Browns announce Robert Griffin III is their starting quarterback

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After a year on the sideline in Washington, Robert Griffin III is again a starting quarterback.

The Browns announced today that Griffin is their starting quarterback.

Griffin won a quarterback “competition” that really wasn’t competitive. He was always getting the vast majority of the first-team snaps in practice, and coach Hue Jackson never hid the fact that it was Griffin’s job to lose.

“It’s time. Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns,” Jackson said in comments distributed by the team. “Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team.”

Once viewed as a franchise savior in Washington, Griffin will not try to turn around a franchise in Cleveland.

78 responses to “Browns announce Robert Griffin III is their starting quarterback

  1. I wonder who the Browns will take with the first pick in every draft for the next decade?

  2. First time in awhile we have actually come into the pre-season with a starter that has produced at ANY point in his career.

    Weird to have that as a Browns fan… even if it is RG3.

  3. as a football fan this saddens me. i was hoping RG-me would be named the backup since cleveland will almost certainly have benched theyre starter by week 4 and i wanted to see robert start against the REDSKINS.

  4. RG3 is one of the best athletes to ever play QB in the NFL. In the pre-season, when all the QBs get to wear red jerseys, RG3 looks great. The Browns are betting that when the red jerseys come off, RG3 will stay healthy. It’s a judgment call. Judgment is the key word. I wonder what the backup plan is.

  5. New headline:

    “Browns decide to forfeit another season in hunt for #1 draft pick”

    Pathetic.

  6. I think you meant “NOW try” …or did you? But hey, it’s The Browns, he probably won’t try ether, lol.

  7. “Earned the right to be starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns” is kind of a left-handed compliment. Like damning with faint praise.

  8. hes a scrambling QB bust like they all are…. this is the mistake of their life making him starting…. wow

  9. “…Griffin will not try to turn around a franchise in Cleveland.”

    A mild, but oh-so-telling, Freudian slip! LOL 🙂 Touche PFT, touche…

  10. I wish the kid no ill will, but old habits die hard. He couldn’t have gotten better doing nothing in Washington all last season. Combine that with his massive ego, lack of accountability, and sense of entitlement, this will most likely be his last go around as a starter. It’s always possible he proves us doubters wrong, but fool me once…

  11. What a joke! No way he beat out McCown fair and square… Hue and co. must want the #1 pick in the draft next year!

  12. If Hue is smart he’ll just let him run around till he get’s hurt. Get what you can out of him until he breaks. If he lets him be a pocket passer it will be a long season.

  13. I’m rooting for you RG3, this is your last chance at a starting QB position….if Hue can’t fix you nobody can…..you’ll be a backup for life at best…..

  14. “Once viewed as a franchise savior in Washington, Griffin will not try to turn around a franchise in Cleveland”

    mmm…..what? alrighty then…

  15. I hope he does well, for himself and for the Browns. He was an exciting quarterback his rookie year and carried the Skins to the playoffs. And the Browns, well, it is about time something works out.

    What do you guys think Snyder will do if Griffen plays better for the Browns this season than Cousins does for the Skins? LOL.

  16. People forget just how good he was his rookie season. Arguably the best rookie QB all time.

    A fresh start in a new place could do him good. Too bad for him only Cleveland wanted him.

  17. …….Hue Jackson right there shows he has NO clue how to be a head coach. Should have give the Browns fans HOPE by starting the rookie. RGIII does not have to skill set to be a starting NFL QB………

  18. hahaha…
    love all these loser haters….
    you need to realize right now….
    Hue Jackson knows what he’s doing….

  19. nobody succeeds in Washington as it is the worst run org in the NFL so with a change of scenery I bet he succeeds. Watch him win a SB and the skins finish last each year which we all know is going to happen….lol.

  20. What a joke! No way he beat out McCown fair and square… Hue and co. must want the #1 pick in the draft next year!

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    Because he is not starting McCown? Newsflash, McCown “earned” us the #1 pick a couple of years ago.

  21. Is there any loser out here who honestly thought it was a completion? If so man up and admit it, just curious.

  22. The most talented QB since Elway hung up his cleats. No more racial chains to hold him down in Cleveland. Please don’t kill us too badly in your return to DC 😦

  23. How low has this Browns organization fell and will continue to fall picking this FAILURE as their starting quarterback.

