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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 7

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Although Myles Garrett couldn’t generate a pass rush, the Browns’ defense delivered for five quarters against the Titans, to no avail.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 58 81% 2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined). 1 QH.
DL Myles Garrett 57 79% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Trevon Coley 53 74% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
DL Danny Shelton 37 51% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
DL Nate Orchard 19 26% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 17 24% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Caleb Brantley 15 21% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Carl Nassib 14 19% No stats registered.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 3 4% 1 assist (1 combined).

Notes:

  • This was another great game for the Browns’ run defense (and the defense in general). The Titans came in as one of the best rushing teams in the NFL, but Cleveland held them to 2.5 YPC on the afternoon. Derrick Henry could get nothing going, as he had 13 carries for 13 yards (1.0 YPC).
  • We definitely saw a full workload for Myles Garrett, who played 57 snaps (79%). As I suspected, though, he didn’t fare too well against standout LT Taylor Lewan. His one sack keeps his streak going, but it was as cheap as you can get with Marcus Mariota sliding down once no one was open. Garrett also had two offsides penalties.
  • Per PFF, Larry Ogunjobi had one stop in two run snaps, and Caleb Brantley added two in his eight run snaps. It seemed a bit odd that Ogunjobi had just 3 snaps all game, but the run defense still succeeded without him.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Christian Kirksey 72 100% 8 tackles, 9 assists (17 combined). 1 TFL, 1 pass defended, 1 FF.
LB Joe Schobert 72 100% 5 tackles, 4 assists (9 combined).
LB Jamie Collins 71 99% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
LB B.J. Bello 3 4% No stats registered.

Notes:

  • I still think this group has a lot to prove, but collectively, the Browns’ linebackers played their best games of the season. Christian Kirksey had 11 tackles at halftime and finished with 17 tackles. Kirksey and Jamie Collins each made a play in coverage, which is better than allowing perfect passer ratings.
  • The PFF darling this week was Joe Schobert, who “easily played his best game of the year” with a grade of 88.4. He was credited with five run stops and three stops in the receiving game.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Jamar Taylor 69 96% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 69 96% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 2 passes defended.
CB Mike Jordan 34 47% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 pass defended.

Notes:

  • Despite the Browns being without Jason McCourty, I had faith in Jamar Taylor and Briean Boddy-Calhoun stepping up to the plate, and they both delivered.
  • Per PFF, Boddy-Calhoun graded out to an 84.9, allowing 1 catch on 3 targets for 14 yards. Taylor graded out to an 84.4, allowing 1 catch on 3 targets for 8 yards.
  • Mike Jordan stepped up as the third cornerback and had a key breakup late in the game going one-on-one against Eric Decker.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Ibraheim Campbell 69 96% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 FR.
S Derrick Kindred 60 83% 6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined). 1 TFL.

Notes:

  • With Jabrill Peppers out, the Browns appeared to have their most stable game at the safety position all season. Ibraheim Campbell played the majority of the game, with Derrick Kindred also getting a good workload.
  • Both players were highly-touted by PFF for their performances. Campbell (84.5) played the deep role and was not targeted all game in coverage. Kindred (82.1) had three run stops.

It’s a shame the Browns’ stellar defensive performance wasn’t rewarded, but I hope Gregg Williams uses this came as a blueprint moving forward: more of Boddy-Calhoun, and less of Peppers...but when Peppers returns, find a unique role for him like he was drafted for. He can’t use the excuse that no one else can play the deep safety role, because Campbell just did it.