— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) March 7, 2014
If you were to ask someone, “Hey, how much worse is RGIII than Russell Wilson and Luck and Kaepernick this season?,” I bet he or she would say something like, “Shoot, those guys left him in the dust a long time ago.” But, if you take team records out of it, here’s what their 2013 seasons look like:
Wilson is clearly out in front, but RGIII, Luck and Kaep are more or less the same — in that middle-third of quarterbacks with 80-plus ratings and the stats to go with it. Advanced stats may suggest differently, and I haven’t watched enough Indy or SF games to suggest otherwise, but it seems to me those three are in roughly the same boat, looking up at Wilson.
Of course, the biggest difference is that RGIII is on a very bad 3-10 team, while the other three helm teams with a combined record of 28-10. Seattle and San Francisco are also distinguished from Washington in that they have very good defenses. Indianapolis, for its part, does not feature the worst special teams unit ever.
All of which is to say, maybe it’s not as bad as we think it is for RGIII right now. He basically put up a sophomore season in line with his heralded peers, one in which he started every game and made it through injury-free. After last year’s trauma, that’s no small feat.
Also, just for fun, let’s compare RGIII’s 2013 to three other recent QB seasons, each of which is relevant in some way:
The Cam comparison is often made and is a hopeful one, given how he and the Panthers have rebounded in 2013. The Campbell one is just me stirring up old stuff, dispiriting though it may be. And, ah yes, Donovan McNabb. At least Griffin’s got him beat.
Shanny benched RGIII earlier today, turning Twitter into a Redskins comedy factory. Our favorite tweets, in no particular order …
— Danny (@recordsANDradio) December 11, 2013
Does RGIII run the scout team this week and simulate Matt Ryan in practice? Just thinking out loud…
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) December 11, 2013
RGIII being inactive this week is the highlight of the Rams' season.
— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) December 11, 2013
RGIII will issue comment on the Redskins quarterback situation via t-shirt.
— Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) December 11, 2013
Can't wait for Shanny to tell reporters that he's just doing what's best for the maroon and black
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) December 11, 2013
What began as a rumor looks to now be official: Skins coach Mike Shanahan will shut down RGIII for the remainder of the season and let Kirk Cousins play. The news is everywhere now, and the latest shows that Rex Grossman will be the backup Sunday in Atlanta, putting Griffin on the inactive list.
Team source confirms NFL AM report that Kirk Cousins will start for the #Redskins against Atlanta Sunday.
— John Keim (@john_keim) December 11, 2013
At 3-10 and with Griffin taking a beating over the last five games, the move makes football sense. But considering the mess that has become the Redskins organization since last Sunday morning, who knows the true motivation in benching RGIII.
Like always with this ongoing trainwreck, stay tuned for more; both Shanahan and RGIII are scheduled to talk later today.
12/17/10: Mike Shanahan benched Donovan McNabb with three games left. Deactivated him as the third QB. 2013 could be round two.
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 11, 2013
Following Mike Shanahan’s press conferences on Sunday and Monday, the possibility of Robert Griffin being benched for the final three games has been the HOT TOPIC de jour around this team. So let’s talk about it.
– RGIII won’t get hurt. He won’t spend all offseason rehabbing. He won’t miss the entire training camp and every preseason game.
– Kirk Cousins gets to show some leg. If it looks sexy enough, we might be able to flip him for a draft pick or two. We need some of those.
– RGIII’s development is stunted via less live action. As evidenced by his interception on Sunday, he could use the game experience.
– Kirk Cousins plays a little too well, and we’re left with the only topic that brings out the stupid more than the name change debate: A quarterback controversy where there isn’t one.
What say you, fellow sad Redskins fans? Vote and leave your thoughts in the comments.
(For the record, I’m strongly in favor of benching RGIII for the rest of the season. The potential damage far outweighs the potential benefits of him playing in three meaningless games. Oh, and Pierre Garcon. He should be benched just so he doesn’t break Art Monk’s receptions mark.)
