Browns Name RGIII Starting QB

As expected, the Browns have named Robert Griffin III as their starting quarterback. RGIII, whose contract includes playing time bonuses, will start for Cleveland on Friday in the team’s preseason opener at Green Bay. Robert Griffin III Browns (vertical)

It’s time. Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns,” coach Hue Jackson said in a press release. “Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team. Pep (Hamilton) has done an outstanding job with that room to get us to this point so we can make this decision at what I feel is the optimal time which enables us to best prepare for the regular season. It’s now on Robert to show the organization and our fans that this is the right decision. Throughout the offseason program and training camp, Robert has shown improvement every day and we expect him to continue to ascend as he becomes more and more acclimated to the offensive system we will employ this season. I’ve been crystal clear on what we expect from Robert. He fully understands the responsibility and I feel he is ready to handle this role.”

With Griffin officially named as the team’s starter, the Browns can be expected to continue discussing trades involving backup Josh McCown. After the Cowboys struck out on free agent Nick Foles last week, they inquired on the veteran. The Browns reportedly want at least a third- or fourth-round pick for McCown and the Cowboys feel that the asking price is too steep.

Griffin is entering his fifth NFL season out of Baylor. Originally selected by Washington with the No. 2 overall pick in 2012, Griffin has appeared in 37 games with 35 starts. Griffin set NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4), interception percentage (1.27) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815) en route to being named the Offensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection. Starting 13 games in 2013, Griffin recorded a career-high 3,203 passing yards and became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record 3,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. Unfortunately, things have petered out for Griffin since that point and he is hoping to get back to his old form with his new team.

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6 comments on “Browns Name RGIII Starting QB

  1. Ravens_Last_Place

    Wonder how many games this will last? 1? 2? He will certainly fail and be replaced. As will his replacement and his replacement’s replacement. The never ending circus of pathetic QBs is nowhere near the end. Just look at the ones on their roster now, lol. If RG3 is your starting QB and you’re an NFL team, that’s just pathetic.

  2. khines939

    You don’t know football hue Jackson is a teacher an he will help RG3 an he will become one of the best your just a hater

    • Ravens_Last_Place

      I think we have all seen Hue Jackson’s HC skills with Oakland. Then he eventually became OC for the Bengals but everyone knows a good OC doesn’t make a good HC. Every new HC and QB for the Browns will be “different” and they never are. RG3 is just another athlete trying to pose as a QB. Same as Kordell Stewart, Mike Vick, EJ Manuel, Kaepernick, etc. He’s a gimmick QB, not a real QB. They should just start Cody Kessler to see if the kid can hack it. He’ll be forced into action anyways by mid season if RG3 and McCown play like their normal selves, maybe sooner.

  3. Ravens_Last_Place

    Now Terrelle Pryor is 1st on the WR depth chart in Cleveland lol. They are going to be so funny to watch. Can’t wait until their new analytics team and new non-analytics head coach create some good stories. The Browns may very well be the most sorry franchise in all of sports.

  4. khines939

    But hue Jackson should have never been fired from the radiers any way an since you name all of them qb throw in cam an Russell Wilson u name all the black qb who didn’t win but if u put a team around any qb they will win

  5. JayceInCase

    Everybody can debate who’s to blame with the Brown’s poor performance since the team was jetted away to Baltimore, but it’s not just one thing. Certainly Hue Jackson and RG3 are not to be blamed, so the slate is clean. Many second chance head coaches and quarterbacks have proven their worth when new opportunities presented themselves. It’s possible, this could be another example.

    Coaches and skill position players get all of the attention, but it’s the line play that dictates records. Unfortunately for Cleveland, both line of scrimmage units have been overhauled and the single most likely contributor to another poor season will be the D-line.

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