CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Life isn't fair. Neither are quarterback competitions, although I'm not sure you could really call this a "competition". It was rigged from the start, which isn't a bad thing, as I'm about to explain.
First things first. On Monday morning, the Browns finally took down the facade of a true battle between RG3 and Josh McCown. RG is the starting quarterback, McCown the backup (until he's traded, anyway), and everyone moves forward. Griffin was getting the first-team reps. Griffin was going against the second-team defense. Griffin was the guy all along.
That's the way it should have been.
The critics may have their doubts that Griffin can return to the Pro-Bowl level that he reached as a rookie in 2012 (the Madden 17 ratings have him listed as the 35th-best QB in the league).
After all, that was four years, two major injuries (knee, ankle), and a couple of benchings ago. And if he can't escape the rush as well as he did four years ago, and isn't a better pocket passer than he used to be, it's a recipe for disaster.
But if you're the Browns, and you're looking to strike gold as you rebuild, this is the move you make. You know what you have in McCown: a solid professional who may, assuming he stays healthy (which at the age 37 is certainly no guarantee) battle his way to four or five wins. What you need to see is if Griffin can be the real deal again. He was blamed for everything but climate change in Washington. Two coaches, Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden, basically buried him.
Now he gets another chance to be, as he says, "one of 32" in the world.
It benefits the Browns greatly to find out. If Griffin succeeds, their rebuild is ahead of schedule. If he fails, well, they're looking at a long-term process anyway.
In the meantime, when it comes to quarterbacks, the only "competitions" that matter are the ones taking place beginning in Philly on September 11th. The previous battles were decided a long time ago.
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