5 bold predictions for Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Browns pass rush won’t suffer without Myles Garrett
It is difficult to see this pass rush being as good without Myles Garrett. He had 10 sacks and 18 hits on the quarterback, which is by far the most on the team. Garrett was a candidate for defensive player of the year before he was suspended for the rest of the season.
But there are ways to combat that and they showed that last week when they racked up four sacks. The person that deserves the most credit for that is defensive coordinator Steve Wilks for calling blitzes that got home.
If you don’t have players who can win one-on-one blocks, then you need to send extra players to create pressure. When Wilks did that, they got sacks from a linebacker and a defensive back.
The other two sacks came from Sheldon Richardson, who was the only original starter to start the game against the Dolphins. He was in the backfield the entire game and he finally got his time to shine.
This week he will get back one of his running mates, Larry Ogunjobi, who has five sacks and seven tackles for loss, both are second on the team and he has been the Browns best defender besides Garrett and Joe Schobert.
Wilks can send less pressure because Ogunjobi can move the pocket by himself, but sending a couple of extra rushers won’t hurt, especially against a young quarterback like Duck Hodges.