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Chiefs-Browns snap counts: LBs stabilize; Hardman and Williams play more

How did the Chiefs use their players as they advanced to the AFC championship? Let’s find out.

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

The Kansas City Chiefs advanced to the AFC Championship by defeating the Cleveland Browns 22-17 during Sunday’s Divisional round game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Let’s see how Kansas City used its players in the victory.


Starters (offensive): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Nick Allegretti, C Austin Reiter, RG Andrew Wylie, RT Mike Remmers, TE Travis Kelce, WR Byron Pringle, WR Mecole Hardman, QB Patrick Mahomes and RB Darrel Williams.

Starters (defensive): LDE Tanoh Kpassagnon, LDT Chris Jones, RDT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Frank Clark, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, LCB Charvarius Ward, LCB L’Jarius Sneed, RCB Bashaud Breeland, FS Daniel Sorensen and SS Tyrann Mathieu.

Did not play: C Daniel Kilgore.

Inactive: WR Sammy Watkins, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, CB Rashad Fenton, LB Willie Gay Jr., T Martinas Rankin, DE Tim Ward and DT Khalen Saunders.


Offensive takeaways


Despite getting a good look at their reserve offensive linemen in the Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs went with their core group for the first postseason game: Eric Fisher, Nick Allegretti, Austin Reiter, Andrew Wylie and Mike Remmers. They were all in for every snap.

Without Deon Yelder — who went to injured reserve on Saturday — the Chiefs used fewer multiple-tight end sets than normal. Travis Kelce was right at his normal usage (90%) — although for the first time this season, he was used equally often on passing and running plays — while Nick Keizer was at the bottom of his normal range and Ricky Seals-Jones was on the field for only 5% of the snaps. Keizer also had more special teams use than he’s seen all season.

Even with Clyde Edwards-Helaire on the sidelines, Darwin Thompson’s good game against the Chargers didn’t lead to increased offensive playing time; he went back to playing exclusively with special teams. But Darrel Williams’ usage — and production — clearly showed he has solidified his position as the bell cow behind the first-round rookie. He was used more than in any game this season — and Le’Veon Bell’s use hit a season-low.

With Sammy Watkins out for the game, Mecole Hardman’s use rose to the highest point of the season — slightly above his previous high point against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5. Demarcus Robinson’s use was in a fairly normal range, while Byron Pringle got a good share of work that was consistent with what we saw around midseason. Elevated from the practice squad, Gehrig Dieter was only on the field for special teams plays.


Defensive takeaways


We saw the usual pattern in the secondary, with Tyrann Mathieu, Daniel Sorensen and Charvarius Ward on the field for all the snaps. Bashaud Breeland missed some plays with a concussion — so with Rashad Fenton out, Antonio Hamilton got some defensive snaps. L’Jarius Sneed’s usage as the nickel corner (78%) was in his normal range.

With both Anthony Hitchens (75%) and Damien Wilson (75%) back, we finally returned to some version of normal at the second level of the defense. Ben Niemann (52%) went back to his rotational role. Dorian O’Daniel and Darius Harris returned to their special teams duties.

Chris Jones and Frank Clark had their normal usage on the defensive line. Alex Okafor, Derrick Nnadi and Tanoh Kpassagnon had the most use among the rotational players. Both Okafor and Nnadi were used more equally in passing and running plays than we saw before the Atlanta Falcons game in Week 16.


Data


Offense

Offense All Pass Run
Total 63
(100%)
39
(100%)
24
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 63
(100%)
39
(100%)
24
(100%)
Eric Fisher 63
(100%)
39
(100%)
24
(100%)
Austin Reiter 63
(100%)
39
(100%)
24
(100%)
Mike Remmers 63
(100%)
39
(100%)
24
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 63
(100%)
39
(100%)
24
(100%)
Tyreek Hill 58
(92%)
37
(95%)
21
(88%)
Travis Kelce 57
(90%)
36
(92%)
21
(88%)
Darrel Williams 50
(79%)
30
(77%)
20
(83%)
Mecole Hardman 46
(73%)
32
(82%)
14
(58%)
Patrick Mahomes 45
(71%)
30
(77%)
15
(63%)
Demarcus Robinson 44
(70%)
29
(74%)
15
(63%)
Byron Pringle 29
(46%)
19
(49%)
10
(42%)
Chad Henne 18
(29%)
9
(23%)
9
(38%)
Nick Keizer 14
(22%)
4
(10%)
10
(42%)
Le'Veon Bell 10
(16%)
7
(18%)
3
(13%)
Ricky Seals-Jones 3
(5%)
1
(3%)
2
(8%)
Anthony Sherman 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
3
(13%)
Gehrig Dieter 1
(2%)
0
(0%)
1
(4%)

