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Browns' Week 10 Offensive Snap Counts vs. Steelers

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 30-9 loss to the Steelers.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 10 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Johnny Manziel
69
100% 33-of-45 (73.33%) for 372 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. 3 carries, 17 yards, 1 fumble.

Although his first two plays of the game looked to be a disaster (an empty hand fumble and then a near interception), Johnny Manziel settled in after that. He had a good mix of delivering on-target throws from the pocket and scrambling. I think I'd like to see him find a better balance of not leaving the pocket so quickly on third-down plays near the red zone -- sometimes, you have to take a shot on your first read or settle for the field goal by throwing the ball to the boundary.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 33 48% 6 carries, -5 yards, -0.8 avg. 1 catch, 4 yards (2 targets).
RB Duke Johnson
29 42% 4 carries, 10 yards, 2.5 avg. 4 catches, 18 yards (4 targets).
FB Malcolm Johnson 11 16% No stats registered.
FB Glenn Winston
7 10% No stats registered.

The running game was abandon early in large part due to the struggles of the offensive line in blocking. In a way, though, it made sense to keep passing. One of the reasons our bootleg passes were open was the fact that Pittsburgh was committing resources to stopping the run. Glenn Winston made his offensive debut as a blocker. Duke Johnson caught a nice screen pass, but otherwise didn't have much of an impact and gave up a sack on one play.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Travis Benjamin 55 80% 7 catches, 113 yards (11 targets).
WR Andrew Hawkins
46 67% 7 catches, 69 yards (8 targets). 1 fumble.
WR Brian Hartline
44 64% 6 catches, 77 yards (9 targets).
WR Taylor Gabriel 22 32% 2 catches, 26 yards (3 targets).
WR Marlon Moore 11 16% No stats registered.

The wide receiver struggles continued for now the fourth game in a row. Although there were certainly more positive plays than negative ones, the two negatives stood out big time: Andrew Hawkins' fumble at the end of the first half made it a 21-3 game instead of a 14-3 game at a minimum, or possibly a 14-6 or 14-10 game at the half. Then, even though the game was out of reach, Travis Benjamin dropped a wide open short slant touchdown in the second half. Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel both left the game with concussions. They'll have the bye week to recover, but if they remain out, Dwayne Bowe might get some action again in two weeks.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 63 91% 6 catches, 65 yards, 1 TD (8 targets).
TE Jim Dray 23 33% No stats registered.

It was nice to see Johnny Manziel make use of Gary Barnidge. His touchdown pass to him was perfect, and his fourth down throw in the red zone a little later was a tightly-contested incomplete pass, but it was a very good throw to the boundary that I'm sure Barnidge would like to have back.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 69 100%
OL John Greco 69 100%
OL Alex Mack 69 100%
OL Mitchell Schwartz 69 100%
OL Cameron Erving 68 99%
OL Austin Pasztor
2 3%

The offensive line surrendered six sacks, with a good amount of the pressure seeming to come from the area of OL Cameron Erving. Erving also had a costly holding penalty on a run in which the Browns were inside the 1 yard line. This is what happens when you play a guy at pretty much every position on the line (too much to handle as a rookie) and then start him at the one position you didn't have him practice at

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Amount of Offensive Plays, By the Week

  • Week 1: 71 plays
  • Week 2: 49 plays
  • Week 3: 75 plays
  • Week 4: 71 plays
  • Week 5: 88 plays*
  • Week 6: 79 plays*
  • Week 7: 75 plays
  • Week 8: 63 plays
  • Week 9: 53 plays
  • Week 10: 69 plays

We'll have coverage on the defensive snap counts later on.