The Cleveland Browns continue to fight through adversity and find ways to win games they were supposed to lose.
Needless to say, a lot of that has had to do with Myles Garrett’s stellar play.
However, he could’ve been even more impactful if it wasn’t for the constant and blatantly obvious times he’s held.
The referees seem either unwilling or unable to call penalties against him, and his comments about that may have rubbed the officials the wrong way.
That’s why Browns’ DC Jim Schwartz continues to be very concerned about the situation.
Talking to the media, he claimed that he’s worried about Garrett’s health and how vulnerable he is as a pass-rusher when he gets held (via Scott Petrak).
#Browns DC Jim Schwartz on lack of penalties on guys blocking Myles Garrett: Hopefully they can see some of those things and they can help him.
Says his biggest concern is that Garrett's body is in vulnerable situations as pass rusher when he's getting held. Wants him healthy.
— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) December 21, 2023
Garrett is an unstoppable force of nature, and breaking the rules and holding him might as well be the only way to actually have a chance to stop him.
Even despite being held and doubled or triple-teamed, he’s been able to post MVP and Defensive Player of the Year-caliber numbers, having the best season of his career and establishing himself as the top-notch pass rusher in the game.
It’s crazy to see what kind of numbers he would post if opponent players didn’t constantly get away with holding him.
Then again, his impact goes way beyond the numbers, as having him on the field allows the rest of the defense to roam around freely because of all of the attention he gets from the opposing offensive line.
Hopefully, he’ll be able to avoid injury and finish the season strong.