter dialed up his best 2-point conversion play. The Falcons simply missed it, and thanks to an unexpected defensive penalty they got another opportunity. But the half should have been over, and calling the TO earlier shouldn't have changed anything. The only way that would have been the case, is if the Falcons knew ahead of time that the Jets would get penalized. Smitty is a lot of things, but psychic is not one of them.
And after that from the 1, they opted to run it in. Which I don't disagree with the call. Becuase if they had passed it again, and failed, people would have killed Smitty and the Falcons for not being able to run the ball in from the 1-yard line.
Now if you wanna gripe that they should have given Snelling the ball in that scenario, I'm not going to disagree with you. That's also a fair gripe. Snelling had managed to convert his lone short-yardage carry of the night, while Quizz had failed on both of his. But it should also be noted that SNelling had failed on his last 5 carries, and had a success rate of 16.7% at that point in the game (1 of 6). While Quizz had failed on his last 4 carries, but had a success rate of 28.6% up that point (2 of 7). Coupled with the fact that Snelling had a pair of carries in the past minute of the game, while Quizz hadn't touched the ball in nearly 3 minutes, I can understand that given those reasons they may have felt that Quizz was the better option in that scenario. Doesn't make it the right call, but it's a quasi-rational one.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.