Definitely a debatable topic and I figured I’d push the envelope a little bit here.
- I just finished watching the Colts-Jags game and Andrew’s good, not great. He’s much more athletic than he’s given credit for, he’s got a big arm and good accuracy but he’s still a rookie. He shrinks from pressure in the pocket a little bit, throws balls he shouldn’t and hasn’t shown he can maximize the talents of every position player around him. But he doesn’t have poor body language when things don’t go his way. He snaps back after mistakes and airs out again like it’s no big deal.
- I’ve seen Robert Griffin play a couple of times and his game is pristine. Play action, read-option, he can do it all. He’s got 4.33 wheels and can get to the corner at will. He’s got a cannon for an arm and is in control where he throws the ball for the most part. He doesn’t try to do too much when the play breaks down….He tries to get what’s available and if it’s not there, he’ll run for a few yards and try again. His main concern is the hits he’s taken. Defensive players are teeing off on him any chance they get. It might be the jealousy involved with his numerous endorsement deals or the premature crowning of him as the next best thing by the media, but he’s taken some unnecessary hits from the defense..
I’ve given a basic overview of the two players who are probably going to be big names in this league for years to come, barring injury….
To answer my own question…..Is Andrew Luck better than RG3?
Does that mean RG3 will have a better career? I’m not sure.
It’s too early to tell right now but the way things are set up now? RG3 is going to have a few hurdles to overcome as his career gets off the ground….
- I don’t see Shanahan lasting too much longer past this year, which means RG3 might have himself a revolving door of coaches and coordinators in his future and no continuity if Daniel Snyder just throws money at the problem.
- There will be a revolving door of players in Washington. High priced free agents lead to high expectations…(Ask Philadelphia bout dat!!)
- RG3’s competition will be much tougher. The NFC EAST > AFC SOUTH. All day every day and it’s not even close. Even in a down year like this one, where the Giants are backpedaling into a playoff spot, the other teams are at least competitive…which is more than I can say for Jacksonville….yeesh…
I feel that Andrew Luck has a better cast in place for him to succeed in Indianapolis. He’s got Reggie Wayne (for this season and maybe 2 more at the MOST), a coaching staff that he’s gets to grow with as the years pass and he’s in a division where Jacksonville and Tennessee can’t seem to get their shit together in any given year, no matter how much money they throw around in the offseason and no matter how many small school players they draft. I’m not knocking his talents on the field and his photographic memory but we all know that if Robert Griffin the 3rd was on the Colts, their record would be the same or even slightly better, depending on some of the close losses that could’ve gone either way (a close loss to JAX early in the season)
I feel RG3’s set of skills (unlike Liam Neeson in Taken) make him just that much better than Andrew. He’s a right handed Michael Vick from the Falcons heydays with much better accuracy, a better grasp on the playbook and just as good a playmaker.
The casual fan is going to look at Griffin’s record and say that he’s not as good based on team records and that would be a crying shame.
A crying shame.