The Cleveland Browns seem to be two-for-two when it comes to their last two number one overall draft picks. Defensive end Myles Garrett who was taken first overall in 2017 had 13.5 sacks for Cleveland last year, while 2018 number one pick Baker Mayfield threw for a rookie record 27 touchdown passes.
The Browns’ 7-8-1 record in 2018 was a drastic turnaround from their 0-16 mark just one year earlier, and, if Garrett can continue to grow at his position, Cleveland’s defense is going to be one of the league’s best for years to come.
But it’s the offseason right now, so Garrett likely isn’t thinking about football 24/7. Instead, he’s enjoying a little down time watching television, and has an interesting observation about penguins of all things.
Take a look.
I like to think Garrett is just watching the Penguin from Batman: The Animated Series and asking this question.
For the record, Chris Long is a big anti-robot guy who warns about the robot apocalypse. Based on his response to Garrett, he may also believe that penguins are mobilizing in the South Pole.
Gregg Williams: Myles Garrett’s criticism a ‘non-issue’
Cleveland Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams addressed the media Wednesday for the first time since sweeping changes Monday saw the ouster of Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
In a little more than 20 minutes, Williams touched on a variety of subjects, including his shock at the firings and the importance of maintaining focus on playing the Kansas Chiefs on Sunday.
Williams also spent time addressing second-year defensive end Myles Garrett’s Week 8 postgame comments of not liking the defensive game plan against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While the interim head coach said he didn’t see the comments until later and didn’t interpret them to mean what was said, there won’t be a lingering controversy surrounding Garrett expressing his opinion.
“He’s fine,” Williams said. “He is totally fine and it’s really a non-issue.”
Garrett’s dissatisfaction from last week’s loss surrounded how the defense attacked the Steelers en route to a 33-18 loss.
The defensive end pointed out the Browns were moving around a lot on the defensive line and “experimenting with some things” in contrast to sticking with base calls, which worked in the season opener as the two teams played to a 21-21 tie.
Garrett, however, did say after the game that he didn’t believe he would cause trouble for voicing his opinion, pointing out Williams won’t “bash” players for speaking their minds.
On Wednesday, Williams indicated he is fine with criticism landing on his shoulders.
“One of the biggest gifts I tell the coaches that get a chance to work with me — and players — is that my biggest gift that I give you if you have a hard time taking responsibility, blame me,” Williams said. “They’ve heard me say that over 100 times — just blame me … Now, I’m going to get to the bottom of it. We’re going to discuss it, but there are people that respond that way. That’s just how they are.”
With Garrett’s comments effectively in the rearview mirror, the Browns have a larger task on hand leading to Sunday.
Williams, who will retain his responsibilities as defensive coordinator, now has to devise a plan to slow down the Chiefs, owners of the league’s third-ranked offense and No. 1 scoring offense.
And should the Browns drop a fourth straight game Sunday to fall to 2-6-1 on the season with nobody else to accept responsibility, the team should feel good knowing the interim head coach is willing to absorb the blame.