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Browns' Week 8 Offensive Snap Counts vs. Cardinals

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 34-20 loss to the Cardinals.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 8 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Josh McCown
56 89% 18-of-34 (52.9%) for 211 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT. 5 carries, 18 yards.
QB Johnny Manziel
7 11% 3-of-6 (50%) for 12 yards. 1 carry, 1 yard.

Well, we can at least say the Browns were efficient in the red zone this week, as Josh McCown was 3-of-3 with all three touchdown passes coming on third down in the first half. McCown was 11-of-17 (64.7%) for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half. In the second half, he was 7-of-17 (41.2%) for 89 yards and 1 interception, as he was victimized by a couple of dropped passes and some brutal hits he was taking. McCown did make a poor decision to throw a 50-50 jump ball to Taylor Gabriel, which was intercepted, but he's again a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy loses.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Duke Johnson 24 38% 1 carry, 3 yards, 3.0 avg. 2 catches, 68 yards (2 targets).
RB Isaiah Crowell
20 32% 10 carries, 14 yards, 1.4 avg. 1 catch, 12 yards (2 targets).
RB Robert Turbin 19 30% 3 carries, 3 yards, 1.0 avg. 1 fumble lost.
FB Malcolm Johnson 11 17% No stats registered.

The No. 1 thing that irks me about the game is the lack of utilization of Duke Johnson in the second half. He got the first touch of the second half and then was seemingly absent the rest of the half so that Robert Turbin could bobble handoffs. I was convinced that there had to be an injury to Johnson, but that wasn't the case. Johnson said he patiently waited his turn in the second half, but they never came. The blame should go on the trio of Mike Pettine, John DeFilippo, and Wilbert Montgomery. If nobody can run the ball and you're going to go pass-heavy anyway, then at least put the back in who makes game-changing plays as a receiver.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Travis Benjamin 53 84% 3 catches, 26 yards (5 targets).
WR Brian Hartline 51 81% 4 catches, 32 yards (10 targets), 2 touchdowns.
WR Taylor Gabriel 39 62% 4 catches, 32 yards (7 targets).
WR Marlon Moore 10 16% No stats registered.
WR Dwayne Bowe
7 11% 0 catches (1 target).

Travis Benjamin had his most insignificant game of the season. Brian Hartline had two nice touchdown grabs in the first half, but appeared to have two or three drops in the second half, each of which forced the team into punting the ball. Marlon Moore ended up seeing snaps before Dwayne Bowe after all, and Bowe's only utilization really came in garbage time with Johnny Manziel. Bowe needs to be cut after the Bengals game with Josh Lenz getting a callback.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 55 87% 7 catches, 53 yards (11 targets), 1 touchdown.
TE Jim Dray 26 41% 0 catches (2 targets).

The Cardinals came into the game as the best team at defending tight ends, but Gary Barnidge continued his unstoppable streak. For six straight games now, he's either had a touchdown or gone over 100+ yards receiving. If the Browns could ever use some positive PR in this dreary season, it would be to reward the few guys who are actually having high-caliber seasons.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 63 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 63 100%
OL Alex Mack 63 100%
OL Mitchell Schwartz 63 100%
OL John Greco 63 100%

The offensive line surrendered just one sack, but Josh McCown took an absolute beating in the second half and I am stunned he didn't leave the game during the third period. RG John Greco and LT Joe Thomas each had false starts in the second half that ended up hurting drives.

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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

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