Browns say 'it's time' for RGIII to take over as starting QB


Robert Griffin III will not have to deal with a quarterback controversy to start the season after he was announced as the starter for the Cleveland Browns.

Griffin was signed to a two-year contract by the Browns in March following a tumultuous spell with the Washington Redskins.

After winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2012, injuries and a severe loss in form derailed his career with the Redskins, with Griffin watching all of last season from the sideline as Kirk Cousins led Washington to the playoffs. 

But, after taking the majority of the first-team snaps during practice in the offseason, Griffin has been handed the reins to the Browns offense under new head coach Hue Jackson.

"It's time. Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns," Jackson said. 

"Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role.

"Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his team-mates, the coaching staff and the entire organisation that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team.

"[Associate head coach] Pep [Hamilton] has done an outstanding job with that room to get us to this point so we can make this decision at what I feel is the optimal time which enables us to best prepare for the regular season.

"It's now on Robert to show the organisation and our fans that this is the right decision. Throughout the offseason program and training camp, Robert has shown improvement every day and we expect him to continue to ascend as he becomes more and more acclimated to the offensive system we will employ this season.

"I've been crystal clear on what we expect from Robert. He fully understands the responsibility and I feel he is ready to handle this role."

The Browns visit the Philadelphia Eagles in their regular-season opener on September 11.