During Justin Fields’ first NFL career start, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett appeared to be the star of the game.
The Browns defense totaled nine sacks on Fields, and Garrett contributed to 4.5 of those, which became the franchise record for most single-game sacks.
After the game, Garrett spoke with NBC’s Mike Florio about how easy it was to stop the Bears’ offense due to what coach Matt Nagy set up for them — not having Fields leave the pocket.
“He told me that the Browns’ defense was surprised by the way that Justin Fields was used — or more accurately, the way he wasn’t used,” Florio said on Football Night in America. “They didn’t move him around, they didn’t get him out of the pocket, they didn’t roll him out, they didn’t take advantage of his mobility. It made it easier for the [pass rushers] to get home, to get him on the ground.”
Garrett admitted how clear Nagy’s “scheme” was after the first drive. They expected Fields to move out of the pocket more since this was his part of his playing style at Ohio State, but when they noticed he wasn’t doing that, they knew how to adjust.
This allowed the Browns defense to hold the Bears offense to zero touchdowns and only six first downs. The Bears had two field goals on the day.
“It kind of came to us easily after the second possession and [we] kind of figured out what they were going to do and how we were going to adjust to that,” Garrett said.
Fields’ performance was a major letdown based on the anticipation leading up to his start. He only completed six out of 20 passes for 68 yards. And, for someone who was known as a rushing quarterback at Ohio State, he only ran three times for 12 additional yards. The Bears ended with 47 net yards, which was their lowest since 1981.