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Browns' Week 9 Defensive Snap Counts vs. Bengals

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Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 31-10 loss to the Bengals.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 9 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Desmond Bryant 39
58% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
DL Danny Shelton 38
57% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Randy Starks 33
49% 1 tackle (1 combined). 2 bone-headed penalties.
DL Xavier Cooper 28
42% No stats registered.
DL John Hughes 27
40% 3 tackles (3 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 24
36% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).

The defensive line saw Desmond Bryant log another sack, but Randy Starks is the guy who made headlines for all of the wrong reasons. He will undoubtedly be one of my goats when I do my weekly game review. It's good to see Danny Shelton's utilization start to creep toward the 60% mark.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Nate Orchard 38
57% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
OLB Paul Kruger 31
46% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
OLB Armonty Bryant
31
46% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
OLB Barkevious Mingo
22
33% 1 tackle (1 combined).

We finally saw Paul Kruger register his first full sack of the season, coming via a bull rush on backup RT Eric Winston.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Karlos Dansby 67
100% 7 tackles, 4 assists (11 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
ILB Craig Robertson 44
66% 1 tackles, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
ILB Christian Kirksey 26
39% No stats registered.

Karlos Dansby led the team with 11 tackles as Craig Robertson again out-snapped Christian Kirksey. With Robertson a free agent this offseason and Kirksey not looking like a star-studded player, will the Browns look to spend big (in the draft or free agency) at that position?

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Tashaun Gipson 67
100% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
S Ibraheim Campbell 55
82% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined).
CB De'Ante Saunders
9
13% 1 assist (1 combined).

One of the bright spots defensively was Ibraheim Campbell, who made several nice tackles, including one that stopped a potentially big-time run play. How is it that Campbell sat on the bench for so long?

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Tramon Williams
65
97%
6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined).
CB Pierre Desir 41
61% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
CB K'Waun Williams
27
40% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
CB Justin Gilbert
23
34% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Johnson Bademosi 2
3% No stats registered.

Even though there were some things to frown upon with Justin Gilbert's performance, I was just so escatatic to see the former first-round pick on the field. I was given a shred of home that, "hey, maybe our former first-round pick might get some playing time!" Tramon Williams was beat twice by Tyler Eifert and didn't have a very good game overall.

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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