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Browns vs. Bengals: Analyzing the Snap Counts (Offense)

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 41-20 loss to the Bengals.

John Grieshop

The Cleveland Browns' offense didn't get a competent performance from QB Jason Campbell in his third start, and that contributed to the team's 41-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Check out the snap distributions below for the offense, and let us know what your reactions are in the comments section.

Offensive Line
Joe Thomas John Greco Alex Mack Shawn Lauvao
Mitchell Schwartz
80/80 plays
80/80 plays
80/80 plays
80/80 plays
80/80 plays

Oniel Cousins

1/80 plays

Thoughts: The offensive line yielded four sacks and nine quarterback hits, marking their worst day in pass protection in awhile. There seemed to be some holes for the running game early, but running the ball went away after the disastrous second quarter.

Running Back / Fullback
Chris Ogbonnaya Fozzy Whittaker Willis McGahee
Billy Winn
46/80 plays
23/80 plays
13/80 plays
1/80 plays

Chris Ogbonnaya: 8 carries, 69 yards, 8.6 YPC. 6 catches, 30 yards (12 targets).
Fozzy Whittaker:
4 carries, 20 yards, 5.0 YPC. 5 catches, 41 yards (5 targets).
Willis McGahee:
6 carries, 13 yards, 2.2 YPC. 2 catches, 4 yards (2 targets).
Billy Winn: No stats registered.

Thoughts: The Browns did seem to be giving some more carries to RB Chris Ogbonnaya earlier, but that weren't shying away from giving RB Willis McGahee his touches either. The only reason McGahee's snap count total is so low this week is because once the Browns fell behind by so much, they exclusively went with better receiving backs in Ogbonnaya and RB Fozzy Whittaker. DE Billy Winn had a goal line snap as a fullback, and he went out as what looked to be the intended target on a playaction fake.

Wide Receiver
Greg Little Josh Gordon Davone Bess Brian Tyms
Armanti Edwards
77/80 plays
74/80 plays
48/80 plays
6/80 plays
1/80 plays

Josh Gordon: 5 catches, 125 yards, 1 touchdown (15 targets).
Greg Little: 1 catch, 4 yards (6 targets).
Davone Bess: 1 catch, 3 yards (6 targets).
Armanti Edwards: 1 carry, 0 yards.
Brian Tyms: 0 catches (1 target).

Thoughts: Besides the one big play to WR Josh Gordon, it was a very uneventful day for our receivers. Until I watch the film, I can't tell if our receivers were open or not when Campbell kept checking down to the running backs. Gordon did drop a late touchdown, but it wouldn't have mattered.

WR Greg Little was wide open early on for a touchdown, but Campbell threw a low line drive that got tipped. WR Davone Bess was open on the third-down play before our punt got blocked, but Campbell threw the pass well behind him. WR Armanti Edwards had one wildcat play that went for no gain. He suffered an injury, which is why WR Brian Tyms got some reps later (and he dropped his only target).

Tight End
Jordan Cameron Gary Barnidge
Keavon Milton
80/80 plays
28/80 plays
2/80 plays

Jordan Cameron: 6 catches, 29 yards (7 targets).
Gary Barnidge: 1 catch, 12 yards (1 target).
Keavon Milton: No stats registered.

Thoughts: I'm sure TE Jordan Cameron was frustrated by only getting passes on some underneath stuff; again, I'll have to watch the film to see if he was open at all during the game. We know he was open for a goal line touchdown in the first quarter, but Campbell missed him. He did make one stupid decision: running out of bounds on a third down play at the end of the first half that helped Cincinnati be in good shape for a last-second field goal.

Jason Campbell
80/80 plays

Jason Campbell: 27-of-56 for 248 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions.

Thoughts: Even if the receivers downfield were covered, this was an awful day for Campbell. He missed two easy touchdown throws early on, and Cleveland had to settle for two field goals. Up 13-0, his tipped pass led to the James Harrison interception that gave the Bengals some life after they appeared dead and buried. Campbell constantly made throws behind and beyond his receivers. I hate to say it, but this was more like the Campbell I expected to see when he was first named the starter a few weeks ago. He did have one good throw, and that came on the bomb to Gordon down the sideline.