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Browns' Week 9 Offensive Snap Counts vs. Bengals

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

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

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Johnny Manziel
53 100% 15-of-33 (45.45%) for 168 yards, 1 TD. 4 carries, 31 yards.

The statistical line doesn't show it, but this was a nice game by Johnny Manziel as he showed enough promise in my mind to remain the quarterback moving forward, given the team's record. If it weren't for Taylor Gabriel stunningly dropping so many on-point passes, Manziel would've been above 50% and could've had another touchdown pass. Was he perfect? Of course not -- but he didn't look unprepared. He just looked inexperienced.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 32 60% 10 carries, 38 yards, 3.8 avg. 3 catches, 26 yards (4 targets).
RB Duke Johnson
25 47% 3 carries, 0 yards, 0.0 avg. 2 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD (4 targets).
FB Malcolm Johnson 9 17% No stats registered.

Isaiah Crowell was running with a purpose in the first half, logging 9 carries for 42 yards. He got one carry in the second half, though, which went for a loss of four yards. It's stunning that Cleveland didn't try to run the ball the rest of the game. Duke Johnson as getting open as a receiver in the first half, but again seemed to disappear in the second half. Robert Turbin was phased out of the rotation, which is the only good thing I can say about the running back usage this week.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Travis Benjamin 51 96% 3 catches, 22 yards (6 targets).
WR Taylor Gabriel 48 91% 1 catch, 3 yards (6 targets).
WR Marlon Moore 20 38% No stats registered.
WR Dwayne Bowe
15 28% 3 catches, 31 yards (5 targets).

I can't kill Taylor Gabriel long-term, but I can certainly kill him for this game: he had an awful performance, dropping four passes that prevented a touchdown and potentially prevented the team from moving the ball in the second half. Travis Benjamin couldn't spring a deep one with Manziel this week. Marlon Moore played ahead of Dwayne Bowe, but Bowe caught his first three passes of the year. I know Bowe didn't look the greatest, but the guy is so massive compared to our other receivers that we should utilize him in some packages moving forward.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 46 87% 2 catches, 35 yards (7 targets).
TE Jim Dray 17 32% 1 catch, 13 yards (1 target).
TE E.J. Bibbs 2 4% No stats registered.

Gary Barnidge couldn't make a one-hand snag this week, unfortunately. The trend continues where his productivity goes down the tubes with Johnny Manziel in the game. E.J. Bibbs recorded his first two snaps of the season.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 53 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 53 100%
OL Alex Mack 53 100%
OL Mitchell Schwartz 53 100%
OL John Greco 53 100%
OL Cameron Erving
9 17%

The offensive line surrendered three sacks, all of which game late in the game. However, Pro Football Focus gave negative grades to Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, and Alex Mack, saying that they gave up 17 combined pressures for the game. Thomas also had another false start penalty. Cameron Erving was used as an extra lineman 9 times.

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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

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