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

Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 22-17 victory over the Buccaneers.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland's defense did the job again against Tampa Bay, coming up with key stops and forcing turnovers. The snap count distributions for the Browns' defenders against the Buccaneers are listed below. [Week 9 offensive snap counts for Cleveland can be found here]

Defensive Line
Desmond Bryant Ahtyba Rubin
Sione Fua Billy Winn Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
50/64 plays
30/64 plays
27/64 plays
26/64 plays
25/64 plays

Desmond Bryant: 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
Billy Winn: No stats registered (blocked field goal on ST).
Ahtyba Rubin: 2 assists (2 combined).
Ish'maaily Kitchen: 3 assists (3 combined).
Sione Fua: 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).

Thoughts: The Browns wanted to take it easy on Billy Winn with this being his first game back, so Sione Fua actually saw more snaps than him. The defense only allowed Bobby Rainey to have 4 carries for 7 yards in the second half.

Inside Linebacker
Karlos Dansby
Craig Robertson Chris Kirksey Tank Carder
64/64 plays
36/64 plays
21/64 plays
1/64 plays

Karlos Dansby: 4 tackles, 1 assists (5 combined).
Craig Robertson: 1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined).
Chris Kirksey: 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
Tank Carder: No stats registered.

Thoughts: For the second game in a row, Craig Robertson played more snaps than Chris Kirksey and did a very sound job. You can see the improvements in Robertson's game from a year ago, and he also tipped a punt on special teams. Tank Carder played one snap and came on a blitz when Cleveland was burned with a RB screen pass.

Outside Linebacker
Paul Kruger Jabaal Sheard Barkevious Mingo Eric Martin
48/64 plays
46/64 plays
38/64 plays
1/64 plays

Jabaal Sheard: 2 assists (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
Paul Kruger: 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Barkevious Mingo: 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit, 1 pass defended.
Eric Martin: No stats registered.

Thoughts: I'll admit -- I thought we'd be able to destroy Oniel Cousins a lot more than we did. With that said, he was still a liability on enough plays for the Browns' defense to take advantage as Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo notched sacks.

Joe Haden Buster Skrine Justin Gilbert
K'Waun Williams
64/64 plays
64/64 plays
16/64 plays
12/64 plays

Joe Haden: 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 3 passes defended.
Buster Skrine: 7 tackles, 2 assists (9 combined).
Justin Gilbert: 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
K'Waun Williams: No stats registered.

Thoughts: Joe Haden had another A+ day at cornerback, breaking up three passes, including one that he tipped into the arms of Donte Whitner for an interception. It was a rough day in coverage for Buster Skrine, but what should I expect in a matchup of a 5-9 cornerback vs. a 6-5 receiver? Kudos to the Buccaneers for taking advantage of that.

Tashaun Gipson Donte Whitner Jim Leonhard
Johnson Bademosi
64/64 plays
64/64 plays
7/64 plays
1/64 plays

Tashaun Gipson: 3 tackles, 2 combined (5 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
Donte Whitner: 5 tackles, 3 assists (8 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
Jim Leonhard: No stats registered.
Johnson Bademosi: No stats registered.

Thoughts: Donte Whitner has arrived. He logged his first interception of the season, and he should have had a strip, sack, and recovery in the first half, had Desmond Bryant's hands-to-the-face penalty not negated it. Whitner also made some hits behind the line of scrimmage. Tashaun Gipson made another interception and was so close to taking it to the house before being tripped up. Johnson Bademosi played on the same down that Tank Carder did.