Berea, Ohio – Miles Garrett On Friday he said he was “disappointed” and “a little confused” by comments from his fellow defenseman Jadevon Clooney That prompted the Cleveland Browns to send Clooney home before Friday practice.
“I knew it was frustrating. We were all frustrated; we’re not winning,” Garrett said. “I wish we were talking about this guy to a guy… I wish he would have handled it a little differently.”
On Thursday, Clooney told Cleveland.com that he’s “95 percent sure” he won’t re-sign with the Browns, largely because he believes the team has favored Garrett over him.
“You’re all trying to get it [Garrett] “Into the Hall of Fame instead of winning matches,” Clooney said. “I don’t even think [Garrett] notices. I’m not trying to say it is. I try to get along with everyone I play with. He and I don’t have a problem. It’s not his fault, and it’s my bachelor’s degree, and I don’t have time for that.”
Clooney added that the Browns “have their men, and I’m not one of them, so it’s time for me to get my exit coupon.”
After Friday’s practice, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t say if he’d sit out Clowney for Cleveland’s final game Sunday at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I’m not going to get into my discussions with any of our players throughout the season,” said Stefanski, who declined to answer several other questions about Clooney. “We’re all human. We all have things that come up over the course of the season that we talk about, but I’m not going to get into the specifics of that.”
The defense finished, but coach Chris Kiffin confirmed later Friday that at some point this season — Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens — Clooney refused to play first or second. Kevin said that Clooney initially indicated to him that he could only play third because of the injury. But Clooney was upset with how the Browns planned to use him in the game.
“We’ve been training all week, we’re getting into the game and they want to move me. I’m not doing it…. I’m too old. I’ve done my job. I don’t have time for that,” Clooney told Cleveland.com. “I made my money. I do this because I love the game, but keep going [doing things like that] And it makes me not like the game.”
Clowney did not play in the opening series the next weekend on “Monday Night Football” against the Cincinnati Bengals, although he entered the game with Cincinnati’s second possession.
Jarrett said he didn’t even realize Clooney was refusing to play first or second against Baltimore until next week.
“I thought he was hurt,” Garrett said. “I just assumed something was holding him back.”
Clowney had a disappointing second season for the 7-9 Browns, who were knocked out of the AFC playoffs picture two weeks earlier.
After carrying nine sacks with the Browns last season, Clowney has just two sacks this year. He also had four games with an injured ankle and concussion.
Clowney is a free agent again this offseason, having signed back-to-back one-year deals with the Browns.
Meanwhile, Garrett has 15 sacks on the team, fourth most in the NFL, and was named to his fourth Pro Bowl.
Jarrett also faced the highest average double team (31.3%) of any rusher in the league this season. Despite this, he ranks second among edge rushers in rushing win rate (27.8%); Clowney’s pass rush win rate is just 16.5%.
“If I were the most double-teamed player, it’s hard to say I’d have the best face-offs,” Garrett said. “What I’ve done speaks for itself. Of course they’ll put me in positions to make plays. But they’ll also be positions where I’ll double-team. I move all over the line.” [Clowney] Go further. We are both excited to put him in favorable competition. It gets the same look, at least that’s what I see. I wish we could talk about it.”
Jarrett said his relationship with Clooney had always been “friendly” and that he did not take the comments personally.
But when asked if he would welcome Clooney back, Garrett said he wanted “volunteers, not hostages” on Brown.
“If you feel like no one here believes in you, go where you feel wanted, loved, and valued,” Garrett said.