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Robert Griffin III vs. Andrew Luck - A Statistical Comparison

I keep hearing fans, commentators, and NFL pundits stating how terrible Robert Griffin III has been this season.  So I made a previous post comparing his stats with some other notable quarterbacks around the league, and found that RGIII’s stats weren’t much worse than theirs, and in some cases were better.

And when Michael Irvin questioned why RGIII was benched asking if that would have happened to Andrew Luck?  I decided to do another comparison, this time specifically between RGIII and Luck.  And I already knew what I would find, but I doubt some of RGIII’s critics would have.  So here it is, a comparison between the two this season, and through the first two seasons of their careers.

2013 Season Comparison:

RGIII vs. Luck

Career Comparison:

RGIII vs. Luck 2

Not much difference is there?  In fact Robert Griffin III is much better in certain categories.  But you would never know this listening to some of RGIII’s critics.  So what gives?  Maybe it’s the fact that Luck’s team the Indianapolis Colts are winning again this season, and the Washington Redskins are losing.

But I’ve stated before, the difference is in the coaching.  In Chuck Pagano, the Colts have a head coach who is hungry and has found the right tone and a winning attitude for his team.  But in the Mike Shanahan the Redskins have a coach who hasn’t won consistently for several years, and has gone through more QB’s recently than most coaches ever do.

Shanahan is blaming his failures on his owner Daniel Snyder, but is there a more controversial owner in the NFL right now than the Colts Jim Irsay?  Other than Snyder I doubt you could find one.  Jerry Jones maybe?  And this post isn’t meant to disparage Andrew Luck, because I think he’s a good young quarterback.

This post is meant to bring some clarity to the table and remind people, that things aren’t always as they seem.  By looking at the statistics you wouldn’t know which QB is significantly better than the other, because there’s not much difference there.  But for some reason there’s this perception that RGIII is playing really bad and Luck is playing really good.

While Mike Shanahan is more interested in playing mind games and power struggles with his owner, Chuck Pagano takes what he has and wins games.  Even if the performance of his QB isn’t perfect, he makes it work.  Something Mike Shanahan hasn’t been able to do in a long time.

The Colts have a coach who understands that defense and Special teams mean something.  And it’s time the Washington Redskins had a coach like that too.


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