To call Robert Griffin III's tenure with the Redskins anything but tumultuous would be disingenuous. There were certainly highs - like the incredible rookie season in 2012 - but plenty of lows too. RG3 vs Mike Shanahan, RG3 vs Jay Gruden, RG3 vs Kirk Cousins, just to name a few.
The roller coaster ride clearly had a toll on Griffin, as he told the Browns media on a conference call about his time in Washington: "What happened there would break a lot of people."
Griffin's not wrong; he went through a lot for a young player. Coaching changes, injuries, public disputes in the media and on social media. How much of the trouble was of RG3's own making can be debated, but regardless of who gets the blame, Griffin's four years with the Redskins were not always a smooth ride.
Now RG3 gets to move on to Cleveland, a team not immune to personnel trouble and off-field issues. But the Browns have a new coach in Hue Jackson and troubled QB Johnny Manziel is off the team. This is a fresh start for Griffin, and he seemed genuinely appreciative for the chance.
"After not playing football for a year I’m real appreciative of the Browns," Griffin said. "I'm real exited about that."
The missed season he referenced was this past one, as Cousins took over as the top passer for the 'Skins and RG3 was relegated to third string. Griffin did not take a single snap in the 2015 season, something that would have seemed impossible back in 2012. As for the Browns, Griffin is assured of nothing, and it seems quite possible Cleveland will still take a quarterback with the second pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. If that happens, Griffin said he will welcome the rookie.
"If they draft a quarterback, I'll take the guy under my wing," Griffin said. "I've been through a lot more than a lot of guys go through their entire career."
Repeatedly Griffin said that he is excited to play for Jackson, a coach he said tailors the offense to the talent on the team.
"I'm really excited to have another opportunity to grow with a coach that believes in me," Griffin said. "I just got to go out and prove it."
Throughout the course of the conversation, Griffin seemed focused on turning his sights to Cleveland and starting fresh, not rehashing his time in D.C.