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Browns' Week 15 Offensive Snap Counts vs. Seahawks

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 30-13 loss to the Seahawks.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 15 game against the Seattle Seahawks.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Johnny Manziel
100% 19-of-32 (59.4%) for 161 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. 2 carries, 17 yards.

The primary goal for the rest of the season is the evaluation of Johnny Manziel, and so far, I see no reason why he isn't passing the test to be the team's quarterback in 2016. He was generally unfazed by the Seahawks' defense, and the crowd noise didn't appear to have a significant impact on him. His interception at the end of the game is one that you can forgive when it's basically a last gasp effort (either take a shot, or turn the ball over on downs). Five dropped passes didn't help Manziel -- he can still work on ball placement, but at least three of those passes should've been caught.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Duke Johnson 30 55% 4 carries, 46 yards, 11.5 avg. 5 catches, 39 yards (5 targets).
RB Isaiah Crowell
25 45% 9 carries, 23 yards, 2.6 avg. 3 catches, 7 yards (3 targets).

The Browns obviously didn't commit to the running game as much this week, but I felt like the team did a better job of preventing the negative runs and getting some short-yardage first downs. That in itself is an improvement over previous weeks, and they also got a big run by Duke Johnson in the second half.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Travis Benjamin 52 95% 3 catches, 26 yards (5 targets). 1 carry, 9 yards.
WR Taylor Gabriel
46 84% 2 catches, 18 yards (4 targets).
WR Marlon Moore 24 44% 1 catch, 20 yards (2 targets).
WR Terrelle Pryor 15 27% 0 catches (2 targets). 1 carry, -1 yard.
WR Dwayne Bowe
12 22% 2 catches, 22 yards (3 targets).

Travis Benjamin was heavily involved in the offense on the first drive, logging three of his four touches during the game. He was pretty silent the rest of the way, having a contested drop on a slant pattern while being guarded by Richard Sherman. Taylor Gabriel couldn't go up high for a pass, Marlon Moore had a pass, and Terrelle Pryor couldn't hang on to a hot pass early. I'm not a fan of lining him up at Wildcat -- if you really want to catch a defense off guard, have him suddenly just throw the ball, or give the allusion that he'll throw and then let him scramble. Dwayne Bowe entered the game late and was targeted on back-to-back plays. He was also targeted on the interception, where he seemed to have a half-hearted effort.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 49 89% 3 catches, 29 yards, 1 TD (4 targets).
TE Jim Dray 18 33% 0 catches (3 targets).
TE E.J. Bibbs
4 7% No stats registered.

The most consistent player on offense, Gary Barnidge tied Ozzie Newsome with another touchdown grab. Looking at the final stat line, you wish Barnidge could've gotten twice as many catches and targets.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 55 100%
OL Austin Pasztor
55 100%
OL Alex Mack 55 100%
OL Mitchell Schwartz 55 100%
OL Cameron Erving 53 96%
OL John Greco 2 4%

The offensive line surrendered three sacks and 6 hits on the quarterback. John Greco hurt his MCL on the second play of the game, forcing Cameron Erving to play right guard the rest of the way. I hate knocking him so much, but he was a big liability again. I'm having a tough time deciding what I'd do over the final two games: play Erving to let him get some more experience, or play some other inexperienced lineman for the sake of evaluating the rest of the offense better.


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
  • Week 15: 55 plays

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