Freddie Kitchens doesn’t want to take aggressiveness away from Myles Garrett

Browns' head coach wants Garrett to understand when penalties could hurt the team

Daryl Ruiter
September 17, 2019 - 4:10 pm

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Berea, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Myles Garrett is on a tear.

The Browns Pro Bowl defensive end leads the NFL with 5.0 sacks through two weeks after bagging Jets QBs three times in Monday night’s 23-3 win at MetLife Stadium.

He’s also racking up a lot of penalties.

Head coach Freddie Kitchens doesn’t want his franchise defensive end to lose his edge, just be smarter.

“I do not ever want to take his aggressiveness away, but he does have to understand when he is going to hurt the team,” Kitchens said.

Garrett was flagged twice for roughing the quarterback, including on the hit that knocked Jets backup Trevor Siemian from the game, and ultimately ended his season. New York announced Tuesday Siemian will require surgery.

Unfortunately, Garrett’s two roughing penalties extended drives. The first came on a third-and-9 and the Jets’ 10 and the other a third-and-16.

A year ago, Garrett was penalized a dozen times on his way to a 13.5 sack campaign that saw him finish .5 sack short of tying the franchise record. He’s well on his way to shattering both marks in 2019.

Last week against the Titans Garrett was flagged for an unnecessary roughness when he hit Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker in the helmet with an open hand following a play in the second quarter. It cost him a $10,527 fine from the league office.

Monday night, despite the two roughing flags, Garrett kept his cool.

“I think he did a much better job of that last night,” Kitchens said. “We still had a couple of instances where he kind of let it slip, but he is going to continue to get better at that when he gets a feel for what they will call and what they will not call. I expect Myles to be better and keep getting better in that area each and every time we go out.”

Garrett, who became the first Brown to register multiple sacks in back-to-back games for the first time since linebacker Jamir Miller in 2001, also jumped offsides twice, but only one was enforced because the roughing penalty superseded it.