The Cleveland Browns have a lot of problems. There is no ways to get around that fact. The team is now 0-10 following their lost this past Sunday to Jacksonville Jaguars and the likelihood of a win dwindles with each passing week.
But with the Thanksgiving holiday this week, I believe it is a time to give thanks to some of the positive and hopeful areas of the Browns. Yes, there are some silver linings even with all this losing. So in today’s film room, we will give thanks to some of the players who are truly a positive and hopeful part of this team. It’s a season of thanks and positivity, so let’s continue that today.
Roll the tape!
Myles Garrett’s Freakish Athleticism
I am thankful for Myles Garrett’s freakish athleticism. At 6-foot-4, 272 pounds, Garrett has great strength, speed and agility for a man his size. In the first play, Garrett is rushing the passer versus Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson, who was one of the strongest tackles in the draft class last year. Garrett treats him like a rag doll. The Browns first pick begins with an outside rush, but then decides to swipe inside the right hip of Robinson and inside the left tackle. When he does this move, he completely tosses Robinson out of the way, allowing Garrett to get a hit on the quarterback.
In the second play, Garrett is left unblocked versus the read option play by the Jaguars. Garrett has to stay home to guard against the quarterback running inside, making the quarterback toss the pitch to the running back on his outside. Running back T.J. Yeldon receives the pitch, but Garrett shows off his agility and athleticism by being able to run back outside to close off the lane to the outside that Yeldon was trying to get to. Yeldon then tries to stop and cut inside, but Garrett stops on a dime and is waiting for Garrett, bringing the back down for a loss. He is a freak.
Duke Johnson’s Versatility
I am thankful for Duke Johnson and his versatility. Johnson is the team’s best offensive skill player with the ability to make plays as a receiver and a running back. The videos above are some examples of this.
In the first play, Johnson motions out of the backfield to the right slot. He begins his route by angling slightly toward the sideline, but Johnson then makes a great move to cut inside of the chasing defender, allowing him to move straight down field uncovered. Quarterback DeShone Kizer fires a great pass to Johnson who catches with the knowledge he may get hit and then runs it the rest of the way for a touchdown.
In the second play, Johnson is the running back in the backfield. The Browns runs a pitch to the right to try and get this 3rd-and-2 conversion. When Johnson receives the pitch he races out to the outside, but is immediately faced by a penetrating defender. Johnson performs a beautiful spin move to elude the defender and head up field for a tough three-yard gain and a big first down conversion. He is a playmaker whenever he touches the ball.
Danny Shelton’s Run Stuffing Ability
I am thankful for Danny Shelton’s run stuffing ability. Shelton has been the key cog in the Browns run defense, and the video above shows this ability.
In the first play, Shelton is lined up in the right A gap against this run play to the right. He comes off the ball and is met by the center. Shelton is able to stand his ground and force running back Chris Ivory to cut outside. The defensive tackle holds off the center with one arm and then chases Ivory down the line to make the tackle for no gain.
In the second play, Shelton is lined up in the left A gap versus this handoff to the left. Running back Leonard Fournette first tries to head to the B gap, but a strong wall of defenders cuts that lane off, forcing Fournette to head inside. Shelton, meanwhile, is firing off the ball and met by the center. When he sees Fournette coming, Shelton throws the center away like it was nothing, allowing him to gobble up the running back for big tackle for no gain. Shelton is a rock in the middle of the Browns defensive line.
Corey Coleman’s Improved Route Running
I am thankful for Corey Coleman and his improved route running. Coming out of college, Coleman was raw with many areas to refine, including route running. This season, Coleman has shown some improved route running ability. The video above shows some examples.
In the first play, Coleman is lined up along the right sideline against cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a budding star in the league who is in off-man coverage against the receiver. Coleman heads up field for ten yards, then makes a cut inside, making it look like a post route. But after he takes a few steps inside, Coleman makes an abrupt change of direction to head back toward the sideline. The crisp route leaves Ramsey behind, allowing Coleman to get open for a completion.
In the second play, Coleman is lined up along the right sideline against Ramsey, who looks to be in off-man coverage. Coleman heads up field for a stop and go route. The receiver goes up the field for five yards and fakes like he is going inside, causing Ramsey to bite hard on that route. With Ramsey biting hard, Coleman quickly cuts back up field and by Ramsey, allowing him to get wide open for another downfield completion. Coleman can be a dangerous receiver if he continues to run routes like this.
Shon Coleman’s Potential
I am thankful for Shon Coleman’s potential. At 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, Coleman has the size, length and athleticism to be a really good offensive tackle in the NFL.
In the first play, Coleman is facing off against edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue, another budding star, in a pass situation. Ngakoue begins by trying to do a speed rush to the outside. Coleman matches his speed with good foot quickness to meet the rusher at the top of the arc. With that move shut off and Kizer moving up in the pocket, Ngakoue tries to cut it inside. Coleman does not get off balance with the change of direction, giving him the ability to pancake the rusher, who was beginning to fall to the ground.
In the second play, watch as Coleman is faced up against defensive lineman Calais Campbell, one of biggest lineman in the league, in this run situation. Coleman fires off the ball and punches Campbell in the chest, pushing the defender back a step. Coleman is then able to stand his ground, allowing an outside wall to form for the running lane to the inside. Coleman has the size, athleticism and strength to be a really good tackle.
