Daily Dawg Tags: Down goes RG3!
By Thomas Moore
Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Tuesday, Sept. 13.
That’s all it took for the quarterback situation for the Cleveland Browns to once again be turned on its head.
Starting quarterback Robert Griffin III is out for at least eight weeks with a broken bone in his shoulder, 37-year-old Josh McCown is back as the starter, and head coach Hue Jackson now truly knows what it means to be in charge of the franchise.
“I’m more determined than ever before to get this right, because at the end of the day that’s what I came here for,” Jackson said on Monday. “I said it before, I don’t like losing, and at the same time I know in order to win you have to do the right things to give you a chance to win and we have not done that. Until we do that on a consistent basis, will we have an opportunity to win? That’s what we’re chasing.”
If you’re up for it, let’s catch up with the latest news about the Browns and from around the NFL.
Cleveland Browns news:
Browns lose RG3 for eight weeks to shoulder injury
"Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss at least the next seven games after suffering a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder during Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. While the team does not believe that surgery will be required, the Browns placed Griffin on injured reserve on Monday. Under the new injured reserve rules, Griffin must now miss a minimum of eight games and is not eligible to return to practice for six weeks."
The Browns kept Josh McCown for a reason
"Keeping Josh McCown in Cleveland was a smart move by the front office, as Robert Griffin III is perhaps the most notoriously fragile athlete in professional sports. Sunday’s injury, when he failed to get out-of-bounds on a run and paid for the mistake with a huge hit, was an inevitable occurrence. Hoping Griffin would start all 16 games was just not realistic, although it seemed like he would last longer than a single game."
RG3’s past followed him to Cleveland and no one should be surprised (ESPN)
"The shoulder injury that will sideline Robert Griffin III is unfortunate. But it wasn’t unpredictable. Nor should it be surprising."
Hue Jackson: Browns won’t trade for a QB (NFL.com)
"For the second year in a row, the Browns have lost their starting quarterback to injury in the season-opener. With Robert Griffin III floating off to injured reserve with a battered non-throwing shoulder, Cleveland — already facing a talent crisis on offense — will toss veteran Josh McCown back into the fray ahead of massively raw rookie Cody Kessler. Coach Hue Jackson, though, isn’t about to deal for a signal-caller. “I learned not to trade,” Jackson quipped Monday. “Don’t do that.”"
RG3’s quarterback career derailed (SI.com)
"This is not the end for Robert Griffin III, not in a put-a-period-on-it sense of finality. But it feels like the end."
RG3 experiment should be over for Browns (cleveland.com)
"The Robert Griffin III experiment is over. The Browns won’t say that after their quarterback suffered a significant shoulder injury during the 29-10 opening day loss in Philadephia. But it’s just common sense. Griffin is out for at least eight games after being hit near the sidelines in the final moments of Sunday’s game. He has a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) shoulder."
RG3’s recklessness may have cost him last great chance (The Guardian)
"Robert Griffin III’s brief run has been filled with blows, and his latest injury has thrown doubt on his Browns future. Why has he been unable to avoid the hits?"
Have Jets already found moment that will haunt them? (NYDN)
"Well what would Nick Folk know, anyway? This is only his seventh season as a Jet. He doesn’t know. He hasn’t seen. He hasn’t been around the block a time or three. You have. You know better. You knew better."
Russell Wilson appears good to go vs. Rams (12th Man Rising)
"Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says QB Russell Wilson’s sprained ankle shouldn’t be bad enough to keep him out of this week’s game in Los Angeles."
1st-time quarterbacks come through (ESPN)
"Tense games filled the opening Sunday of the NFL season, as three quarterbacks — Carson Wentz (Eagles), Jimmy Garoppolo (Patriots) and Dak Prescott (Cowboys) — made their first career starts. Two of them won, joining Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian, who made his NFL debut Thursday. Both Wentz and Garoppolo showed surprising poise and steadiness during their victories. Prescott, meanwhile, wasn’t able to lead the Cowboys to a win against the Giants, but he delivered a credible performance in bringing Dallas within a point of beating their archrivals. Who of the three was best during the opener, though?"
Kirk Cousins, Ben Roethlisberger contrast painful for Redskins (Washington Times)
"Kirk Cousins told us last week that it was “well-documented” how much talent he has at his disposal as the quarterback of this Washington Redskins offense. “It has been well-documented how much talent there is and not just talent but experience,” he told reporters. Cousins must have left those documents at Redskins Park — at least the ones that lead to touchdowns."