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

Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 24-6 loss to the Jaguars.

Sam Greenwood

The Browns' defense didn't stop the run too well against Jacksonville, but they didn't let Blake Bortles get going and kept forcing the Jaguars to punt after maybe one or two first down pickups. The snap count distributions for the Browns' defenders against the Jaguars are listed below. [Week 7 offensive snap counts for Cleveland can be found here]

Defensive Line
Desmond Bryant John Hughes
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
Jacobbi McDaniel
Sione Fua
53/73 plays
51/73 plays
36/73 plays
21/73 plays
7/73 plays

Desmond Bryant: 0 tackles, 2 assists (2 combined).
John Hughes: 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
Ish'maaily Kitchen: 5 tackles (5 combined).
Jacobbi McDaniel: 1 pass defended.
Sione Fua: No stats registered.

Thoughts: Without critiquing individual play, it's not a good sign that Denard Robinson, a converted college quarterback, was able to pick his way through 137 yards on 22 carries on the ground. As suspected, the Browns couldn't contain QB Blake Bortles' running either. Two players, Jacobbi McDaniel and Sione Fua, saw instant reps. McDaniel had one pass batted down. Ahtyba Rubin, Billy Winn, and Phil Taylor all missed the game, but Rubin seems closest to returning.

Inside Linebacker
Karlos Dansby
Chris Kirksey Craig Robertson
72/73 plays
41/73 plays
33/73 plays

Karlos Dansby: 3 tackles, 3 assists (6 combined). 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Chris Kirksey: 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Craig Robertson: 3 tackles (3 combined).

Thoughts: Both starting inside linebackers notched a sack, the only two of the game. Although I'm guessing the run support could have been better, it seemed like a good day overall for this unit.

Outside Linebacker
Paul Kruger Jabaal Sheard Barkevious Mingo Eric Martin
60/73 plays
53/73 plays
26/73 plays
7/73 plays

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

Thoughts: On the first interception thrown by Blake Bortles, the credit partially goes to Jabaal Sheard, who hit Bortles as he tried to throw a pass downfield. Paul Kruger is fading, much like he did after a couple of games last year.

Joe Haden Buster Skrine Justin Gilbert
73/73 plays
73/73 plays
45/73 plays

Joe Haden: 4 tackles (4 combined).
Buster Skrine: 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 interception, 2 passes defended.
Justin Gilbert: 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 quarterback hit, 1 pass defended.

Thoughts: It seemed like the Jaguars didn't bother trying to go toward Joe Haden. Buster Skrine had an up-and-down day, with the lowlight being the missed tackle that led to a touchdown, and the highlight being an interception. Justin Gilbert probably had his best game, but it came against an inexperienced quarterback.

Tashaun Gipson Donte Whitner Jim Leonhard
73/73 plays
73/73 plays
7/73 plays

Tashaun Gipson: 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 2 interceptions, 2 passes defended.
Donte Whitner: 4 tackles (4 combined).
Jim Leonhard: No stats registered.

Thoughts: This was a great game for safety Tashaun Gipson, who had two interceptions that set the Browns up with great field position. Sadly, the Browns only ended up with three total points off of those turnovers. Donte Whitner also missed a tackle on the Jaguars' first half touchdown.