Another RG III Start Will Not Help the Browns

Nov 10, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throws prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

For Browns fans, things have been going downhill since…well since the original Browns team left Cleveland. Now, in 2016 and staring down the barrel of a winless season news began swirling around about a possible return of RG III to the football field.

This iteration of Robert Griffin III is not the Redskins phenom that suffered an almost career ending injury. That Robert Griffin excelled in the league due to both the read option and his own exceptional athleticism, but the league has adapted to the read option and Griffin’s athleticism has taken a hit due to the multiple injuries he suffered. The untimely career end of one of the leagues most promising quarterbacks is tragic for sure, but counting on his return to the Browns starting lineup is not the right move.

No one can question Griffin’s work ethic or determination. He’s tried to bounce back from injuries several times now and keeps a positive attitude throughout.

For a winless Browns team however, starting Griffin is not what’s best for the team. It’s clear that he’s not the long term answer at quarterback, and Cody Kessler has put enough decent stretches together to be considered for a long term backup role. The Browns need to continue to develop Kessler and see what they have in their young players, not experiment with athletes that can’t take the big hits anymore.

Again, you can’t say enough about the sheer grit Griffin has shown throughout his professional tenure. He’s shown himself to be a good leader, a hard worker, and he never gives up on himself or his team. His presence is a welcome change from the antics of Johnny Manziel that both the Browns organization and the Browns fans had to put up with.

At this point it’s unclear whether or not RG III is going to play again this season, but Browns fans shouldn’t see him as any kind of answer. With the shoddy offensive line play the Browns have gotten this season, even if Griffin did play this season he would be under pressure constantly and take big hits that would possibly injure him once again.

Sticking with the developing Kessler would be better in the long term for the Browns, and Kessler has shown glimpses of good quarterback play throughout the season. He may not be the long term answer for the Browns, but the Browns need to play him enough to find out whether or not he is. Starting RG III is only going to impede that.

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