Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – With the status of Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III up in the air, the Cleveland Browns are going about their business in preparing for Sunday’s game.
Griffin is a special and explosive talent, but Browns coach Pat Shurmur isn’t getting caught up in the hype of whether he will or won’t play this week.
He doesn’t want his team to either.
Shurmur said Wednesday morning that regardless of RG3′s availability Sunday, they are preparing for Washington’s offense and not just the rookie from Baylor.
“Who plays quarterback will not affect our preparation as we move forward,” Shurmur said. “We have to prepare for their offense. It’s extremely important that we not try to look at what things are being said. They’ve got two fine quarterbacks, they are different in style in some ways, but their offense is very effective.
“They have elements of the drop-back passing game, they have elements of option football and, of course, their running game resembles in a lot of ways the off-tackle zone stuff that the Shanahan’s have always been known for. That’s what we have to prepare for as we move forward.”
Griffin sustained a sprained right LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament) late in the fourth quarter of their overtime victory over Baltimore and was on the practice field Wednesday morning according to reports out of Washington D.C.
Shurmur admitted that had the Browns landed Griffin, he would’ve installed “structured quarterback runs” into their offense this season.
Shurmur added that you can’t be overly cautious and “reel in” athletes like Griffin in an effort to protect them from big hits and injury because you limit their potential.
“I think there’s more and more quarterbacks coming into the league like RG3,” Shurmur said. “If Brandon (Weeden) was a guy that could run the football better, we’d have some structured quarterback runs. In my opinion, they’re doing all the right things and they’re winning football games and playing good offense. But, there’s something to be said for exposing your quarterback to a bunch of hits.
“You weigh it, that’s just what happens. I think you have to make that decision based on the guy you have.”
If Griffin doesn’t play Sunday, fellow rookie Kirk Cousins would start in his place for Washington.