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

Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 38-31 loss to the Bears.

The Browns' defense had their moments against the Bears, specifically with the two defensive touchdowns they recorded. However, the 21 fourth quarter points by Chicago were the ultimate difference maker after CB Joe Haden left with an injury. The snap count distributions for the Browns' defenders against the Bears are listed below. [Week 15 offensive snap counts for Cleveland can be found here]


Defensive Line
Ahtyba Rubin Billy Winn John Hughes Phil Taylor Armonty Bryant Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
61%
41/67 plays
55%
37/67 plays
52%
35/67 plays
43%
29/67 plays
19%
13/67 plays
19%
13/67 plays

Phil Taylor: 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Ahtyba Rubin: 1 assist (1 combined).
John Hughes: 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
Armonty Bryant: 1 assist (1 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
Billy Winn: 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble.
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen: 1 assist (1 combined).

Thoughts: The Browns allowed an individual running back to go over 100 yards rushing for the first time this season in Matt Forte. The Browns used a different snap count distribution than last week, which mainly involved a significant decrease in Armonty Bryant's workload and a significant increase in Billy Winn's workload.


Inside Linebacker
D'Qwell Jackson Craig Robertson
100%
67/67 plays
58%
39/67 plays

D'Qwell Jackson: 6 tackles, 3 assists (9 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
Craig Robertson: 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 tackle for loss.

Thoughts: There's really nothing of note about the inside linebackers; Martellus Bennett was able to beat them a couple of times in coverage. Craig Robertson's reps were lessened again, with T.J. Ward also playing some inside linebacker.


Outside Linebacker
Jabaal Sheard Paul Kruger
Barkevious Mingo
Eric Martin
75%
50/67 plays
63%
42/67 plays
61%
41/67 plays
6%
4/67 plays

Paul Kruger: 1 quarterback hit, 1 pass defended.
Barkevious Mingo: 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
Jabaal Sheard: 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Eric Martin: No stats registered.

Thoughts: This is your standard type of snap count distribution for the outside linebackers. Chicago doesn't yield many sacks, but Jabaal Sheard was able to get one after a play broke down. Paul Kruger didn't have any sacks, but did bat a pass down. Sheard was flagged for roughing the passer on Cutler's touchdown heave to Alshon Jeffery.


Cornerback
Buster Skrine Leon McFadden Joe Haden
Julian Posey
100%
67/67 plays
67%
45/67 plays
61%
41/67 plays
16%
11/67 plays

Joe Haden: 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 pass defended.
Buster Skrine: 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
Leon McFadden: 1 tackle, 1 assists (2 combined). 0.5 sacks, 1 quarterback hit.
Julian Posey: 2 assists (2 combined). 0.5 sacks, 1 quarterback hit.

Thoughts: This is a rare time that you'll see Joe Haden not listed in the top two, and that's because he had to leave the game due to a hip pointer injury in the third quarter. Before he left, Haden was victimized at the end of the first half by the size of Brandon Marshall.


Safety
T.J. Ward
Tashaun Gipson Jordan Poyer
100%
67/67 plays
97%
65/67 plays
45%
30/67 plays

T.J. Ward: 5 tackles, 4 assists (9 combined). 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass defended, 1 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown.
Tashaun Gipson: 5 tackles, 3 assists (8 combined). 2 tackles for loss, 2 passes defended, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown.
Jordan Poyer: 3 tackles (3 combined).

Thoughts: If the Browns had won, this would have been a heck of a day for the safeties, who notched two interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, and two touchdowns on the afternoon. The play that sparked the Bears in the fourth quarter came on the prayer for Jeffery, though. Tashaun Gipson was in position for his third interception of the game, but misjudged how far the ball was going. Jordan Poyer was unable to make a play either. T.J. Ward continued seeing reps at inside linebacker, hence all of the safety reps for Poyer.

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