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The plain fact is, I could do a half-dozen posts a day about Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III right now. There's that much news and information about him on the Internet, and the interest level in him is high enough to justify it. But since this is not the RG3 blog, I thought it best to consolidate things into one big midday post that incorporates everything we have so far. Who knows? Maybe we'll do an evening RG3 post as well.
Anyway, the big news of the day is that Griffin has been named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week for his spectacular debut performance in the Redskins' victory over the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday. Griffin was 19-for-26 for 320 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the game. His yardage total was the second-highest by a quarterback in his debut game in NFL history, behind only Cam Newton's 422 in 2011. He is the first Redskins player to win this award since Clinton Portis in 2008, the first Redskins rookie to win it since Rod Garner in 2001, and according to the NFL, the first rookie quarterback to win the award on opening weekend since the award was established in 1984.
I also thought thought it was funny that Griffin was only seven years old when this week's NFC Defensive Player of the Week, Tampa Bay safety Ronde Barber, made his NFL debut in 1997. But maybe that's just me. Griffin is the first quarterback born in the 1990s to win an NFL game.
So let's see, what else do we have?
Still, it's hard to not think of Griffin as more freakish than Newton was upon his entry into the league last season. Griffin has run the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds, and his arm is both powerful and precise. As Terry Shea said, "He reminds me a lot of Matthew Stafford in that way. The ball has just as much velocity coming off his hands as it does when it hits the receiver. His arm is really live."
A combo of Newton and Stafford might just have a chance to work in this league, I would think. Griffin also makes an appearance this week on Mike Sando's MVP Watch, ranking No. 5 on the list, right in between Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Heady company, to be sure:
Young quarterbacks with excellent mobility sometimes rely too heavily on their legs. Griffin impressed as a pocket passer in his stunning debut. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 267 yards and two TDs from inside the pocket, according to ESPN Stats & Information. His completion percentage on these throws (81.0) led the NFL, as did his NFL passer rating (150.5).
The Cowboys' Tony Romo is the only other NFC East player on Mike's list, by the way, and he's at No. 9. Which leads neatly to ESPNDallas.com's Hot Button debate, in which Jean-Jacques Taylor and Calvin Watkins debate which quarterback they'd rather have for the next five years -- Romo or Griffin. Jacques takes the Romo side, choosing the proven commodity, while Calvin says RG3's potential is too great to ignore:
The future of the NFL is RG3. He's got the leadership abilities, physical makeup and is playing in a high-profile city, as well. His future is brighter than Romo's. Romo's 2007 season was his chance to reach an elite level. All he did was get ripped for going to Cabo and then was eliminated in the playoffs by Eli Manning. Manning, by the way, has won two Super Bowls and Romo is still trying to win a second playoff game.
We're not saying RG3 is better than Romo at this stage of their careers. He's not. But in the next two to three years, it appears the future is brighter for Daniel Snyder's team than Jerry Jones'.
I get the excitement. I do. But I'm someone who likes those proven commodities. It'd be hard for me to pick Griffin over Romo in this particular debate. Romo's one of the best in the league, right now. Griffin looks as though he can be, if things continue to go well for him. But off of one game, we still don't know. It says a great deal about the young man that the debate would even be close.
Anyway, that's my RG3 roundup for the day. So far, at least. Hope you enjoyed it.