Friday, January 25, 2013

Russell Wilson (Greater Than) Robert Griffin III?

Article by  Brady Rauch

If you compare the stats of the two rookie signal callers, they are very similar in nature.  Russell Wilson threw for just over 3,100 yards with 26 touchdowns.  Robert Griffin amassed 3,200 yards through the air with 20 touchdowns.  Wilson's rating 100, Griffin's 102.4.  Both were good enough to lead their teams to the Wildcard round of the playoffs.  The stats are just a partial means of comparison.  It's easy for folks, who haven't watched either play, to make judgments based on statistical data.  It's also a bit lazy and short-sided to use only the stats to make such judgments.
One similarity I can point to, is the value of each to their teams' rush game.  Although, Griffin gets a tremendous amount of credit for Alfred Morris' production, Wilson gets little for Marshawn Lynch's.  Lynch had a career year, averaging 5 yards per tote, and finished 3rd in rush yards just behind Morris, who averaged 4.8 yards per carry, and ran the rock 20 more times than Marshawn.  Lynch clearly benefited from the duel threat at QB, just as Morris did.  Most are quick to point out, Lynch went "Beast Mode" long before Wilson's arrival.  That may very well be true, but he was more "Beastly" than ever in 2012, and I credit Russell Wilson's influence on defensive schemes for #24's best year ever.  Both Griffin and Wilson had great impact on the rush game.
Mental make-up, leadership, all the intangibles above the shoulders and between the ears appear to be equal.  The Redskins rallied around RGIII as the named starter from the onset of training camps.  Russell Wilson earned his starting spot, beating out Matt Flynn, and in the process won the respect of his teammates.  Both Griffin and Wilson had great impact on the winning attitude of their teams.
When making the statement "Russell Wilson Greater than Robert Griffin III, I considered two important points.  The first of which is health.  Wilson's scrambling and running style is more lateral, he uses his unbelievable quicks to elude direct hits.  Russell does a better job navigating the field of play with his head on a swivel than Robert.  RGIII has incredible straight line speed, but is more reckless in his style of rushing the ball.  It was that recklessness which caused the QB to injury his knee against the Ravens.  The value of having your number one guy on the field for the entire 16 games is paramount.  Griffin's injury history suggests, he might be that guy, that guy like Mike Vick or Reggie Bush, who are forever fighting to stay on the field and off the chart.  So far, it doesn't seem as if Wilson has "that guy" trait of often injured. 
The second point, is one of opportunity cost.  Just as I was taught in Economics class at the University of Oklahoma, and as defined by, the cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. Put another way, the benefits you could have received by taking an alternative action.  The Redskins gave up draft choices to move up to grab Griffin with the second overall pick in last years draft.  Washington initially had pick number 6, which was obtained by the Dallas Cowboys from St. Louis, the Cowboys used that pick to select Morris Claiborne.  Claiborne is a legit talent at cornerback, a position the Redskins could certainly improve.  Who knows what the Rams will do with their future picks they obtained for giving up that second pick, but one thing we do know is, the Seahawks didn't give up anything to draft their star QB.  
If everything is considered equal, the stats, our "eyeball" test, the success of the teams when each are playing.. if those things are indeed equal, Russell Wilson is Greater, he will play and start more games, and the Seahawks will use draft picks not sacrificed to acquire him, to improve his supporting cast.  
This opinion isn't new to me.. check out this pre-season write on this year's rookie QB class by clicking HERE!

Later on,
Brady Rauch

1 comment:

  1. Great write. griffin will never play all 16 games.