Myles Garrett looking for “more highlight games”

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Myles Garrett looked like a dominant pass rusher in the season opener, sacking Ben Roethlisberger twice, forcing two fumbles and defensing a pass.

But the Browns defensive end has only three sacks and no forced fumbles in the past four games.

“I need some more highlight games, some games that you go back and you’re like, ‘He took over,’” Garrett said Friday, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “The Steelers might have been one of them, but I need some more of those.”

The No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 draft is tied for fifth in the NFL with five sacks. Geno Atkins, T.J. Watt and J.J. Watt are tied for the league lead with six sacks each.

“I think I can go for [the league lead] this year,” Garrett said.

Browns defensive line coach Clyde Simmons led the NFL with 19 sacks in 1992 as a member of the Eagles, a fact Garrett didn’t know until Friday.

“Oooh, might have to pick it up then,” said Garrett, who is on pace for 16 sacks.

Garrett missed five games last year with a high-ankle sprain and a concussion, so he now has played 16 games in his career. He has 12 sacks.

“He was a heck of a player last year,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said in a conference call with Browns beat reporters. “He has even improved. The thing that impresses me is his ability. He’s not just your ‘line up at end and rush’ [player]. He can do that with the best of them, but his ability when he’s stemming down to the A gap and doing so many different things in there in the blitz packages, he still finds a way to relentlessly rush.”

17 responses to “Myles Garrett looking for “more highlight games”

  1. Funny how you’ll never see a Patriots player talking about individual goals like leading the league in sacks. The only stat that matters is wins.

  2. “Only 3 sacks…in the past 4 games.”

    Last I checked, 3 sacks in 4 games is pretty good. Combined with his week 1 double, he’s averaging a sack per game which is elite.

  3. Sounds like an A&M guy… your team has won three games the last five years, focus on winning for a change, it’s a team game..

  4. “Only” 3 sacks in the 4 games since his 2 sack game? Wow what a loser. /sarcasm

    Unlike TJ Watt, those aren’t empty sack numbers against bad tackles, either. And he’s killing it against the run, and is currently PFFs #9 overall edge defender.

    The Browns still have problems on offense and a rookie qb and might never get kicker figured out, but that defense is legit.

  5. and a good thing, too, because EVERY quarterback in the league is going after Peppers, surely the worst starting safety in the NFL;

    two glaciers could have a baby faster before this clown runs down an angle to make a play;

    thank Father for the zone defence or he’d not have a job even on the browns;

  6. Chris says:
    October 12, 2018 at 8:51 pm
    Sounds like an A&M guy… your team has won three games the last five years, focus on winning for a change, it’s a team game..
    —————
    Teams are made up of individuals. A team wins when each individual does their job. Myles is trying to do his job which is the only thing he can control.

  7. dreemeagle says:
    October 12, 2018 at 10:32 pm
    and a good thing, too, because EVERY quarterback in the league is going after Peppers, surely the worst starting safety in the NFL;

    two glaciers could have a baby faster before this clown runs down an angle to make a play;

    thank Father for the zone defence or he’d not have a job even on the browns

    What?! Do you even watch football, bro? Peppers graded out as the best defender for the Browns in last week’s game, according to PFF. Blind hatred.

  8. Garrett just needs to go 100% on every play and he’ll be a dominant player even if he has zero sacks. Sacks are probably the most misleading stat. You can judge a guy much easier by watching the game. Some guys get double and triple teamed, while their teammates get all the sacks. Other guys have all pro CB’s, so the opposing QB has to hold on to the ball a lot longer. Clyde Simmons was a good player, but Reggie White was on the other side. Who do you think the opposing O-Line was focused on most of the time? When Aldon Smith was lined up next to Justin Smith, he was on pace to break the NFL sack record. When Justin got hurt and missed the last four games, Aldon didn’t record another sack the rest of the season. The tape doesn’t lie. Myles Garrett has the ability to dominate every game. He just has to make sure he wants to bad enough. Right now he’s not scaring teams the way he should be. A lot of it comes down to how much you love football. Those are the guys that come to camp in top shape so that they can go 100% on every play. The guys that love football work their tails off in the off-season. So even though they don’t tape the off-season, it shows up on game day. If Garrett is willing to put in the work, they’ll need more than one Brinks truck the next time he signs a contract. Or, he might just look at his bank account and say he’s good. We’ll see.

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