Defense

Defense All Pass Run
Total 60
(100%)
38
(100%)
22
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 60
(100%)
38
(100%)
22
(100%)
Daniel Sorensen 60
(100%)
38
(100%)
22
(100%)
Charvarius Ward 60
(100%)
38
(100%)
22
(100%)
Bashaud Breeland 51
(85%)
34
(89%)
17
(77%)
Chris Jones 49
(82%)
35
(92%)
14
(64%)
Frank Clark 48
(80%)
35
(92%)
13
(59%)
L'Jarius Sneed 47
(78%)
31
(82%)
16
(73%)
Anthony Hitchens 45
(75%)
23
(61%)
22
(100%)
Damien Wilson 45
(75%)
23
(61%)
22
(100%)
Ben Niemann 31
(52%)
24
(63%)
7
(32%)
Derrick Nnadi 30
(50%)
18
(47%)
12
(55%)
Alex Okafor 30
(50%)
20
(53%)
10
(45%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 29
(48%)
17
(45%)
12
(55%)
Tershawn Wharton 27
(45%)
18
(47%)
9
(41%)
Juan Thornhill 19
(32%)
15
(39%)
4
(18%)
Mike Pennel 14
(23%)
5
(13%)
9
(41%)
Michael Danna 13
(22%)
4
(11%)
9
(41%)
Antonio Hamilton 2
(3%)
2
(5%)
0
(0%)

Special Teams

Special Teams Snaps
Total 21
(100%)
Nick Keizer 16
(76%)
Anthony Sherman 16
(76%)
Antonio Hamilton 15
(71%)
Ben Niemann 15
(71%)
Dorian O'Daniel 15
(71%)
Armani Watts 15
(71%)
Harrison Butker 12
(57%)
Chris Lammons 12
(57%)
Juan Thornhill 10
(48%)
Nick Allegretti 6
(29%)
Yasir Durant 6
(29%)
Eric Fisher 6
(29%)
BoPete Keyes 6
(29%)
Austin Reiter 6
(29%)
Darwin Thompson 6
(29%)
Tommy Townsend 6
(29%)
James Winchester 6
(29%)
Stefen Wisniewski 6
(29%)
Andrew Wylie 6
(29%)
Gehrig Dieter 6
(29%)
Mecole Hardman 5
(24%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 5
(24%)
Darius Harris 4
(19%)
Byron Pringle 4
(19%)
Anthony Hitchens 3
(14%)
Derrick Nnadi 3
(14%)
Mike Pennel 3
(14%)
Tershawn Wharton 3
(14%)
L'Jarius Sneed 2
(10%)
Damien Wilson 2
(10%)

All Snaps

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 63
(100%)
60
(100%)
21
(100%)
144
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
69
(48%)
Le'Veon Bell 10
(16%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(7%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
51
(85%)
0
(0%)
51
(35%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
12
(57%)
12
(8%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
48
(80%)
0
(0%)
48
(33%)
Michael Danna 0
(0%)
13
(22%)
0
(0%)
13
(9%)
Yasir Durant 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
6
(4%)
Eric Fisher 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
69
(48%)
Antonio Hamilton 0
(0%)
2
(3%)
15
(71%)
17
(12%)
Mecole Hardman 46
(73%)
0
(0%)
5
(24%)
51
(35%)
Darius Harris 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
4
(19%)
4
(3%)
Chad Henne 18
(29%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
18
(13%)
Tyreek Hill 58
(92%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
58
(40%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
45
(75%)
3
(14%)
48
(33%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
49
(82%)
0
(0%)
49
(34%)
Nick Keizer 14
(22%)
0
(0%)
16
(76%)
30
(21%)
Travis Kelce 57
(90%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
57
(40%)
BoPete Keyes 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
6
(4%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
29
(48%)
5
(24%)
34
(24%)
Patrick Mahomes 45
(71%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
45
(31%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
60
(100%)
0
(0%)
60
(42%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
31
(52%)
15
(71%)
46
(32%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
30
(50%)
3
(14%)
33
(23%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
15
(71%)
15
(10%)
Alex Okafor 0
(0%)
30
(50%)
0
(0%)
30
(21%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
14
(23%)
3
(14%)
17
(12%)
Byron Pringle 29
(46%)
0
(0%)
4
(19%)
33
(23%)
Austin Reiter 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
69
(48%)
Mike Remmers 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
63
(44%)
Demarcus Robinson 44
(70%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
44
(31%)
Ricky Seals-Jones 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
3
(2%)
Anthony Sherman 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
16
(76%)
19
(13%)
L'Jarius Sneed 0
(0%)
47
(78%)
2
(10%)
49
(34%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
60
(100%)
0
(0%)
60
(42%)
Darwin Thompson 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
6
(4%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
19
(32%)
10
(48%)
29
(20%)
Tommy Townsend 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
6
(4%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
60
(100%)
0
(0%)
60
(42%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
15
(71%)
15
(10%)
Tershawn Wharton 0
(0%)
27
(45%)
3
(14%)
30
(21%)
Darrel Williams 50
(79%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
50
(35%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
45
(75%)
2
(10%)
47
(33%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
6
(4%)
Stefen Wisniewski 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
6
(4%)
Andrew Wylie 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
69
(48%)
Gehrig Dieter 1
(2%)
0
(0%)
6
(29%)
7
(5%)
Chris Lammons 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
12
(57%)
12
(8%)

Editor’s Note: Arrowhead Pride obtains snap count data from the NFL’s game stats and information system, which allows us to break out snap counts by run or pass on offensive and defensive plays. Because GSIS data ignores plays that were nullified by penalties, total offensive and defensive snap counts will vary from other sources, which get their data from NFL Gamebooks