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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 9

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Injuries crippled a Browns defense that was already at a disadvantage.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Larry Ogunjobi 58 92% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Myles Garrett 55 87% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 3 QH.
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 52 83% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
DL Trevon Coley 39 62% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
DL Chris Smith 11 17% No stats registered.
DL Anthony Zettel 8 13% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Brian Price 5 8% No stats registered.
DL Carl Davis 5 8% No stats registered.
  • Myles Garrett’s lone sack puts him at 9 for the season, keeping him on pace for 16. With the exception of Emmanuel Ogbah’s tipped pass that nearly stayed up for an interception, though, the line was not impactful for most of the afternoon.
  • Per PFF, Garrett was the only member of the Browns to record multiple pressures with five (one sack, two hits, two hurries).

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Jamie Collins 63 100% 6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined).
LB Genard Avery 40 63% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
LB Tanner Vallejo 39 62% 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined). 1 TFL.
LB Christian Kirksey 21 33% 3 tackles (3 combined).
  • Jamie Collins led the Browns in tackles, but his lack of effort on so many plays is astounding. I think back to that very first game (or half) when Cleveland acquired him, and how good he was. I haven’t seen it since. He either has a big-time motivational problem or was a flash in the pan.
  • Christian Kirksey’s early injury forced Tanner Vallejo into action. On a day where the Browns couldn’t tackle anyone, Vallejo had a stretch in which he made three very sound tackles.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB T.J. Carrie 63 100% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 54 86% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 QH.
CB Denzel Rice 35 56% 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
CB Tavierre Thomas 17 27% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Denzel Ward 8 13% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB E.J. Gaines 7 11% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • How rotten of luck was is for E.J. Gaines and Denzel Ward to both be lost for the game after 8 plays? Cleveland’s attempt to try man coverage went out the window after that. Not that Cleveland would’ve stopped Kansas City’s offense anyway, but you never know — maybe they would’ve gotten one or two stops to allow them to compete better in a shootout.
  • Denzel Rice logged a cheap interception at the sideline to end the first half. But it kept the Browns’ turnover streak alive.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Jabrill Peppers 58 92% 3 tackles, 3 assists (6 combined). 1 QH.
S Derrick Kindred 54 86% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
  • We saw a season-high workload for both Jabrill Peppers and Derrick Kindred, due to the absence of Damarious Randall and then the early injuries to the cornerbacks (which forced Briean Boddy-Calhoun to corner instead of free safety).
  • If you thought the Browns were helpless in coverage, there was one player who got a good coverage grade: SS Derrick Kindred. PFF says Kindred “allowed zero catches on one target (39.6 passer rating allowed) while in coverage on 31 snaps, adding six combined tackles and one run stop.”