Originally posted on Cleveland Frowns  |  Last updated 1/3/12

Terry Pluto expressed an idea on Sunday about the Browns and Heisman-trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III that’s simple enough and makes plenty of sense, but doesn’t seem to have much traction in Cleveland based on what we we’re hearing on the radio and seeing on Twitter, and in the rest of the newspaper that Pluto works for, etc. Here’s what Pluto had to say:

Robert Griffin III is a playmaker, but exactly how does he fit into the passing offense? Everything he does is out of the shotgun, which is not the favorite formation of the Browns. He is most dangerous running around, rather than taking a quick drop back and zipping a short pass.

Maybe the Browns would be willing to turn their offense upside down for Griffin. If they do draft him, they must institute some major changes. If not, it’s a wasted pick.

If it’s true that the Browns would have to “turn their offense upside down for Griffin,” Mike Holmgren and Pat Shurmur would seem to be the last guys who’d use a top five pick on the Baylor quarterback. These guys did nothing with the Browns offense in 2011 if not repeatedly try to jam a mile-wide square peg into a one-inch round hole, and we have to assume that was because they were committed to running a certain offense (rather than just repeatedly trying to jam mile-wide square pegs into one-inch round holes, in which case Griffin might actually be their number one target).

Maybe the idea here would be to “turn Griffin upside down,” so to speak, rather than the offense, by molding him to their West Coast system. But isn’t that exactly what they’ve been trying to do with Colt McCoy? We heard all season (including from Pluto) that the Browns should have let Colt McCoy play more out of the shotgun, a formation in which he, like Griffin, is naturally more comfortable due to his skills and experience. As much as Griffin might be at least twice the physical talent that McCoy is, it’s hard to think that the Browns would be in a hurry to bring in another spread/shotgun quarterback to replace Colt.


Tony Grossi notes that Griffin “ran the same shotgun spread offense that produced Kevin Kolb out of the University of Houston.”

And not just the immortal Kolb, of course.


There’s a quote of the day and it’s from Rex Ryan:

“For whatever reason, I don’t think we were as close as a football team as we were the first two years, and now we’re sitting on the outside looking in.”

And there’s an interesting bowl game tonight between Michigan and Virginia Tech, but we’re laying off because it’s Tuesday, and anyway we need to rest up for the Cheddar Bay Playoffs after yesterday’s spectacular photo finish. Participants please note that all Cheddar Bay playoff picks and essays will be due by Friday at 4:30 PM, which is 24 hours before the first game. Everyone else please note that Cleveland Frowns will be your #1 source for NFL playoff prognostication per usual, and remember, we told you to take the Saints to win the Super Bowl at 12-1 back in September, so this should be extra fun.

We’ll be back tomorrow with a special guest post on fracking and last weekend’s Youngstown earthquake along with who knows what else. Hope everybody’s week is off to a decent start.

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