Myles Garrett of the Browns receives second best chance at winning DPOY
Andrew Berry got to work early to improve the Cleveland Browns’ defense.
Much has been said about the new players being added to Joe Woods’ unit.
There could be as many as 9 different starters from the group that took the field against Baltimore last September.
Is it reworked #Browns now defending a top 10 unit in the NFL? 👀
Cleveland PFF Draft Rating: 🅰️ ➕ pic.twitter.com/2JJzgvVNbA
– PFF (@PFF) May 2, 2021
But as much as we expect from our recruits and the addition of free agents, we expect more from the incumbents.
But Myles Garrett is still the man from Cleveland and the guy we hope to stand out in 2021.
These expectations are reflected by odds keepers and accountants in the betting world.
– Around the NFL (@AroundTheNFL) May 27, 2021
Including BetOnline.ag lists Garrett with second best odds Defensive Player of the Year.
Not only that, but with Aaron Donald, Vegas considers Garrett a big favorite.
Donald (+450) and Garrett (+550) come in well ahead of TJ Watt (+900) and more than twice as likely as any other player.
Why Garrett has a good chance at DPOY
Garrett, Donald and Watt are often among the best defensive players in the NFL.
But to earn awards like Defensive Player of the Year, you need a few statistical arguments.
And as great a player as an individual can be, the ten guys around them have a huge impact.
And better health for Garrett after his Covid-affected 2020 season will also keep him in the DPOY mix.
Flash Garrett is an absolute nightmare for opposing QBs. ⚡️
Here are all 12.0 of his bags from the 2020 campaign. 🔥
– Most Popular Take Sports Podcast (@Hottest_TakePod) May 22, 2021
However, the additions to the next two levels of the Browns’ defense are what really improve Garrett’s chances.
With their rebuilt and strengthened safety and cornerback groups, Cleveland’s coverage is noticeably tighter.
Owusu-Koramoah’s coverage capacity and return Malcolm smith at the intermediate level also helps.
Quarterbacks will need to think twice before throwing the ball to wide receivers, tight ends or full backs.
And that extra split second of blanket processing will add exponentially to Garrett’s sack potential.
Are these the bags?
Make no mistake, the only thing bigger than a bag in the mind of an edge hunter is a shoulder bag.
And the only thing bigger than a strip bag is a strip bag recovery.
Few people in the NFL are better at removing the ball from a captured passer than Myles Garrett.
But like Donald and TJ Watt, Garrett isn’t a one-ride pony.
He plays the run as well as any defensive lineman and will also boast a good number of tackles.
Myles Garrett Career Stats…
• 4 seasons (51 games)
• 152 tackles, 42 TFL
• 42.5 sacks, 83 hits
• 10 FF, 3 FR, 6 PD
• 2x all-pro (1st: 1, 2nd: 1)
• 2 professional bowlers (’18, ’20) pic.twitter.com/oOC7Rru6Nj
– NFL Statistics (@NFL_Stats) May 19, 2021
Joe Woods knows he can trick defenses sometimes by bringing Garrett back to cover.
This is not an optimal use of his Pro Bowl edge rusher, but it does offer the possibility of playing a downbeat.
Even without the gimmicks, Garrett’s full motor style draws attention.
Cleveland’s new status as a playoff team further increases Garrett’s exposure, which improves his chances of being rewarded.
But all Garrett really has to do is play his game and be himself to be the DPOY and MVP of the Cleveland fans.