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Sashi Brown: We don’t see RG3 as a stopgap

Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks with quarterbacks Austin Davis (7) and Josh McCown (13) at the NFL football team's training camp Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) AP

Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown told reporters Friday that the Browns see quarterback Robert Griffin III as both a long-term project and potentially a long-term answer to the team’s two decade-long search for a franchise quarterback.

“To be fair to Robert, he’s young in his career in terms of his development as a quarterback,” Brown said. “We will develop him over time. He’s under contract here two years, but we don’t look at it as certainly just a two-year venture or a week-to-week venture. This is something we’re going to have to stick by him, put the right pieces around him and help him learn how to play that position as well. So it’s not a short-term kind of look at him.”

Griffin showing the Browns he can be a franchise-type quarterback would give the Browns, who are stocked with draft picks and cap space over the next two seasons, a chance to accelerate their latest rebuilding project.

The Browns traded last April with their opponent Sunday, the Eagles, to allow the Eagles to move up to No. 2 in the draft and select Carson Wentz. The Browns are going with Griffin, Josh McCown and rookie third-round pick Cody Kessler, who looked anything but ready in the preseason.

Neither the newest Browns nor Wentz are going to be judged on Sunday’s game, but the connection makes for a nice storyline as Wentz starts his career on short notice Sunday.

“I think both sides should be excited (about the trade),” Brown said. “They went out and got a quarterback that was highly touted that has a lot of ability and potential, and we were able to position ourselves to not only get a wide receiver that we covet but also acquire some additional draft picks and build for the future. As I’ve said before, it’s a decision that both franchises have to make.

“I think it was a fair trade, I think it was a good trade for both sides and people love to judge them on the back end. The reality is you have to judge them at the time you have to make the decision and we both felt good.”

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25 Responses to “Sashi Brown: We don’t see RG3 as a stopgap”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Sep 9, 2016 12:35 PM

    Lit. Let RGIII prosper, something Gruden could never do

  2. realfootballfan says: Sep 9, 2016 12:43 PM

    He has to prove it. If he can’t do it, you draft a guy next spring. Simple as that.

  3. audient says: Sep 9, 2016 12:44 PM

    If you believe RG3 may be the future, then passing on Wentz was all the more justified. I’m a Browns fan, and I’m willing to see how this goes.

  4. clevelandrocksyourface says: Sep 9, 2016 12:46 PM

    “With the first AND second pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select…..”

  5. goooooobrowns says: Sep 9, 2016 12:49 PM

    You have to whole-hog with what you’ve got every time. Of course what isn’t said here is that they didn’t sacrifice any future moves in going all-in on RGIII. No draft picks were sacrificed, no huge long term contract. So of course they’re going to give RGIII every chance to be the guy. I like Sashi. He makes good, rational, calculated decisions. We’ll see of course if those decisions pan out but so far, his moves all make sound sense to me.

  6. swannysez says: Sep 9, 2016 12:50 PM

    What exactly does anyone really expect him to say?

    “Well, we’re pretty sure that we’re gonna have a prime shot at whoever is the top prospect in either of the next two drafts so we really hope that RGIII can hold it together until we draft our QB of the future.”

  7. Fartimus Prime says: Sep 9, 2016 12:52 PM

    Not a Browns fan, but this was a solid signing by a team that is now on the right track (assuming they don’t fire everyone this year). They will look good and win in Philly on Sunday. Philadelphia appears to be tanking this year for draft picks.

  8. NFLexpert says: Sep 9, 2016 12:53 PM

    Hue ‘da man….

  9. psubeerman21 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:17 PM

    Does anyone remember exactly how awful rg3 was the last time he was a starter? Yes, that actually happened. The redskins gave up 6 picks to get him, and after only 2 years they were praying he would get injured. Two coaches with a lot of experience wanted nothing to do with him. And going to a team with less talent is going to make him play BETTER?

  10. baronvonheil says: Sep 9, 2016 1:38 PM

    Jay Gruden is a terrible person and a bad football coach. Confidence is extremely important and he systematicallt tore Griffin apart so he could go with the style of QB he is comfortable with because he lacks the vision and creativity to use Griffin’s talents. Hue Jackson does.

  11. chronsy says: Sep 9, 2016 2:20 PM

    “Philadelphia appears to be tanking this year for draft picks.”

    Philly does not have their own first round draft pick. Cleveland has it. So tanking does them no good.

  12. najacoo22 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:23 PM

    baronvonheil says:
    Sep 9, 2016 1:38 PM
    Jay Gruden is a terrible person and a bad football coach. Confidence is extremely important and he systematicallt tore Griffin apart so he could go with the style of QB he is comfortable with because he lacks the vision and creativity to use Griffin’s talents. Hue Jackson does.