    The Browns are saying to Josh MCcown how do you like us now. What a shame to a guy that gave this team his heart…

  24. RGIII to Hue Jackson…This could be my last chance, how about given a brother one last shot…
    You got it brother…

  25. NoobTubeTV says:
    Aug 8, 2016 10:31 AM

    Why is it that Browns haters always seem to have the worst grammar/spelling?
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    So that the Browns fans will understand them?

  26. Aug 8, 2016 10:02 AM – randomguy9999 says: hes a scrambling QB bust like they all are….

    Yeah, like Russell Wilson and Cam Newton – all those guys.

  27. baldbuc says:
    Aug 8, 2016 10:48 AM

    What a joke! No way he beat out McCown fair and square… Hue and co. must want the #1 pick in the draft next year!

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    Because he is not starting McCown? Newsflash, McCown “earned” us the #1 pick a couple of years ago.

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    I’m going to assume you are a Browns fan (of course you be some troll pretending to be)

    Josh McCown was only on the Browns for last year, not a ‘couple of years ago’.

    Last year McCown had the 14th highest rating for a NFL QB. It wasn’t his fault you guys sucked. In fact it’s amazing he got that with such a crappy roster.

    What’s worse is, you guys have crappier players this year by far. That was the plan.

    Even if RGIII had a small chance to succeed, it’s not with this gutted roster. RGIII with an even more gutted roster, and lost some of its best linemen? Good luck.

    So Newsflash, McCown is by far the best drop back passer you have on the roster, which wasn’t the problem, and now RGIII gets to mount his return with crap around him. How do you think this turns out?

    With McCown you get athleticism that really isn’t that much below RGIII, because McCown is a very athletic QB. He’s probably the best athlete on the Browns besides RGIII.

    So do Browns fans think RGIII is going to be better than 14th best QB rating? Do Browns fans understand that QB wasn’t really your problem?

    So what does RGIII really add to fix your problem when your problem wasn’t QB?

    What do they expect when their problem was addressed not by adding better non-QB’s, but by releasing most of the best of the non-QB’s on the roster?

    It’s just so sad. I want Browns fans to have a good team. But once again the new regime wants to try to gamble on finding magic.

    Is it because they are too inept to get rid of the deficiencies on the roster? Deficiencies they helped create by gutting most of the good players on it?

    RGIII won’t cover for your deficiencies. If anything it’ll showcase them more. When he’s running for his life and checking down. When he’s getting hit over and over again.

    It’s not a good sign when the new regime wants their guy, over the better guy.

  28. RGIII would be an upgrade at QB for more than a good number of teams in the league. He is certainly better than the current starting QBs on the Jets, Bills, Dolphins, Broncos and Bengals….He could also probably start for KC, Houston and San Diego…and that is just in the AFC.

  29. I guess we can add “Griffin III” to the bottom of that infamous Brown’s QB jersey. To be followed by 2-3 more names before the season is over.

  30. When I got an NFL Mobile notification on my Phone and the first line read “Robert Griffin III” my first thought was the rest of the headline was “cut by Cleveland Browns”. That would only have been fitting for the dysfunction level of the franchise.

  31. I never get how people think that somehow having less pressure to succeed will help a player succeed. Griffin didn’t fail in Washington because of the pressure. He failed because of his ego, injuries, and because he was “fundamentally flawed” as a quarterback, as Jay Gruden so eloquently put it.

    Plus, as ol’ brittle Bob likes to say, “No pressure, no diamonds.”

  32. I used to dislike this guy. He acted like he was a HOF player already, had a statue made for him at Baylor, always seemed aloof. Hate how his dad is so involved. I’m a Seahawks fan so I always wanted Luck and RGIII to fail so Russ could rise to the top.

    Well now that’s happened…and RGIII’s career is in such shambles(largely due to my team destroying his knee a few years ago in the playoffs). I FEEL BAD FOR THIS GUY NOW. I can’t believe I just said that but it’s true. His career took such a nosedive and he was so crushed and humbled(Not saying he is humble now, I have no idea). Nobody talks about him anymore.

