Many people have been quick to point the finger at Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as the main reason for the teams miserable season. But as I’ve been saying all season, when you take things in consideration, RGIII’s performance hasn’t really been all that bad. Especially when you compare his stats to a number QB’s on winning or in the hunt teams.
RGIII’s remarkable rookie season propelled the Redskins into an NFC East division title last season. But a torn ACL and an entire missed offseason recovering from the injury cause him to regress some from last season. RGIII’s critics will barely even acknowledge that he was injured, but his drop in production can be tied directly to the knee injury.
However, even though his numbers haven’t been what they were last season, he’s still been more than serviceable as a starting QB in 2013, and I believe he’s played well enough that if the Redskins other units were better, they would have a much better record. To prove this point I’ve made a chart comparing his stats to some other QB’s on teams faring better this season.
So you can see, that Robert Griffin III’s stats aren’t much different from some QB’s on winning teams or teams in playoff contention. But for some reason RGIII’s performance gets highlighted more in the media than these others. And if you listen to some pundits, you would think that Andrew Luck was tearing up the NFL. But his stats aren’t any better than RGIII’s.
The one thing that most of these other QB’s have in common is that they play on good defensive teams, and that offsets the fact that they aren’t having great seasons passing the football. Also, throw in the fact that the Redskins have the worst special teams in the NFL, and it’s no wonder to me why they’re losing. It’s not all on the quarterback, regardless of what you might hear.
Maybe if the Redskins were winning, then all of this scrutiny wouldn’t be on Griffin. But I guess it’s true that when a team is losing the majority of the blame goes on the quarterback. Whether it’s deserved or not.