DE Myles Garrett (10.4.20)

DE Myles Garrett:

On his emotions returning to play in his hometown and producing today during a Browns win:

“It was a great homecoming. I had some family and friends at the game. I got to perform well for them and get a great team win. We played complementary. That team is known to fight and battle until the very end of games, and we were able to stave them off with a good offense and a defensive stand.”

On the Browns winning his homecoming game and registering his third strip-sack in as many games:

“I am no stranger to this field so playing on this field and making big plays is not new to me. I am just glad that I was able to do it again. I love the fans that were here. I love that so many people were able to make it and travel here. I do not know how many Browns fans we had here. They are the best fans in the NFL. It felt great to get the win.”

On if his goal was to start fast this week, given he produced multiple sacks and a strip-sack early in the game whereas his strip-sacks in the past two games occurred late in the games:

“I am always trying to start fast. I am trying to read the guy and understand him. I will read him after I test him with whatever I have planned before the game. I move and see how he bit on it, and whether I have to adjust or counter, that is for the next play. I was able to have success with the second play of the game. It was a good start, and I am hoping to have many more of those.”

On the Browns’ positive momentum with a 3-1 start, given the team’s start to recent seasons during his career:

“It is awesome. These guys really want it, the guys who have stuck through it. My locker mate, (DT) Larry (Ogunjobi)has been through it right beside me. He was making an impact. All of these guys are difference makers. Everyone is having their number called and they are stepping up to the plate. I am proud of how we came out and fought. We were able to get a big lead and not allow them to get back into the game.”

On WR Odell Beckham Jr’s third TD that helped seal the Browns’ win, given their friendly banter during games:

“I saw the whole thing. I thought it was going to be a big loss, and he did what he is known for. He makes big plays. Usually, when he is talking smack, he says, ‘If I were a D lineman, I would have a sack every quarter.’ I wish it were that easy (laughter). I feel like if I were a wide receiver, I would be making some big plays like that, too (laughter). My man is special. We brought him here to make big plays like that. That is what he is doing, and he is trending upwards in terms of productivity. When he is getting his name called, he is coming up big for us.”

On Beckham and WR Jarvis Landry connecting for a TD in Landry’s 100th consecutive regular season game:

“100th regular season game, I loved it. They have probably been doing that for years honestly, tossing balls to each other. I know they never imagined they would be doing it in the NFL on the big stage in Cowboys Stadium. I know they were really enjoying it, and I was having a heck of a time.”

On his mindset as the Cowboys were making a run in the fourth quarter to cut their deficit:

“We have to find a way to pressure them. They were getting the ball off quick. They were chipping my way, but we just got to find a way. My guys in the middle or on the other side, they are doing the best they can, but when it is quick ball like that, you just have to try to get your hands up and deflect some of them to get to the next down, making them drop back and hold the ball a little bit.”

 

On DB Denzel Ward fighting through his groin injury and getting an interception to help seal the win: 

“He is tough. My man is tough. He has shown that multiple times. Just like OBJ, he is a playmaker. He is a difference maker. He has come up big for us before, and he is going to continue to. I am proud of my guy. We all have a couple bumps and bruises, and just try to fight through it this week, get healthy and look forward to the next game.”

On what this game says about the Browns as a team after defeating a talented Cowboys team in Dallas: 

“We are complementary. We are definitely doing it in every phase, but we just have to not have any lapses. At the end of that third quarter and that fourth quarter when they started to make that run, we as a defense have to figure out how to be sturdy and make a stand. We can’t allow them to keep on driving the field, getting those quick throws and those quick outs, slowing the clock down and putting the pressure on the offense like that to hold the ball for time of possession and have a score. We have to take that upon ourselves when we have a big lead to make those big plays.”

On how many tickets he provided to family and friends in Arlington, particularly given the limited number available:

“I keep my tickets to 10 and under. After that, you can watch on TV. I love you, but we are not trying to spend a fortune on tickets. Hopefully, I will be back or be able to bring them to another game. The ones that I brought I know are always there by my side and will continue to. They are people I really treasure.”

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