Myles Garrett happy about sacks, disappointed by penalties

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Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said this offseason that he felt limited while playing in the defense put together by Gregg Williams in Cleveland and that he was looking forward to more freedom this season.

Williams now runs the defense for the Jets, so he got to see the freer Garrett in person on Monday night and it was certainly an active performance for the 2017 first overall pick. Garrett had three sacks, two roughing the passer penalties — one of which knocked Trevor Siemian out of the game — and two offside penalties over the course of Cleveland’s 23-3 win and the effort left him with a mixed review of the night’s work.

“I’m glad about the sacks. I’m glad about how we did overall on defense keeping the New York Jets to just three points. Keeping Le’Veon Bell mostly under wraps, knowing he is a threat at all times. The best part is getting the win. Getting that weight off of us. Gaining the momentum to stack some wins. Also, disappointed in those penalties and those negative plays against my team. I’m supposed to be a leader on this defense and this team so, I can’t be saying that and doing that and also having those negative plays effecting my team like that.”

Garrett was also penalized for unnecessary roughness in the season opener and head coach Freddie Kitchens said the team will continue to work with Garrett to make sure that the positives outweigh the negatives on the field.

“I mean, that’s the only thing you can do, and help him, put him in situations, communicate with him to put him in situations to make better decisions,” Kitchens said. “It’s a decision-making deal and he’ll still continue to work on his decisions.”

Garrett’s five sacks lead the league through two weeks. The Browns would like to see that number grow while the penalties stop piling up.

20 responses to “Myles Garrett happy about sacks, disappointed by penalties

  1. Well at least one of those roughing the passer penalties that I was able to see was a textbook clean hit but it fell under the absurd “bodyweight on the quarterback” rule. So he shouldn’t feel too bad about that one.

  2. I watched the game and while I am glad that he is taking “responsibility” for the RTP penalties, for me I am sorry the bigger problem is the rule in the first place. In days of yore that would have been called a sack. Now it is how the QB falls down. It isn’t easy to be great at the position when you pretty much can’t be touched. This from a former DE.

  3. Garrett obviously has talent. But he plays recklessly and is costing other players their time on the field with unnecessary injuries. He’s bad for football.

  4. Dirty player, 3 personal fouls through 2 games.
    I see a suspension in his future, if he stays on that pace.

  5. “I mean, that’s the only thing you can do, and help him, put him in situations, communicate with him to put him in situations to make better decisions,”

    If Kitchens can’t get that message through he can count on the league to start doing it for him before long. Owners don’t like it when their QB’s get mauled by illegal hits. Don’t get me wrong, I preferred the NFL when those hits were legal but in today’s game there’s just too much of a team’s future (and cap $) tied up at the position.

  6. I’m sure all dirty players are disappointed by the penalties.

    The NFL gives out bogus roughing the passer calls that cost games, like the one at the end of the Bears-Broncos game, yet when player really does do something illegal
    nothing will happen.

  7. Just think about how great this guy could be if he had a coach that could help him become more disciplined, but that’s not gonna happen there in Cleveland so his true potential will remain out of reach for now. On the bright side tho the Browns are back to feeling dangerous after beating an awful Jets team…7-9 is about all Cleveland will muster this year

  8. I thought there were some ticky-tack calls going both ways. The human body doesn’t have brakes. When you’re going full-bore, you can’t just freeze when the ball comes out. Reaction time, momentum, etc. I didn’t see anything that looked dirty.

  9. He gave more yards with his penalties than he made the jets lost with his Sacks. The browns are felling to well after stinking against the titans last week, And beating, but not playing well against a jets team that player most of the match with a practice squad QB.

  10. objectivefbfan says:
    September 17, 2019 at 7:54 am
    I watched the game and while I am glad that he is taking “responsibility” for the RTP penalties, for me I am sorry the bigger problem is the rule in the first place. In days of yore that would have been called a sack. Now it is how the QB falls down. It isn’t easy to be great at the position when you pretty much can’t be touched. This from a former DE.

    I hear what your saying but there is a big difference between football now days and in the days of yore. In the old days defensive ends didnt weigh 280lbs and run a 4.5 forty. There were very few if any 340lb guys hitting a QB at full speed.

  11. After the nonsense in week one against Walker, this dude should have been tossed. Welcome to the modern NFL where the rulebook is made out of silly putty

  12. Wow have you ever played defensive line you know how hard it is to stop mid stride to prevent yourself from hitting the quarterback no disrespect the offsides those are all on him and completely controllable but when you’re going full speed and the quarterback hasn’t let go of the ball yet and then you hit him right after he releases that’s just football there’s nothing out there that made me feel like he’s a dirty player or that it was intentional.

  13. The problem with Garrett is that he is reckless – those calls he received were not ticky tack – they were spot on with the current rules. What is amazing is that this jerk did not get called for two more – an obvious body slam driving the QB’s shoulder into the ground and another near the goal line where he picked up QB and drove him shoulder first into the turf with his neck bent (that move alone should have him banned from the sport for life).

    This guy gets away with murder – and one day this year, a QB will not be able to walk again thanks to those who call his penalties – ticky tack.

  14. I suppose the difference in opinion is era of football you grew up in. Leave no doubt the defensive ends job has always been to hit the quarterback. Those hits are not that late watch them again. We should be careful throwing around the moniker of dirty player and understand the difference between that and playing hard. Honestly if people get angry at someone it should be the left tackle Beauchum or Adam Gases lack of a game plan to protect the qb properly. Not Myles Garrett for playing hard. 99% of people who play this game never want anyone to get hurt. But its football and its violent and we all know that. Funny David Njoku got upended last night on a nasty hit I dont see anyone calling Jamal Adams dirty. To me he was just playing hard and those things happen. There is a huge difference between Garrett and players like Suh and Vontaze Burfict

  15. Thanks for Congrats warrior, and what’s the Patriots have to do with the Browns beating a bad team, I mean Steelers and Dolphins aren’t really at the top of their game right now…. random?

  16. how vcan people that watch the game not see rudolph stick his fingers in the ear holes of garrett then tried to kick him in the privated while garrett was getting up then 2 steelers held him and rudolph tried to attack him where are your eyes

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