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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 16

Jabrill Peppers finally gets to play a little bit in the box.

Cleveland Browns v Chicago Bears Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Trevon Coley 43 67% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Myles Garrett 43 67% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Carl Nassib 32 50% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL, 1 blocked kick.
DL Danny Shelton 27 42% 3 tackles (3 combined).
DL Nate Orchard 22 34% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 22 34% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Caleb Brantley 20 31% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Lavar Edwards 20 31% 1 assist (1 combined).
  • The Browns were the only team to shut down RB Jordan Howard this year, as he had 22 carries for 44 yards (although he did punch it in for 2 touchdowns).
  • For what little pressure Myles Garrett might individually be generating, remember to compare his production to everyone else combined, and also the fact that he faces tougher competition or double teams. Per PFF:

Edge defender Myles Garrett created two pressures in his 26 rushing snaps, one of which was his team-leading sixth sack of the season. His fellow edge rushers Carl Nassib, Nate Orchard, and Lavar Edwards totaled just one pressure in their 32 pass-rush snaps.

  • If the Browns make some sweeping changes in talent with John Dorsey, one of those changes I might be in favor of is getting rid of Carl Nassib. He had three very costly penalties against the Bears, one which extended a drive to allow a touchdown, and another which negated a touchdown (and helped lead to a touchdown the other way). That’s not the only reason, though — Nassib just isn’t productive enough while he’s in the game.
  • PFF also had praise for Larry Ogunjobi:

Ogunjobi made the most of his 13 run snaps against the Bears, collecting two run stops and earning a run-stop percentage of 15.4, 11th among all players along the defensive interior this week. He also added one sack among his seven pass-rush snaps. His 6.6 pass-rush productivity – a rating measuring pressured created on a per-snap basis, weighted toward sacks – is now 16th best among all defensive tackles on the year.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 64 100% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH.
LB Christian Kirksey 64 100% 7 tackles, 2 assists (9 combined). 1 TFL.
LB James Burgess 64 100% 7 tackles, 2 assists (9 combined). 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 QH.
LB B.J. Bello 18 28% No stats registered.
  • For the second week in a row, the Browns played their three linebackers the entire game, something which isn’t common these days in the NFL. PFF had high praise for James Burgess, saying he made five run stops and generated two pressures.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Jamar Taylor 63 98% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
CB Jason McCourty 63 98% 3 tackles (3 combined). 2 TFL, 1 pass defended.
CB Mike Jordan 5 8% No stats registered.
  • Without Briean Boddy-Calhoun back yet, Cleveland went heavy without a nickel formation. Chicago doesn’t have big-name receivers, and neither of them played a factor. The Browns were burned through the air with two long screen passes completed to running backs.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Jabrill Peppers 64 100% 3 tackles (3 combined).
S Kai Nacua 56 88% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 QH.
S Justin Currie 14 22% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
  • We got to see Jabrill Peppers in the box this week. PFF says he played 19 of 26 run snaps in the box, making one stop on those plays. He also allowed 1 catch and committed 1 pass interference penalty in coverage. Although he didn’t have a good game, I would’ve rather seen Peppers involved and growing all year, rather than sitting in no man’s land.
  • At free safety, PFF says that Nacua didn’t allow a catch while in coverage. Justin Currie made a couple of plays in his limited snaps, including a nice sack.

Is there any chance the defense can defend a Steelers team that needs a win this coming week? Hell no.