Bill Belichick concerned about facing Cleveland Browns’ Myles Garrett
Bill Belichick may be leading one of the best Patriots teams he’s ever had, but he is still concerned about facing Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is having a career year and has been a force on the Browns defense this season. Despite seeing extra attention, Garrett is still getting after the quarterback and finishing plays with sacks.
In Cleveland’s six games this season, Garrett has made 20 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, a league-leading nine sacks, one forced fumble, and 12 quarterback hits.
With the Browns traveling to New England for their Week 8 game, the Browns will need the best from Garrett on Sunday afternoon. And Garrett’s presence has Patriots head coach Bill Belichick concerned about what Garrett could do to New England’s offense.
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During the week before games, Belichick is known to be extremely complimentary of his opponents. Instead of speaking poorly about opponents and potentially giving a team extra motivation against the Patriots, Belichick decides to talk up all of his upcoming opponents.
However, that does not mean his comments about Garrett are necessarily lies. Garrett leads the NFL in sacks for a reason and he is a problem for almost every opponent. And Garrett is faced with trying to navigate through many double teams throughout the course of a game because of the impact he can make if he is facing single blocks.
No matter where the Browns have lined Garrett up this season, opposing offenses have made sure they know where he is at to provide extra protection. At times it has worked, but other times Garrett still finds his way into the backfield.
The Patriots have allowed the seventh fewest sacks in the NFL this season, allowing only 11 sacks total. New England’s offensive line has been solid all season and have been key in helping the Patriots boast a top-five passing offense this season.
However, New England lost their starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn early in the season and replaced him with Marshall Newhouse. Newhouse has struggled filling in for Wynn and is arguably the biggest weak point on the Patriots offensive line.
So even if Garrett is dealing with extra attention once again, he should have a good chance to make a big impact against Newhouse and the Patriots, which is why Belichick is likely concerned about facing the first overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.