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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 14

Missed tackles and failing to get home on the blitz were detriments in the defense allowing three late touchdowns.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 14 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Trevon Coley 62 82% 3 assists (3 combined).
DL Myles Garrett 60 79% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 QH.
DL Carl Nassib 59 78% 2 assists (2 combined). 1 TFL, 1 pass defended.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 46 61% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Nate Orchard 22 29% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Caleb Brantley 16 21% 2 assists (2 combined).
DL T.Y. McGill 10 13% No stats registered.
DL Tyrone Holmes 9 12% 1 assist (1 combined).
  • Although the Browns had trouble containing Brett Hundley at times, they often stifled the Packers’ ground game, holding their backs to 19 carries for 47 yards (2.47 YPC). Larry Ogunjobi got the start for the injured Danny Shelton, and he delivered. Per PFF, Ogunjobi (grade of 84.2) “was a big reason why the Packers could only gain four yards on seven carries through the A-gaps.”
  • What about Myles Garrett? We knew he had a tough match-up against one of the league’s best left tackles, and he had another offsides penalty against him. He did get a hit on Hundley, but had more success when he worked against the interior of the Packers’ line.
  • Nate Orchard was the only guy able to finish a sack on Hundley, when he came clean off of a bootleg. Carl Nassib batted a pass away.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Christian Kirksey 76 100% 6 tackles, 4 assists (10 combined).
LB Joe Schobert 76 100% 4 tackles, 5 assists (9 combined).
LB James Burgess 71 93% 5 tackles, 4 assists (9 combined).
LB B.J. Bello 2 3% No stats registered.
  • The linebackers were just kind of “there” this week. The Packers didn’t target their tight ends, but hit their running back quite a bit, with success.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Jason McCourty 75 99% 8 tackles, 2 assists (10 combined).
CB Jamar Taylor 71 93% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
CB Mike Jordan 36 47% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
  • It was another rough day for Jason McCourty, his third in a row, and he said after the game that he sucked. He was lining up with a big cushion on his receiver often (probably a scheme thing), but wasn’t able to make many good tackles in those situations. He was also beat on the game-tying touchdown, and then got caught up with a poor effort on the game-winning touchdown.
  • How bad has McCourty’s production been the past two weeks? Here is what PFF says:

Against the Packers, McCourty allowed 10 catches on 12 targets for 105 yards and three touchdowns and Packers QB Brett Hundley had a 142.7 passer rating when throwing into his coverage. In the last two weeks, McCourty has allowed the most receptions (19) and touchdowns (4) among all NFL cornerbacks and been the most-targeted (24 targets).

  • With Briean Boddy-Calhoun out, Mike Jordan filled in as the third cornerback.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Kai Nacua 75 99% 5 tackles (5 combined).
S Derrick Kindred 70 92% 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH.
  • Either Kai Nacua or Jason McCourty were at fault for the Packers’ first wide open touchdown (although one could argue that it was a poor defensive call to begin with). Nacua had a 15-yard penalty a little later on fourth down that extended a drive. Besides that, I thought Nacua showed some good instincts, but how can you really tell when he’s so far back?
  • S Derrick Kindred was PFF's 5th-highest graded Brown, with a grade of 80.1, and had three pressures when rushing the passer. Per PFF, the Browns had 10 different players miss a total of 14 tackles (the most they’ve had in a single game since Week 3 of the 2015). Nacua and Kindred were each responsible for two missed tackles.

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Another note from PFF: despite blitzing a ridiculous amount of times, the Packers handled it well and the pressure seldom got home:

The Gregg Williams-led squad blitzed on 62 percent of QB Brett Hundley’s dropbacks but created pressure on just 22%, the second-worst rate among all Week 14 teams. QB Brett Hundley flourished under the blitz, tossing three touchdowns and completing 66.7 percent of his passes for a 114.6 passer rating.