The Cleveland Browns have four mediocre quarterbacks competing for time at the quarterback position, and for reasons not readily apparent the Browns really want Robert Griffin III to outplay the others and win the starting role.
This is atypical. In most athletic competition, teams prefer to let players compete for playing time without bias. However unrealistic the total elimination of bias might be, it is the ideal.
Not so in Cleveland, however. According to Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot CSN Mid-Atlantic, the Browns are deeply interested in the idea of Griffin being the starting quarterback, and will do what they can to facilitate his triumph over Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Cody Kessler — up to and including letting Griffin continue to play, even if he plays poorly.
"They want him to be the starting quarterback on Day 1, they’re not going to have a short leash on him at all."
An interesting strategy, given that Robert Griffin III is not very good.
It’s hard to say at this point whether he is better than McCown, but if he’s not, the Browns seem confident they can wish that into reality.