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Shurmur possibly will be hearing from the league over Griffin remarks

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Earlier today (and, yes, it’s still technically “today”), Rosenthal pointed out some recent comments from Browns coach Pat Shurmur regarding Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.  And the NFL could soon be pointing out to Shurmur the niceties of the rules regarding comments about underclassmen who have not yet been certified for early entry to the draft.

“I’ve watched him,” Shurmur said of Griffin. “[He’s a] tremendous talent, good player.”  Asked whether Griffin would be a fit in Cleveland’s West Coast offense, Shurmur said, “Good players fit in every offense.”

It hardly represents the kind of specific gushing that could directly sway Griffin to bail on Baylor with a year of eligibility remaining, but the rule is intended to keep NFL coaches or executives from saying or doing anything that could influence an undecided football player to decide to quit playing football for free.  (The purpose of the rule is to preserve the relationship between the NFL and the custodians of its free farm system.)

Earlier this year (and, yes, it’s still technically “this year”), Colts owner Jim Irsay got a pass from the league office after talking about the possibility of drafting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and grooming him for several years behind Peyton Manning, Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers-style.  “It was well understood by Andrew Luck that he would have been the top pick or a top 5 pick if he came out after LAST season,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT at the time.  “He decided to stay.  The comment you cite [from Irsay] is not the type that is of concern in terms of influencing underclassmen.”

Under that logic, Griffin currently is in the same position that Luck was in a year ago.  Thus, the comments from the coach of a team that could end up with a top five pick could help nudge Griffin toward deciding to graduate to the NFL, even if he never actually graduates from college.

I’d send Aiello an email asking him about this, but it’s 11:25 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve and, unlike me, he probably isn’t squirreled away in a hotel room working.

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20 Responses to “Shurmur possibly will be hearing from the league over Griffin remarks”
  1. 700levelvet says: Dec 31, 2011 11:34 PM

    “Even if he never actually graduates from college”
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    I thought RG3 already graduated? And simply has a year of eligibilty left…

  2. iambadkid says: Jan 1, 2012 12:15 AM

    whats going to happen on december 21st? this year is going to make me not sleep the whole year

  3. steelerchicken says: Jan 1, 2012 12:37 AM

    Yet every talking head can comment on players entering the draft. When someone who might actually draft him says it he gets fined?

  4. emmac13 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:14 AM

    Another rookie mistake by he Shurminator. Needs to answer that question about RG3 like the other Browns questions. With a vague obvious answer.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jan 1, 2012 1:23 AM

    He’s already got his undergraduate degree and will have his masters before next season. But, the Browns don’t need a QB. They need everything else.

  6. couldntthinkofaname says: Jan 1, 2012 1:27 AM

    iambadkid says: Jan 1, 2012 12:15 AM

    whats going to happen on december 21st? this year is going to make me not sleep the whole year

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    Fear not, badkid. As a friend of mine pointed out, the Mayans couldn’t even predict their own demise.

  7. CKL says: Jan 1, 2012 2:44 AM

    Are you implying Aiello is out getting his drink on? TPIUWP
    I know a lot of these rules have good reason behind them but I think all of them could benefit from some common sense in application.

  8. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 1, 2012 2:48 AM

    Oh great, way to go Shurmer, now he’s not going to enter the draft knowing he might end up playing for you and your impotent offensive scheme. While your at it continue to push away Peyton Hillis the fan favorite of OUR team. Hire an O.C. this offseason you can’t handle both jobs as much as your and your boss’s arrogance may lead you to believe. Your hire was clearly a case of Nepotism and the “Good Ole Boy” network thank your uncle Fritz and your agent/ who hmm is also your bosses agent go figure!

  9. sojumaster says: Jan 1, 2012 7:53 AM

    Thumbs up if you had to look up what “niceties” meant :)

  10. sojumaster says: Jan 1, 2012 7:59 AM

    Asked whether Griffin would be a fit in Cleveland’s West Coast offense, Shurmur said, “Good players fit in every offense.”

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    He said that so he would not scare RG3 with the fact that he might go to Cleveland.

  11. crackbubba says: Jan 1, 2012 8:51 AM

    If he gets fined for what he said, the NFL really is getting ridiculous. There is nothing in his statement that makes RG3 want to go to Cleveland. He just says he’s a tremendous athlete and good players (he) would fit any system. What is he supposed to say? No Comment? That would be even more stupidity in the already vagueness of what coaches can offer. Let him say he’s a good player. Everyone knows he’s a good player. But just because someone says he’s a good player doesn’t mean that he will have to sign with them.

  12. tdk24 says: Jan 1, 2012 9:19 AM

    Now that RG3 knows there’s a chance the Browns might draft him, he should stay in college.

  13. theytukrjobs says: Jan 1, 2012 9:22 AM

    Some question whether RGIII would translate well to the NFL. Now an NFL head coach is implying that he feels that the young man would translate. I’d say that this is a violation of the rule they have in place because it alleviates, to some degree, RGIII’s possible concerns over being drafted high.

    But now with the new rookie wage scale being a top 15 pick isn’t worth staying in school a year over.

  14. bebopa says: Jan 1, 2012 10:00 AM

    he is in Cleveland as coach of the Browns, he doesnt know any better.

  15. napgamer says: Jan 1, 2012 10:26 AM

    Cleveland will probably be fined because they are too stupid to realize that the Goodell only allows three clubs to do what ever they want with out fines or punishments. (Patriots, Colts and Jets)

  16. thingamajig says: Jan 1, 2012 10:40 AM

    If he said RGIII sucked would the NFL give him a bonus?

  17. qdog112 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:26 AM

    “Thus, the comments from the coach of a team that could end up with a top five pick could help nudge Griffin toward deciding to graduate to the NFL, even if he never actually graduates from college.”
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    Do try to keep up. The man has graduated with honors. I wonder what the “to dumb to read NFL defense”mantra that plagued Newton, will morph into? Gotta be something…how about the dreds?

  18. melikefootball says: Jan 1, 2012 11:51 AM

    The league office is looking and sounding more and more like a dictatorship. The God-del boys can voice their thoughts on everything and give fines on whatever they feel deserves but a player, coach or owner has to keep their mouth shut on anything and everthing. Do we really believe the founding fathers of the NFL wanted the game to go in this direction.

  19. td40 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:58 AM

    bensstinkyfingers says:
    Jan 1, 2012 2:48 AM

    Oh great, way to go Shurmer, now he’s not going to enter the draft knowing he might end up playing for you and your impotent offensive scheme.

    tdk24 says:
    Jan 1, 2012 9:19 AM

    Now that RG3 knows there’s a chance the Browns might draft him, he should stay in college.
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    Uh, isn’t it common knowledge amongst top 10 draft picks that they are pretty much guaranteed to go to a very crappy team, no matter what?

    Yeah, I’m sure RG3 expects to play for the Packers or Saints next year. Duh.

  20. johntonioholmes says: Jan 1, 2012 12:31 PM

    That makes sense. After all, talking about RG3 is worse than putting McCoy’s life at risk by letting him back into a meaningless game after clearly suffering a concussion.

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