More talk that Cowboys don’t think RGIII is a fit in their offense

AP

With Dallas in need of a backup quarterback and Washington set to release Robert Griffin III, there’s been plenty of talk that Griffin could end up with a star on his helmet.

But that talk has centered mostly on Griffin’s apparent desire to return to Texas, where he played high school and college football. A Griffin-to-Cowboys deal would also have to appeal to the Cowboys, and that doesn’t appear to be the case.

We noted last week that Griffin doesn’t seem to be a good fit for what the Cowboys want to do offensively, and today Ed Werder of ESPN reported that the Cowboys’ coaching staff doesn’t see Griffin’s skill set as a good fit for their schemes.

“Not a lot of people in Dallas think he’s a great fit in Jason Garrett’s offense, and I’m told that Scott Linehan, the offensive coordinator, is really not a fan of RGIII’s and doesn’t think he would excel with what the Cowboys would ask him to do,” Werder said on NFL Live.

Werder added that Johnny Manziel would have been a possibility if he had shown an ability to stay out of trouble off the field, but the most recent allegations of domestic violence will keep the Cowboys away. At the moment, the leading candidate to back up Tony Romo is Kellen Moore, who started the last two games of the 2015 season for the Cowboys. Dallas may add another quarterback in the draft or free agency, but don’t expect to see Griffin with the Cowboys.

70 responses to “More talk that Cowboys don’t think RGIII is a fit in their offense

  1. Linnehan and Garret thought that Weeden was a perfect fit for their offense and how did that work out? How about going against your gut, maybe we will actually find a legit back up.

  2. Werder added that Johnny Manziel would have been a possibility

    I don’t care what they say, it wouldn’t surprise me if Dallas somehow rationalized away signing him…just like they did with Greg Hardy. Jerry thought Brandon Weeden was the best passer he’d ever seen. I’m sure he’ll say the same about Johnny Goofball.

  3. Is RG3 a fit in the NFL? He had one good manufactured season in Shannahan’s paint by the numbers offense. Defenses caught up to that and he was exposed. He demise had nothing to do with his knee and everything to do with his inability to evolve, he was a total product of the scheme which has a shelf life of one season in the NFL.

  4. I’m not a football expert but why would Manziel have been a possibility but not Griffin? Aren’t they similar style players?

  5. Give Case Keenum a realistic offer sheet and if the Rams don’t match it your backup QB problems are over. Good teammate, similar style to Romo’s. Can then concentrate on starting team needs instead of wasting a valuable draft pick.

  6. Does anyone really expect the Cowboys to say “Hey, we really want this guy, name your price”?

    No, instead they downplay any desire they might have just to keep his price down.

    Doesn’t really matter, RG3andout is probably heading to the Rams anyway

  7. I like how we pile on RG3 for “being about himself,” but Cam Newton can put on an impromptu Soul Train every time he crosses the endzone and pout like a scolded kid when he feels like his team let HIM down.

    Lombardi was right when he said “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

    RG3 deserves a fresh start.

  8. What team runs the, “Never open a playbook and make it up as you go along,” offense? That team would be perfect for him.

  9. Come to New England and back up Tom, you’ll be guaranteed to get a ring and then you can cash in with another team.

  10. Probably true for all the media circus it would cause to sign him, overshadowing Romo.

    More likely reason: pushing down the price tag.

    I actually think some NFL time will sign him. Though I agree that he might not be the right fit for the NFL. Manziel, on the other hand, I don’t expect any NFL team to sign. Say what you want about Griffin III and his football skills, but at least he is a model citizen off the field, unlike Manziel.

  11. I agree that Griffin might not be a fit, but under the same criteria neither would Manziel- off-field trouble or not. Only 1 of these guys has even put together a single game of tape resembling an NFL player.

  12. truecowboyfan says:
    Feb 22, 2016 3:05 PM
    Linnehan and Garret thought that Weeden was a perfect fit for their offense and how did that work out? How about going against your gut, maybe we will actually find a legit back up.
    __________________________________
    Yes and Weeden completed roughly 80% of his passes and had them within 1 possession of every game he started. He was a fine fit, he just didn’t have a healthy Dez to target down field, and a limited option at #2 with Terrance Williams.

