It’s a tragedy that the most abhorrent thing in the CBS lineup this week wasn’t the slate of poorly executed slapstick comedies but rather the horrendous showing that the Browns had against the Bills Sunday morning.
Nobody expected Cleveland to win this game, but the fact that RG III was still taking snaps in the second half made this game ever harder to watch. It was clear in Week 1 that he wasn’t the future quarterback that the Browns needed and each additional game we get with Griffin over Kessler feels more and more like a wasted opportunity to develop talent with higher potential.
If you missed this game, the big takeaways were:
Griffin is holding this offense hostage
The quarterbacks primary job is to throw the ball. Robert Griffin can’t really do that with any kind of consistency. Griffin is having flashes of his old running self, and we saw it on the touchdown run, but when he continually misses throws and can’t throw players open it becomes more and more evident that the Browns are just wasting time with him.
On multiple occasions Griffin just immediately flees the pocket and hurls it deep and out of bounds without even targeting a downfield receiver. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that he doesn’t have good football instincts and he isn’t a better starting quarterback than Kessler or McCown.
Griffin is supposedly the starter for next week.
Meanwhile, the #Browns say Robert Griffin III will start on Sunday, but sounds like he’ll have a short leash with Cody Kessler looming.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 19, 2016
The Browns best chance to get a win is this week against the Chargers, but they’re not going to do it if they’re still led by Robert Griffin.
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Duke Johnson brought some explosive speed on limited carries
Johnson had five carries for 31 yards and brought a level of speed that gave this offense a bit of a spark. Even if he isn’t a great lead back, he’s a solid piece of depth for this Browns backfield. It would have been interesting to see how much the Browns would use him if they didn’t fall behind so quickly.
The Cleveland pass rush shows flashes of potential
Even though the only sack Browns sack came from an Ogbah blitz, the Browns defensive line was consistently putting pressure on Taylor. Taylor is an elusive quarterback and they couldn’t contain him, but it was good to see some of that defensive potential starting to develop in a season that’s been filled with dark spots.