After a 1-15 season in 2016, the Cleveland Browns are welcoming some confidence from their No. 1 overall pick.
Myles Garrett made headlines by saying he plans to make star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger his first sack when the Browns play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. However, Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown doesn’t have an issue with his prized pass rusher’s comments.
“We’re not scared of it,” Brown said Wednesday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Myles, if you go back and look at his (introductory) press conference, has the right amount of levity balancing that confidence.
“I just don’t think the 160-karat tweets and headlines that get taken out of context often should reflect who the person is,” Brown added. “It’s easy in this world to judge based on the headlines, and I think increasingly we’re finding and Donald Trump’s finding this out, how difficult it is to survive in a public job and that’s what being the No. 1 draft pick is for about three or four months and now he’s going to understand it’s a longer-term deal that he asked for and he wants it.”
Brown argued Garrett’s standing as the No. 1 overall pick, as well as the consistent attention he received during the pre-draft process, means it was inevitable that some of his words would be misconstrued.
“I don’t think you guys can relate to the amount of attention that this young man or anybody who’s going to be a No. 1 draft pick has,” Brown said. “People are asking him to do all kinds of just bits and pieces and interviews and photo shoots and all, and … I think we have to keep proper perspective.
“This is a 21-year-old young man who’s wise beyond his years. Just to correct, he didn’t say he’d hurt Ben, he did say he’d take him down, but you have to spend time with him. You have to understand what his values are. He’s very confident in his abilities. He works his tail off. He’s about as hard-working … as any college prospect we’ve had.”
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