    Don’t let your emotions change reality

  13. RGIII should take this as a compliment, after watching the Cowboys back up QB’s last season, they have proven themselves incapable of judging what a NFL QB looks like.

  14. How could someone say RGIII isn’t a fit for Dallas offense but Johnny Manziel could be – Johnny Manziel is, at best, a less-effective version of RGIII.

  15. The one and only person he should be calling is Andy Reid. He probably won’t get to play there, but you’ll learn as much as you can under him to succeed, and if he can’t fix you, it’s probably not in the cards. If he’s serious about his career, he needs to just be trying to get in the building in KC to learn with a guy who has actually coached and succeeded with QBs with similar backgrounds.

  16. Well then they need to change their offense as we have all been assured by a certain illogical voice that RGme is is the greatest QB to ever lace em up and it is only a matter of time before he physically ascends to the heavens

  17. The fact that people keep thinking Dallas is a team of criminals, is criminal itself. Look at the “per capita” of players on other teams rosters who have committed crimes, and see where Dallas ranks. They are one of the lowest in the NFL as far as arrests go. Seriously, google it.

  18. Why do you think rams dumped three veterans last week? To clear cap space for RG 3. I won’t laugh because him and Gurley might be scary together

  19. Since when have allegations of domestic violence stopped Jerry Jones from signing anyone in the past? Come on Jerry, he’s Johnny Football, do it!

  20. I’m a Cowboys fan, and the more I think about it, the more I want them to take the best QB available in the first round.

    For a couple reasons: 1) they probably won’t be this high in the draft again for some time – even their recent 8-8 standard would take them well out of reach of the hottest QB; 2) There’s no chance at all that there’d be drama about moving on from Romo yet, so a rookie would have time to develop, Aaron Rodgers-style.

    It’s always a risk – maybe they should wait and hope they get another Wilson/Brady miracle later in the draft – but this seems like a good time to take a chance. QB 1st, defensive lineman 2nd, and go from there.

  21. Do the cowboys have and offense? I mean they don’t even have a healthy QB and haven’t had one for past 3 years.

  22. First of all people have to understand that playing QB in college and playing QB in the NFL is like playing two completely different sports. Most of the things RG3 excelled at in college, just don’t transfer to the NFL. If you take away his ability to run, and force him to stay in the pocket, he can’t function. If you allow him to run, he gets himself injured. If there was some sort of guarantee from heaven that RG3 would never get hurt running, then he’d be hard to stop. If Michael Vick would have had that same heavenly protection, he’d be a HOFer. Meanwhile these slow guys like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning keep winning super bowls.

  23. He has glass knees. Their offense is built for a qb with glass backbone and bad case of “there’s always next season.”

  24. No chance Moore is the primary backup to Romo.If they pass on Griffin,there is not much out there so they MUST draft Goff or Wentz..

  25. Yeah, Right Linehan and Garrett! In reality no good QB excels at what the Cowboys want to do. Because it is nothing but losing offensive football. But what should we expect from a mediocre QB and coach like Jason Garrett anyway. He sure never excelled at anything. The Cowboys and Romo are a perfect marriage. They will never go anywhere together. And it’s easy for them to snipe RG3 from the side since their back door channels likely informed them he has zero interest in taking his talents there. I say good break for RG3. Stay away from the Dallas insane asylum.

    IMHO RG3 wants to head to a positive opportunity to start over somewhere else, like LA Rams, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, or NY Jets. And Dan Snyder is extremely reluctant to pull the trigger on him just outright leaving.

  26. I’m the minority here, but I think if he can get some time to develop with some real coaches he can still do well. We got to see times of him standing in the pocket and he was far better than many who are given that call. Someone above suggested KC and I agree but also think SEA could be a good option for him.

  27. Only Jerry Jones would seek publicity by thinking about a player and then announcing publicity not to try him.

  28. So let me get this straight, RG3 wouldn’t be a good fit for the Dallas offense…..yet somehow Manziel would be?

    RG3 would fit in nicely with the Texans, He can play QB and RB since they have neither, and they still made the playoffs!!!!!

