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Browns' Myles Garrett downplays Steelers loss, ready to resume game-wrecker role

By Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal on

Published in Football

BEREA, Ohio — Defensive end Myles Garrett was among those who voiced what seems to be the Browns' mantra this week of not letting one loss turn into two as they try to change their culture.

But despite a 38-7 blowout loss Sunday at Pittsburgh, Garrett didn't agree with quarterback Baker Mayfield's statement on Wednesday that their 4-2 record never felt so much like 0-6. It was the same kind of drubbing the Browns absorbed in the season opener at Baltimore, losing 38-6.

"I feel like 4-2 is 4-2, no matter how you see it. I mean, it's one loss," Garrett said Friday on Zoom. "We'll see (the Steelers) again, and we'll see (the Ravens) again. So we'll have a chance to get revenge and avenge those losses.

"And we get to see them at our house. Just like they got one over on us, we can do the same thing and we can even it up and have a good chance at the end of the year to extend our season."

Uppermost in Garrett's mind is Sunday's game at Cincinnati. The Browns beat the Bengals (1-4-1) 35-30 in Week 2, when Garrett started what would be a three-game strip-sack streak, forcing a fumble that set up a third-quarter touchdown for a 15-point lead. When the Indianapolis Colts snapped that string, Garrett still came up with a hit on quarterback Philip Rivers that led to a crucial intentional grounding safety.

Although the Browns still lead the league with 12 takeaways, the defense went without a turnover against the Steelers. Ranking second in the league with seven sacks and tied for the lead with three forced fumbles, Garrett knows he needs to return to his game-wrecking form against the Bengals.

 

"I feel responsible for my team winning or losing every time," Garrett said. "I know I'm out there to make big plays, and that's what I look forward to doing every time I get the chance. It's on all of us, but I put a little bit more pressure on myself to make those."

That's what coaches said Browns cornerback Denzel Ward was doing when he got caught looking for an interception against the Steelers. Receiver James Washington beat Ward on an out-and-up route for a 28-yard touchdown that put the Steelers ahead 24-0.

"Sometimes you get anxious and you think, 'Here comes the big one,' " Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods said of Ward Thursday on Zoom "Sometimes when it looks too good and feels too good, there's a problem. That's what happened to him. He just had big eyes instead of keeping his eyes in the right place."

Browns pass game coordinator/defensive backs coach Jeff Howard said of that play Friday, "In those man-to-man spots, most of the time you're going to end up knocking the ball down before you end up getting a pick. Making sure we stay focused on that, getting our eyes right."

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