Myles Garrett targets Ben Roethlisbeger, who welcomes it

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Trash talk in football isn’t nearly what it used to be.

Thirteen years after former Browns defensive lineman Gerard Warren received a warning from the league office for threatening then-rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers, Browns rookie pass rusher Myles Garrett and Roethlisberger have gotten into a much more muted back and forth.

Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Garrett proclaimed his desire to sack Roethlisberger promptly after the Browns made Garrett the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

“Big Ben!” Garrett told ESPN’s Randy Moss. “Big Ben is a Super Bowl winner and I heard he’s hard to take down. So, I’m coming for him first, [to] chop him down.”

Roethlisberger has since responded in comments to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“I was talking to [center Maurkice Pouncey[ after Garrett called me out,” Roethlisberger said. “Pounce got a big kick out of it. All of my linemen enjoyed hearing it. They can’t wait to get started. I can’t, either.”

The Browns and Steelers get started against each other, on September 10 at Cleveland. And the trash talk is likely finished. Even if it isn’t, it likely won’t end up sounding like it did in 2004, when Warren said regarding Roethlisberger, “Kill the head and the body’s dead.”

In the aftermath of the Saints bounty scandal, that kind of talk is forbidden — even if the sentiment remains largely implied at the highest levels of football: The chances of winning become enhanced via the application of clean, legal hits that render the best players on the other team unable to continue.

And, of course, the Brown have hired to be the defensive coordinator the man who was at the heart of the bounty scandal, and who once made the same “kill the head” proclamation to his players with a camera present.

23 responses to “Myles Garrett targets Ben Roethlisbeger, who welcomes it

  1. One day the Browns will be back and it is most likely to start with a ferocious D. Might take some time, but with Williams as DC and the talent they’ve brought it they may be closer than people think.

  2. a media creation over fairly innocuous comments. i miss the early/mid-90’s, before the browns moved to baltimore, when they were still relevant.

  3. I’m excited (well, hopeful) what the bookends of Garrett and Ogbah can do. For the first time ever they have a couple of athletes better than the guys trying to block them.

    I am tired of 50+ years of swiss cheese defense with other teams going on 98 yard drives and converting on 3rd and 21 over and over and over. I think Garrett is going to fix that once and for all.

  4. This kid said he wanted to sack Tom Brady because he’s a Peyton Manning fan. Maybe he should actually do something before he opens his mouth.

  5. stairwayto7 says:
    May 9, 2017 2:15 PM
    Remember Courtney Brown was Browns #1 pick. How did that go! Factory of sadness lives on Clown fans!

    Hey, that game he stayed healthy in led to one of our Steeler wins!

    And go get him, Myles!

  6. Did you include the Tweet where they agreed the winner gets to decide which ice cream parlor they’ll go to after the game?

  7. oscarxray says:
    May 9, 2017 1:31 PM
    I’m excited (well, hopeful) what the bookends of Garrett and Ogbah can do. For the first time ever they have a couple of athletes better than the guys trying to block them.

    I hear ya! Even if they aren’t sacking QBs, PLEASE let them at least set someone else up to do it.

  8. For a guy who has never played a down in the NFL he sure likes to run his mouth.

  9. You’re probably going to get more sacks when your team is winning and the other team is forced to throw. In that case, Garrett might have to settle for being a force against the run.

  10. I hate to say it but, typically what goes around comes around, rookies shouldn’t talk smack until they’ve proven themselves and most of the Browns 1st round picks have either been busts or have been injured early in their careers and didn’t show much after that !!!

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