In the Cleveland Browns‘ 26-6 blowout win over the Chicago Bears, it was easy pickings for a Cleveland defense that racked up 9 sacks on the day, highlighted by Myles Garrett's 4.5 sacks, and limited rookie QB Justin Fields to a paltry 6/20 for 68 yards in his debut as a starter.
Though it's easy to chalk up the terribly lopsided performance to rookie jitters or a difficult matchup with a fierce D-line, Garrett himself offered some insight to why he thought the game was such an easy one for the Browns. Surprise, it has something to do with head coach Matt Nagy.
Following the game, Garrett told NBC's Mike Florio that the predictability and lack of usage of Fields' rare skillset made it a simple task to figure out how to stop them:
“He told me that the Browns’ defense was surprised by the way that Justin Fields was used — or more accurately, the way he wasn’t used,” Florio said on Football Night in America. “They didn’t move him around, they didn’t get him out of the pocket, they didn’t roll him out, they didn’t take advantage of his mobility. It made it easier for the [pass rushers] to get home, to get him on the ground.”
Given the relative mediocrity of Chicago offenses within recent years, as well as the lack of development of the uber-talented Mitch Trubisky before he left the team, it's unsurprising to hear dirt being thrown on the creativity, or lack thereof, that the Bears' current coaching regime has shown.
Garrett did, however, also tell Florio that the Bears had one drive where he and the Browns defense were confused and slightly flustered by Chicago's game plan, but that was obviously short-lived.
“After that, I think we kind of settled in and saw how they planned to use the flow of the game,” Garrett said. “It kind of came to us easily after the second possession and [we] kind of figured out what they were going to do and how we were going to adjust to that.”
Hopefully, for Justin Fields' sake, Nagy will be able to find some sort of inspiration the next time they take on a player like Myles Garrett.