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Browns' Offensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Eagles

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 29-10 loss to the Eagles.

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Robert Griffin III 51
100% 12-of-26 (46.2%) for 190 yards, 1 INT. 5 carries, 37 yards.

I am usually willing to give quarterbacks the benefit of the doubt after a bad performance, but this was a terrible outing for Robert Griffin III that saw him get completely outplayed by Carson Wentz. Yes, it's true that Griffin had three early dropped passes, the the snap way over his head ruined a chance at taking the lead. However, he had too many negatives.

After the triple coverage prayer to Corey Coleman to second half, there were back-to-back plays in which Terrelle Pryor and Andrew Hawkins beat their defender for what should've been an easy touchdown throw to the corner. Griffin overthrew them both times. His interception in the first half came when he failed to see a zone linebacker in the throwing lane. He also changed a play way too late at the line of scrimmage that led to a negative running play. I should add that Hue Jackson should share equal blame as Griffin, because this was a poor offensive gameplan he gave his quarterback to work with too.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 30 59% 12 carries, 62 yards, 5.2 avg, 1 TD. 2 catches, 16 yards (2 targets).
RB Duke Johnson
22 43% 3 carries, 22 yards, 7.4 avg. 3 catches, 28 yards (5 targets).
RB Malcolm Johnson 10 20% 2 catches, 9 yards (2 targets).

With the game at 29-10 and about a minute to go, the Browns should've just taken a knee. Instead, they handed the ball off to Isaiah Crowell three times, allowing him to pick up 40 yards. Before that, he had 9 carries for 22 yards (2.4 YPC). I didn't think Crowell was bad, but the commitment to the run and the type of runs being called were not what I anticipated. Duke Johnson made some nice moves in the open field after catching passes to move the chains. Malcolm Johnson had 4 catches all of last season; he's got 2 already this year.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Corey Coleman 47
92% 2 catches, 69 yards (5 targets).
WR Terrelle Pryor 46 90% 3 catches, 68 yards (7 targets).
WR Andrew Hawkins 33 65% 0 catches (3 targets). 1 carry, -1 yards.
WR Ricardo Louis
1
2% No stats registered.
WR Rashard Higgins 1 2% No stats registered.

Besides a bobble (which he still held on to), Terrelle Pryor was a bright spot on offense. His leap over a defender for a catch downfield was sound, even though it included a subtle pushoff. He also ran a nice route to get open in the end zone on a fade, but was terribly overthrown. Corey Coleman dropped a pass early but came back in the second half with two nice grabs. Andrew Hawkins got open a couple of times, but again was way overthrown by his quarterback. The other rookie receivers only got one snap each.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 50 98% 0 catches (2 targets).
TE Randall Telfer 10 20% No stats registered.
TE Seth DeValve
3 6% No stats registered.

It was stunning to see Gary Barnidge with two dropped passes in the first three series. Given how poorly the Browns played in general, I hate to think about the butterfly effect, but those dropped passes came during a stretch in which teams usually script plays to get into a rhythm. Barnidge wasn't targeted the rest of the game.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 51 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 51 100%
OL Cameron Erving 51 100%
OL John Greco 51 100%
OL Austin Pasztor 51 100%
OL Spencer Drango 2 4%

The offensive line allowed 3 sacks and 5 quarterback hits. The biggest blunder of the game involved C Cameron Erving, whose snap over the head of QB Robert Griffin III for a safety completely swung the momentum in favor of the Eagles again. Erving also snapped the ball high on the fake punt attempt.