RG3: The Best Rookie Quarterback in NFL History

 

No NFL player has ever sold as many jerseys in one season.

 

No quarterback has thrown fewer interceptions this season. (among all QB's that qualify)

 

Only Aaron Rodgers has a better passer rating in 2012. 

 

He's the only quarterback in the NFL that has thrown for at least 2,500 yards and rushed for 700 yards this season.

 

Robert Griffin III has taken the league by storm. Not only has he been the best rookie quarterback this season, he has arguably been one of the best QB's in the NFL.

 

I know Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson are having phenomenal rookie campaign's but they are not having the type of season RG3 is.

 

He has thrown for 2,902 yards and 18 touchdowns. He's only turned the football over eight times this season (4 INT's, 4 fumbles.) 

 

Tom Brady is the only QB who has fewer turnovers than RG3. 

 

It is truly remarkable the type of season Griffin is having. Rookie QB's aren't suppose to make it look this easy. 

 

Rookie QB's always turn the football over, but not RG3.

 

 

Not only has he been the best rookie quarterback this year, he's arguably been the best rookie quarterback in NFL history.

 

There were two quarterbacks that came to mind: Ben Roethlisberger and Dan Marino.

 

In 2004, Roethlisberger took over as the starting quarterback in Week 4 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He posted a ridiculous 13-0 record and helped the Steelers' earn the top-seed in the AFC. He threw for 2,621 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 66.4 completion % and 98.1 passer rating are both rookie records. 

 

The main reason why "Big Ben" is not the best rookie QB to ever play is because he had an easy job. The Steelers' had the #1 rated defense and #2 rushing attack in the NFL in 2004. He also joined an organization that had reached the playoffs two of the three seasons before they selected Ben Roethlisberger with the 11th overall selection in the 2003 NFL Draft. 

 

Roethlisberger was a game-manager and not a game-changer during his rookie campaign.

 

In 1983, Dan Marino helped change the NFL. The game was a lot different then. It was all about running the rock and playing hard-nosed defense. Marino helped transition the game into what it is today: a passing league. 

 

During his rookie campaign he led the Miami Dolphins to the playoffs. He started nine games and went 7-2. He threw for 2,210 yards and 20 touchdowns. He only threw six interceptions. He held the rookie record for best passer rating (96.0) until "Big Ben" broke it in 2004. 

 

Dan Marino was the best rookie QB to ever play in my eyes. He only started nine games so his stats aren't as sexy as some of the other rookie QB's, but the work he did in those nine starts speak for itself. 

 

Marino was in the same boat as Roethlisberger in the sense that he was joining a team that was already good. The Dolphins lost in the Super Bowl in a strike-shortened season the previous year. The Miami Dolphins' made the postseason three of the previous four seasons before selecting Marino with the 27th overall selection.

 

Now to the best rookie quarterback to ever play.

 

ROBERT GRIFFIN III

 

I think everyone, including myself, thought it would be a year or two until Robert Griffin III was playing at a high-level. 

 

It only took him one quarter. 

 

This season he has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards. He has 18 touchdowns to only four interceptions. He has a 104.2 passer rating, 66.4 completion %, 71.3 QBR and is averaging 8.27 yds./completion. 

 

On top of his success throwing the rock, he is the best rushing quarterback in the NFL. He has rushed for 748 yards and six touchdowns. He's averaging 6.7 yards/carry and as we saw against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6. 

 

A lot of people compare him to Michael Vick, which is so far from the truth it's not even funny. The major difference between Griffin and Vick is RG3 looks to throw the football first. Vick has always looked to run first, especially during his early years in the NFL. Vick has never been known for taking care of the rock, which is the polar opposite of RG3's game.

 

Just take a glance at how he ranks among some of the league's best QB's

 

PASSING

 

PASSER RATING: 2nd

COMPLETION %: 6th

PASSING YARDS: 22nd

PASSING TD'ST-18th

QBR: 6th

YARDS/COMPLETION:1st

FEWEST INTERCEPTIONS: 1st

 

RUSHING

 

RUSHING YARDS: 1st 

RUSHING TD'S2nd

RUSHING YARDS/CARRY: 1st (Including RB's)

 

While Griffin's stats are off the charts, it's the intangibles that make him the great young quarterback he is.

 

The guy has swag. 

 

And, not in a cocky way. He is one confident young man. 

 

His best quality is his leadership. Most rookie quarterbacks come in and are not ready to be the vocal leader, not RG3. 

 

He took control of the offense from day one. 

 

Griffin did not have an easy job when the Redskins traded three first-round selections and a second-round selection to move up in the draft to select Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick. 

 

Washington has missed the playoffs the last four seasons and have had only two winning seasons since 2000. 

 

Talk about putting pressure on the shoulder's of a 22-year old kid. 

 

Griffin took on the challenge with the right attitude. You see it on and off the field. He handles himself with class and has a chip on his shoulder whether he is on the field or behind a microphone. 

 

While Dan Marino changed the NFL into a pass-first league, RG3 is making his own impact. 

 

No one ran the pistol offense in the NFL until this season. Maybe, you would see it for a play or two but not for the entire game. The Redskins along with Griffin are revolutionizing the game into what it might become. It is rare to see an offense line up in the I-formation and pound the rock.

 

Now, we are seeing more and more teams run the spread. Now, throw in the pistol that RG3 has made famous, it is evident that the league is changing. 

 

While Dan Marino, Ben Roethlisberger, Bob Griese, Matt Ryan, Greg Cook, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck have all had stellar rookie campaign's, nobody has had the type of rookie season that Robert Griffin III is having.

 

The Washington Redskins are the hottest team in the NFL right now. They have won five games in a row and control their own destiny in the NFC East. They are tied with the reigning Super Bowl champions, New York Giants, and the Dallas Cowboys at 8-6. They have a better divisional record so if they win out they will be NFC East champions for the first time since 1999. 

 

The Redskins travel to Philadelphia this Sunday and end the season at home against the Dallas Cowboys, which could very well be for the NFC East. 

 

Expect Robert Griffin III to be ready. The guy loves big games. There is one man to thank for the success of the Washington Redskins this season: 

 

RG3.

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