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Robert Griffin III - First four games of 2013 vs. 2012

RGIII stats – 2012 – first four games

  • 86 completions, 124 attempts, 1,070 yards passing
  • 69.3% completion percentage
  • 8.6 yards per attempt
  • TD’s, 1 ints.,
  • 104.75 QB Rating
  • 45 attempts, 234 yards rushing, 5.2 yards per carry, 4 TD’s

RGIII stats – 2013 – first four games

  • 106 completions, 170 attempts, 1,202 yards passing
  • 62.4% completion percentage
  • 7.07 yards per attempt
  • 6 TD’s, 4 ints.,
  • 85.5 QB Rating
  • 18 attempts, 72 yards rushing, 4.0 yards per carry, 0 TD’s

RGIII’s passing attempts are up by 46 attempts from 2012 to 2013, This is more than likely due to the Redskins begin down early in games, and RGIII having to pass more to play catch up.

The completion percentage is down from 69% in 2012 to 62% in 2013.  62% is not a bad number, but 69% is an elite number.

Yards per pass attempt is down from 8.6 in 2012 to 7.07 in 2013.  A 1.6 yard difference.  In some cases this could be the difference between a first down and a three and out.  Between sustaining drives and punting.

Robert Griffin III

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With more passing attempts there should be more touchdowns, but RGIII already has 4 interceptions in 2013, where he only had 5 interceptions the entire 2012 season.  If he continues at his current pace he will throw 16 interceptions this season.

His QB Rating is 19 points less this season than last.  Of course, he still has 12 games this season to play, so the QB rating could go up considerably.

RGIII’s rushing attempts have dropped 63% from 2012 to 2013, 45 attempts to 1872 yards rushing in 2012 from 234 in 2013.  4 rushing TD’s in 2012 to 0 in 2013.

RGIII had a 113.4 QB Rating in the first half of games in 2012, but so far in 2013 he has a 54.8 QB Rating in the first half of games.

So the stats confirm, Robert Griffin III was a much better QB statistically this time last season than he is now.  But considering the fact that he had to recover from knee surgery, had less reps in the offseason, and didn’t play in the preseason, it should come as no surprise that he has started the season rusty.

It should also come as no surprise that he is running less in 2013 than in 2012.  He probably isn’t quite back to 100% health, yet he’s still in the starting line up.  I think it’s admirable that RGIII is playing as well as he is considering he’s still getting back into the groove of things after recovering from such a devastating injury.

However, one statistic that is alarming is RGIII’s QB rating in the first half of games.  113.4 in 2012, and 54.8 in 2013.  This I believe is a key area that the Redskins and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan need to work on during the by week to figure out how to get RGIII off to better starts early in games, particularly on first down.

This may help the team be able to play from ahead more in the second half instead of having to come from behind.  And it could also help the defense play better, as the game can be called a little different is the offense gives the defense a cushion to play with.

But another thing to consider is that defenses simply may be catching up to RGIII, and have adapted.  So now the Redskins and Robert Griffin III have to adapt and continue to add to the offense, and find ways to keep it fresh and keep defenses off guard.



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