Another week goes by for the Cleveland Browns, and another week without a penalty flag being thrown for the most held man in the NFL.
The Cleveland Browns came away with a victory on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos. Their defense played a huge role in this, holding Denver’s offense to only four first downs in the first half, and allowing only 14 points to be scored. Their own offense scored just 17, but in the end, scoring three more than your opponent still counts as a victory.
Defensive end Myles Garrett made several plays, as he tends to do on a weekly basis, but there’s one thing that continues to happen that still isn’t getting the recognition it deserves from the league office and its officials. It appears that opposing teams have free reign to hold Garrett whenever they choose without any repercussions or penalty flags being thrown.
On Thursday night, that was no different, as Garrett was clearly seen being held on one particular occasion, which allowed Teddy Bridgewater to escape the pocket and scramble for a modest gain. Browns fans know that Garrett gets held more than a teenage girl at prom, but this latest one seemed to be the one that finally got No. 95 riled up.
Garrett told Cleveland reporter Camryn Justice after the game that “refs need new glasses” to call the holding penalties against him.
Even while constantly being held, Garrett still managed to finish the game on Thursday with 1.5 sacks, bringing his total to 9.5 sacks on the season through seven games. A few more strong games, breaking through the holds that will seemingly never be called, and Garrett could be on the verge of breaking the team record for sacks in a season.
While it’s frustrating for both fans and Myles Garrett to not get these calls, the fact that he’s still constantly fighting and putting up big sack numbers shows just how much of an athletic freak he is.
When the NFL finally rights the wrong of not calling these penalties against him, there’s no telling what kind of trouble opposing offenses will face.