Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) drops back to pass during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field. The Seahawks won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Why RG3 Deserves To Be The NFL Rookie Of The Year

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs the ball for nine yards during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field. The Seahawks won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

What a great year it has been in terms of rookie performances in the NFL, especially quarterbacks. Five rookies ended up as starting quarterbacks, and three of those five are nominees for this year’s NFL rookie of the year award.

The five players in the running for the award are Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Alfred Morris and Doug Martin. And in my book, it’s a close call, but I truly believe that RG3 deserves to get the award. But only just.

Like I said, it’s been an amazing year for rookie passers. Okay, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden didn’t exactly light it up like the other three, but we never expected them to. But both those players have shown enough in their first season to give hope to their fans and to their respective clubs.

Of the two running backs involved, Alfred Morris just about edges it for me over Buccaneers rusher, Doug Martin. Both have had excellent years (remember Martin’s monster 251 yard game against Oakland), but Morris led all rookies in rushing yards and finished second overall amongst all running backs.

For a while it looked like the race for rookie of the year would be between RG3 and Colts QB, Andrew Luck. But as things stand now, I think Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson has muscled in on the scene and should be Griffin’s main contender for the title. Although Wilson started the year poorly, he really turned things round and impressed everyone with his poise in the pocket, and ability to stay cool under pressure. Let’s not forget his ability to make plays on the ground, which has served Seattle well this season.

The Seahawks paid a lot of money to gain the service of former Packer QB, Matt Flynn, but head coach Pete Carroll decided to have a good old fashioned contest to see who would win the starting job. Wilson impressed enough in the pre season to get the nod, and the rest is history. We could possibly be saying the same thing about Flynn’s career in Seattle. Wilson is clearly who the Seahawks want to move forward with, and Flynn is good enough win another starting job for another team.

So why does RG3 deserve to be this year’s NFL rookie of the year? Just like Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, Griffin has pretty much been the heart and soul of his team. Yes, Alfred Morris was a pleasant surprise, but without Griffin, Washington would have got nowhere near the 10-6 record they ended up with, which was enough to clinch the NFC East title.

In his first season, the rookie out of Baylor threw for 3200 yards and 20 touchdowns, leaving him with an impressive 102.4 passer rating. He protected the ball well, throwing just five interceptions all season. But it was on the ground that he really excelled, rushing for 815 yards and seven touchdowns.

With Griffin, and to a lesser extent Wilson and Luck, we are seeing the future of the quarterback position. Players who can pretty much run as well as they can throw, making them legitimate dual threats and a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators. Griffin must be careful though – he has already suffered a concussion and is currently in rehab after undergoing knee surgery.

He might not be the same player next year. Will he be able to bounce back from his knee injury in the same way we saw Vikings RB, Adrian Peterson manage to do this season? That remains to be seen, but for now, he gets my vote as the NFL rookie of the year. But it’s a close one.

Tags: Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts Robert Griffin Rookie Of The Year Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Washington Redskins

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1324136803 Dehrich Isuwiiq Chya

    RW deserves it more. His injuries are a part of the game, and were made by his own choices. He doesnt slide or run out of bounds like Wilson does when he runs. Wilson’s numbers are comparable. Wilson also made it farther into the Postseason. And you cant say without RG3 they wouldnt have been where they are. Kirk Cousins won 2 games for them in a row. Which shows its possible without RG3. Gilbert is an RG3 bandwagon fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cuteforawhiteboy Matt Shirley

    RG3 did it ALL season. Wilson and Luck turned the ball over far more than RG3. RG3 set several rookie records. Wilson had a stellar D win games for him and he gave up far too many sacks. Lucks team was 2-14 the year before, but lets not forget, the same team minus two players, made the playoffs, they tanked the 2-14 season to land Luck. RG3 was consistent, had great numbers, which would’ve been better had he not missed time. If he was healthy in the playoffs, the Redskins beat the Seahawks easily. They were up 14-0 and the Seahawks were lost trying to stop him. Once he was hurt, the Seahawks were able to figure the game out and it slowed down for them.

    • Vincent Braun

      RG3 did it ALL season? He didn’t finish one game and then missed another…and the Redskins won both without him.

      He had the benefit of the #1 rushing game and yet the Redskins finished 20th in passing…

      Meanwhile Luck had the 27th rushing game and the Colts finished with the #7 passing game. Luck also lead the Colts to an 11-5 record with more rookies on the offense then the Redskins played on O or D…

      And Luck did do it ALL season and didn’t whine about hits like RG3…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Gilbert/608125038 David Gilbert

    i’m not on any bandwagon. And Cousins played ok, but RG3 came into this league and pretty much exceeded expectations. He isn’t blessed with the greatest of receivers, but he has shown great poise, and his ability to make plays with his feet is not to be over looked. And as the season went on, he learnt when to get out of bounds. He is not as big as Cam Newton and knows he can’t afford to take many full on, hard hits. It is close for me, between RG3 and Wilson, but I still think Griffin should be the rookie of the year.