Cleveland Browns defensive end was selected on Thursday as the AFC Defensive Player of the Month.
The honor came after Garrett tallied six sacks during a month that saw the Browns go 3-1 and establish their intent to claim the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2002.
In addition to his six sacks, Garrett forced two fumbles, had 14 tackles and a pair of strip-sacks, according to clevelandbrowns.com. He has now had at least one sack in six consecutive games, a franchise record and the longest active streak in the league, and is leading the league with nine sacks, according to the team’s website.
Defensive coordinator Joe Woods said Garrett has been playing “really well” in one of the biggest understatements you will hear, as the fourth-year defensive end has grown more comfortable with the Woods’ defensive calls, according to The Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich:
”I think he’s comfortable with what we’re doing. We’ve had several games where we’re running similar things. The pieces may be different, the call may be a little bit different, but I feel like he’s getting more comfortable. We’re getting some of the matchups we want, some of the protections we want. So hopefully he continues on that track. It’s good for everybody, the whole team.”
Garrett is the first defensive player on the Browns to win the league’s monthly award since linebacker D’Qwell Jackson picked up the AFC Defensive Player of the Month award for his play in September of 2011.