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Browns' Week 8 Defensive Snap Counts vs. Cardinals

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

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

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Desmond Bryant 45 56% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 3 quarterback hits.
DL Danny Shelton 37 46% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
DL John Hughes 34 42% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 34 42% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Xavier Cooper 32 40% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Randy Starks 29 36% 3 assists (3 combined).

Desmond Bryant logged his second sack in as many weeks and got three quarterback hits on Carson Palmer. Danny Shelton made a couple of disruptive plays. The run defense actually held Arizona to 3.1 yards per carry on 38 touches this week, which is an improvement in that area.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Armonty Bryant 47 58% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 quarterback hit, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery.
OLB Paul Kruger 45 56% No stats registered.
OLB Nate Orchard
37 46% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
OLB Barkevious Mingo
18 22% 2 tackles (2 combined).

Armonty Bryant showed off his wheels on a fumble recovery in the first quarter and then forced a fumble in the second half that seemed like it could give the Browns a chance to re-take the lead. Paul Kruger didn't record a single stat -- what the hell has happened to him this year? Barkevious Mingo played some early snaps and made some plays against the run, but his utilization the rest of the game was pretty low.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Karlos Dansby 79 98% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined). 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit, 1 forced fumble.
ILB Craig Robertson 56 69% 2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
ILB Christian Kirksey 28 35% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 quarterback hit.

Craig Robertson made his return and might have contributed to the improved run defense. Really, the big problem this week came in the secondary, where Carson Palmer just aired it out deep with regular success.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Tashaun Gipson 81 100% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
S Donte Whitner 44 54% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
CB Ibraheim Campbell 36 44% 5 tackles (5 combined).

Donte Whitner suffered a concussion in the third quarter, and with Jordan Poyer already out, rookie Ibraheim Campbell saw his first defensive reps of the season. Tashaun Gipson had an interception in his first game back; I'm sure he'll use that in his contract negotiations at the end of the year.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Tramon Williams
80 99% 6 tackles, 3 assists (9 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Joe Haden 43 53% 3 tackles (3 combined).
CB Johnson Bademosi
43 53% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 fumble recovery.
CB K'Waun Williams 42 52% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 pass defended, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery.
CB Pierre Desir 1 1% No stats registered.

If I had to do a power rankings chart of the Browns' best defenders this year, K'Waun Williams would probably be right at the top. If there is one defender who still looks like the solid, 2014-version of himself, it's been him. He forced two fumbles against the Cardinals, including an awesome "steal" from Larry Fitzgerald. Joe Haden did not look sharp in his first game back from a concussion, and then he suffered another concussion on the play in which he was burned for a 60-yard score. Johnson Bademosi, not Pierre Desir, replaced Haden. I'm sure the coaching staff will say that Desir practiced as the backup nickelback this week, and that's why Bademosi went in for Haden.

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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