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Robert Griffin III isn't a good fit as backup QB in Dallas

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Wiley: RG III would be 'tremendous fit' with Broncos (2:15)

Marcellus Wiley and Max Kellerman explore the possibility Robert Griffin III could wind up with the Broncos and how he would fit with Denver. (2:15)

IRVING, Texas -- Finally, most of you have come to the conclusion that the Dallas Cowboys aren't going to sign quarterback Johnny Manziel whenever the Cleveland Browns release him.

Now, you're focused on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who probably will be traded or released this offseason. Guess what? He ain't joining the Cowboys to be Tony Romo's backup either.

And cost has nothing to do with it. Griffin isn't going to command big dollars. But whatever he wants, the Cowboys won't be interested in paying it.

Romo, who will be 36 when next season begins, remains the Cowboys' quarterback for the foreseeable future, but after breaking his collarbone twice last season and sitting out 12 games, the Cowboys need a viable backup.

Griffin isn't the answer. In December, one member of the Cowboys' front office said Griffin was an even worse fit in the Cowboys' offense than Manziel.

What you must understand is that the Cowboys run a timing-based passing scheme, built around quarterbacks throwing the ball just as the receiver makes his break. No way, based on what we've seen during his four-year NFL career, could Griffin successfully run the Cowboys' offense.

The problem with having a player like Griffin as the Cowboys' backup quarterback is that coach Jason Garrett and playcaller Scott Linehan would have to dramatically change the offense to maximize Griffin's talents.

When the backup QB has to play, the goal is to have as little change as possible. Ten players would have to change to accommodate Grffin's skill set. No team does that for a backup.

It has been a dramatic fall for Griffin, who was prolific in college at Baylor. He won the Heisman Trophy in an offense that didn't use a playbook -- he was asked to make only one read. If his receiver was open, he threw the ball. If not, he took off running.

In his rookie year under coach Mike Shanahan in Washington, the Redskins maximized Griffin's ability by using similar concepts to his college offense. He essentially read half of the field, and if the receiver was open, he threw the ball. If not, he ran it. He also did a terrific job of running the zone-read, but NFL defensive coordinators spent the offseason of Griffin's rookie year figuring out how to stop him.

He was dynamic as a rookie, perhaps reaching his apex with a 304-yard, four-touchdown performance in a 38-31 win over the Cowboys at AT&T stadium. At halftime of that game -- Washington led 28-3 -- a member of the Cowboys' front office wondered aloud how they would deal with Griffin for the next decade.

It seems laughable now.

Griffin passed for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns, five interceptions and a 102.4 passer rating as a rookie, also running for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. But the pounding of rushing 120 times wore him down.

He essentially ended the season playing on one leg because of a knee injury suffered on Dec. 9 against Baltimore that was made worse in a playoff loss to Seattle. In the offseason, Griffin had surgery to reconstruct his ACL and repair a torn LCL.

In his second season in Washington, he went 3-10 as a starter, passing for 3,203 yards with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, also rushing 86 times for 456 yards and no touchdowns. In 2014, he went 2-5 as a starter, and in a November loss to Tampa Bay, Redskins coach Jay Gruden let everyone know about Griffin's flaws.

"Robert had some fundamental flaws," Gruden told reporters after the game. "His footwork was below average. He took three-step drops when he should have taken five. He took a one-step drop when he should have taken three on a couple occasions and that can't happen.

"He stepped up when he didn't have to step up, and he stepped into pressure. He read the wrong side of the field a couple times. So, from his basic performance just critiquing Robert, it's not even close to good enough to what we expect from the quarterback position."

Griffin has started only three games since then. His last start was a 44-17 loss to the Cowboys in the final regular-season game of 2014.

The No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft didn't play a snap in 2015 as Kirk Cousins assumed the starting role.

Griffin will be available when free agency begins, and the natural inclination for some folks is to assume Jones will sign any player with a big name, especially one from Texas, even though he's a poor fit.

Someone will give Griffin a chance, but it won't be the Cowboys.