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BREAKING: RGIII to sign with the Cleveland Browns

Robert Griffin III has been signed by the Cleveland Br


Robert Griffin III has been signed by the Cleveland Browns on a two-year deal. The former presumptive face of the franchise in Washington, who released him earlier this offseason, had previously visited with the New York Jets. Ultimately, the Browns were ‘upfront’ about their interest in Griffin, and young QB will get another opportunity to show he should be a starter in the NFL. The former Heisman winner had an incredible first season out of college: being picked 2nd overall in the NFL draft, winning the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award as the signal-caller for the Redskins, setting records for both the highest passer rating by a rookie quarterback (102.4) and highest touchdown to interception ratio (4:1) in a season, before tearing both his ACL and LCL in a playoff matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. RGIII underwent ligament repair surgery during the 2013 off-season and never seemed to fully recover. He started 2013/14 under-center for Washington, however never recovered his 2012 form. He was eventually benched for back-up QB, and fellow 2012 draft pick Kirk Cousins in 2013 and 2014, who has largely remained the starter ever since.   Why it didn’t work out in Washington   RGIII played his collegiate career with the Baylor Bears, whose fast-paced, no huddle, spread offense was tailored to his strengths as both a gifted passer and runner. Moving to the NFL was seen to be quite a big step for Griffin early on, however his ability to understand football in the pros, was displayed in the Gruden QB Camp videos, alongside during his rookie season. In Griffin’s rookie season, he wasn’t the only young star starting for Washington; running back Alfred Morris, drafted in the 6th round was also a capable runner, helping RGIII run plays such as the zone-read and triple option so effectively in 2012 due to defenses having to adjust to twice as many threats appearing in the run game. In 2013, following his knee surgery, the Redskins opted to run less plays that may put RGIII in danger in the run game, and when required to run, the loss of explosiveness displayed the year previous was evident. Towards the end of this season Washington benched the sophomore QB in favour of Kirk Cousins, whose drop-back style suited the type of offense that the coaching staff wanted to run. The Redskins went 3-13 this season and fired head coach Mike Shanahan and almost all of the coaching staff. In 2014 Washington brought in ‘QB guru’ and notable offensive coordinator Jay Gruden from the Bengals to become the head coach of the team. RGIII was set to have a great year with Gruden at the helm of the offense, however in Week 2 he suffered a dislocated ankle and was out until Week 9’s game against the Vikings. He returned and was unable to provide a spark for Washington on offense as they lost three straight games before Griffin being benched for back-up QB Colt McCoy. McCoy then suffered a neck injury in his first fixture at QB, so Griffin took over once more and led the team to a victory over the Eagles. During the offseason of 2015, tensions rose between the two QBs at the top of the Washington roster, and between Gruden and Griffin was one of the easiest places you could find friction on the entire roster. In week 2 RGIII suffered a concussion and this led to his benching in favour of Kirk Cousins once more. Griffin’s contract with Washington had been said to hold significant financial weight should he suffer an injury. Due to this there has been speculation that head coach Jay Gruden benched him in order to start Cousins whose contract is more team-friendly. Since becoming a free-agent he has been seen as an enticing option for teams who are quarterback-needy such as the Browns should he be able to recapture his 2012 form.   Will he fit in with Cleveland? In my opinion, with the lack of quality starters on the offensive line in Cleveland, and a backfield that has no presence whatsoever I feel that ‘RGThree-veland’, as the RealSport staff have christened him, is going to struggle early on. It doesn’t mean he won’t be a good fit, but if they bring him in as a starter, the Browns need to draft well to give him a supporting cast, both in front of him in the trenches and alongside him in the backfield. Maybe look to go OL with the second overall pick, then draft a running back (Derrick Henry?) who can break tackles to alleviate pressure in the passing game through good play-action fakes.  

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BREAKING: RGIII to sign with the Cleveland Browns

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