Resurrecting the career of free-agent quarterback Robert Griffin III will likely require heavy lifting, but some members of the NFL’s coaching fraternity believe Hue Jackson has the necessary strength.

Jackson and Griffin would join forces if the second overall pick in the 2012 draft signs with the Browns after impressing the head coach during a visit to team headquarters this past weekend. A union appears likely.
“That would be a smart move,” Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who worked with Jackson in Cincinnati, said Wednesday as the NFL owners meetings wrapped up at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. “Hue’s great with quarterbacks and when you have a talented guy, these guys don’t fall off the face off the earth. The guy was the rookie of the year. He had an unbelievable rookie season and he has an awful lot of ability, and these guys that have a couple of down years and they change teams, they figure out ways to get back on track.”

Few high-profile players in NFL history have experienced such a dramatic rise and fall in such a short time.

“For me, right now, it would have to be going back and looking in his eyes and finding out, are the scars too deep?” said Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who thoroughly evaluated Griffin before the 2012 draft. “But talent-wise? He’s got all the talent in the world.”