Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was benched for the first series against New Orleans in Week 16 and recently explained what happened
No one seemed to notice when Myles Garrett was on the sideline to start the Cleveland Browns home finale in Week 16. After their loss to the New Orleans Saints, head coach Kevin Stefanski said Garrett was out for the first series due to a “team decision.”
Naturally, this led to speculation about what happened — although no one questioned whether the move was a disciplinary one. There were also concerns about what this would mean going forward since there already seemed to be some concerns about how the star edge rusher felt about his coaching staff. Once it was rumored that Garrett was disciplined for not communicating while sick, those concerns only grew.
As expected, much of this was being blown out of proportion. Garrett sat out for three plays as the defense had a three-and-out. So it had no impact on the game. As for the way Garrett sees it, he says he respected the decision and assured everyone it’s not going to happen again.
"“That was coach’s decision based off of what happened during the week and I respect his decision,” Garrett said via Jordan Unger of FOX 8. “I was sick and I didn’t communicate well enough.”"
Garrett added that as a leader it’s not a good look to get punished so he’s going to make sure not to put himself in that situation again.
Myles Garrett can still set a new personal record
Entering Week 17, Garrett has 45 tackles with 13.5 sacks. He’s not likely to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award with Nick Bosa playing so well that the San Francisco 49ers are winning with their third-string quarterback. However, he can still catch his own record.
Garrett had 16 sacks in 2021 and needs just 2.5 to catch that total over the final two games. He had none against New Orleans but put up 3.5 the two games prior.