I’m a big fan of London Fletcher’s hype work. RGIII’s, though? As evidenced by yesterday’s pregame speech, he may need to practice in the mirror. Here’s what Deion Sanders had to say during the NFL Network’s Redskins-Bears segment (via Chris):
Deion: “That sounded like that was off a teleprompter.”
Chris Rose: “What’s the matter with reading something off a teleprompter?”
Deion: “Not when you’re speaking to your team. (Imitating RGIII’s voice) ‘We’re going to get our breakthrough.’”
In a related story, a Google search for “Deion Sanders pregame speech” yields … nothing of substance.
Later on they showed Devin Hester’s punt return TD, over which Marshall Faulk said, “Fire the punter,” not once but twice. Would that be the same punter who boomed the ball and pinned Hester to the sideline, right where Niles Paul was waiting (but failed) to tackle him? Maybe Faulk was just reading off a teleprompter.
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson had different injuries than Robert Griffin III. They were on different timelines and in different situations, etc. They’re different players, and, like all people everywhere, each is a precious snowflake.
Two games is also a small sample size, I know, but that’s what we have to work with when analyzing post-devastation RGIII. And I’m willing to bet that no one in New England, Denver or Minnesota was calling for Brady, Manning or Peterson to be benched after two games, either.
It’s a good thing, too, because each of them got way better after their first two games back from major injury. Again, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything for anyone else, but it is interesting.
Tom Brady in 2009
Tore his ACL and MCL in the first game of the 2008 season.
First two games of ’09: 62.0% completion percentage, 297 yards/game, 5.9 yards/attempt, 2 TD, 2 INT, 76.8 rating. Team went 1-1, including a one-point win over Buffalo.
Last 14 games of ’09: 66.5% completion percentage, 272 yards/game, 8.2 yards/attempt, 26 TD, 11 INT, 100.3 rating. Team went 9-5.
Peyton Manning in 2012
Missed all of 2011 due to a series of neck surgeries.
First two games of ’12: 68.3% completion percentage, 247 yards/game, 7.8 yards/attempt, 3 TD, 3 INT, 93.9 rating. Team went 1-1.
Last 14 games of ’12: 68.9% completion percentage, 298 yards/game, 11.7 yards/attempt, 34 TD, 8 INT, 107.5 rating. Team went 12-2.
Adrian Peterson in 2012
Tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16 of the 2011 season.
First two games of ’12: 72 rushing yards/game, 4.4 yards/carry, 2 TD. Team went 1-1, including a three-point win over Jacksonville.
Last 14 games of ’12: 140 rushing yards/game, 6.2 yards/carry, 11 TD. Team went 9-5.
Robert Griffin III in 2013
Tore his ACL and LCL in January 2013.
First two games of ’13: 62.9% completion percentage, 325 yards/game, 7.3 yards/attempt, 5 TD, 3 INT, 89.6 rating. Team went 0-2.
Last 14 games of ’13: TBD.
Or maybe this is just an advertisement for something called EvoShield. Either way, watch RGIII hit this dude in the ribs with a baseball bat!
RGIII changed his signature look, has some new cornrows. [For The Win]
He had different styles back in the day, including a “medium afro.” [Bog]
RGIII ramps up activity, but he isn’t playing until Week 1. [The Insider]
The Redskins get the Onion treatment, and it’s so good. [Onion]
Cooley may be the third man in a three-man Redskins radio booth. [Bog]
Orakpo isn’t happy about his cool facemask being banned. [The Insider]
This Redskins fan’s gardening skills are out of control. [For The Win]
The Nats take Gatorade baths because that’s what losing teams do. [Bog]
Is Davey Johnson a Hall of Famer? I don’t know. [Sports on Earth]
O’s lose on a walk-off HR in Arizona, fall 2 back in Wild Card. [MASN]
Banana-throwing SF fan confesses, apologizes to Adam Jones. [ESPN]
The Wiz are bringing Al Harrington in for a year. [Bullets Forever]
John Wall got a big new “No Time For Sleep” owl tattoo. [Bog]