Maybe Robert Griffin III to Cleveland could work out after all…well…

By William Chase

So yes, by now you’ve heard the news that former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is taking his talents to Cleveland.

Yeah. That should go over well right?

A once, bright prospect of a quarterback, who knew only success on the gridiron at Baylor and his first season in Washington, who was then humbled and reduced by injuries, inconsistencies during his Redskins tenure and losing his job full-time last season.

And he’s supposed to reclaim any chance of lost glory in Cleveland?

On the surface it looks like a disaster. Two years, $15 million seems generous for the quarterback who hasn’t played since 2014. Perhaps the change of scenery will be just what the doctor ordered.

One thought crossed my mind. Remember in 2003 when Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield came in to face Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS?

Boone came into that at-bat hitting .125 up to that point. No one saw a home run coming. Heck, a knuckleballer coming at you, and you’re already struggling to get on base? Maybe it was a perfect storm, of a knuckleball coming in, the batter already previously lost at the plate, and voila…


Apply the same principles in Cleveland. Okay I don’t think RGIII is going to necessarily duplicate that one magical Boone moment for 16 games…well assuming he can last 16 games. Allowing the second-most sacks in the NFL—53—sure can’t sound good to Robert.

But hey, crazier things have happened right?

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William Chase is editor at Elite Sports NY, and has been featured on such prominent websites including Bleacher Report. William is also currently the Marketing & Media Relations Intern for the Augusta GreenJackets.