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Cleveland Browns DC looking forward to working with Myles Garrett

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The Cleveland Browns have a new defensive coordinator in Joe Woods, and Woods is already excited about the prospect of working with defensive lineman Myles Garrett, who was recently reinstated from his suspension by the NFL.

“Unfortunate incident,” Woods said of the incident that led to Garrett’s suspension, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’m sure it’s something he learned from and wants to put behind him. I coached another Texas A&M [player] — Von Miller. I look forward to getting Garrett on the field and seeing what he can do.”

Garrett was hit with an indefinite ban for his role in a brawl during the Browns’ Week 11 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, when the pass rusher ripped off the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and then hit him over the head with it.

In the 10 games he played in 2019, Garrett logged 29 tackles, 10 sacks and a couple of forced fumbles and was probably on his way to his second straight Pro Bowl selection had he not gotten suspended.

The 24-year-old was originally selected by Cleveland with the first overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Injuries limited him to just 11 contests during his rookie campaign, but when he was on the field, he was impressive, totaling 31 tackles, seven sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Then, in 2018, Garrett broke out, playing in every game and racking up 35 tackles, 13.5 sacks and three forced fumbles en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

Woods spent this past season serving as defensive backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Previously, he resided with the Denver Broncos for four years, serving as defensive coordinator in 2017 and 2018.