Grading Cleveland Browns Win With Pro Football Focus

The Browns finally got their first win but what did Pro Football Focus have to say about it? We break it down with them.

While the Cleveland Browns get a win and keep the #1 overall pick, keeping the plan on track, Pro Football Focus and The OBR stay on track doing their thing as well.

We once again partner with PFF to look at the Browns loss, hoping we find something positive. Their take, then ours:

PFF - While Robert Griffin III was sacked 7 times and pressured on an additional 9 dropbacks, he was able to handle the pressure well completing 6 of 8 passes for 52 yards and a passer rating of 91.7.  When throwing over 10 yards, RG3 completed 3 of 8 for 50 yards with just 1 of 4 for 21 yards over 20 yards in the air.  The Browns QB didn't exactly wow but he kept the ball out of harm's way with just 4 negatively graded throws and all of them were simply inaccurate.

OBR - The information above seems to contradict itself: He was sacked 7 times but handled pressure well? We get it, on the plays he wasn't sacked but was pressured he did well but Griff didn't see the rush the way the Browns would like and held the ball too long as well. That he is handling pressure, outside of the sacks, well is a great sign of his development. In the past, Griffin would just run out of pressure. That he was inaccurate on 4 balls isn't too bad either as he shakes off rust and tries to learn his teammates and get his timing down.

PFF - The Browns run game was stymied a bit as they called 26 designed runs gaining 98 yards.  RG3 had 3 scrambles for 26 yards and 3 designed runs for 16 yards.  Isaiah Crowell wasn't able to do much beyond what his OL blocked for him running for 38 yards after contact and forcing 3 missed tackles.

OBR - Something great about PFF is that they break down the plays not just the stats. The Browns did fine on the ground overall but 26 designed runs for 98 yards is a bit of a concern. Thankfully, Griffin's ability to make things happen with his feet help make the overall stats great. The Browns offensive line has been much better in the run game all year but struggled in this game as the Chargers loaded up against it, forcing the Browns to win through the air some.

PFF - The Browns interior OL struggled for most of the game as C Cam Erving allowed a sack, a hit, and a hurry each while  LG Spencer Drango and RG Jonathan Cooper each allowed a sack and a hurry.  Neither of the players graded positively in run blocking either.  LT Joe Thomas did allow 4 pressures and RT Austin Pasztor allowed 1 sack and 1 hit but were able to limit those to late in the dropback.  Both players also graded positively in run blocking.

OBR - Another interesting wording from PFF here. The interior, which was attacked by the Chargers planning, is derided for giving up sacks and hurries, deservedly so, but Thomas and Pasztor are seemingly given a pass while giving up a sack, a hit on the QB and 4 pressures combined. It was obvious the Chargers were going to put the pressure on up the middle which worked but also opened up running for Griffin on the outside. Cooper has since been released and Drango will be replaced by Joel Bitonio next year at left guard, not the weakness many fans chalk it up to being.

PFF - Rookie WR Corey Coleman continues to struggle to find consistent success as he dropped one pass on 5 targets gaining just 15 yards.  Drops have been a bit of a problem for the former Baylor Bear as he now has 4 drops on 32 catchable targets resulting in a 12.5 drop rate that ranks 79th out of 97 eligible WRs.  That drop rate is higher than what he had the past two season in college where he had a drop rate of 9.86 in 2014 and 11.9 in 2015.

OBR - Watching the games, Coleman seems to be pressing. Being a 1st Round pick can come with pressure to perform and can impact your play. We saw something similar this year from Nelson Agholor. Coleman seems to be fighting the ball instead of catching it. He also wants to make something big happen every time he gets the ball. Coleman has to trust that impact and stats will come as he grows and develops.

PFF - The Browns defense arguably played their best and most complete game of the season against the Chargers with 7 defenders grading very well led by CB/S Tramon Williams (86.8) and LB Chris Kirksey (82.3).  Williams easily had his best game of the season as he was targeted 7 times, allowed just 3 catches for an average of 5.1 per target and 2 passes defensed.  Kirksey was stout against the run notching 4 run stops having his best game since week 12 against the Giants.

OBR - Causation could play role here but it is nice to see the Browns defense playing better. The Chargers were without starting weapons and offensive lineman, lost another during the game, so this has to be taken with a grain of salt. Williams transformation into a decent safety is interesting but unlikely to secure him a roster spot next year. Kirksey and Jamie Collins should be a force on the inside next year if the Browns can add some edge players. Overall, some excitement about the defense is good after the year they have had.

PFF - Rookie END Emmanuel Ogbah continues his strong 2nd half of season play with an additional 5 pressures including 1 hit against the Chargers.  Since week 10, Ogbah has logged 3 sacks, 6 hits, and 15 hurries with a PRP of 10.7 that ranks 12 in the NFL.  Opposite of Ogbah, Jamie Collins has been just as productive on a per snap basis with 2 sacks, 2 hits, and 5 hurries on just 63 pass rushes for a PRP of 11.5.

OBR - Ogbah's continued development creates an interesting discussion for the front office and fans. He was drafted to play the OLB position in the 3-4 but has been starting at defensive end. The Browns are in nickel about 60% of the time, which has a 4 man front, so it doesn't matter a ton but could impact drafting. If Ogbah is the 5 technique on the line where does that put Carl Nassib? Do the Browns keep Collins at OLB in base? Do they draft 2 edge players to bracket Collins and Kirksey in base? No matter what, it is good to see Ogbah having such impact this season.

PFF - DT Danny Shelton returned to his dominant form that had him as PFF's midseason All-Pro NT as he consistently won at the LOS and clogged running lanes.  On the other side of the center, Jamie Meder was strong rushing the passer as he recorded 1 hit, 2 hurries and also was strong standing up the guards and center.

OBR - Shelton hasn't been perfect this season but he has been very good most games. His development bodes well for the Browns future. Meder was the star of the game with the field goal block but has also played well out of position next to Shelton. The natural nose tackle is getting pressure which is shocking to most.

PFF - LB Jamie Collins had an active day as he notched 4 tackles, 1 assist, 1 MT, and 1 stop to go along with 1 QB hit and 2 hurries in pass rushing.  Charged with covering TE Antonio Gates for much of the game, he allowed 3 catches on 4 targets for 26 yards against the future hall of famer.

OBR - This is the kind of all-around game that the Browns need/want from Collins. He can do so much that he might not always splash on film but he is always doing good things for the defense. The Browns have building blocks, if they can bring back Collins, on that side of the ball and need to let them grow together while adding to their numbers.

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