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, Dec. 20.
The Cleveland Browns are two games away from finishing with just the second 0-16 record in NFL history.
With that bit of history staring them in the face, and with the quarterback as unsettled as it has ever been, head coach Hue Jackson will stick with Robert Griffin III as the starter for Saturday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
But that comes with a caveat from the coach.
I think Robert will go back out there again, and we will go out there and give him another opportunity to take a swing at it,” Jackson said on Monday. “There were some things that I thought he did much better when you go back and watch the tape than the first time he played. Hopefully there can be another jump in this next game, but I think he needs to go play and he needs to play well.
“I will not be hesitant in this game because I would like to see a little bit of Cody Kessler before the end of this season, and if things are not going as well as I like I do have that card to where I could put Cody in the game.”
So there you go: Griffin is the starter unless he struggles, which he will, and we likely have not seen the last of Kessler this season.
Make your reservations now for the 0-16 parade because it sure seems like a lock at this point.
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"The Cleveland Browns are in position to have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Will they be the same old Browns by not drafting an elite quarterback with the pick?"
"Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor has struggled as of late, and must step up in the final two games if the team has any chance of winning a game."
"Were there any passing grades from the Cleveland Browns’ epic defeat in Buffalo? The grade book is out, and the results are miserable."
"Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III made his second consecutive start for the first time since the 2014 regular season in Sunday’s 33-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. And despite the 20-point loss, Griffin felt that “without a doubt” he was better against the Bills than in his return from a three-month hiatus due to injury."
"The people attempting to organize a parade to mark what looks like will be an 0-16 Browns season have more than doubled their fundraising goal, and they have one guy to thank: Tony Rizzo."
"The NFL career of Robert Griffin III is on life support, and the next two weeks will be a prolonged pulling of the the plug. In what feels a ritual sacrifice, Griffin is being set up to fail in Cleveland’s final two games, when he’ll be faced with the impossible task of erasing the memory of an injury-filled season bookended with mediocre, slow-motion play. Cleveland will almost certainly part ways with Griffin in the offseason, saying they tried everything they could — remember when they gave him those final two games to save himself? — but with a slew of draft choices will be in the market for their next ex-QB come April."
"Every NFL season delivers useful lessons for personnel executives, players and fans to keep in mind. And 2016 is no different. This is a bizarre year, one in which television ratings unexpectedly took a hit, along with the records of several surefire contenders. There might not be any great teams in 2016, but there are plenty of useful stories to take away, many of which popped up here in Week 15."
"There was indecision and misgiving in the eyes of Dean Spanos last January as he stood outside a ballroom at a Houston area hotel. Now, nearly a year later – and more than a month after San Diego voters rejected the Chargers’ downtown stadium measure – multiple sources who have spoken to Spanos say indecision about moving the Chargers to Los Angeles has given way to clarity, and resignation replaced by excitement."
"All last week, there was a big to-do made about Adrian Peterson returning to the Vikings, who at 7-6 were not in the driver’s seat but were in playoff contention in the NFC North or for a Wild Card spot. However, much of this exuberance failed to note that Peterson is 31 years old, has bad knees, had been a pedestrian runner when we most recently saw him, and has a longstanding fumbling issue. Peterson ran the ball six times for 22 yards — raising his season average from 1.6 yards per carry to 1.9 — and lost a fumble, as the Vikings got shellacked at home by the Colts."
"The Jacksonville Jaguars were praised for showing plenty of patience with their rebuild, but it was all for naught."