Robert Griffin III has plenty to prove this season.
After losing his job in Washington in favor of Kirk Cousins, Griffin has a chance to start anew in Cleveland.
Griffin took the league by storm in his rookie year and showed flashes of his dynamic ability during preseason games with the Browns.
The quarterback passed for 313 yards to go with three touchdowns and one interception in four preseason contests. His four-game total resulted in a quarterback rating of 100.
Will Griffin’s mild preseason success serve as a launching pad to revitalize his career?
Browns coach Hue Jackson told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio that it’s going to take a team effort for Griffin and the Browns to succeed.
“Well, I think we have to protect him,” Jackson said. “That’s part of his teammates, you know, he’s not by himself. He’ll be out there with 10 other Browns, and we truly understand that part of our success is keeping our quarterback clean and keeping him standing.”
Griffin’s success hinges on his ability to stay healthy but also has a lot to do with the quarterback’s mechanics. Jackson explained that Griffin is doing a good job soaking up all the information from Cleveland coaches.
“Robert has done everything that we’ve asked him to do since he’s signed back in March,” Jackson said. “He’s done a great job of taking coaching and really applying what we’ve been teaching on the field. So I feel real good about those things that those issues are behind him. I think he understands that the best opportunity for our team to win is with him out there playing and not standing next to me.”
On paper, Cleveland has a lack of talent on offense with no shortage of unproven players. It’ll be up to Jackson and his staff to prepare the Browns and Griffin for the regular season grind.