Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 8 game against the New York Jets.
||69||96%||25-of-49 (51.0%) for 341 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT. 3 rushes, 10 yards. 1 two-point conversion.|
|QB||Kevin Hogan||3||4%||2-of-2 (100.0%) for 4 yards.
This was not a well-played game by Josh McCown. I'm sure I'm probably forgetting a bad outing he had a year ago, but this was the worst performance I recall seeing from him. He looked nervous to take a hit as he made erratic throws any time the Jets brought a little bit of pressure. His ball placement was off on way too many passes. He missed an opportunity to hit Terrelle Pryor for an open deep ball, then chucked one up near the middle of the field for an interception a little later. Kevin Hogan was used as a change-of-pace quarterback for three plays in the first half, but it didn't amount to much and the team decided not to go back to it in the second half.
|RB||Isaiah Crowell||41||57%||11 carries, 29 yards, 2.6 avg, 1 TD. 2 catches, 34 yards (2 targets).
|RB||Duke Johnson||31||43%||4 carries, 29 yards, 7.3 avg. 6 catches, 87 yards (8 targets).
||6||8%||No stats registered.
We knew the Jets were going to be tough to run against, and Cleveland opted to go with a pass-heavy approach for much of the afternoon, which I was fine with. I'm a believer that if you know you can't do something, don't keep doing it to put yourselves in a hole. Both backs made some nice plays as receivers. Dan Vitale made his debut at fullback, but only for six snaps.
|WR||Terrelle Pryor||59||82%||6 catches, 101 yards (13 targets). 1 two-point conversion.
|WR||Andrew Hawkins||48||67%||5 catches, 31 yards (8 targets). 2 TD.
|WR||Ricardo Louis||46||64%||2 catches, 32 yards (7 targets).|
|WR||Jordan Payton||16||22%||1 catch, 3 yards (1 target).
||10||14%||1 catch, 10 yards (1 target).
Besides the two-point conversion, all of Terrelle Pryor's catches came in the first half after Darrelle Revis gave him a bit of a cushion. That cushion tightened in the second half, and Cleveland responded by trying to go deep to him a couple of times. It didn't pan out. Andrew Hawkins had two touchdown catches in the right corner of the end zone. Ricardo Louis had some more issues hanging on to the football. Jordan Payton logged his first career catch on a pass from Kevin Hogan.
|TE||Gary Barnidge||69||96%||3 catches, 42 yards (7 targets).
||19||26%||0 catches (2 targets).
||12||17%||1 catch, 5 yards (2 targets).
I knew heading in to this season that tight ends would be a little less involved in Hue Jackson's passing game, but now it's getting a little more frustrating as the losses pile up that Gary Barnidge isn't being utilized more. This is like the third time this season that Barnidge has had a big catch to start the game, and then is hardly used the rest of the afternoon. He is a guy the offense could almost be built around (in terms of a No. 1 receiving threat), but he's seldom being used in that manner. Seth DeValve was apparently lost on what to do for a few plays.
The offensive line allowed 1 sack and 6 quarterback hits. Overall, this looked like the offensive line's best day of pass protection. Josh McCown often had plenty of time to throw the ball, but was a bit antsy. Alvin Bailey got the start at left guard, but Spencer Drango rotated in a few times. Shon Coleman was used as a sixth lineman three times.