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Browns' Defensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Jets

Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 31-28 loss to the Jets.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 8 game against the New York Jets.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Carl Nassib 53 73% 3 passes defended.
DL Danny Shelton 51 70% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Jamie Meder 48 66% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
DL Xavier Cooper
26 36% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Stephen Paea 17 23% No stats registered.
DL Tyrone Holmes
17 23% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 QH.

After a lackluster outing against the Bengals, I thought Danny Shelton came back with a good effort against the Jets, even though he was facing a backup center. Carl Nassib's impact came down to defending three passes, which falls in the category of being a "smart" player, but is also a sign that he had to fall back because he wasn't able to get to the quarterback.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Emmanuel Ogbah 58 79% 2 tackles, 4 assists (6 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH.
OLB Joe Schobert 25 34% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
OLB Cam Johnson
21 29% 1 QH.

If there is one player we're seeing a shred of progress from on the defensive side of the ball week-by-week, it's Emmanuel Ogbah. Joe Schobert received more playing time this week and out-snapped Cam Johnson by four snaps.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Christian Kirksey 72 99% 9 tackles, 3 assists (12 combined). 1 TFL.
ILB Demario Davis 49 67% 2 tackles, 4 assists (6 combined).

If memory serves me correct, this was the fewest amount of snaps that Demario Davis has had in 2016. The Jets were deploying more four- and five-receiver sets in the second half, so Cleveland had to go with an extra defensive back and chose Christian Kirksey to be the main inside backer. I know Cleveland kept getting burned on Shotgun handoffs, but I'd have to check the tape to see who was responsible for the breakdowns in defending that.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Tracy Howard
72 99% 2 tackles (2 combined).
S Derrick Kindred
62 85% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
S Ibraheim Campbell 37 51% 2 tackles (2 combined).

When I get to talking about the safety position every week, I just feel sicker and sicker. This is a position that I feel like starting over from scratch, because I can't imagine any other group being worse than this.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Joe Haden
72 99% 2 tackles (2 combined). 2 passes defended.
CB Tramon Williams 64 88% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
CB Jamar Taylor 59 81% 3 tackles (3 combined). 4 passes defended.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 1 1% 1 tackle (1 combined).

The Browns' cornerbacks had themselves a fine first half, with Jamar Taylor breaking up several passes. In the second half, Cleveland made the strategic decision to go to some more zone coverages, which allowed Brandon Marshall to find some open seams and seemed to help get Ryan Fitzpatrick into rhythm. The Browns' cornerbacks defended a few passes well, but the Jets' receivers started hauling in tightly-contested passes. As the game wore on, then we saw a few more breakdowns, but that was in line with the rest of the team's collapse.