Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 14 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
|QB||Robert Griffin III
||100%||12-of-28 (42.9%) for 104 yards, 1 INT. 7 rushes, 31 yards, 1 TD.
This was a mirror image of what Griffin delivered in Week 1: inaccurate, tries to launch the ball deep if the play calls for it, regardless of the coverage, and uses the read-option. The read-option was his best asset. What happened to the quarterback who completed 65.6% of his passes as a rookie, or 68.7% of them in 2014? I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for a week or two that he is rusty, but judging off of two games, he's no where near the answer for 2017.
|RB||Isaiah Crowell||30||56%||10 carries, 113 yards, 11.3 avg. 1 catch, 5 yards (2 targets).
|RB||Duke Johnson||24||44%||4 carries, 24 yards, 6.0 avg. 1 catch, 21 yards (2 targets).
||9||17%||0 catches (1 target).
Crowell now has 718 yards rushing on the season, which is a career high. He also has over 1,000 yards of offense. He'll be a restricted free agent in 2017, and although the team keep retain him for cheap for one more year, I think they have to think about a multi-year deal with him. He and Johnson have complimented each other well this year. Vitale dropped a wide open touchdown pass, which will certain limit his future pass-catching opportunities.
|WR||Terrelle Pryor||49||91%||1 catch, 3 yards (3 targets).
|WR||Corey Coleman||46||85%||3 catches, 26 yards (11 targets).
|WR||Andrew Hawkins||29||54%||1 catch, 4 yards (1 target).|
||6||11%||No stats registered.|
||1||2%||No stats registered.
I'm going to stay out of whatever beef that Pryor and Adam Jones have with each other. Pryor had his least productive game of the season. His other unproductive game was also against the Bengals earlier this year, when he was held to 2 catches for 18 yards. Griffin kept trying to hit Coleman, but the throws and timing just weren't quite there most of the afternoon.
|TE||Gary Barnidge||51||94%||3 catches, 27 yards (5 targets).
|TE||Randall Telfer||18||33%||1 catch, 7 yards (1 target).
||4||7%||1 catch, 11 yards (2 targets).
I love the play where the quarterback fakes to the running back, pulls out and fires it to the tight end right in the seam. Unfortunately, Barnidge wasn't looking, so there's a chemistry issue between the two. DeValve only got a catch to end the game in garbage time.
The offensive line allowed 3 sacks and 7 quarterback hits. Two of those sacks came by Geno Atkins late in the fourth, when the Browns had hit desperation mode. The offensive line was surprisingly good this week, and I think the threat of a mobile quarterback and some of the play design helped that. Unfortunately, Griffin couldn't capitalize with good throws. If Cooper looks as good in the next three games as he did in this one, then that could be such a huge coup for this organization...but we're still in the wishful thinking stage here.