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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 15

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Isaiah Crowell only got five freakin’ carries.

Baltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns
This idiot, Sammie Coates, celebrates a first down that was actually a fourth down, and then is late getting back to the huddle for a failed QB sneak.
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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 15 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB DeShone Kizer 64 100% 20-of-37 for 146 yards, 2 INT. 7 rushes, 35 yards. 1 fumble.
  • I hope that’s the last game in-person that I see from DeShone Kizer. I’ve watched in in-person at Browns stadium for games this season, and I’ve seen two very poor performances (Jacksonville and Baltimore), one very safe performance (Tennessee), and one solid performance marred by a horrendous late-game blunder (Green Bay).
  • Much like the Jaguars game, Kizer just didn’t have it from the get-go. He was throwing balls at receivers’ feet all day, and his ball placement on the completions he did have was poor. Per PFF, Kizer was pressured on 44.2% of his dropbacks, and was 7-of-14 for 63 yards and 2 interceptions on those plays.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Duke Johnson 43 67% 7 carries, 23 yards (3.3 YPC). 1 TD. 5 catches, 40 yards (7 targets). 1 fumble.
RB Isaiah Crowell 22 34% 5 carries, 72 yards (14.4 YPC). 4 catches, -7 yards (5 targets).
FB Danny Vitale 8 12% No stats registered.
  • After Isaiah Crowell’s big 59-yard run in the second quarter, I thought they’d take him out for a breather. Instead, they kept him in for a play and gave him a 4-yard carry. After that, he had one f%#$ing carry the rest of the game. If ever wanted one isolated point on how bad of a coach Hue Jackson is, that statistic shows it.
  • PFF says that Duke Johnson “forced 2 missed-tackles on receptions, giving him 22 for the year (second-most in the NFL among running backs).” He also had a key fumble that helped set up a Ravens touchdown before the end of the first half, though.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Josh Gordon 55 86% 5 catches, 47 yards (11 targets).
WR Rashard Higgins 52 81% 2 catches, 10 yards (2 targets).
WR Corey Coleman 51 80% 1 catch, 16 yards (3 targets).
WR Ricardo Louis 9 14% 0 catches (1 target).
WR Sammie Coates 6 9% 1 catch, 8 yards (1 target).
  • Some people are saying that Josh Gordon looked disengaged. I couldn’t see what the TV cameras were showing, but on the actual plays, he looked fine. I think he showed a bit of frustration when DeShone Kizer wasn’t hitting him on open crossing routes. Too many times, Gordon was open right away on the short crossing route, but Kizer waited until he crossed the whole field before attempting to get him the ball.
  • John Dorsey shouldn’t stop at purging the receiver depth chart at Kenny BrittRicardo Louis, Rashard Higgins, and Sammie Coates need to go too. I hated seeing Coates catch a third down pass late in the game, and he gets up and starts celebrating thinking he got a first down. It was clearly short, though, and he’s busy celebrating off to the side as Kizer is trying to hurry the team up to the line for a failed quarterback sneak.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE David Njoku 32 50% 0 catches (3 targets).
TE Randall Telfer 29 45% No stats registered.
TE Seth DeValve 11 17% 2 catches, 32 yards (4 targets).
  • Another egg for the tight ends. This is another offensive position the team will need to evaluate this offseason, because if we’re hoping for a game-changing tight end, neither player has the physicality that a guy like Rob Gronkowski has (granted, that’s a very high bar, but still...).

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Spencer Drango 64 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 64 100%
OL J.C. Tretter 64 100%
OL Kevin Zeitler 64 100%
OL Shon Coleman 64 100%
OL Austin Reiter 2 3%
  • The Browns allowed 2 sacks and 6 quarterback hits. Per PFF, the Browns’ offensive line allowed 12 pressures:

LT Spencer Drango, RT Shon Coleman, and RG Kevin Zeitler each allowed four pressures, center J.C. Tretter (68.3 overall grade) and LG Joel Bitonio (84.6 overall grade) allowed none. Tretter has now allowed just two total pressures in his last four games (a total of 152 pass-block snaps).

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Believe it or not, at 0-14, the Browns still have two winnable games coming up: one against a bad Bears offense, and one against a Steelers team that *potentially* could have nothing to play for in Week 17. But will Kevin Hogan be the guy who receives another shot at starting?