Hue Jackson needs to ‘know more’ about RG3 before discussing future
Hue Jackson admitted the need to “know more” about Robert Griffin III before anointing him the Cleveland Browns’ franchise quarterback going forward. But the Browns head coach is intent, however, on giving RG3 every chance to prove it.
Griffin will make only his second start with the Browns since joining the team in March after a shoulder injury put him on the shelf in the season’s first week. RG3 expressed extreme confidence earlier this week that he can be a catalyst and lead to the 0-12 Browns to their first victory of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean Jackson sees it the same way. Although Jackson wouldn’t be starting RG3 if he didn’t feel the quarterback is capable of proving his worth in the long term.
“The fact that we’re putting him out there says that,” said Jackson, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “I want to know more. I’ve only seen him really play for not even a full game. The more information, the more time I get an opportunity to evaluate him, the better it’s going to be. I will say it again, I am not expecting for everything to go perfect. It’s not. I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on anybody.
“It’s his second game in a little over maybe two years so hopefully it’ll go right, but if it doesn’t that’s OK, too. We have to go get him to play and hopefully play well, but we all understand the situation that he’s in. I think he is up to the challenge.”
Griffin has said he’s grateful to the Browns for giving him a shot to resurrect his career since signing with the team. He also expressed fondness for and loyalty to Jackson earlier this week, saying of seeing Jackson welling up with tears over a recent loss, “When you see a coach break down, it makes you want to win for him.”
Whatever the future holds for RG3 and his Browns career, the quarterback isn’t putting extra pressure on himself heading into Sunday.
“Not at all,” he said. “I’m just trying to do everything I can here with this team to try to help us win games and that’s the bottom line.”