Robert Griffin III: Rookie QB Is Legitimate Pro Bowl Candidate

David DanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins sets to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 30, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III has my Pro Bowl vote.

The Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback is doing things in D.C. that a passer hasn’t done in years.


RGIII sure didn’t look like a first-year pro, as he led the once-bottom-dwelling Skins to a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With him running the show, Washington, now at 2-2, will be in the playoff hunt this year. And because of that—and gaudy numbers for a QB his age—Griffin has Honolulu written all over him.

The Redskins aren’t a mediocre .500 team. They’re 10 points away from being undefeated. And given that they’ve only made the postseason three times since Daniel Snyder bought the franchise in 1999, the fact that Griffin has them thinking playoffs is miraculous.

Prior to Week 4, RGIII boasted a passer rating of 103.5 and threw four touchdowns compared to just one interception. After torching the Bucs secondary, he’s now averaging 267.5 passing yards per game with a complete percentage of 69 percent. Every team in the NFL would be happy if they drafted a rookie pocket passer and he recorded those numbers.

Griffin isn’t a pocket passer, though.

On top of that aerial assault, he’s also rushed for 252 yards and four more touchdowns. He has the stat line of a top 10 QB. But again, his ability to win in Washington is what makes the season he’s having special.

Through the first quarter of the 2012 campaign, the Skins are still in the thick of things in the NFC East. They’re contenders despite fielding one of the worst defenses in the league. The combination of a pitiful stop unit and rookie passer would cripple most teams, but not Mike Shanahan’s crew.

Now, Washington’s October schedule is brutal. It’ll face off against the Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. But if Griffin and company are able to do what seems like the impossible and climb above .500 by Halloween, their playoff dreams will become a reality.

Thanks to RGIII, the Redskins have competed with every team they’ve matched up against this year. They’ll continue to do so, and expect him to earn a Pro Bowl trip as a result. 


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.