Yep, didn't see this one coming: three weeks into the season, the Browns' defense basically ranks last in the NFL, while their offense is near the top ten. The snap count distributions for the Browns' defenders against the Ravens are listed below. [Week 3 offensive snap counts for Cleveland can be found here]
| Ahtyba Rubin ||Phil Taylor||Desmond Bryant||Billy Winn ||John Hughes ||Armonty Bryant|
Ahtyba Rubin: 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
Desmond Bryant: 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
Billy Winn: 1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined).
Phil Taylor: 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
John Hughes: 1 assist (1 combined).
Armonty Bryant: No stats registered.
Thoughts: While we haven't been able to see how each of our defensive lineman performed on an individual level, it's disappointing to see that our unit being fully healthy for the first time all season really made no difference.
|Karlos Dansby ||Craig Robertson||Chris Kirksey|
Karlos Dansby: 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
Craig Robertson: 2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined). 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Chris Kirksey: 5 assists (5 combined).
Thoughts: For the first time this season, Robertson saw more reps than Kirksey, and that's because the Ravens went with more two-receiver sets, meaning the base defense was out there. You can also tell by how few snaps Gilbert had. Robertson had one notable play, and that's when he basically sacked Flacco (who dumped it to the running back at the last second for a seven yard loss).
|Paul Kruger||Barkevious Mingo ||Jabaal Sheard|
Paul Kruger: 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
Barkevious Mingo: 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
Jabaal Sheard: 2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
Thoughts: Here's a mistake, at least for now: in Mingo's return game, he was back to seeing more reps than Sheard. Mingo just isn't cutting it right now; you can't not play him, but over the bye week, I hope Mike Pettine really finds a better way to utilize Mingo's talents. Kruger forced another interception with pressure on a quarterback.
|Joe Haden||Buster Skrine||Justin Gilbert ||K'Waun Williams
Joe Haden: 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined).
Buster Skrine: 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
Justin Gilbert: No stats registered.
K'Waun Williams: No stats registered.
Thoughts: I don't think it was a terrible game by Haden, but of course it's disappointing to see a wide receiver win the battle at the end of a game against him again. With the investment in Gilbert and Haden, both of them will work through things, regardless of how they are performing...all while Skrine is quietly playing the best football.
| Donte Whitner ||Tashaun Gipson||Jordan Poyer ||Jim Leonhard
Donte Whitner: 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined).
Tashaun Gipson: 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
Jordan Poyer: 1 tackle (1 combined).
Jim Leonhard: No stats registered.
Thoughts: It's a bit rough to watch T.J. Ward being such a force in Denver while Whitner is just kind of "there" through three games this season. Gipson notched his second interception in as many weeks. Poyer finally got some defensive reps, as did Leonard, presumably in nickel back type of roles.