Related TopicsBrownsRobert Griffin III Matt Loede For new Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III, he’s getting a first hand look at the teams’ practice of just how the Browns look very early into his tenure as the teams’ new starting quarterback.While there’s not much to go by at this point, the quarterback said on Thursday that despite what a lot of the experts think, he feels there’s plenty of talent on this Cleveland roster, and they can make noise in the AFC in 2016.“There’s a lot of talent out there. That’s for sure. It’s really good,” Griffin said in Berea Thursday. “I feel like the offensive line has done a really good job, getting to the ball, getting in and out the huddle, getting the calls. It was really fun to see those big boys run around and then see our defense fly around and get to the ball. The effort and motivation is definitely there.”Griffin doesn’t have to worry about looking over his shoulder at a quarterback taken with the second overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft, as the team moved their second pick to Philadelphia on Wednesday.The former Redskins QB said he wasn’t focused on what was on the Browns draft board anyway, but now it’s clear he’s the teams number one guy when it comes to leading the offense in 2016.“I don’t really worry about it,” Griffin said. “You just focus on what is at hand each and every day, conquering each day and getting better. Learn the language that we are speaking on offense and be able to go out there and execute it.”It was a busy couple of days for the free agent pickup, as he’s been spending plenty of time learning the club’s new offense, and by the time camp rolls around for real, he and the offense need to make sure they are on the same page.“They threw the kitchen sink at us with everything we are doing. They even got into situational football a little bit.” Griffin said.“It was good to see the guys and see what stuck. You throw it all on the board and see what sticks. I don’t think any of us could make an assumption of what our offense is going to be exactly like, but I do think we got in introduction into what coach Hue and (associate head coach-offense) Pep’s (Hamilton) coaching style is going to be and what they emphasize. I think that was really important and we got that out of the three days.” Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
Germany’s dismal record against Italy in major tournaments is not a source of trauma for the world champions, who will face their international nemesis in the Euro 2016 last eight, coach Joachim Low said on Tuesday.The Germans, who are four-time world champions and have also won three continental crowns, have always lost to Italy in World Cups and Euro knockout rounds, including in the 1970 World Cup last four, the 1982 World Cup final, a 2006 World Cup semi-final and a Euro 2012 semi-final.The 2012 defeat was under Low and was especially bitter, with the Germans, favourites at the time, exiting the competition following a 2-0 loss to the Italians.“We have never beaten them in a tournament but we have no Italy trauma,” Low said. “I do not rate the past too much.“They are now a different team. That’s all cold coffee. A fresh espresso is better and I hope it tastes better on Saturday,” he said, taking a sip from his own coffee.Italy advanced to the last eight with a 2-0 victory over holders Spain on Monday.Low, who led Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, said his players, who beat Italy 4-1 in a friendly in March, would be fully fit and rested when they faced the Italians in Bordeaux.“We don’t fear them. We know what we can do and if we do it then we have a good chance to win it,” said the coach.Germany went through to the last eight with a comfortable 3-0 win over Slovakia but Low said not too much should be read into that victory.“I think emotions from the outside are running pretty high. We were almost written off after our 0-0 (group match) against Poland. Then we win 3-0 and everything is great. Okay, we did it well … but with all due respect for our opponents, I don’t think that this victory was the measure for winning the tournament.“What we need now is humility and modesty. Let’s keep the bar low, the ball on the ground. I have a good feeling for the weekend but we need to improve. What we have been playing is not enough to win this tournament; we have to get better.”