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Browns' Week 10 Defensive Snap Counts vs. Steelers

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

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

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Desmond Bryant 39 59% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Xavier Cooper 37 56% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL John Hughes 32 48% No stats registered.
DL Danny Shelton 30 45% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 27 41% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
DL Randy Starks 2 3% No stats registered.

Randy Starks left the game early with an injury, which boosted the amount of reps that Xavier Cooper and John Hughes might normally see. Desmond Bryant's sack streak came to an end.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Paul Kruger 38 58% 2 tackles (2 combined). 2 tackles for losses.
OLB Nate Orchard 36 55% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble.
OLB Armonty Bryant
27 41% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
OLB Barkevious Mingo
15 23% No stats registered.

Paul Kruger had two nice tackles in the backfield, but also jumped offsides once, allowing the Steelers to have a free play downfield. Nate Orchard forced a fumble on DeAngelo Williams in the red zone, but nobody was able to get on top of it. He also batted down a pass in the red zone on 3rd-and-2 to force a field goal.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Karlos Dansby 66 100% 3 tackles, 3 assists (6 combined). 1 pass defended.
ILB Christian Kirksey 37 56% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 sack, 2 tackles for losses, 1 quarterback hit, 1 pass defended.
ILB Craig Robertson 31 47% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
ILB Tank Carder 1 2% No stats registered.

Although they didn't generate a ton of pressure, we can't blame the front seven too much on a week where Pittsburgh was held to 2.9 yards per carry. All Pittsburgh kept doing was having Ben Roethlisberger step back, chuck a deep ball, and get a completion or a pass interference penalty. Christian Kirksey out-snapped Craig Robertson for the first time since Robertson's return.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Tashaun Gipson 66 100% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
S Jordan Poyer
64 97% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.

With Jordan Poyer back, the Browns decided to give Ibraheim Campbell zero snaps on defense. Seriously? You actually have a rookie come in, grade out pretty darn well in two games when no one else on defense is shining, and the way you reward him is to send him back to special teams exclusively?

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Tramon Williams
64 97% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB K'Waun Williams 50 76% 5 tackles (5 combined). 1 fumble recovery.
CB Charles Gaines
27 41% 5 tackles (5 combined). 1 forced fumble.
CB Pierre Desir
20 30% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Johnson Bademosi 17 26% No stats registered.

Man, this was as rough of a day as I've ever seen for our cornerbacks. First, let me go through the exclusions: I think K'Waun Williams was the only cornerback spared of embarrassment, and Tramon Williams did get hosed on at least one pass interference penalty. Charles Gaines did not have a banner day in his debut, as it looked like he was stunned by the game speed of Martavis Bryant. When it comes to Pierre Desir, he has significantly regressed over the past couple of weeks, and I have no idea what he was trying to do this week. Johnson Bademosi didn't register a stat because he was given the merciful assignment of having to cover (or watch) Antonio Brown catch a pass right away and run uncontested to the end zone before executing a perfect front flip. On top of all of that, Justin Gilbert was a healthy scratch.

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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*
  • Week 7: 53 plays
  • Week 8: 81 plays
  • Week 9: 67 plays
  • Week 10: 66 plays