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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 5

The Browns’ run defense was torched.

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NFL: Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 60 79% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
DL Oliver Vernon 54 71% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 53 70% 3 tackles (3 combined). 2 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Sheldon Richardson 47 62% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
DL Devaroe Lawrence 29 38% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Daniel Ekuale 22 29% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Chad Thomas 22 29% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 QH,
DL Chris Smith 17 22% No stats registered.
  • Myles Garrett had an impactful sack that helped Cleveland get some momentum in the first half. Overall, though, the 49ers were smart about things. We saw Garrett destroy the Jets when they refused to block him more than one-on-one. And this week, we saw Nick Bosa have that same, if not better, impact against the Browns. Meanwhile, because of the 49ers’ smart run blocking scheme, Garrett was neutralized most of the game, as was the rest of Cleveland’s defensive line.
  • Devaroe Lawrence nearly had another interception, but couldn’t haul in the tipped pass.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 76 100% 11 tackles (11 combined). 1 TFL.
LB Mack Wilson 75 99% 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined). 1 TFL, 1 pass defended.
LB Adarius Taylor 18 24% No stats registered.
  • The Browns played three linebackers more than any other time this season, as Adarius Taylor saw 24% of the snaps. I’m not sure it helped very much.
  • Mack Wilson tipped a pass, which seems to be his biggest strength at this point of his young career. There are some growing pains in other areas, but Cleveland really has no other choice at the position.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Terrance Mitchell 76 100% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB T.J. Carrie 75 99% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
CB Juston Burris 1 1% No stats registered.
CB Robert Jackson 1 1% No stats registered.
  • I don’t know if I’d say that Terrance Mitchell or T.J. Carrie did anything wrong in this game per se. Mitchell The 49ers don’t even target their wide receivers very much. However, as the 49ers kept dominating the time of possession, I found myself with wishful thinking, hoping that Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams can come back, with Mitchell/Carrie still playing big roles. The more key starters this defense has on the field, the better.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Damarious Randall 75 99% 5 tackles, 3 assists (8 combined). 2 passes defended.
S Jermaine Whitehead 72 95% 5 tackles, 3 assists (8 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH.
S Eric Murray 37 49% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
S Morgan Burnett 26 34% 1 assist (1 combined).
  • Despite Morgan Burnett being back from injury, he only played 34% of the snaps, splitting time with Eric Murray. Jermaine Whitehead remained in his third safety role of playing 95% of the snaps.
  • Damarious Randall didn’t take a good angle on the first play of the game for the 49ers’ offense, and he had no chance of catching the back after that. Randall did defend an end zone pass later on nicely against George Kittle. PFF broke that play down here.