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Analyzing the Snap Counts in Browns vs. Raiders (Defense)


The defensive stat sheet against Oakland certainly was not as pretty as it was a week ago against the Steelers in terms of extracurricular stats, but they still limited the number of points that were put on the board. The snap count distributions for the Browns' defenders against the Raiders are listed below. [Week 13 offensive snap counts for Cleveland can be found here]

Defensive Tackle
Ahtyba Rubin
Billy Winn Phil Taylor
John Hughes Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
48/73 plays
41/73 plays
32/73 plays
24/73 plays
7/73 plays

Ahtyba Rubin: 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
Phil Taylor: 1 tackle (1 combined).
John Hughes: 1 tackle (1 combined).
Billy Winn: No stats registered.
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen: No stats registered.

Thoughts: In terms of statistics, there isn't much to make note of here. The snap count distributions were altered quite a bit this week, though. While the reps for Billy Winn and Phil Taylor remained relatively the same as they've been the past two weeks, Ahtyba Rubin's snap count dropped. Rubin had been averaging around 84% of the snaps, but it was cut to 66% this week, with John Hughes seeing an increased workload.

Defensive End
Jabaal Sheard
Frostee Rucker Juqua Parker
66/73 plays
39/73 plays
35/73 plays

Juqua Parker: 1 tackle (1 combined).1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Frostee Rucker: 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass defended.
Jabaal Sheard: 1 tackle (1 combined).

Thoughts: The Browns are definitely getting one or two big plays per game out of the defensive end combo they got in free agency. This week, the big play came from Juqua Parker, who recorded the team's only sack of the game in the third quarter, helping knock the Raiders out of field goal range. It'd still be nice to get a fourth defensive end in the mix to cut down on Jabaal Sheard's reps a little.

D'Qwell Jackson Kaluka Maiava James-Michael Johnson Craig Robertson
73/73 plays
28/73 plays
28/73 plays
20/73 plays

D'Qwell Jackson: 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined).
Craig Robertson:
3 tackles (3 combined).
Kaluka Maiava: 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 forced fumble.
James-Michael Johnson: No stats registered.

Thoughts: I appreciate the fact that Kaluka Maiava has forced a fumble in each of the past two games; unfortunately, Cleveland wasn't able to recover the loose ball. The rest of the production was fairly standard; there wasn't much of the nickel package, apparently.

Joe Haden Sheldon Brown Buster Skrine Trevin Wade
73/73 plays
69/73 plays
48/73 plays
1/73 plays

Sheldon Brown: 5 tackles (5 combined). 1 interception, 4 passes defended.
Joe Haden:
4 tackles (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
Buster Skrine: 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss, 2 passes defended.
Trevin Wade: No stats registered.

Thoughts: This was a heck of a game for Sheldon Brown, and you can bet that I am going to talk him up in my full game review on Tuesday. All of the defensive backs did a good job defending passes when Carson Palmer targeted them. Buster Skrine was beat for a long touchdown play and had a special teams gaffe after that, but was otherwise having a good game. It'll be interesting to see what happens if Dimitri Patterson returns to action this week.

T.J. Ward Tashaun Gipson
Eric Hagg
73/73 plays
73/73 plays
25/73 plays

Tashaun Gipson: 7 tackles, 1 assist (8 combined).
Eric Hagg:
7 tackles (7 combined).
T.J. Ward:
2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).

Thoughts: How did Eric Hagg have so many tackles, despite having very little playing time, compared to the rest of the team? Because five of those tackles came on the Raiders' final garbage-time touchdown when they were just dumping the ball underneath. In other words, Hagg was the guy in position to take down the receivers catching the dumpoffs. Tashaun Gipson saw a full workload for the first time this season.

History of Snap Counts on Defense:

-Week 1: Philadelphia vs. Cleveland
-Week 2: Cleveland vs. Cincinnati
-Week 3: Buffalo vs. Cleveland
-Week 4: Cleveland vs. Baltimore
-Week 5: Cleveland vs. New York Giants
-Week 6: Cincinnati vs. Cleveland
-Week 7: Cleveland vs. Indianapolis
-Week 8: San Diego vs. Cleveland
-Week 9: Baltimore vs. Cleveland
-Week 10: Cleveland vs. Dallas
-Week 11: Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland