Garrett: Browns shouldn't have changed gameplan v Steelers

Pittsburgh rolled off 25 first downs, 405 yards of offense from the second quarter on

Daryl Ruiter
October 28, 2018 - 6:15 pm
James Conner of the Pittsburgh Steelers stiff-arms Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns

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Pittsburgh, PA (92.3 The Fan) – Myles Garrett was not impressed with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ game plan for Sunday’s 33-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I think we just took the wrong approach this time,” Garrett said. “I think we should’ve just stayed with what we did the first time, just go with base calls and punch them in the mouth.”

Aside from a third down sack of Ben Roethlisberger in the first half, Garrett was virtually ineffective when it came to stuffing the box score, or the run.

“I feel like we should’ve stuck with the same game plan,” Garrett said.

When it was mentioned the defense was strong in the opening quarter Garrett responded, “It didn’t work the rest of the quarters.”

It’s true.

In total the Steelers rolled off 25 first downs and 405 of their 421 yards came from the second quarter on after being held without a first down and to just 16 yards for the first 15 minutes.

“I just feel like we were moving around a lot in the front four and we were experimenting with some things, and I think we should’ve just stayed in our usual calls and just got after that,” Garrett said.

In the 21-21 Week 1 overtime tie between the teams, the Browns forced 6 turnovers. On Sunday they netted just 2 along with registering 4 tackles for loss.

Pittsburgh’s James Conner racked up 146 yards and 2 touchdowns rushing in addition to 66 yards receiving. Conner give Garrett a stiff arm inside the 5 before scoring his first TD of the afternoon in the third quarter.

Garrett didn’t feel he was second-guessing defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after they allowed 5.4 yards per rush and 168 yards on the ground, the second most allowed in a game this season behind the 246 allowed to the Chargers on Oct. 14.

“I don’t see it that way,” Garrett said. “He wants to go with the best plan possible, and if he thinks what works best is what we did before, then he’s going to take our adjustment into account. He’s not going to bash us for having an opinion. He wants us to be able to be on the field and be comfortable.”