Wednesday, March 28, 2012
RG3 vs. Luck, The Debate Rages on
But, is it really that much of a possibility? In a recent article, Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports polled 8 NFL executives, and all eight of them said they would choose Luck over RG3. Interesting, but not necessarily surprising.
What's more interesting, however, is the reasoning behind the pick. All of these execs highlighted the fact that Luck was the "safer" pick, and most used the word "safe" as their main justification. While we here on 11-on-11 have discussed the Luck vs. Griffin debate, and ultimately came to the same conclusion, the responses are still somewhat shocking.
The word "safe" is definitely overused in draft circles these days, and calling any quarterback the safe pick or a safer pick seems pretty ridiculous to me. In all honesty, one of the "safest" draft picks of all time was Tim Couch, and one of the riskiest was Cam Newton.
But as we said last week, the NFL is a business, and ultimately has to be run like one. If you are going to make an investment, you are going to make the safer one, and it seems that execs across the board see Andrew Luck as that investment. Whether he actually is remains to be seen.
We won't know who made the right choice for about 4 more years, but it's always fun to speculate.
And while Luck may end up being the better quarterback, I really think RG3 has the better chance to excel at the next level.
People love to compare Griffin to other Black quarterbacks, simply because he is Black. But we haven't seen a Black quarterback, besides Cam Newton, with the skill-set that Robert Griffin has. Also, people love knocking "running quarterbacks" come draft day, and people have used this argument against Robert Griffin. "A running quarterback can never win a Super Bowl in this league." Well, interestingly enough, Aaron Rodgers ran more times out of designed pass plays during the Packers' 2010 Super Bowl run than Robert Griffin has during his entire career at Baylor. And Aaron Rodgers, more so than almost any other quarterback in the league, is a running quarterback. So running quarterbacks can win Super Bowls.