The Cleveland Browns have announced that Robert Griffin III has passed his concussion protocol, which means that head coach Hue Jackson is likely going to start him on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sigh. I’m so done with RG3.
Despite Griffin getting the win last Saturday against the San Diego Chargers, I want this horrible experiment to end. Griffin has now started four games for the Browns. He has shown the same issues he did in Washington. He cannot read a defense. He holds onto the ball too long. Once he starts scrambling his eyes abandon receivers who might get open. He takes sacks at a ridiculous rate with many of them due to either those scrambles when the defense knows he won’t throw or because he’s sitting in the pocket holding the ball for far too long. If Hue Jackson has not been able to coach these things out of RG3 by now, then I don’t see why we should give Griffin another season to continue to prove out why Washington gave up on him.
Griffin has now started four games for the Browns and has zero passing touchdowns. Throwing for touchdowns is something that teams want their quarterbacks to do. Griffin has had four starts to try to achieve it. He has none. But hey, if the Browns can win a game in 2016, then RG3 can pass for one touchdown in five starts (as it appears he will get the chance against Pittsburgh). These are the lofty goals the Browns look to achieve.
RG3 has now started four games for the Browns and the team has averaged 13 points per game in them. In games started by Josh McCown and Cody Kessler, they average 17 points per game. Kessler is better than Griffin in completion percentage (66 to 54), yards per attempt (7.2 to 6.1), touchdown percentage (3.1 to 0), interception percentage (1.0 to 1.9), sack percentage (9.8 to 14.4), and quarterback rating (92.3 to 64.9).
Kessler has not wowed the world with his play. He lost all eight games he started. The rookie has had difficulty seeing (or completing) passes down the field, and he held onto the ball too long. Kessler is not likely anything more than a good long-term backup NFL quarterback. Kessler has also been way, way better than the veteran Griffin.
The Browns have the immediate task of contending with the Steelers and the longer term decision on Griffin’s $7 million option for 2017. It appears they are going to roll with RG3 for Steeler week despite all signs pointing towards him being the worse option to start. I worry that it might also point to them continuing this horrid experiment into the next season. Let me off this ride.