Playing time breakdown in 2013: Offense

February, 10, 2014
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Brian Hoyer took part in 151 of the Cleveland Browns' 1,078 offensive plays in 2013.

Which shows just how little the Browns truly know about Hoyer.

Hoyer
His season included 73 plays against Minnesota, 71 against Cincinnati and seven against Buffalo.

Yet he is considered the incumbent starter at the quarterback spot heading into 2014.

This would seem to show two things:
  • How well Hoyer played compared to the competition;
  • How vast the wasteland has been at the quarterback position for the Browns in recent years.

For a guy to “earn” the job based on 151 plays -- which Hoyer seems to have done -- shows how far the Browns are and were from having a true starter.

Despite efforts to constantly improve the situation, the Browns are still searching, and everything Johnny Manziel will say at the scouting combine will be dissected and heeded.

Hoyer, though, is talking as if he’s planning to start, which is what he should do. Hoyer played well, and his time was shortened by injury, not lack of production or performance.

It’s just quite a development off those 151 plays.

Other interesting items from the offensive snap chart:

-- Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz couldn’t have had too bad a season. He was on the field for 1,076 of 1,078 offensive plays. A guy who misses just two plays has to be a good player.

-- Joe Thomas and Alex Mack both had 1,075 plays, which is pretty amazing stability at the tackle and center position.

-- No quarterback was on the field for half the plays. Jason Campbell had the most snaps at quarterback with 488, but he only took part in 45.3 percent of the plays. This is yet another illustration of the difficult situation the former coaches had to work with.

-- The messy running back situation showed in the numbers as well. Chris Ogbonnaya led the offense with 509 plays, Willis McGahee had 255. Like at quarterback, no player had more than half the snaps.

-- Edwin Baker wound up with more plays than Trent Richardson and Bobby Rainey.

-- The Browns got pretty good work out of backup tight end Gary Barnidge. He had 513 plays, with starter Jordan Cameron totaling 942.

-- Thanks to suspension, Greg Little finished with more plays than Josh Gordon; Little had the most plays of any wide receiver. Had Gordon matched the 131 Little had the first two games he’d have had finished with 1,008.

-- There was no fourth receiver on the team. Just a collection of guys.

Here’s the complete breakdown:

Quarterback
  • Jason Campbell 488 (45.3 percent)
  • Brandon Weeden 436 (40.4 percent)
  • Brian Hoyer 151 (14 percent)
Running back
  • Chris Ogbonnaya 509 (47.2 percent)
  • Willis McGahee 255 (23.7 percent)
  • Fozzy Whittaker 162 (15 percent)
  • Edwin Baker 96 (8.9 percent)
  • Trent Richardson 87 (8.1 percent)
  • Bobby Rainey 53 (4.9 percent)
Tight end
Wide receiver
Offensive line

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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