Browns vs. Chiefs: Analyzing the Snap Counts (Defense)

David Welker

Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 23-17 loss to the Chiefs.

The Browns' defense had a poor first half showing, giving up 20 points to the Chiefs and allowing them to convert 9-of-12 (75%) of their third down plays. The second half was a different story, as the Chiefs only scored a field goal, were 1-of-7 (14%) on third down plays, and QB Alex Smith was sacked five times.

The snap count distributions for the Browns' defenders against the Chiefs are listed below. [Week 8 offensive snap counts for Cleveland can be found here]


Defensive Line
Ahtyba Rubin Desmond Bryant Phil Taylor John Hughes Ishmaa'ily Kitchen Armonty Bryant
70%
51/73 plays
62%
45/73 plays
53%
39/73 plays
41%
30/73 plays
21%
15/73 plays
15%
11/73 plays

Phil Taylor: 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Ahtyba Rubin:
2 tackles (2 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
Desmond Bryant: 3 quarterback hits.
John Hughes: No stats registered.
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen: No stats registered.
Armonty Bryant: No stats registered.

Thoughts: There were plays in which Phil Taylor looked like a man on a mission, and other defensive linemen had their shining moments of individual plays throughout the game. Billy Winn was out again, but he might be back this week, which would cut into the playing time of Armonty Bryant.


Inside Linebacker
D'Qwell Jackson Craig Robertson
100%
73/73 plays
99%
72/73 plays

D'Qwell Jackson: 7 tackles, 1 assists (8 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Craig Robertson: 10 tackles (10 combined). 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit.

Thoughts: The inside linebackers had a better day compared to the previous two weeks, although you can still see a plan to attack Craig Robertson in coverage, and the overall discipline from the Browns on screen passes wasn't there. The tackling was better, though, and each linebacker assisted with a second half sack.


Outside Linebacker
Paul Kruger
Jabaal Sheard
Barkevious Mingo
Paul Hazel
75%
55/73 plays
68%
50/73 plays
53%
39/73 plays
1%
1/73 plays

Paul Kruger: 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Barkevious Mingo:
1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Jabaal Sheard: 1 assist (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
Paul Hazel: No stats registered.

Thoughts: There are plays when you want Barkevious Mingo to just fly, and that paid off when he wrapped around deep on the Chiefs' second half fleaflicker attempt, resulting in a sack. Paul Kruger beat right tackle Eric Fisher for a sack in the first half.


Cornerback
Joe Haden Buster Skrine Chris Owens
Leon McFadden
100%
73/73 plays
100%
73/73 plays
53%
39/73 plays
1%
1/73 plays

Joe Haden: 3 tackles (3 combined). 2 passes defended.
Buster Skrine: 3 tackles (3 combined). 2 passes defended.
Chris Owens: 4 tackles (4 combined).
Leon McFadden: No stats registered.

Thoughts: The latest "name" to appear on Joe Haden's list? Dwayne Bowe, who was held to 1 catch for 7 yards on the afternoon. I couldn't tell who was at fault on Dexter McCluster's open touchdown, so I'll have to review the film. Buster Skrine had a nice pass breakup on a third-down blitz from the Browns in the second half. Leon McFadden supposedly saw his first defensive snap of the year, but I don't know when that was.


Safety
T.J. Ward
Tashaun Gipson Johnson Bademosi
93%
68/73 plays
92%
67/73 plays
1%
1/73 plays

T.J. Ward: 10 tackles (10 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Tashaun Gipson: 9 tackles (9 combined).
Johnson Bademosi: No stats registered.

Thoughts: The safeties were busy tackling, and T.J. Ward continues to come up in run support. He also came on a delayed sack to get Alex Smith in the second half. Johnson Bademosi had his once-a-week snap.

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