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

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 14-6 loss to the Ravens.

The Browns' defense pitched a shutout in the first half against Baltimore, but yielded two touchdowns in the second half en route to a 14-6 loss.  The snap count distributions for the Browns' defenders against the Ravens are listed below. [Week 2 offensive snap counts for Cleveland can be found here]


Defensive Line
Desmond Bryant Phil Taylor
Billy Winn John Hughes Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
89%
64/72 plays
65%
47/72 plays
61%
44/72 plays
31%
22/72 plays
18%
13/72 plays

Desmond Bryant: 1 tackle, 4 assists (5 combined). 0.5 sacks, 1 quarterback hit.
Billy Winn: 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen: 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
John Hughes: 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
Phil Taylor: 0 tackles, 1 assist (1 combined).

Thoughts: The defensive line did very well again, even in the absence of Ahtyba Rubin again. I was particularly impressed by Desmond Bryant again. Phil Taylor got riled up on the first series after Ray Rice possibly spit at him, but it costs the Browns 15 yards. Ishmaa'ily Kitchen was involved in three tackles despite playing a limited number of snaps.


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

D'Qwell Jackson: 4 tackles, 4 assists (8 combined). 1 fumble recovered.
Craig Robertson: 3 tackles, 4 assists (7 combined). 1 forced fumble.

Thoughts: This week, both inside linebackers played the entire game and played pretty well. Craig Robertson forced the Ravens' only turnover of the game when he stripped Ray Rice on a run play, and D'Qwell Jackson scooped it up. Teamwork!


Outside Linebacker
Paul Kruger
Jabaal Sheard
Barkevious Mingo
Quentin Groves
88%
63/72 plays
76%
55/72 plays
35%
25/72 plays
3%
2/72 plays

Jabaal Sheard: 3 tackles, 5 assists (8 combined). 0.5 sacks, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit, 1 pass defended.
Paul Kruger:
2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
Barkevious Mingo: 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Quentin Groves: 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 tackle for loss.

Thoughts: I don't think the outside linebackers played a poor game, but I was sort of hoping that Paul Kruger would have a dominant, game-changing type of performance against his former team. Jabaal Sheard seemed to be targeted a couple of times in coverage. There were a couple of times in which the pressure from this unit was just a hair too late. Barkevious Mingo getting a sack on his first career NFL play was pretty special. Quentin Groves' injury allowed Mingo to get more reps in his debut.


Cornerback
Joe Haden Buster Skrine Chris Owens
100%
72/72 plays
100%
72/72 plays
39%
28/72 plays

Buster Skrine: 7 tackles, 2 assists (9 combined). 1 pass defended.
Joe Haden: 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
Chris Owens: 2 tackles (2 combined).

Thoughts: When you see a cornerback with a ton of tackles, chances are, it means you are the guy getting picked on. Buster Skrine had another pretty good game, but it was more frustrating to watch Chris Owens, who didn't seem to be able to defend any of the Ravens' receivers. Joe Haden is 2/2 in having shutdown games, but it doesn't matter if quarterbacks can just complete passes on everyone else.


Safety
T.J. Ward
Tashaun Gipson
99%
71/72 plays
97%
70/72 plays

Tashaun Gipson: 4 tackles, 4 assists (8 combined).
T.J. Ward:
2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).

Thoughts: It seemed like a relatively quiet game for the safeties, and if I recall correctly, I think T.J. Ward missed a couple of tackles. The Browns opted to play the safeties for pretty much the entire game this week, after each safety only played about 3/4 of the game in Week 1.

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