Myles Garrett's 6.0 sacks are the second most in the NFL through three weeks. He's also racked up his share of penalties.
But one week after he went penalty-free and still managed a sack (and a strip of quarterback Jared Goff), Garrett was still fielding questions about his style of play. The reason: He's facing an ultra-mobile quarterback this weekend.
Garrett made two important points with his response: He doesn't see an error in his ways, despite the flags thrown against him, and he's not going to change how he plays the game.
"I'm still going to play football the same way," Garrett said. "I don't feel like I did anything wrong. I don't feel like I intentionally landed on the guy or hit him late. The only thing I did wrong in that game was jumping offsides twice."
He does know that Jackson is a different target for him as a pass rusher than others. Jackson's incredible speed and agility make him harder to get within Garrett's grasp, no matter how fast he is around the edge. That will force him to take a different approach to the pass rush this week, focusing more on trying to "cage" Jackson and keeping him from scrambling up the middle.
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"(Jackson's mobility) is not a surprise, but it still catches people off guard because of how slick he is from getting away from potential tacklers," Garrett said. "He sees them coming, and he will do a back juke or hit a move to the side, and then all of the sudden, they are on the ground thinking they already had him. He is as elusive as they come, but you just have to make sure you have population to the ball and see what you hit."
He'll also have to aim in a different area when approaching contact with Jackson, which could save him from another flag, even as he says he won't adjust his play style. Garrett will still be aggressive and spend every passing down hunting the quarterback, but his target area — his strike zone, as he calls it — will be refined. It has to be, or else risk being evaded.
"You are trying to go toward his midsection," Garrett explained. "You are not trying to hit up high. You have to stop those legs. Those are what are getting everybody to miss. It is not like he is wiggling. Those cuts are very sharp and precise. He is not really chopping or doing anything like that, but if you are able to keep him from doing that one cut, make sure you are funneling him back to your defenders, you can keep him from tearing you up."
Garrett and the rest of the Browns defense will travel to Baltimore bent on keeping Jackson within reach. This week isn't about defensive statistical achievement, but containment. That could be the difference between leaving with a win or a loss.