Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has played pretty well so far, and got some undeserved flack for saying he thinks the Rams‘ little instigating and physicality after the whistle was dirty. My only wish was that he was more specific to where either side could debate if they thought it was dirty. “Dirty” is subjective, so anyone criticizing Griffin III is making a fool out of themselves.
Griffin’s 956 total yards land him fourth behind Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, and Michael Vick, but he actually has fewer turnovers (1 INT, 1 fumble lost) than either of them: Manning has 3 INT (some claim the Bucs were holding on at least one of those), Joe has 3 picks and 1 fumble lost in four games, and Vick has 9 turnovers.
Comparing that to the other rookies, Weeden’s turned the ball over 7 times in four games, Luck 5 times, Tannehill four times and Wilson has 2 turnovers with 14 fewer attempts than Griffin (and their yards-per-attempt aren’t close: 5.8 for Wilson, 8.4 for Griffin).
Griffin is 8th in the NFL in completion percentage, first among rookies.
Having faced much-maligned Big 12 defenses during his time at Baylor, it’s all the more amazing that Griffin has been able to make throws from the pocket and throws after rolling out, when defenses are deliberately trying to confuse him.
He’s done all this while his top receiver, Pierre Garçon, has missed two games. Despite the shadows of Peyton Manning in Indianapolis and Dan Marino in Miami, RGIII has inherited an even more daunting task than Luck and Tannehill: Picking up one of the most storied, successful franchises in NFL from the darkest, most dismal depths.
The Redskins lead the NFL in scoring with 33.0 points per game.
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