One of the few Cleveland Browns stars not to miss multiple games this season, DE Myles Garrett is putting together a Defensive Player of the Year caliber season in 2023. So far through 14 games, Garrett has 36 tackles, 26 quarterback hits, 14 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, four forced fumbles, three pass deflections and one fumble recovery.
What can’t be measured in simple box score scouting (which was just done above) is the impact Garrett has on the offense that helps the rest of the defense be successful. Brian Baldinger showed you that from Week 15.
For 2023, Pro Football Focus has credited Garrett with 69 pressures on the quarterback leading to 44 QB hurries this season.
For Week 16, the Houston Texans plan for the Browns star pass rusher, at least the one they are willing to share, is quite simple: Double teams at all times!
#Texans coach DeMeco Ryans on Myles Garrett moving around: 'You have to be aware of where he is at all times. You have to handle him with two at times. You have to be on it with the protection and the communication. It's tough for everybody. He's a disruptive player' @KPRC2— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 20, 2023
This year, DC Jim Schwartz has done a great job of moving Garrett around and giving him the freedom to cause chaos from anywhere including lining up as a standup linebacker over center... and fake dribbling a basketball before the snap.
The Texans plan is a sound one but Garrett’s flexibility before the snap led one team to have to call a timeout because the hulking defensive end “went in motion” multiple times.
Even if Houston’s plan helps slow down the Defensive Player of the Year candidate, Garrett’s teammates will have easier routes to the quarterback or ball carrier. We will know if Garrett did his job if the Browns are a winner at the end of the day and the front seven of the defense can make impactful plays when it matters the most.