The Browns' defense held the Ravens to just a field goal for three quarters, and even up until near the mid-way point of the fourth quarter, but a couple of deep balls from Joe Flacco turned the tides and helped lead to 17 unanswered. Let's take a look back at the defensive snap counts from Week 17. [Week 17 offensive snap counts for Cleveland can be found here]
|Billy Winn||Sione Fua||John Hughes||Jaime Meder||Desmond Bryant|
Billy Winn: 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 2 tackles for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Sione Fua: 1 assist (1 combined).
John Hughes: 2 tackles, 5 assists (7 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
Jamie Meder: 1 tackle (1 combined).
Desmond Bryant: 1 quarterback hit.
Thoughts: Our Week 17 defensive line is always pretty thin, and the veteran Bryant wasn't even utilized to his full capacity for the finale. The returning Hughes seemed to play a factor in stopping the Ravens' running game most of the game, until a couple of big runs in the fourth quarter. Meder will be known as the local kid whose helmet kept coming off.
|Karlos Dansby ||Craig Robertson||Chris Kirksey|
Karlos Dansby: 6 tackles, 2 assists (8 combined).
Craig Robertson: 5 tackles, 3 assists (8 combined). 2 tackles for loss.
Chris Kirksey: 1 assist (1 combined).
Thoughts: The Browns could potentially look to upgrade the spot opposite of Dansby next season, but a rotation at the position isn't a weak point, it's merely an average spot on the defense.
|Barkevious Mingo||Paul Kruger||Scott Solomon||Jabaal Sheard|
Barkevious Mingo: 1 pass defended.
Paul Kruger: 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble.
Scott Solomon: 3 assists (3 combined).
Jabaal Sheard: No stats registered.
Thoughts: Sheard played through a foot injury at the end of the season, but part of me wonders if his decline in playing time is a sign that he won't return in 2015. Truth be told, he seemed to have very little impact on the defense this year. Kruger had a big strip sack that Baltimore recovered, but if Cleveland would've been able to get the ball, it could've been a scoop-and-score before the end of the half.
|Buster Skrine||Joe Haden ||K'Waun Williams ||Pierre Desir|
Buster Skrine: 5 tackles (5 combined).
Joe Haden: 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 3 passes defended.
K'Waun Williams: 1 tackle (1 combined).
Pierre Desir: No stats registered.
Thoughts: Haden played heroically in the finale, battling both the flu and his shoulder injury. He came away with three passes defended but was beat by the deep ball mid-way through the fourth quarter. Skrine was caught for two touchdowns in the fourth, but neither one was a blown coverage. Williams banged his head on the turf during the game. Desir stepped in briefly and played sound coverage on veteran Steve Smith.
|Donte Whitner||Jim Leonhard ||Jordan Poyer
Donte Whitner: 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
Jim Leonhard: 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
Jordan Poyer: 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
Thoughts: This was it for Leonhard, supposedly. I tip my cap to him for a solid season at his age. He was a free agent I wanted about five years ago, and when we finally got him this year. So long, Leonhard.