Tell me the last time a quarterback who won AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, broke numerous prestigious records that were previously considered a foregone conclusion that they were unbreakable and led a franchise to its first division title in 13 years—all in his first season—is consider to have his arrow “flat” entering Year 2? You haven’t?
The cherry on top—he’s in the “Chad Pennington Division”. Yeah that just happened. So what the reasoning behind the reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year’s placement?
“Will he be a different quarterback coming off knee reconstruction, at least temporarily? RG III’s game is beating opponents with his arm and his feet. Wisely, the Redskins aren’t using him in the preseason, but he will enter the regular season without having had any live action on the field. Carson Palmer, Tom Brady and others have proved they can come back from knee reconstructions, but it might be a little tougher for a running quarterback.”
As for Carson Palmer’s and two-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady’s injuries, not only did they return to the field the next season and play all 16 regular season games, but both threw for 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
So yes Griffin III is indeed coming off major knee surgery and yes he didn’t play in any of the preseason games, but from everything that’s been said from head coach Mike Shanahan to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to fellow second-year quarterback Kirk Cousins, No. 10 looks every bit the man who accumulated over 4,000 yards this season.
“I can see a big improvement from the start when he came out here the first day to where he is now,” Mike Shanahan said. “You can see he is in football shape and there hasn’t been a setback so everything has been very positive.”
While a ranking in the bottom half of the leagues starting quarterbacks means as much as the final score of a preseason game, it’s still interesting to see the half glass empty mentality that has been taken with Griffin III going into his second year. For those of you who carved out time to see “RGIII: Will to Win” documentary on Tuesday night, you’ll know that in Griffin III’s mind–this is a very good thing.
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