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

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Karl Walter

At last -- the final snap count distribution of the year involves the Cleveland Browns' defense against the Pittsburgh Steelers. At some point in the offseason, I hope to post a "cumulative" snap count post for each position The snap count distributions for the Browns' defenders against the Steelers are listed below. [Week 17 offensive snap counts for Cleveland can be found here]

Defensive Tackle
Ahtyba Rubin
Phil Taylor Billy Winn John Hughes Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
36/57 plays
31/57 plays
25/57 plays
20/57 plays
6/57 plays

Ahtyba Rubin: 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined).
Phil Taylor: 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
Billy Winn: 1 tackle (1 combined).
John Hughes: No stats registered.
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen:
No stats registered.

Thoughts: It was quite surprising how few plays the Steelers ran; that was a byproduct of the Browns' defense coming up with a couple of third-and-short stops early in the game.

Defensive End
Jabaal Sheard
Juqua Parker Frostee Rucker Hall Davis
53/57 plays
27/57 plays
26/57 plays
4/57 plays

Jabaal Sheard: 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, 2 quarterback hits.
Frostee Rucker: 2 tackles (2 combined).
Juqua Parker: 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
Hall Davis: No stats registered.

Thoughts: It was a big day statistically for Jabaal Sheard, one that will pad his stats when we end up looking back on his production for the 2012 campaign. The rotation of Juqua Parker and Frostee Rucker remained part for the course. Parker is a free agent who saw a lot of snaps this year, so we'll see if he gets brought back.

D'Qwell Jackson Craig Robertson Kaluka Maiava Tank Carder L.J. Fort
53/57 plays
30/57 plays
27/57 plays
17/57 plays
16/57 plays

D'Qwell Jackson: 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 2 passes defended.
Craig Robertson:
2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
Kaluka Maiava: 1 tackle (1 combined).
Tank Carder: 1 assist (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
L.J. Fort: 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 quarterback hit, 1 pass defended.

Thoughts: It was a pretty even distribution between the Browns running the nickel package vs. the base 4-3 defense. D'Qwell Jackson missed a handful of snaps with an injury, but returned. Tank Carder and L.J. Fort alternated at outside linebacker.

Joe Haden Buster Skrine Trevin Wade
Johnson Bademosi
56/57 plays
56/57 plays
30/57 plays
2/57 plays

Buster Skrine: 1 tackle (1 combined).
Joe Haden: 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined).
Trevin Wade: 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
Johnson Bademosi: No stats registered.

Thoughts: I can't tell if there was an error in the playing time sheet or not, because usually at least one player sees 100 percent of the snaps on defense. Hmm. It seems unusual that Buster Skrine could play the whole game and only register one tackle. The Browns weren't really burned too much in the secondary.

Tashaun Gipson
Eric Hagg
Ray Ventrone
56/57 plays
55/57 plays
1/57 plays

Tashaun Gipson: 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined).
Eric Hagg: 4 tackles (4 combined).
Ray Ventrone:
No stats registered.

Thoughts: One snap for Ray Ventrone. Yippie. These three guys show that the Browns need at least one upgrade at the safety position next year.

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 11: Cleveland vs. Dallas
-Week 12: Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland
-Week 13: Cleveland vs. Oakland
-Week 14: Kansas City vs. Cleveland
-Week 15: Washington vs. Cleveland
-Week 16: Cleveland vs. Denver