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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 17

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Myles Garrett and Jabrill Peppers make some plays, and Joe Schobert just misses the NFL lead in tackles.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 17 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 52 88% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 FF.
DL Carl Nassib 44 75% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Trevon Coley 38 64% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Danny Shelton 36 61% 3 assists (3 combined).
DL Caleb Brantley 24 41% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 FR.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 13 22% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Nate Orchard 10 17% No stats registered.
DL Lavar Edwards 7 12% No stats registered.
  • Myles Garrett finished his rookie season with a respectable day, and in back-to-back weeks, we’ve seen the potential for him to flash game-changing potential. Last week, it was a pick six that was negated. This week, it was a forced fumble that the Caleb Brantley recovered. Per PFF, Garrett generated two pressures in his 25 pass-rushing snaps.
  • The finale saw fewer snaps for Nate Orchard and Larry Ogunjobi, but an uptick in work for Brantley. PFF gave credit to Trevon Coley for having a good game, generating one pressure in his 14 pass-rushing snaps and making 2 run stops.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 59 100% 9 tackles, 3 assists (12 combined). 1 pass defended.
LB Christian Kirksey 59 100% 4 tackles, 3 assists (7 combined).
LB James Burgess 59 100% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
LB B.J. Bello 8 14% No stats registered.
  • So close! Joe Schobert's 12 tackles in Week 17 allowed him to finish the year with 142 tackles, tied for second in the NFL. Preston Brown of the Buffalo Bills led the NFL with 144 tackles. Christian Kirksey fell off a tad, finishing tied for 4th in the NFL with 138 tackles.
  • On the negative, PFF says that Schobert missed 3 tackles, giving him a team-high 18 missed tackles on the year.
  • From a coverage perspective, the linebackers weren’t the problem on Sunday. PFF says that Schobert and Kirksey allowed 3 catches for 1 yard.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Jason McCourty 56 95% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined). 2 TFL.
CB Jamar Taylor 49 83% 6 tackles (6 combined).
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 23 39% 5 tackles (5 combined).
CB Mike Jordan 2 3% No stats registered.
  • PFF was not kind to the Browns’ trio of cornerbacks, and it’s a position the team could look to upgrade this offseason:

Browns starting cornerbacks Jamar Taylor, Jason McCourty, and Briean Boddy-Calhoun were targeted 14 times on Sunday, allowing 13 catches for 151 yards, including 6-of-6 for 87 yards to rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. All three earned below-average coverage grades of 50.1, 47.1 and 47.1 respectively.

  • Mike Jordan only played 2 snaps, but I believe one of them was the early blown coverage for a wide open touchdown.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Jabrill Peppers 50 85% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 pass defended.
S Kai Nacua 39 66% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
S Justin Currie 21 36% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 TFL.
  • Jabrill Peppers was initially credited with 2 sacks, but they were taken away because they were simply team sacks (fumbled snaps). He did a nice job making an interception, though, which at the time was the team’s first turnover forced in six games. Peppers wasn’t perfect closer to the line of scrimmage, but it gave us something exciting or fun to think about on defense. We should’ve had him do it all year.
  • Justin Currie played 36% of the snaps.

We will finish with more stats about how much opposing quarterbacks rip the Browns apart when they blitz, courtesy of PFF:

The Browns blitzed QB Landry Jones on 50% of his dropbacks, forcing pressure on 47% of them – but he didn’t seem to mind. Jones completed 12-of-13 passes when blitzed for 1 TD (QB rating of 125.6).