Today's question: Was the Cleveland Browns' move to bring in Robert Griffin III a smart one that will yield positive results, or is it another case of the Browns casting wildly at any solution on two feet?
Jeremy Fowler, Pittsburgh Steelers reporter: This has the makings of another Browns blunder, though there are a few factors that make me understand the move on some levels. A successful RG III in Cleveland would be a terrific story. There’s still ability at his core. If Hue Jackson simply didn’t like Jared Goff and Carson Wentz enough, then good for him for sticking to his convictions. But here’s to guessing either Goff or Wentz or both will be an above-average NFL quarterback, so why not rebuild with one? On the surface, it looks like the Browns simply overanalyzed this. Trading with Tennessee for the No. 1 spot would have been feasible, and there were whispers the Browns really liked Goff. This offensive roster isn’t equipped to flourish with any quarterback not named Brady, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, Wilson, Palmer or a few others. Griffin III won’t have enough around him to showcase a rehabilitated skill set anyway. Seems doomed from the jump. Maybe the Browns knew that about their roster and acted on a stopgap as a result.
Coley Harvey, Cincinnati Bengals reporter: As the AFC North reporter who witnessed Hue Jackson’s offensive wizardry up close the past two seasons, I’m going with the first choice here. Signing RG III was a smart move that will yield positive results. With help from new Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese (the Bengals’ previous quarterbacks coach), Jackson turned Andy Dalton into one of the league’s best quarterbacks last season. As Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator, Jackson led an offense that was among the best in the red zone (ranked fifth) and on the scoreboard (seventh). The Bengals also had the NFL’s fourth-best QBR. While we’re probably not going to see Griffin lead the Browns to an 8-0 start like Dalton did with the Bengals last season, don’t be surprised if the Griffin experiment works better than expected. He wasn’t just some warm body brought in to fill a spot on the depth chart. Remember, Griffin is only in his fifth season, and he’s in a system that should be better suited to his skills.
Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Ravens reporter: Does it really matter who is starting at quarterback for the Browns? This team is devoid of playmakers and suddenly has holes in a once solid offensive line. Every Sunday is going to be a struggle to get past midfield, much less in the end zone. There is no supporting cast for whomever the Browns put at quarterback. That’s why it is going to be impossible to truly evaluate Griffin. Hue Jackson has a history of instilling confidence in quarterbacks and getting the most out of them. But Griffin is in a no-win situation. Literally, there is a chance of no wins for Cleveland. There’s a lot to like about the Browns’ offseason, from cutting Johnny Manziel to stockpiling draft picks for the future. It’s all about building for 2018. When the Browns put themselves in a position to contend – yes, that could happen – Griffin won’t be under center. Cleveland’s franchise quarterback is someone who will be taken in the 2017 or 2018 draft.