With Robert Griffin III set to return to practice this week, the Cleveland Browns have a chance to see what he can do in the final six weeks of the season.
The Cleveland Browns are currently sitting with the hideous record of 0-10, yet the quarterback who opened the season has barely been a factor.
Some fans may forget that Robert Griffin III was the team’s starting quarterback in Week 1. The season was supposed to be one of redemption for the former star as he tried to prove he could stay healthy and be a successful NFL quarterback. Well, as we know, the whole staying healthy thing proved to be too difficult.
Griffin has been out since the conclusion of Week 1, but he may be set to return soon, according to Pat McManamon of ESPN.com.
Griffin being back Wednesday doesn’t mean he would be ready for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he still likely won’t be ready for the November 27 game against the New York Giants.
But the following week is a bye week, meaning Griffin could easily begin the final quarter of the season as the starter. The team’s chances of being 0-12 are better than the chances of beating the Steelers or the Giants, so starting Griffin may as well be done.
Given the fact Griffin won the job out of training camp, Hue Jackson must have seen something in the quarterback to warrant naming him the starter. The opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles was not great, but he cannot be judged off a single game. Perhaps a change-up in the style of offense with Griffin in the game can help the offense put some points on the board, compared to the combined 17 points scored in the last two games.
It is unfortunate that the quarterback position has come down to “he can’t be worse than the other two,” but so it goes when the team is 0-10. None of the quarterbacks on the roster seem to be the one who will be built around for the future, so Jackson may as well keep shuffling them around to try to pick up a single victory. And based on that logic, Griffin is the next man up.