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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 15

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The Browns’ defense didn’t record a single sack or quarterback hit on Kyler Murray.

Cleveland Browns v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Sheldon Richardson 48 79% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Chad Thomas 47 77% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 40 66% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Porter Gustin 38 62% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Bryan Cox Jr. 37 61% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Eli Ankou 18 30% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Brandin Bryant 10 16% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • It was not a good day for the entire Browns defense. Let’s start with the defensive line (although this applies to the entire defense too): no one had a single sack, or even a hit on the quarterback, all game. Keep in mind that heading into the game, Murray was being sacked about 4 times per game, and had been sacked 11 times in his previous 2 games.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 61 100% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
LB Mack Wilson 61 100% 6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined). 1 INT, 1 pass defended.
LB Sione Takitaki 4 7% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • After a season of ups, this was a bad week for Joe Schobert to be “down.” He was completely lost against the run and didn’t finish a few tackles he could’ve had. Here’s what PFF said:

Joe Schobert had a rough game in run defense this afternoon. Though he didn’t miss any tackles, he was moved around at the second level and wasn’t consistently able to fill his gaps.

  • After seeing his athletic interceptions in camp and the preseason, Mack Wilson finally got one on gameday. It was a big-time play, helping Cleveland close the deficit to 14-10 in the first half.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Greedy Williams 61 100% 7 tackles, 2 assists (9 combined).
CB Denzel Ward 48 79% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB T.J. Carrie 27 44% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
CB Terrance Mitchell 9 15% No stats registered.
  • Denzel Ward suffered an ankle injury during the game and left, but did come back. Based on the number of tackles, though, you can tell who was targeted for much of the afternoon — Ward finished with 1 tackle, while Greedy Williams had 9 tackles.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Damarious Randall 61 100% 7 tackles, 1 assist (8 combined). 1 TFL.
S Sheldrick Redwine 61 100% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined).
S Juston Burris 40 66% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 TFL, 1 pass defended.
  • I thought Damarious Randall was around the ball a little better this week, and probably the most active I’ve seen him all season. That doesn’t mean it was a great day, though.
  • Sheldrick Redwine will be remembered for his play against the Cardinals’ third-string tight end. Redwine was in good position to defend the pass, but then just seemed kind of loss on what to do. With the tight end jumping for the ball, Redwine definitely should have blasted him out of the end zone (why don’t more players do this?).