Last Thursday night’s pre season games were pretty tough for Cleveland Browns starting Quarterback Josh McCown and Redskins Robert Griffin III.
Griffin had a terrible, painful night after either getting sacked or hit in three of his first five dropbacks, as McCown’s awful performance was the main reason that the Buffalo Bills ended up winning the pre season game against Cleveland.
However, despite their horrible night and good performance of their fellow QB’s, both Redskins’ coach, Jay Gruden and Browns’ Mike Pettine are firm on their choice for starting quarterback.
McCown seemed to be having a flashback of his disappointing Buccaneers’ season. It is true that Bill’s defense is solid and they were attacking aggressively, but McCown looked flustered and shaky on his dropbacks. He ended up throwing two interceptions on Cleveland’s first two drives.
As for Robert Griffin III, last Thursday August 20th couldn’t be worse. He was consistently battered by the Detroit Lions in Washington’s second preseason game, getting hit six times on eight dropbacks, sacked three times and fumbled twice.
Griffin was hurt early in the second quarter of Washington’s 21-17 exhibition victory over the Detroit Lions when he fumbled the ball without contact while scrambling. Then got landed on by defensive end Corey Wooton.
That one ended with consecutive sacks and Griffin leaving the field hurt. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that Griffin suffered a concussion and is following the concussion protocol.
Regardless both Browns and Redskins head coaches, have made clear who is their choice as starting quarterback, “teammate rivals” made strong statements that they were after the leading position and closing the gap.
Johnny Manziel made another powerful impression on one of the best games that he has had as a member of the Browns. The 22 year old QB connected with rookie Shane Wynn on a 21-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. Manziel finished 10 of 18 for 118 yards.
During the Redskins – Lions game, Griffin completed 2 of 5 passes for 8 yards, fumbled twice, was sacked three times and hit hard on other occasions, but neither his colleagues, Colt McCoy nor Kirk Cousins were sacked during their action, and both completed far more passes and led touchdown drives.
So far is clear that both coaches have their strategy planned on their minds, but we will have to wait and see whether the following games and circumstances, something or someone might make them change their mind.
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