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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: final game vs. Chiefs

Wrapping a bow on the final snap count look for the season.

Divisional Round - Cleveland Browns v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Divisional Round game over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Sheldon Richardson 57 84% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
DL Adrian Clayborn 56 82% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Myles Garrett 46 68% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 45 66% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Porter Gustin 34 50% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Jordan Elliott 16 24% No stats registered.
DL Vincent Taylor 16 24% 1 pass defended.
  • Myles Garrett got one key hit on Patrick Mahomes to force an incompletion, and also had a sack on Chad Henne in the fourth quarter. Garrett did what he could down the stretch, but between the injuries he was battling through (including another one in this game) and having had COVID-19, I think we all saw that he wasn’t quite that MVP-level talent lately. He’ll be back and better than ever for the 2021 season.
  • This was probably Larry Ogunjobi’s final game as a member of the Browns; and the same could be true for the likes of Adrian Clayborn and a few other depth players. I wish someone would’ve been able to contain Henne a bit on that 13-yard run to help close the game.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB B.J. Goodson 48 71% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined).
LB Sione Takitaki 31 46% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
LB Jacob Phillips 27 40% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
LB Malcolm Smith 25 37% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
LB Mack Wilson 11 16% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
  • The Browns will definitely make it a priority to address the linebacker position next year, among others. When you look at the group of players they had, you had one piece (B.J. Goodson) who can be a decent starter, but if he’s going to have that type of role, he needs the rest of the defense to be at a much higher level — and Cleveland wasn’t there.
  • Mack Wilson didn’t have a lot of snaps this week, so he didn’t qualify by PFF as the team’s top-graded defender; however, he did receive the highest grade with a 91.8. He is the one who brought Patrick Mahomes down short of a first down, injuring him (inadvertently) in the process — a play that changed the game and nearly led to the Browns being in the AFC Championship due to the QB change.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Terrance Mitchell 68 100% 4 tackles, 3 assists (7 combined).
CB Kevin Johnson 50 74% 5 tackles (5 combined).
CB Denzel Ward 48 71% 3 tackles (3 combined).
CB M.J. Stewart 27 40% 3 tackles, 1 assists (4 combined).
  • Terrance Mitchell continued to be a warrior, playing every snap this week.
  • Denzel Ward only played 71% of the snaps. He got shook out of his shoes against Travis Kelce on his touchdown play. You hate to see Ward’s season again interrupted by persistent injuries and then the COVID diagnosis.
  • Hopefully, Greedy Williams will be back next season. I would still love to see the team try Ward and Williams on the outside, with Mitchell in the nickel.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Ronnie Harrison 55 81% 3 tackles (3 combined).
S Karl Joseph 52 76% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 INT, 1 pass defended.
S Andrew Sendejo 36 53% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Karl Joseph was the Browns’ highest-graded defender (minimum 25 snaps) by PFF with a grade of 78.0. He caught the interception in the fourth quarter that was like an arm punt from Chad Henne in the end zone.
  • Andrew Sendejo played about half the game, but was phased out of his everydown role the past few games. Sheldrick Redwine, who played against Pittsburgh, didn’t see any defensive snaps against Pittsburgh.