WASHINGTON — In news that shouldn’t be news but is in fact news in D.C., Robert Griffin III has been named the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback.
Here is J.P. Finlay summarizing why it is, in fact, news.
Browns coach Hue Jackson announced the decision Monday morning, per the team’s website.
“It’s time. Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns,” Jackson said. “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. Pep (Hamilton) has done an outstanding job with that room to get us to this point so we can make this decision at what I feel is the optimal time which enables us to best prepare for the regular season. It’s now on Robert to show the organization and our fans that this is the right decision. Throughout the offseason program and training camp, Robert has shown improvement every day and we expect him to continue to ascend as he becomes more and more acclimated to the offensive system we will employ this season. I’ve been crystal clear on what we expect from Robert. He fully understands the responsibility and I feel he is ready to handle this role.”
One would hope the Redskins become bigger news than their former quarterback, but, as Finlay stated, Griffin captivated fans in a way like few others, and he was designated the franchise savior. His path was certainly an unconventional one, and he will continue to make headlines in D.C. as long as he is relevant, for better or worse.
And yes, he is still relevant. Just like Johnny Manziel will make headlines in Cleveland any time he does anything noteworthy, on or off the football field, Griffin will make headlines in Washington.