|DL||Larry Ogunjobi||63||85%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH.|
|DL||Myles Garrett||57||77%||1 tackle (1 combined). 3 QH.|
|DL||Chad Thomas||57||77%||3 tackles (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defended.|
|DL||Sheldon Richardson||49||66%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 QH.|
|DL||Chris Smith||29||39%||1 assist (1 combined). 1 QH.|
|DL||Devaroe Lawrence||28||38%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Eli Ankou||13||18%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.|
- There is a lot to sort through here. As a defense, the Browns had 11 hits on Mason Rudolph (well, 12 if you count the helmet hit). 8 of those hits came from the defensive line. 5 of those hits were from two players facing suspension now (2 for Larry Ogunjobi, 3 for Myles Garrett).
- Ogunjobi and Garrett have been playing a ton of snaps all season. Since Olivier Vernon’s injury a couple of weeks ago, Chad Thomas has filled in and played way above my expectations (including logging another sack this week and almost having an interception). The problem is that Cleveland really doesn’t have a long-term option to replace those snaps in the starting lineup.
- Ideally, Vernon would come back from his knee injury this week, but when he’ll return is still a question mark. Is veteran Chris Smith going to get most of Garrett’s snaps (actually, Thomas would shift over)? Smith is good for depth, but as a starter, that’s a hefty downgrade. The same goes for Ogunjobi up front. Sheldon Richardson is the only starter in tact right now; I’d expect some works for this week’s game in Miami.
|LB||Joe Schobert||74||100%||7 tackles, 3 assists (10 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 2 QH, 2 INT, 4 passes defended.|
|LB||Mack Wilson||74||100%||1 tackle, 4 assists (5 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|LB||Sione Takitaki||6||8%||No stats registered.|
- This was an amazing game for Joe Schobert, who filled up the stat sheet in impressive fashion. Take a look at what PFF said about his performance:
The #Browns highest-graded player* on defense vs. #Steelers was Joe Schobert. He posted an elite 93.2 defensive grade and 91.4 coverage grade. He had two INTs and a PBU in coverage, allowing a passer rating of just 22.4— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) November 15, 2019
*min. 25 snaps pic.twitter.com/PQqbN51wBW
- Sione Takitaki played 6 snaps on defense, staying ahead of Adarius Taylor on the depth chart.
|CB||Denzel Ward||74||100%||4 tackles (4 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|CB||Greedy Williams||73||99%||6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined). 1 TFL.|
|CB||T.J. Carrie||63||85%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
|CB||Tavierre Thomas||1||1%||No stats registered.|
- He may not have been flagged a lot, so the stat sheet won’t show it, but this was a pretty rough game for Greedy Williams. The Steelers had no offensive players (with experience) left, so they wisely took the approach of chucking the ball down the sideline and hoping for a catch or interference. Williams was flagged once for it, but was borderline on a few other plays, and against better receivers, would have allowed the big catches. He needs to get his head snapped around more on those plays to locate the ball. On the bright side, his run defense has been great.
#Browns Greedy Williams has been solid in run support and tackling so far this season. He averages one miss for every 22 tackle attempts (T-15th) and is top-20 in both run defense (75.5) and tackling grade (77.4) among 127 qualifying CBs pic.twitter.com/I8NWz4blQC— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) November 16, 2019
- Denzel Ward is still waiting for his first interception of the year. He almost had one against Pittsburgh, but the overthrown pass went off his hands.
|S||Damarious Randall||43||58%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
|S||Juston Burris||42||57%||4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 sack, 1 QH, 1 INT, 1 pass defended, 1 FF.|
|S||Morgan Burnett||35||47%||3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 1 TFL, 1 INT, 2 passes defended.|
|S||Sheldrick Redwine||33||45%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
- The safety depth was tested against the Steelers, as Damarious Randall was ejected mid-way through the game for a hit to the head, and Morgan Burnett was lost to a season-ending Achilles’ injury. Safety depth has been shaky all season due to injury, and whatever that Jermaine Whitehead experiment was.
- Juston Burris and Sheldrick Redwine both stepped up to the plate and did a good job. But that was against Mason Rudolph, a below average quarterback. Fortunately, Randall will be back, and Burnett was never viewed as a long-term answer at strong safety. I don’t know what direction Steve Wilks will go at strong safety, but I like the way Burris has played when given opportunities. When Eric Murray returns from injury, it’ll probably be his starting job the rest of the way.