Garrett is more fixated on the big picture. The three-time Pro Bowl defensive end knows what the NFL world is saying about the Browns as they await word on Deshaun Watson’s fate. And while he complimented backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, Garrett realizes what must be done.
For the Browns to be a legitimate playoff contender if $230 million quarterback Watson receives a significant suspension for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, the defense will have to turn into rock ’em sack ’em robots.
It will be up to them to morph into a group that hasn’t been seen in Cleveland since Butch Davis was coach in 2001, when the Browns set the franchise record with 33 interceptions and turned four of them into touchdowns. They had 13 picks in 2021, one returned for a TD, that a 99-yarder by Ward at Cincinnati. Garrett also scored on a fumble return at Baltimore.
It will be up to them to disprove the notion that the Browns will win six games — as USA TODAY’s Nate Davis recently predicted — if Watson is suspended following accusations of sexual misconduct during massage appointments.