    Or he can go to a team where he could actually contend for the starting spot, like the Eagles, Niners, Rams, Seahawks, Jets or Browns.

  29. Jerry, sign the guy. Look at the up,side. Tweak your offense a bit and use his God given ability. After Romo goes down again with another busted collar bone, you could insert RGMe and let it flow. At least until his skinny ass legs pop another knee and his cancerous looker room pouting destroys yet another season…..

  30. Best move for RG3 is to follow Warren Moon’s path. Go to the Canadian Football League and try to light it up for 3 years. If he can’t do that, then retire quietly. He’ll also take much less punishment and spare himself from several bell ringings. 🔔

  31. Good offensive coords take the QB they are dealt and make the offense fit them. Bad Ones need a certain type of QB there or they’re screwed.

  32. I’d like to see RGIII as Teddy Bridgewater’s backup. At least if he HAS to play he can make things happen. Shaun Hill was complete garbage in the few snaps he took this year. Really I’d like to see anyone else as the backup.

  33. The good thing for Bob is that Dallas has a meddling owner and GM to whom who can run to over the coach’s head when things don’t go his way. Coaches yelled at him? Run to the owner. Coaches want him to run THEIR offense? Complain to the owner. Teammates give him a hard time in the locker room? Complain to the owner. Don’t want to rehab against doctors and coaches’ advice? Complain to the owner.

  34. In their perfect world, Wentz goes to them at four, Romo stays healthy for a year or two as the division 2 kid gets up to speed. In the real world, heeeeeeeeeers’s Johny!

  35. dabceb2014 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 7:05 PM
    If the Cowboys were told Cam Newton’s available, they wouldn’t pull the deal either….
    ————–
    Why would they? After seeing his performance in the SB and his fear of recovering his own fumble…..why would any team?

  36. rgTurd Doesnt fit in any NFL Offense bc he refuses to learn new things and completely change his “i am the NFL’s Best QB” attitude .

    Only team that is gonna give him a shot is the browns and Hue will cut him after few weeks of his crap.

    Hope this is the last year we have to hear about him non stop.
    I dont know why a qb can get so much media attention when he cant read a defense or even make plays in the pocket like even a H.S. qb knows how.
    Dude is not a NFL Caliber Player he has proved that the last 3 years and everytime he opens his gap toothed mouth. . .

  37. scmems07 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 5:52 PM
    So let me get this straight, RG3 wouldn’t be a good fit for the Dallas offense…..yet somehow Manziel would be?

    RG3 would fit in nicely with the Texans, He can play QB and RB since they have neither, and they still made the playoffs!!!!!

    Or he can go to a team where he could actually contend for the starting spot, like the Eagles, Niners, Rams, Seahawks, Jets or Browns.

    Sorry but you must not have seen rgTurd the last 3 seasons. THERE IS NO CHANCE IN HECK THAT HE COULD EVEN BE GOOD ENOUGH TO CARRY RUSSEL WILSON’S PAD’S!!!
    rgTurd The bad joke of an NFL player will be out of the League after he is cut by the Browns for blaming all his mistakes on his coaches, team-mates and fans. HUE WILL NOT PUT UP WITH HIS DIVA ME ME ME ATTITUDE!!

  38. “Sorry but you must not have seen rgTurd the last 3 seasons. THERE IS NO CHANCE IN HECK THAT HE COULD EVEN BE GOOD ENOUGH TO CARRY RUSSEL WILSON’S PAD’S!!!”

    14-0 against the seahawks in the first rd of the playoffs and they were still rolling, Wilson looked lost. The only thing that could stop RG3 was the turf.

  39. In comments about Weeden being the perfect fit for the Cowboys he wasn’t picked by the coaches and he was just a back up for the starter. Tell me how many teams have a back up as good as the starter? I can’t think of one off hand but tell me one and I will shut up. If you want to blame somebody who runs the draft? Jerry Jones does. Weeden did not do a bad job for the Cowboys but he was just not a long pass expert and few back ups are.

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