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

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

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Oliver Vernon 45 90% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH.
DL Myles Garrett 42 84% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 40 80% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
DL Sheldon Richardson 38 76% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Chad Thomas 18 36% No stats registered.
DL Devaroe Lawrence 9 18% 1 assist (1 combined). 1 QH.
DL Chris Smith 5 10% No stats registered.
DL Eli Ankou 3 6% No stats registered.
  • Olivier Vernon left Sunday’s game late with a knee injury, but there’s no update on his status yet. If he isn’t available, look how thin the depth looks at defensive end. Are you bumping Chad Thomas up to a starting-caliber player? The play of Vernon and Myles Garrett is sometimes taken for granted, just because the rest of the defense isn’t performing well.
  • Even though it wouldn’t have counted due to a penalty, I do have to give a bit of a “come on!” to Garrett, who dropped an interception, looking like he’s never fielded a tipped pass before.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 50 100% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 FF.
LB Mack Wilson 50 100% 5 tackles (5 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
LB Adarius Taylor 26 52% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Mack Wilson logged a sack on a play where both linebackers came on a blitz. Why didn’t the Browns bring the heat more on Brandon Allen, and trust their cornerbacks to cover a young receiving corp?
  • Because Denver doesn’t run much 3-receiver sets, we actually saw the Browns in a 4-3 defense for half the game, as Adarius Taylor played 52% of the snaps.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Denzel Ward 50 100% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 pass defended, 1 fumble recovery.
CB Greedy Williams 42 84% 3 tackles (3 combined).
CB T.J. Carrie 21 42% No stats registered.
  • Denzel Ward was beat twice by Courtland Sutton on one of Denver’s touchdown drives. The second play was a touchdown in which Ward had position, but was late in attacking the ball, allowing Sutton to “Moss” him.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Morgan Burnett 50 100% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
S Jermaine Whitehead 50 100% No stats registered.
S Juston Burris 12 24% No stats registered.
  • One of the big stories during and after the game centered around Jermaine Whitehead. Aside from the Ravens game, he hasn’t been effective, despite playing the majority of snaps on defense. He missed two big tackles on Sunday as basically the last line of defense, and when you look at the stat sheet, he finished with “no stats registered.” The defense might as well have been playing with 10 players out there. I’d like to say that if Damarious Randall had been healthy, then maybe he prevents those plays from going as far, which in turn results in a different outcome of the game. But Randall has either been hurt or ineffective too for much of the season.