Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was on pace in 2019 to the break the franchise record for sacks in a single season before an unfortunate series of events resulted in Garrett missing the final six games due to a suspension.
Despite only playing in 10 games, Garrett was enough of a force to be selected as the NFL’s top disruptor by NFL.com writer Nick Shook.
Which pass rushers were the most disruptive in 2019? @TheNickShook dives into Next Gen Stats to find the answer, and he delivers a top-10 list with some surpriseshttps://t.co/KqGX3enpAU pic.twitter.com/5QQRkCAbml— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) May 22, 2020
Using Next Gen Stat’s Disruption rate, which takes the total number of a player’s disruptions divided by their total number of pass-rush snaps (a minimum of 250), Shook determined that Garrett had a Disruption Rate of 18.5 percent, meaning there was no one better in 2019:
Garrett played in just 10 games, as the indefinite suspension that resulted from his actions during Cleveland’s Thursday night affair with Pittsburgh brought his season to an end, but he had been performing to the level of a former No. 1 overall pick until that point. Cleveland’s pass rush suffered a drastic dropoff in effectiveness after his departure. The Browns had a 32.9 percent pressure rate with Garrett on the field in 2019; without him, that figure dropped to 21.5 percent.
Garrett’s disruption rate was the best in the NFL. He registered a pressure on 17.1 percent of dropbacks in 2019, which was the highest percentage posted by a player since the 2016 season. He also became one of just three players to post a pressure rate of 12 percent or higher in each of the last three seasons. The other two: Aaron Donald and Von Miller. With each Browns contest, there was a moment or two in which a quarterback would hit the turf and there’d be only one word to say in response: Myles.
In 37 career games with the Browns, Garrett has posted 30.5 sacks.