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Jackson: Browns' O won't be tailored to RGIII's skills

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Former Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan made news last week when he insisted that Robert Griffin III must return to a read-option offense to resurrect his career.

New coach Hue Jackson punted Wednesday when asked if the Cleveland Browns feel obligated to build their offensive system around Griffin's running ability.

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"You don't have to do anything," Jackson said. "I think what you have to do is let the young man play. We're going to build our quarterbacks from the ground up. We'll create an environment for them."

Asked whether the presence of Griffin will influence the Browns' plans for the No. 2 overall pick in upcoming draft, Jackson replied, "I don't think that has anything to do with the draft."

Jackson emphasized that his offense "isn't just about Robert." It will be flexible enough to fit not just any quarterback, but also any running back or wide receiver.

Having developed quarterbacks with disparate skill sets such as Joe Flacco, Jason Campbell, Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron, Jackson acknowledged that he likes to "collect arms."

To that end, he seems to be in no rush to cut ties with his veteran incumbent at the position.

"Josh McCown is a tremendous football player," Jackson said. "I'm excited to work with him. I'm not concerned about what's going to happen in the future, and neither is Josh."

Griffin stressed Wednesday that he's excited about the opportunity to "compete and grow" after losing his starting job to Kirk Cousins last season.

The Browns will provide that opportunity in spring practices and training camp, but Griffin will have to outplay his competition before the offensive system is tailored to his skill set.

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