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Browns' Week 14 Offensive Snap Counts vs. 49ers

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 24-10 victory over the 49ers.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 14 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Johnny Manziel
78
100% 21-of-31 (67.7%) for 270 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. 7 carries, 15 yards.

The future for Johnny Manziel is looking brighter, as his on-field performances continue to impress. When you play a guy like Manziel, you accept the fact that you're going to take some of the negative outcomes on plays, which lead to this:

Because ultimately, all that matters is whether he has enough positive plays that leads to this:

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Duke Johnson 44 56% 13 carries, 78 yards, 6.0 avg. 1 catch, 6 yards (3 targets).
RB Isaiah Crowell
36 46% 20 carries, 145 yards, 7.3 avg, 2 TD. 1 catch, 9 yards (1 target).
FB Glenn Winston
1 1% 1 carry, -8 yards, -8.0 avg. 1 fumble, straight to the bench.

I predicted a big fantasy day for Isaiah Crowell, and he delivered a lot more than I expected him to. Heading into yesterday's game, Crowell was averaging 3.18 yards per carry on the season. Because of yesterday's one-game inflation, Crowell's season average skyrocketed up to 3.74 yards per carry. Crowell is now in pace to surpass 600 yards rushing on the season, something fans didn't think was possible a couple of weeks ago.

Even with Crowell's production, Duke Johnson out-touched him and also had a career high in rushing yards. His average on the season jumped from 2.91 yards per carry to 3.36 yards per carry. Glenn Winston got one touch after Crowell got hurt briefly in the first half, and after gaining a yard, the ball was punched out and recovered by the 49ers. You have to wonder if that'll end up being his only carry ever as a member of the Browns.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Travis Benjamin 52 67% 4 catches, 41 yards (7 targets).
WR Marlon Moore
52 67% 2 catches, 23 yards (3 targets).
WR Brian Hartline 46 59% 8 catches, 107 yards (10 targets).
WR Darius Jennings 25 32% No stats registered.
WR Terrelle Pryor
16 21% No stats registered.

Coming back from a shoulder injury, Travis Benjamin was tied for the team lead in receiver snaps with Marlon Moore. Moore had two catches, and with him being a special teamer mostly in his career, you can tell that he's over-the-top pumped any time he's given the opportunity to make a catch or cheer on a teammate. Brian Hartline had a big day, but unfortunately suffered a broken collarbone late. Darius Jennings and Terrelle Pryor didn't register anything on the snap sheet.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 67 86% 5 catches, 84 yards, 1 TD (7 targets).
TE Jim Dray 37 47% No stats registered.
TE E.J. Bibbs
10 13% No stats registered.

At least we know that a contract extension didn't get into the head of Gary Barnidge, who was the same reliable tight end he's been all year. On Manziel's interception, he missed Barnidge being wide open over the middle. Still, it's good to see those two develop some chemistry together. Over time, Barnidge is going to get more used to finding open areas after Manziel rolls outside of the pocket.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 78 100%
OL Austin Pasztor
78 100%
OL Alex Mack 78 100%
OL John Greco 78 100%
OL Mitchell Schwartz 78 100%
OL Cameron Erving 2 3%
SS
Donte Whitner 2 3% (in backfield for final kneeldowns)

The offensive line surrendered two sacks and 4 hits on the quarterback. The Browns ran the ball effectively for the first time all season (over 200 yards rushing), and there were times that Manziel had a ridiculous amount of time to throw in the pocket. The only time Manziel was hit was when the 49ers brought extra pressure, which makes you wonder why in the heck Eric Mangini didn't just send extra rushers on every pass play.

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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
  • Week 10: 69 plays
  • Week 11: Bye Week
  • Week 12: 69 plays
  • Week 13: 63 plays
  • Week 14: 78 plays

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