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Robert Griffin III 16th On Latest QB Rank

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 30, 2013 – 12:00 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

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?

Well I guess there’s a first for everything because in ESPN John Clayton’s starting quarterback rankings Robert Griffin III checks in as the 16th best starting gun slinger in the NFL today.

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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11 Responses to “Robert Griffin III 16th On Latest QB Rank”

  1. By aprilwalker2013 on Aug 30, 2013 | Reply

    That’s a little tough to take, fingers crossed he proves all his doubters, and there are many, wrong! I’m betting on him! I’m riding with my QB all the way!! #HTTR

  2. By Russianbreadmaker on Aug 30, 2013 | Reply

    John Clayton lives in his mother’s basement and listens to thrash metal.

  3. By Matt on Aug 30, 2013 | Reply

    tony romo at 9! are you kidding me

  4. By Robyn Stultz on Aug 31, 2013 | Reply

    Time will tell the tale of this year’s Quarterbacks. Too early to tell the tale as RGIII has only had one year in the NFL. I think that there is too much “hype” and media attention on RGIII. There are alot of great Players on this TEAM who are not focused on themselves, but on the TEAM they are playing for. Now is the time to stay out of the spotlight ond focus on the Season that is before this TEAM!

    Robyn Stultz
    A New York Redskins Fan

  5. By Les Locke on Aug 31, 2013 | Reply

    This is just another challenge for RGIII to overcome. He’ll just use the wait and see attitude, make the doubters eat there word with 13-3 season and the redskins make it to the Super Bowl this time (no prediction on the winner just yet). The only reservation will be that he doesn’t use his mind in front of his mobility, get down and out when he should.

    RGIII take us to the Promise Land!!!

    Les Locke (DC)
    Big Time Fan

  6. By Jizmaglobin on Aug 31, 2013 | Reply

    Clayton is a pin head idiot. RG3 was in the top 5 in just about every, if not absolutely every, important statistical category last year. I haven’t seen the list, and don’t need to if it’s this far out of whack, but I know for a fact there are a bunch of guys ranked above him that aren’t even close to the QB he is. I want some of what Clayton has been smoking, but only about half as much cause he’s obviously too high.

  7. By Ron Whitt on Aug 31, 2013 | Reply

    RG3 will make a big difference this year you thought he had good year last year wait for this year the critics will just have to eat there words

  8. By TeeRay on Aug 31, 2013 | Reply

    RGlll HE IS THE MAN, I THINK IF HE WERE WHITE THEY WOULD HAVE MORE FAITH IN HIM. SINCE HE ISN’T AND BECAUSE OF HISTORY OF BLACK QUARTERBACKS WHO CAN RUN HE IS ALWAYS GOING TO HALF TO PROVE HIMSELF OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THEY ARE AFRAID TO BELIEVE IN HIM BECAUSE OF RECENT HISTORY (MIKE VICK), HE HAS TO AND HE WILL MAKE BELIEVERS OUT OF THEM!!!!! GO SKINS!!!!

  9. By LongtimeFan on Aug 31, 2013 | Reply

    Aww who cares what the prognosticators say? They don’t have the most stellar record. RGIII hasn’t taken a snap yet in a game this season, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his brain or the other intangibles he brings to the game. I do agree that there is too much hype about him, but only because it’s such a distraction, and I praise him for his patience with all the stupid, repeated questions he gets all the time.

    Here’s to the entire organization for ALL the players, the character, and the hope for a fun and successful season!!

  10. By margie sanchez on Aug 31, 2013 | Reply

    I stand by our QB RG111 a fan from Albuquerque, NM. We a excellent team, I just wish they would have kept Chris Cooley #47

  11. By michaele on Sep 1, 2013 | Reply

    HTTR! It takes a team. It takes patience but I say talk is cheap. RG3 needs to shut up and put it down along with the others. It is going to be a fight for sure. …the skins recipe for a successful season will be coaching…limited penalties and injuries…balance. ..limited involvement by the refs. ..oh and lots of luck. Is it their destiny? I say yes! The time is now. I’m SB let’s go!

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