The NFL’s Quarterback Graveyard
In what has already been a tumultuous NFL offseason to say the least, the Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Robert Griffin III to their roster this week. In what is usually considered a QB graveyard, Griffin seeks to reverse that dreaded curse. A staggering twenty-four quarterbacks have had the starting job in Cleveland since 1999, all with little to no success at all. The infamous picture of the Tim Couch jersey with his name, along with the other quarterbacks last names that have started since him, all crossed out, has become a bit of an ongoing joke. Will Robert Griffin III become just another name on that list?
What makes this whole situation even more interesting is the fact that Cleveland holds the number two overall draft pick in this year’s NFL draft. It has been a known fact in the NFL community that essentially up until this past Thursday, the Browns were highly considering drafting their next potential would-be starter with that pick. Reasonable prospects were Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch, Jared Goff, and others. But after acquiring Robert Griffin III will they continue to pick a signal caller?
The case is a peculiar one, as Washington tried going a similar route when they had Griffin and they drafted Kirk Cousins who eventually took over the starting job and hasn’t looked back since. Along with an injury Griffin sustained in Washington, Cousins’ presence as serious competition could have possibly stunted Griffin’s growth and success. If Cleveland were to do the same, would it just be another QB déjà vu? NFL fans everywhere will be paying attention to how this crazy Cleveland QB debacle will all play out in the near future.
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