Following an embarrassing 45-7 loss on Sunday afternoon to the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett called out his coaches in his postgame press conference.
Every team in the NFL needs to have a leader. They need to have a guy that they look to in good times and bad, a player whose interview can be shown on all the sport shows after the loss and never be shown in a bad light.
Myles Garrett is that proven leader for the Cleveland Browns. On defense, he wreaks havoc on the offensive lineman who draws the task of trying to block him. On the sideline, he’s always seen smiling with his teammates, but also helping coach them up when needed.
In the media, he’s always portrayed as a great guy, willing to volunteer and give to those in need, and is always a great interview.
However, in Sunday’s postgame press conference following a 38-point loss to the Patriots, the star pass rusher did something that should never be done, calling out his coaching staff and putting himself and his coaches in a negative light. Calling out anyone publically, especially your coaches, is a bad look for any player on a team, let alone the one that’s supposed to be your leader.
While Garrett’s comment is accurate, making it at the podium immediately following a humiliating loss isn’t the place to address it or make these sorts of comments. Any issues he had with the coaching staff should be addressed behind closed doors.
Doing this publically, with emotions still running high, just adds fuel to the fire that both the local Cleveland media and national media will use to attack this Cleveland Browns team.
The 2021 Browns are currently a dysfunctional team, and head coach Kevin Stefanski has to find a way to get things right. With a locker room that seems divided, and those cracks starting to show publically through comments like Garrett’s, it’s hard to imagine the Browns reaching the Super Bowl, let alone the playoffs, like so many predicted them to at the start of the season.
If cohesion doesn’t start happening, the Browns could be looking at just another disappointing season, one to add to an already long list.