Browns DE Myles Garrett expects more freedom under DC Steve Wilks
Some Browns players may be lobbying for Gerald McCoy to join the team, but Myles Garrett isn’t one of them. Sure, don’t get him wrong, he’d likely welcome the addition of the Pro Bowl defensive tackle. But, for now, Garrett is focused on following up on his own breakout season.
Under new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Garrett expects to have an even better season than he did a year ago in Greg Williams’ scheme.
Earlier this month, Garrett revealed in an article by Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei that former Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams limited him to two pass rush moves. Garrett said on Tuesday that it was Williams, not him, who picked the moves and he’ll have more freedom this year under new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
“He’s seen what I can do with just those limited amount of moves as he pointed out to me. So I think I’ll be able to surprise him this year,” Garrett said.
Garrett ended up with 13.5 sacks a season ago coming within one-half sack of tying franchise single-season record holder Reggie Camp at 14, a number Garrett said Tuesday he “should have breezed by” in 2018.
Expectations for Garrett, at least statistically, are much higher this season in part because of the additions of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and defensive end Olivier Vernon, presumably because their presence will allow Garrett more one-on-one battles on the edge.
Whatever the expectations are, Garrett doesn’t want to attach a number to it. He just wants to win, and see his fellow defenders dominate.