One of the debates on "First Take" this morning was over which of the two quarterbacks taken at the top of this year's draft would have the better rookie year -- the Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III or the Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck? Skip Bayless takes the Griffin side, in part because he recalls Jay Cutler's rookie season with the Denver Broncos under Mike Shanahan and thinks Griffin and Shanahan are a similar match in Washington. "Jay Cutler as a rookie lit it up under Shanahan, and I think you're going to see the same thing," Skip says.
Just for accuracy's sake, Cutler played only five games as a rookie in Denver in 2006, and Skip is likely thinking of the 2007 season in which Cutler completed 63.6 percent of his passes and threw for 3,497 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 205 yards and another touchdown. (He also threw 14 interceptions that year and had 11 fumbles, four of which were lost.) But the Cutler comparison is a good one, especially given the coach, and likely a better gague of reasonable expectations for rookie Griffin than Cam Newton's 2011 season is.
Stephen A. picks Luck in this debate, but at the end he admits he doesn't really know much about it and his pick is based on what he hears from NFL experts. Then Skip says (with a smile) that he's smarter than the NFL experts, so he's unmoved by the counter-argument. But in the meantime, something for you guys to all have some fun with. Enjoy.