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Browns' Week 12 Defensive Snap Counts vs. Ravens

Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 33-27 loss to the Ravens.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Desmond Bryant 41 69% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
DL Danny Shelton 39 66% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 30 51% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
DL John Hughes 29 49% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
DL Xavier Cooper 21 36% No stats registered.

The Ravens' rushing game totaled 23 carries for 104 yards. Although he didn't have a breakout game, it was a bit of a bummer to see Terrance West have 7 carries for 37 yards (5.3 YPC). On the Browns' game-winning field goal try, the pressure came from the side that included first-round picks Cameron Erving and Danny Shelton. Besides one tackle for a loss by Jamie Meder during the game, the defensive line played a pedestrian game against backup offensive linemen.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Paul Kruger 39 66% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
OLB Armonty Bryant 34 58% No stats registered.
OLB Nate Orchard
25 42% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
OLB Barkevious Mingo
19 32% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Getting close isn't enough, but I did think that Paul Kruger forced Matt Schaub to move in the pocket or abandon the play a few times. Pro Football Focus agreed, saying, Kruger led the team with 5 pressures on 20 pass rush snaps. I wonder if Nate Orchard's snaps were reduced due to the groin injury he suffered late in the week.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Karlos Dansby 59 100% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 1 touchdown, 1 tackle for loss.
ILB Christian Kirksey 30 51% 3 tackles (3 combined).
ILB Craig Robertson 28 47% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
ILB Tank Carder 1 2% No stats registered.

I believe it was Karlos Dansby and Christian Kirksey who combined on a pathetic tackling attempt on Buck Allen, allowing him to score a touchdown. Dansby did have some redemption later on, making a good read and athletic interception in zone coverage that he took back for a pick six.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Tashaun Gipson 58 98% 6 tackles (6 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
S Donte Whitner
58 98% 6 tackles (6 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
S Jordan Poyer
3 5% 1 tackle (1 combined).

In his first game back from a concussion, Donte Whitner seemed a bit slow to react to balls that were coming his way, although maybe he was thinking about the tackle rather than the interception. Tashaun Gipson had a great individual play late in the game to stop a tight end screen pass.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Tramon Williams
59 100% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
CB K'Waun Williams 47 80% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
CB Justin Gilbert
19 32% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Charles Gaines
8 14% No stats registered.
CB Johnson Bademosi 1 2% No stats registered.

Tramon Williams logged his first interception as a member of the Browns, coming in the final two minutes of the game to set up the team's game-winning field goal attempt. Justin Gilbert finally got a start, but unfortunately left with a concussion on a kickoff return, so we still don't get to evaluate him. K'Waun Williams saw some work on the outside once Gilbert left, but he had one of his worst games of the year going up against Kamar Aiken. It wasn't like he was smoked, he just was beat on some plays he typically isn't.


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
  • Week 10: 66 plays
  • Week 11: Bye Week
  • Week 12: 59 plays