I have to say up front that I’ve always found the introduction of rookie quarterbacks into the NFL as being overdone. Too often we hear about the “can’t miss” kid coming out of college who’s a sure thing to a great star in the world of pro football. To which I usually reply “Oh yeah, remember Ryan Leaf?”
But I have to say that after watching RG3 over the first month of the 2012 NFL season that…..I’m impressed. We all knew coming out of college that Robert Griffin III was a great athlete. But too often great athleticism doesn’t translate into being a great quarterback and we can see this in comparing Griffin to Tim Tebow. Both great athletes but there’s only one of them that I can say will probably be a good quarterback in the NFL for a long time. I’m still not sold 100% on Griffin being a Hall of Famer, I can point to Michael Vick who burst onto the NFL scene to back that up.
But what Griffin III has going for him is that he’s being allowed to make steady progress and his talents are being utilized in an intelligent manner. I do join the hordes wondering if he can be allowed to take the beating he’s taking when he runs with the ball but I can’t argue with the results. His last drive against the Buccaneers kind of highlighted his football smarts and the problems he poses for a defense. Does he make the Washington Redskins a playoff team all by himself? No. But he does give them very good quarterback play, something no playoff team goes without. I’m not casting any ballots here but I am going to enjoy watching him progress over the course of the next 12 games.