Art Briles on Robert Griffin III: ‘I think he’ll be different this time’

Robert Griffin III is getting a second chance in the NFL after signing a new contract with the Cleveland Browns. It looks like he is going to at least get a chance to compete for a starting job and his college coach, Baylor head coach Art Briles, seems to believe in his former Heisman quarterback.

He spoke with USA TODAY Sports’ For The Win and talked about Griffin getting his career turned back around with the Browns. He said that his list of accomplishments since joining the league in 2012 is good enough to give him confidence to be a starter in the NFL.

I think he’ll be different this time around,” Briles said. “The first time, he was really good. Eight months removed from being here, he’s NFL Rookie of the Year and leads (the Washington Redskins) to a NFC (East title). So he was really pretty dynamic coming out of the gate. And I think through the process of the last four years, I think his mentality toward the game and understanding of the game — the NFL game, which is different than the college game — I think his mentality from that standpoint is much different.

“You go in there with your shoes shining. They’re gonna like you because there haven’t been many shiny shoes in there for awhile. I think it’s a good place to go, make a mark and say, hey, I’m gonna go help get this thing going. To me, it’s a real challenging, opportunistic avenue for him.”

Barring a trade out of the number two spot at the 2016 NFL Draft next week, the Browns are likely taking a quarterback in the first round. They will still likely take a quarterback at some point, so this gives Robert Griffin III some kind of competition.

If Briles is right in his assumptions, Griffin could be on his way back to prominence in the NFL.

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