|DL||Emmanuel Ogbah||42||70%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|DL||Carl Nassib||40||67%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.|
|DL||Trevon Coley||39||65%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
|DL||Danny Shelton||23||38%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
|DL||Nate Orchard||18||30%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Larry Ogunjobi||17||28%||2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).|
|DL||Tyrone Holmes||16||27%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Jamie Meder||10||17%||No stats registered.|
- Carl Nassib got the start in place of Myles Garrett. Except for the one sack he had, though, he and Emmanuel Ogbah were pretty ineffective. According to PFF, Nassib graded out to a 44.0, while Ogbah was just a 42.4
- For the game in general, the Browns only pressured QB Ben Roethlisberger once in 37 dropbacks, per PFF. When you consider the fact that QB DeShone Kizer was pressured 19 times in 41 dropbacks, that’s a huge difference.
- Although he played only 17 snaps, Larry Ogunjobi received high praise from PFF for his exceptional run defense. In fact, he posted the higher run defense grade for interior defenders this week:
Top interior defenders by run defense grade this week. pic.twitter.com/ahqKfDxDEN— John Kosko (@PFF_JohnKosko) September 11, 2017
- The Browns held the Steelers to just 35 total net yards rushing (2.1 YPC).
|LB||Christian Kirksey||60||100%||2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined).|
|LB||Joe Schobert||60||100%||4 tackles, 5 assists (9 combined).|
|LB||Jamie Collins||59||98%||2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 FF.|
|LB||James Burgess||9||15%||1 pass defended.|
- Before the game started, I predicted that we would end up seeing a lot of Joe Schobert, after thinking that middle linebacker would be a seldom-used position in this defense. Stunningly, Schobert played the entire game. He led the team with 9 tackles, and I thought he did a good job finishing plays again.
- It’s a shame that Schobert’s work in coverage didn’t pay off. He did a nice job tipping the pass that deflected right to WR Antonio Brown for a 50-yard gain. Then, he was in coverage on both of TE Jesse James’ touchdowns, but was all over him for the first one and then was just victimized by a great play call on the second one. Still, despite all that, Schobert graded out as the team’s 5th best defender on the day (77.0) by PFF.
- The Browns utilized James Burgess on some 3rd-and-long passing situations, and he came away with a deflected pass.
|CB||Jamar Taylor||60||100%||3 tackles, 3 assists (6 combined).|
|CB||Jason McCourty||60||100%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).|
|CB||Briean Boddy-Calhoun||47||78%||1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 pass defended.|
- Jamar Taylor talked a big game, but I think everyone knew that nobody on our team (or many other teams, for that matter) would be able to stop Antonio Brown. PFF says that Taylor was targeted 8 times and allowed 8 catches for 82 yards, 5 of which came against Brown. Taylor was graded a 32.8 by PFF, the worst among all Browns players.
- On the flip side, Briean Boddy-Calhoun was great, allowing just 1 catch for 6 yards on the 3 times he was targeted. He also tipped the pass in the red zone that led to the interception for Derrick Kindred. Also, although Pittsburgh still scored, Boddy-Calhoun delivered an absolute lick to running back Le’Veon Bell down near the goal line.
- Cleveland only played three cornerbacks, and all of them were on the field most of the game.
|S||Jabrill Peppers||60||100%||4 tackles (4 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|S||Derrick Kindred||40||67%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 INT, 2 passes defended.|
- We saw the footage over and over on how Jabrill Peppers was playing the deep free safety position 25-30 yards back. I like the idea in a way, because it takes away the deep threat for Pittsburgh, and the rest of our defense appeared up to the task of playing physical football. However, there was also part of me that wanted to see Peppers be more involved near the line of scrimmage. Per PFF, he was the team’s fourth-ranked defender with a grade of 78.1, and 49 of his 61 snaps were at the deep safety spot.
- Although he only played 67% of the snaps, Derrick Kindred made his mark on the game, and it was more than just catching the interception. He ended up as the Browns' highest-graded defender on the day with an 85.2 grade.
- Similar to cornerback, the Browns kept their defensive back rotation thin — no snaps for Ibraheim Campbell or Kai Nacua. We could see this change week-to-week, depending on who the opponent is.