Emmanuel Ogbah’s Disruptiveness
I am thankful for Emmanuel Ogbah and his disruptiveness on the football field. Ogbah has really erupted this season and become a disruptive force on the defensive line. Above are some examples of this ability.
In the first play, Ogbah is lined up over the tight end on the right end of the line versus this run play to the right. Trevon Coley begins the play a free lane to the back, forcing running back Fournette to have to slip to outside to avoid the tackle. As Fournette is forced to the outside, Ogbah uses his strength to push off the tight end and dart into the backfield to meet the running back to the edge and take him down for a loss.
In the second play, Ogbah is standing up as the edge rusher on the right side of the line. The Jaguars call a wide receiver screen to the right. Ogbah reads the play quickly and does his best to disrupt the play. He sees the pass coming his way, so he gets his hands up and deflects the pass for an incompletion. Ogbah is a budding star on the opposite side of the field from fellow stud, Myles Garrett. It is tough to see him lost for the year with the broken foot.
Larry Ogunjobi’s Strength
I am thankful for Larry Ogunjobi and his strength. Ogunjobi has shown impressive play in his rookie season, including his immense strength.
In the first play, Ogunjobi is lined up in the left B gap against the run play to the left. Ogunjobi fires off the ball and is met with the left guard. As the offensive line drives to the left, Ogunjobi shows off his strength by warding off the left guard with one arm as he flows to the left to chase down the run play. As Ivory runs to the left, Browns linebackers James Burgess and Nate Orchard show some good penetration to cause Ivory to hesitate. As Ivory cuts through the hole between Burgess and Orchard, Ogunjobi turns the left guard to a position where the blocker is no longer in front of him, allowing the defensive lineman to get free and jump to help tackle the runner down with Burgess.
In the second play, Ogunjobi is lined up in the right A gap against this run play to the left. Ogunjobi comes off the snap and flows to the left as the run play does. While flowing to the left, the talented defensive lineman is engaged with two blockers, but does not give ground to these two blockers. When Fournette stops to run inside, Ogunjobi has the strength to stop and hold his ground against the force of the two linemen, allowing Ogunjobi to meet and stop Fournette in the hole for no gain. With the injuries on the defensive line, Ogunjobi should have a chance to play more.
Derrick Kindred’s Run Defense Ability
I am thankful for Derrick Kindred’s run defense ability. Kindred has had a breakout year due in large part to his hs work on this side of the ball.
In the first play, Kindred is on the right end of the formation, ending up in a position where he is rushing from the right edge of the line versus this run play to the left. As the ball is snapped, Kindred shoots around the right edge and begins to chase the run play to the left. As Fournette stops to go inside, Kindred flows down the line and is able to reach the runner to help bring him down for no gain.
In the second play, Kindred is lined up a yard back from the line of scrimmage, across from the Jaguars tight end on the right side of the line versus this run play to the right. As the ball is snapped, the tight end tries to come up field to block Kindred, but Kindred is able to swat the off balance tight end away, staying clean to make a play. As running back T.J. Yeldon decides to cut inside behind the pulling guard, Kindred comes up through the hole and lays a heavy hit on the runner, stopping him in his tracks and keeping him to no gain. Kindred has set a physical presence in the run defense.
Jason McCourty’s Coverage Ability
I am thankful for Jason McCouty’s coverage ability. McCourty has been one of the best corners in the league, becoming the team’s shutdown corner. The two plays above show this impressive coverage ability.
In the first play, McCourty is in off-man coverage versus receiver Marqise Lee. Lee runs a streak down field and is able to get behind McCourty by a step. But, the talented corner is able to get in position has the ball approaches and make a play on the ball, swatting it away from Lee for an incompletion.
In the second play, McCourty is in zone coverage on the left sideline. As the ball is snapped McCourty is reading quarterback Blake Bortles eyes. McCourty reads the play quickly seeing that the play is a ten yard stick route. The corner breaks on the pass and is in position to pick the pass off, but luckily for Bortles, the pass is inaccurate and falls for an incompletion. McCourty has made the most of his arrival with his new team, becoming the No. 1 corner for the Browns.
I am also thankful for: David Njoku’s Athleticism, Christian Kirksey’s Blitzing Ability, Briean Boddy-Calhoun’s Rise, Josh Gordon’s Possible Return and the 2018 NFL Draft.
Highlight of the Game
The highlight of the game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars was linebacker James Burgess. Burgess led the team in tackles, posting 16 tackles, three and half tackles for a loss, one quarterback hit and a sack. Burgess was all over the field in place of the injured Jamie Collins. Burgess has become a really nice find for the Browns front office.
Lowlight of the Game
The lowlight of the game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars was quarterback DeShone Kizer. Kizer completed just 16 of 32 for 179 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, while also adding 22 rushing yards and two fumbles. Kizer almost single handily lost the game for the Browns. He could not lead the offense to many sustained drives and his turnovers led to most of the Jaguars points in the game. He regressed from the previous week.
Joe Gilbert’s 2017 Season Film Rooms
Week 1 (Run Game)
Week 2 (Ben Watson’s Big Day)
Week 3 (Q2 Big Plays vs Colts)
Week 4 (Game changing plays vs Bengals)
Week 5 (Myles Garrett’s debut)
Week 6 (What are they doing vs HOU)
Week 7 (Spencer Drango)
Week 8 (Briean Boddy-Calhoun)
Week 10 (DeShone Kizer’s Best Game)