The Robert Griffin III era in Cleveland may have ended before it started, as Griffin fractured a bone in his left shoulder in Philadelphia on Sunday and has been placed on IR.
“It’s not that surprising,” Cleveland’s Afternoon Drive radio host Adam the Bull said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “We were asked at the beginning of the year how many games do you think RG3 was going to play, and I said nine – and that was the least of all my colleagues here in Cleveland. I never thought he’d make it through the season. I didn’t think he’d get out the first game, but that’s just who he is. He takes bad hits, he’s not big. In the preseason, he got nicked up a bunch of times. I can’t be stunned. I don’t know what he was doing. He was awful. I think the Browns – not that the Browns are really that good; they’re not going to be good this year – but I actually think the offense is better off with Josh McCown than RG3.”
The Browns lost in Philly, 29-10. Griffin finished 12-of-26 for 190 yards and an interception.
“He was terrible in that game,” Adam said. “Just terrible.”
Griffin, who will miss at least eight games, will be reevaluated in the coming weeks.
“If he needs surgery, he’s done for the year,” Adam said. “If he doesn’t need surgery, he could be back Week 10. But the Week 10 game is a short week, so you’re probably talking like Week 11 at best. . . . But he has a history of taking bad hits too and getting hurt. He’s never made it through a full season. The Browns haven’t had a quarterback play a full 16 games in 15 years. Tim Couch 15 years ago was the last Browns quarterback to play all 16 games. Most years they’ve had three guys, and the guess is they probably will have three guys (this year). If they don’t win a game before (Cody) Kessler goes in, my gosh, it could get ugly. But like I said, I think Josh McCown gives them a better chance to win. A little bit better.”
Kessler will serve as backup to McCown, who went 1-6 with the Browns last year.
“His win-loss record is not good, but last year . . . they weren’t losing those games because of him,” Adam said. “He played pretty well. He had 12 touchdowns and four picks in seven full games and averaged 260 yards a game. With most teams, you’re going to have a better record than 1-6 with those numbers. . . . Before the season started I picked (the Browns) to go 3-13. If you tell me McCown is going to play the rest of the year, I’ll bump it up to 4-12, but I think five (wins) is pushing it. The Eagles, on paper, might be the worst team they play all year.”
Cleveland (0-1) hosts Baltimore (1-0) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
“The Browns are a touchdown dog to the Ravens at home – a team that won five games last year,” Adam said in disbelief. “They’re the biggest dog of the week and they’re at home.”