    I actually want him to do well in cleveland. Johhny Football just showed everyone including Robert how to REALLY flame out…I mean really do it the right way. All of a sudden RGIII doesn’t feel so bad about things, he is still in the league. Johnny Football put everything in perspective nicely for Robert and I hope he SEES it and absorbs it.

    At this point I wish nothing but the best for RGIII and cleveland fans, they have been through the wringer.(that can change quickly the second RGIII starts talking but I hope not).

  33. tavisteelersfan says:

    What do you guys think Snyder will do if Griffen plays better for the Browns this season than Cousins does for the Skins? LOL.

    That WILL NOT happen.

  34. you skins fans need to let go of Griffin, let him have a fresh start. I am a cowboys fans and wish him the best, and besides you chose your man already, vegetable lasagna (cousins).

  35. Who is crying because McCown isn’t starting? McCown is past his prime and has earned the Buc’s a top pick and earned the Browns the top 5 pick.
    RG3 has 10 yrs in the tank and hasn’t peaked. There is nothing to lose by trying a rebuild of RG3 for a year. If it doesn’t work you get the same top 5 pick McCown would have gotten you. He has 6 wins in his last 33 starts.

  36. I REALLY hate the whole MEDIA HYPE RG3 nickname …

    That said I wish him all the best in living up to his potential.

    As with almost all these young QBs he was thrown to the wolves on day one just so a failing franchise could make a splash in the media. Hopefully he learned some things since then and will make a good showing.

    Good Luck!

  37. Browns got tired of losing so many games because of their 1st round qb busts so now they are trying other teams’ 1st round busts

    Seriously though I hope he succeeds and the Browns win more games than they lose for once. Bizarro world, I know

  38. He was named the starter last year for the Redskins. He was awful in pre-season and eventually lost the job. I’m guessing Hue Jacks wasn’t paying attention. Why name a starter? Split reps and start the best player in the season opener. I haven’t neither seen nor heard anything from RG3 that indicates he learned from his mistakes and attitude in DC. Why hand him the keys?

  39. What does it even mean to “win” the Cleaveland starting qb job? It’s like being told to come to reading of someones will because your the primary beneficiary, only to find the deceased has no assets, but instead has massive debt and you just inherited it.

    Congrats, I guess?

  40. logicalvoicepft says:
    Aug 8, 2016 11:01 AM
    The most talented QB since Elway hung up his cleats. No more racial chains to hold him down in Cleveland. Please don’t kill us too badly in your return to DC

    Probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve read on the internet this year. Congrats!

  41. And in the related story, logicalvoice just wagered his house and life savings on the Browns winning this year’s Superbowl.

  42. Per many notes above it DOES SEEM TO BE the strategy by Cleveland franchises to come in last on purpose so as to get draft choices. I hope that is not the case but history dictates the trend in this city (at least)

  43. “Why is it that Browns haters always seem to have the worst grammar/spelling?”

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    They want Brown fans to be able to understand what they have written.

  44. boysroll says:
    Aug 8, 2016 10:48 AM
    nobody succeeds in Washington as it is the worst run org in the NFL so with a change of scenery I bet he succeeds. Watch him win a SB and the skins finish last each year which we all know is going to happen….lol.

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    boysroll is the greatest part of PFT.

    Last season the Redskins brought in a real football person to run the organization. They had a great draft, benched RG3 for Cousins, and won the NFCE. The Cowboys brought in Hardy to be a “team leader”, lost their QB and top receiver, went 4-12, and here we are… If you think Dallas’ only problem is at backup QB, you need a checkup from the neck up.

  45. Just remember that when he was asked to play as a pro QB, his last 19 games he managed to start and finish he lost 15 of those games!

  46. There are a whole lot on haters of RG3! How are you a bust when you were ROY, Pro Bowl selection, Division Champion of the NFC East and 15th in the Top 100 NFL Players. How are you a bust when you set the rookie passing mark and rank 3rd in QBR. And Robert did it all on a bad team and a HC that did not want him. All of you haters will have to eat your words when this kid sets the NFL on fire. Keep on hating…………………

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