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    That terrible football coach just won a division title with Kirk Cousins. Plus, the decision to bench Griffin wasn’t all Gruden’s, McLoughan and the football people had to talk ownership into it. RG3 would have had no chance in an open competition. He was terrible in DC after 2012, with Gruden and Shanahan. I think the move worked out okay for them.

  13. abninf says: Sep 9, 2016 2:35 PM

    “We will develop him over time.”
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  14. macjacmccoy says: Sep 9, 2016 2:50 PM

    Ut oh him walking back the comments him, his coach, and his money ball buddy made, seems like a sign that he’s getting a little worried that he’s gonna look like a fool after passing on wentz. “People love to judge on the back end. In reality you gotta judge them by the time they were in when they made the decision”

    Sorry jack that’s not how it works. You had a chance to get him then. Period. When he turns out to be a franchise Qb and you end up with a starter or 2 and a couple back ups at positions you can fill anytime you will be judged harshly, and rightfully so.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:51 PM

    RGFragileEgo does not have mentally what it takes to be successful at the NFL level.

  16. beltwaytd says: Sep 9, 2016 3:16 PM

    “Gruden terrible person and coach” Laughable. He is a players coach, the team loves him and when he wins the NFC East again and Kirk throws for 4500+ you will see how ridiculous RG3 is compared to Cousins. Cousins shuts up and does his job, unlike that glass china doll. What’s his slogan this year? #DAWGPOUND #NOPRESSURENODIAMONDS Get a clue and a real QB.

  17. fosback11 says: Sep 9, 2016 3:27 PM

    So said Sashi Brown, VP of Football Operations.

    Football Experience……

    Brown was an attorney with Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, a private law firm based in Washington, D.C. As a member of the firm’s corporate law practice group, Brown advised companies in a variety of business transactions.

  18. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 9, 2016 3:38 PM

    baronvonheil says:
    Sep 9, 2016 1:38 PM
    Jay Gruden is a terrible person and a bad football coach. Confidence is extremely important and he systematicallt tore Griffin apart so he could go with the style of QB he is comfortable with because he lacks the vision and creativity to use Griffin’s talents. Hue Jackson does.

    Sorry Baron, but i think you are confused. It is Kyle and Mike Shanahan that are the terrible people, and forced poor bobbalouie griffin out there on a broken leg. At least that was the narrative for the bob griffin apologists a couple years ago.

    then Gruden tried bob out, but after a year of bob being bob, he decided if he was going to fired, he was going to go down with the qb the team wanted, and the one who played the best in camp and practice. And then Gruden saved his job by winning the division, weak though it was.

    so good luck to sashi, hue and bobbalouie. i’m sure they are are wonderful people (unless you ask the current and soon to be ex-mrs. bobbalouie).

  19. genericcommenter says: Sep 9, 2016 3:44 PM

    Cool, maybe one day he can be commissioner.

  20. Fartimus Prime says: Sep 9, 2016 3:52 PM

    “Philadelphia appears to be tanking this year for draft picks.”

    Philly does not have their own first round draft pick. Cleveland has it. So tanking does them no good.
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    Philly traded multiple starters to accrue draft picks. When you are losing starters in exchange for picks, it’s not exactly a win now mindset.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 9, 2016 3:59 PM

    Just throw away the season and draft Deshaun Watson next year.

  22. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 9, 2016 4:44 PM

    “Philadelphia appears to be tanking this year for draft picks.”

    Philly does not have their own first round draft pick. Cleveland has it. So tanking does them no good.
    =======

    Philly traded multiple starters to accrue draft picks. When you are losing starters in exchange for picks, it’s not exactly a win now mindset.

    Dear Fartimus: Beyond bradford, the multiple starters to which you refer must be kiko alonso and byron maxwell. trust me, getting rid of both these players was indeed done with a win-now mindset.

    and given bradfords history of so-so play and being prone to injury, they decided that the first rounder and the fourth was better than the perhaps one or two games less they may (underline may here) have won this year, and the kid will have had a year of seasoning instead of a season on the pine.

  23. sumkat says: Sep 9, 2016 6:35 PM

    Cleveland has been selling anything not nailed down for draft picks all off-season, but Philly “appears to be tanking this year for draft picks”

    The idiocy on this site never ceases to amaze

  24. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 10, 2016 7:47 PM

    Hes not a stop gap, he’s just another gap on this sorry excuse for an NFL team

  25. fwhalstead1 says: Sep 10, 2016 8:58 PM

    Robert has to become more than just a 1 read QB…he wasn’t in DC and was given every chance to be…Gruden and the GM saw enough and rolled the dice with Kirk….Kirk is by far the better QB while Robert is by far the better athlete…unfortunately for Robert this is not college any more and his talent alone won’t win games…we’ll see but the odds are stacked against Robert from ever having any success on a team that is woefully short in talent….I expect at most 6 games b4 Robert goes on IR… in the end he will wash out and e and his fan base won’t be able to blame coaching….

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