Cleveland Browns: RG3 brings optimism to Cleveland (Video)
Robert Griffin III being named the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback has given fans a reason to be optimistic in 2016.
The Cleveland Browns are a team constantly looking for a quarterback, and 2016’s edition will be none other than former No. 2 overall pick, Robert Griffin III.
When signed in March, Griffin was expected to compete with Josh McCown for the starting job, but there was never really much of a competition, with Griffin finally being named the starter last week.
While his NFL career is often associated with disappointment, there is a great deal of optimism surrounding Griffin, which is the subject of a new video from FanSided.
The points made in the video not only support Hue Jackson’s decision to name Griffin the starter, but they do provide genuine reasons for fans to be excited for a season originally expected to be nothing more than a rebuild.
The video also calls Griffin “the only choice,” and it is hard to disagree. After passing on taking Carson Wentz in the draft, the Browns are smart to go with the 26-year-old Griffin over the 37-year-old McCown. McCown is a skilled quarterback, but he is at the end of his career, while Griffin can still revitalize his career at his young age.
Griffin did well in his rookie season, but he was never given the chance to reach his full potential in Washington. His relationship with head coach Mike Shanahan was strained from the start, while Jay Gruden wanted nothing to do with the quarterback.
Hue Jackson actually wanted Griffin on his team, which may make all the difference for him in Cleveland. He will also be used less in the run game, which was his downfall in Washington. The play calling, and his own reckless decisions, led to injuries that can be avoided in Cleveland if Griffin plays smarter and focuses on staying in the pocket unless it collapses and he must run. Or, he could just throw the ball away and live to play another down.
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His current health and well-being is why the optimism is so high, meaning fans will be holding their collective breath each time Griffin ends up on the turf in 2016.