Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has made an impact in his second year in the league.
Garrett leads the Browns with eight sacks, which are the most by a Browns player through the first eight weeks of a season in franchise history. His 15 sacks in 19 career games are also the fourth-highest total by a Browns player in their first two seasons.
Garrett, along with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, has also taken a leadership role on the Browns, filling the void of former head coach Hue Jackson. It was just a few weeks ago that Garrett - rather than Jackson - spoke up about the lack of respect that NFL officials have shown the Browns this season.
And it is safe to say that Garrett has no use for the redemption tour that his former head coach is embarking on in the wake of Jackson’s undeniable role in the 3-36-1 record the Browns posted on his watch, as Garrett pointed out to ohio.com on Friday:
“I really don’t base my performance or what I’m going to do in a game or how I should attack somebody off what somebody else is saying, what an outside source is saying. I go off what my coaches see and what I see, and anybody outside of that is really a distraction. I had a positive relationship with him all the time that I was here, but his opinion doesn’t matter right now at this point for our team and our success going onward.”
It has only been a few days, but Garrett has already seen a positive change from the team, according to 92.3 The Fan:
“Everyone’s being positive about the changes and looking forward to what we can do on Sunday. I think guys are really coming out with a different kind of fire.”
Garrett and Mayfield, who talked earlier in the week about keeping the team together, have quickly become the type of leaders the Browns have been lacking for years, especially on the sidelines the past two-and-a-half seasons.
Which means there may be hope for the Browns after all.