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Browns' Defensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Patriots

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Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 33-13 loss to the Patriots.

Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 5 game against the New England Patriots.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Danny Shelton 55 69% 1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined).
DL Xavier Cooper 53 66% No stats registered.
DL Jamie Meder 48 60% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Stephen Paea 28 35% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Carl Nassib
27 34% 1 QH.
DL Tyrone Holmes 10 12% 1 assist (1 combined).

Jamie Meder got the Browns' only sack of the game, and I'm sure Tom Brady felt like an old man afterward that he couldn't escape Meder's dive to trip him up as he moved toward the sideline. I thought Danny Shelton had a better performance than he did a week ago, but it's hard to tout individual performances after Brady hardly felt the heat in this one. Carl Nassib got an early hit on Brady, but other than that, there wasn't much pressure on the veteran quarterback.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Emmanuel Ogbah 44 55% 1 tackle (1 combined).
OLB Cam Johnson 43 54% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 TFL.
OLB Joe Schobert 37 46% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 QH.
OLB Corey Lemonier 22 28% No stats registered.

While previewing the Browns vs. Patriots game, I offered some disappointment as Emmanuel Ogbah's lack of a pass rush so far. One of the comments in response was:

Can we slow our roll here please? Ogbah was a down lineman at OSU, and I imagine the transition to coverage and LB in general has been a challenge. Inferring he’s either ineffective or a bust is completely premature.

I didn't quite make the inferences referenced, but Ogbah might be making them for me after another lackluster performance against the Patriots. I'm sure the bouncing between defensive end and outside linebacker in camp and then right at the start of the season didn't help matters. When you wonder why Cleveland's defense is struggling so much, one of the reasons is that you've got two rookies still trying to find themselves at outside linebacker, and the other two are a waiver claim (Corey Lemonier) and a guy who didn't make the 53-man roster but was re-signed two weeks ago (Cam Johnson).

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Christian Kirksey 80 100% 11 tackles, 5 assists (16 combined).
ILB Demario Davis 80 100% 6 tackles, 4 assists (10 combined). 1 pass defended.
ILB Tank Carder
10 12% No stats registered.

The most encouraging thing defensively was the fact that this was a bounceback game for the team's two inside linebackers, Christian Kirksey and Demario Davis. Kirksey did have a couple of penalties called against him in the passing game, but he was very good against the run and had a season high for any Browns player with 16 tackles.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Jordan Poyer 80 100% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
S Derrick Kindred 44 55% 4 tackles (4 combined).
S Ibraheim Campbell
39 49% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).

Ouch! After Derrick Kindred was a bit rough around the edges during his time at safety, I was looking forward to Ibraheim Campbell stabilizing things a little more at the safety position. Instead, Campbell made two terrible plays in coverage that led to big plays. One thing is for sure: I can't sit through a 2017 season with two of these three guys as starters. The team is going to have to find somebody in the draft or free agency, because the position is a biggest liability on the team.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Jamar Taylor 76 95% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Joe Haden 73 91% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined).
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 31 39% 1 pass defended.
CB Tracy Howard 10 12% No stats registered.

Aside from a couple of misteps by Joe Haden (beat by Chris Hogan up the sideline and cheated on one of Martellus Bennett's touchdowns), the Browns' cornerbacks came away with another solid effort. That sounds silly when you look at the fact that Tom Brady threw for over 400 yards passing, but defending the tight end was the Browns' biggest issue in coverage.