Robert Griffin III: Is RGIII the Best Quarterback in the NFC East?

Sheik MeahContributor IIIOctober 4, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins prays just before the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III has achieved much success already in his short football career. Besides being a first-round draft pick and a Heisman Trophy winner, he has outdueled a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Drew Brees and had a fourth-quarter comeback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But as the season goes on, he might be able to add another thing to his already growing list of accomplishments: best quarterback in the NFC East.

In a division with a quarterback who is a two-time Super Bowl MVP in Eli Manning, another who is considered to be still one of the most exciting players to watch in Michael Vick and a third who has one of the top 10 career pass completion percentages of all time in Tony Romo, this would have been thought of as impossible this season.

But it isn't out of the question that Robert Griffin III might be better than all of them right now.

For starters, RGIII's Redskins have yet to have a bad loss. Some may disagree that their loss to the St. Louis Rams was bad, but the fact remains that the Redskins could possibly be 4-0.

The Eagles got destroyed by the Cardinals and the Cowboys got destroyed by the Bears. The Giants haven't been blown out by anyone, but with two losses in the division, its going to be another tall mountain for Eli Manning and the Giants to climb.

The key is in all three instances, quarterback play is responsible for why those losses happened. Robert Griffin III has been winning despite the fact his team isn't as talented as many of the others in the league.

Then there's the stats. RGIII is fourth in the league in passer rating (103.2) and has the fewest interceptions in the division (one).

Although RGIII is last in the division in passing yards, he's fewer than 100 yards away from both Tony Romo and Michael Vick. He also leads the division in yards per pass attempt with 8.63, which is good for third in the NFL. He also is tops in the NFL in rushing yards for a quarterback (252) and second only to C.J. Spiller in yards per attempt. Second in the entire league!

Finally, there is the MVP-of-the-team test. If you take Tony Romo away from the Cowboys, Kyle Orton will still have a good chance to lead them to victory.

Although Michael Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to bring a Super Bowl to Philadelphia, a team with DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and an improved defense would still have a shot at making the playoffs.

It seems like a toss-up as to if Eli Manning or Robert Griffin III mean more to their team, but even if you did say Eli Manning is more valuable to the Giants than RGIII is to the Redskins, we know RGIII's value isn't far behind.

Griffin III has emerged as one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the league this year, much like Cam Newton did last year. The difference is the Redskins may have a shot to go to the playoffs.

I think any football fan would have a hard time putting RGIII ahead of Eli Manning so early, but you can make an argument that Robert Griffin III is having a better year. As far as RGIII being ahead of Michael Vick and Tony Romo, it's a toss-up.

Griffin III doesn't turn the ball over nearly as much as Vick or Romo and is showing the poise it takes to bring his team back in the fourth quarter. It should be noted that Michael Vick has three fourth-quarter comebacks already this year, but in two of the three games, the Eagles were down because Vick was turning the ball over.

By the end of the year, there may not be an argument. The choice may be clear that RGIII is the best quarterback in the NFC East.