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Browns' Week 6 Defensive Snap Counts vs. Broncos

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Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 26-23 overtime loss to the Broncos.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 6 game against the Denver Broncos.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Desmond Bryant 58 69% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined).
DL Randy Starks 44 52% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
DL John Hughes 34 40% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Danny Shelton 25 30% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 17 20% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
DL Xavier Cooper 17 20% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 tackle for loss.

The Browns seemed to stick with using four defenders and spreading their defense most of the game, which created some opportunities for Denver's running game to find some holes up front but minimized most of the big runs and taking advantage of Peyton Manning's inaccuracy on second or third downs. Desmond Bryant's snap count returned to normal, as I expected, but we saw a pretty light dose of Danny Shelton this week.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Paul Kruger 67 80% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
OLB Armonty Bryant 42 50% No stats registered.
OLB Nate Orchard
26 31% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
OLB Barkevious Mingo
20 24% 1 assist (1 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.

Paul Kruger was back to his normal snap count total, but for a guy who has been hit and sacked a ton this year, the Browns' pass rush rarely made Peyton Manning flinch. Armonty Bryant didn't post a stat despite playing half the game. Barkevious Mingo had limited snaps but came up with a big interception in overtime that should have led to a game-winning field goal.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Karlos Dansby 82 98% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined). 2 interceptions, 2 passes defended, 1 return touchdown.
ILB Christian Kirksey 69 82% 6 tackles, 3 assists (9 combined).
ILB Tank Carder 15 18% 1 tackle (1 combined).

This was Karlos Dansby's finest game as a Brown, making two athletic interceptions, with the second being a go-ahead touchdown return that had the stadium rocking. Dansby was beat once in coverage, and it came via Owen Daniels on a key third down overtime conversion. Christian Kirksey and Tank Carder had nice coverage on Denver's running backs during the game.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Donte Whitner 84 100% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined).
S Jordan Poyer 84 100% 2 tackles (2 combined).

Jordan Poyer took the wrong angle on Emmanuel Sanders' long catch-and-run touchdown. We'll see how much longer it is before Tashaun Gipson gets back in the mix, but it seems odd that Ibraheim Campbell can't work his way into the rotation here.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Tramon Williams
84 100% 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Pierre Desir 84 100% 10 tackles, 2 assists (12 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB K'Waun Williams 70 83% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Johnson Bademosi 2 2% No stats registered.

I hate to pick on Pierre Desir, but one of the reasons he had so many tackles is because the Broncos' receivers kept hitting him with the deep comeback route. In overtime, I would've liked to have seen Desir be more aggressive on the edge in trying to stop a Broncos run play. He let the running back come to him, but in that case, we need to sell out as Denver was on the verge of field goal range. Tramon Williams was beat on the Broncos' 75-yard touchdown pass, but I can't fault Williams too much -- it was a picture-perfect pass in tight coverage.

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Amount of Defensive Plays, By the Week

  • Week 1: 61 plays
  • Week 2: 80 plays
  • Week 3: 71 plays
  • Week 4: 65 plays
  • Week 5: 70 plays*
  • Week 6: 84 plays*