COLUMBUS (92.3 The Fan) – What a difference a few weeks in California with QB guru Tom House and 8 training camp practices can make.
Robert Griffin III is starting to look like a starting quarterback.
Griffin worked hard on his footwork and mechanics with House prior to camp and with the guidance of Pep Hamilton and head coach Hue Jackson over the last 10 days the improvement from OTAs and the June minicamp to present is impossible not to notice.
“Everyone is seeing him get better and better every day,” Jackson said. “I’m not surprised. We try to create the right environment for him to be all he can be, and he’s working extremely hard because this is something he really wants to do.
“Obviously, we still have work to do, but I think he’s done a great job thus far. There are still some ladders to climb, and we’re going to keep climbing them.”
Griffin was sharp once again Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium during the Browns’ annual Orange and Brown scrimmage. He finished unofficially 12-of-19 and threw a pair of touchdowns – one a beautiful fade to Terrelle Pryor and the other went to running back Duke Johnson.
Griffin is more confident and comfortable and it shows. He is starting to do less thinking and just let his ability take over.
“When you know what you’re doing, you can play confidently,” Griffin said. “When you know what to expect and you know where to go with the ball and what Coach and how he wants to play the game, how we want to play the game, it’s easy to go out and execute.
“It’s been really fun to just work with everybody through this whole process.”
Griffin did not play a single snap last season is anxious to make the most of whatever opportunity presents itself this season.
“Everyone is hungry to turn this thing around,” Griffin said. “It starts with the quarterback, and you have to make sure that you’re on point every single day so that guys can follow their leader.”
Coleman Sits – After putting on an electrifying show in Berea during the team’s full contact in pads scrimmage Friday night, rookie Corey Coleman sat out Saturday’s controlled scrimmage at Ohio Stadium.
Coleman warmed up but experienced some discomfort in his left hamstring so the Browns did not take any chances with their first round pick.
“He’ll be fine,” Jackson said. “He just had a little hamstring issue, and I just didn’t want to push it too far. We’re too close to getting ready for the season. He could have been out here if I wanted him to. It’s important to take care of our players and protect them that way.”
The Shoe Fits – The Browns announced that 42,310 attended this year’s scrimmage at The Shoe.
“Unbelievable. I’ve never been a part of anything like this,” Jackson said. “It’s tremendous. It gives us a chance to get away. I think it’s a lot of fun. I think our players enjoyed it more than anything.”
Over 49,000 attended last year’s scrimmage in Columbus and the team is considering returning for a third straight year in 2017.
Giving Back – Browns vice president of football operations Sashi Brown presented a $25,000 check to cover the cost of new helmets for a pair of Columbus high school football teams – Linden McKinley and West High School.
“We are proud to provide new helmets to Columbus City Schools and these high school football programs as part of our continued effort to promote the development and safety of youth and high school football throughout Ohio,” Brown said. “Dee and Jimmy Haslam and our entire team strongly believe in supporting education and youth and high school football, and it was important to our organization that we made a positive impact within the Columbus community that will extend well beyond today’s Orange & Brown Scrimmage.”
Both teams were invited as guests and were surprised by the presentation which was made at halftime.
Quote of the Day – “You don’t try to lead. Those words don’t go together. You just lead….It’s not about trying to lead. It’s about just going and doing it” – RG3.
Up Next – The Browns are off Sunday. Practice resumes Monday 3:15-5:45 p.m.