Player No. 2 – Myles Garrett
I think everyone will be surprised to see me have Myles Garrett as No. 2 on this list for the Cleveland Browns, but I’ll explain more on the next page. I’ve been critical that Garrett struggles to make timely plays, but he’s had 32 sacks in the last two seasons, it’s hard to say his production can skyrocket in a new system.
One of my biggest criticisms of Woods was his inability to get one on one looks for Garrett. It was always difficult to tell if Garrett was uncomfortable moving around, or if Woods just didn’t game plan around offensive sets.
Especially with Jadeveon Clowney having a tough season in 2022, it became easy to put a tight end on the side of Garrett and at times even have a running back help as well. The Browns were also so bad on the interior of the line that guards would consistently be double-teaming Garrett as well.
The first thing Schwartz needs to do is find a reliable secondary pass rusher to help loosen the attention on Garrett. I don’t think Alex Wright is quite ready for that role, so I would expect that to be addressed in free agency.
We know Schwartz doesn’t believe in consistently bringing pressure via the blitz, but moving Garrett around, walking linebackers up, and even bringing a safety blitz every once in a while, will slow the offensive line down just a beat to help Garrett get home even more.
Garrett tends to get held almost every single play, but if Schwartz can find a way to get him one on one looks even 10 snaps per game, Garrett could have a 20-plus sack season in 2023.