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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 13

The Chargers’ tight ends ran wild, but Cleveland actually came up with some red zone stops.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 55 79% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 TFL, 2 QH.
DL Trevon Coley 51 73% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Carl Nassib 45 64% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Nate Orchard 31 44% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 FF.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 30 43% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Danny Shelton 25 36% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Caleb Brantley 18 26% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Tyrone Holmes 5 7% No stats registered.
  • The Browns saw an early exit from Danny Shelton, which allowed Larry Ogunjobi to come in and make a few plays against the run. PFF credited Ogunjobi with two run stops on Sunday. Statistically, it does seem silly to say that Philip Rivers two quarterback kneeldowns at the end of the game were the only reason the team finished with 3.8 YPC (as opposed to 4.2).
  • There were no sacks for Myles Garrett, but he still made the biggest impact on the line from a pass-rushing perspective. He finished with two quarterback hits, three pressures, and also drew a holding penalty early on (which forced a brief exit due to injury).
  • Nate Orchard forced a fumble later in the game in the red zone, but unfortunately, the Chargers were the team that recovered.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Christian Kirksey 70 100% 8 tackles (8 combined).
LB Joe Schobert 70 100% 7 tackles, 5 assists (12 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 FF.
LB James Burgess 66 94% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
LB B.J. Bello 5 7% No stats registered.
  • I think we all knew the Browns’ linebackers would continue to struggle in coverage against tight ends. Per PFF:

When targeting Browns linebackers in coverage, Rivers was 17 of 20 for 143 yards, including eight first-downs and a 99.6 passer rating.

  • With his 12 tackles, Joe Schobert takes a 10-tackle lead for the AFC’s top tackler, and is third in the NFL. Christian Kirksey is fifth in the NFL.
  • Schobert had a sack inside of two minutes in the first half that forced the ball loose and right into a defender’s arms, but the defender couldn’t hang on to the ball as an offensive lineman was tackling him. That could’ve been a game-changing play, to head into the half with either a 7-6, 10-6, or even a 14-6 lead. Instead, the Chargers secured the ball, went down and kicked a field goal, and never looked back.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Jamar Taylor 70 100% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Jason McCourty 69 99% 9 tackles (9 combined). 1 TFL, 1 pass defended.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 47 67% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined).
CB Mike Jordan 1 1% No stats registered.
  • There were a couple of defensed passes for Jason McCourty and Jamar Taylor, but neither one was on top of their game. For the second week in a row, an opposing receiver got a comfortable upper hand on McCourty, this time it being Keenan Allen. Per PFF, McCourty “allowed 7 catches for 94 yards (on 10 targets) and a 132.9 passer rating, all to Allen, while playing mostly off-coverage.”
  • Not many players have success against Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Per PFF, “Boddy-Calhoun was targeted 4 times in his 37 coverage snaps, allowing only 2 catches for 10 yards, or .27 yards per cover snap. Boddy-Calhoun now leads all NFL cornerbacks, allowing just .38 yards per cover snap in 312 total snaps in coverage.”
  • Mike Jordan came in for one play, replacing McCourty (hurt his back). Jordan was sent on a corner blitz, but it didn’t work at all.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Jabrill Peppers 56 80% 4 tackles (4 combined).
S Derrick Kindred 42 60% 2 tackles (2 combined).
S Kai Nacua 14 20% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Jabrill Peppers had to leave the game with a knee injury and was replaced by Kai Nacua, who had good help coverage on at least one end zone play.

The Browns kept a team under 20 points for the fourth time this season, but this was the first time in which it felt like they were really fortunate that they did so. Despite not punting once, the Chargers were only 1-of-4 (25%) in red zone efficiency, showing just how important tightening up in the red zone can be to keeping you in the game.