Madden spilled his guts about RGIII, like he did on Monday Nights. (Reuters)
Case No. 9:
We'll close out our slide show with some of the more intriguing compliments RGIII has earned over the past few days.
They came from Hall of Famers, teammates, famous fans and Washington's next opponent, the New York Giants.
We start with former Raiders coach John Madden, via Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post:
Did you see him last week? I mean, go down the sideline? I have never, in the history of football, I have never seen a quarterback ever run that fast. I know that that’s what the Giants are thinking. I mean, they’re looking at that and they’re saying, whoo, or wow, or we can’t let that guy do that to us. So that takes a lot away from your defense, whether it’s real or imagined.
Griffin's teammate, former Redskins' starter and current third-stringer Rex Grossman was overly enthusiastic when asked about RGIII's elusiveness against the Vikings (per Mike Wise of 106.7 The Fan , via Steinberg of The Washington Post).
I mean, once he got the edge, he was gone. And that is the coolest thing in the world. I wish I could run a 4.3. That would be SO cool! I was just in awe. I’d been waiting to see him actually get separation and actually turn it on. He is a lot better than I thought he was, and I thought he was great. He’s got all the potential in the world. I’m excited to be a part of it. He’s a very good person, good teammate. So things are looking bright in Washington.
The Twitter universe was buzzing about RGIII too. Click here to view some of the tweets.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich chimed in with an awkward comparison between Griffin and former President Bill Clinton.
And finally, there were words of advice for Griffin from New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, per The New York Daily News (via Sarah Kogood of The Washington Post).
Don’t bring it to my side. Go the other way. Trust me, we chase quarterbacks all the time. We turn and run to the ball, no matter what. He may get past us and zoom right past us, but trust me we’re right behind him. You’ve got to respect that, too. It’s not all about the speed. We’ve got guys, all 11 guys that can run to the ball very quick.
I can imagine Coach Madden's mannerisms, as he was stating his case for RGIII. The NFL on television hasn't been the same since he retired from the broadcast booth. To read more of what Madden had to say, click on this link. And trust me, there's a lot more great stuff from the Hall of Fame coach.
Cheers to Grossman for his unselfishness during the transition to the RGIII era. Rex should be commended by fans, the team and the media for it.
Newt was not being Newt. So, you have to guess that he had a hidden agenda.
And Pierre-Paul will likely get a tongue-lashing from head coach Tom Coughlin. Coughlin has a pair of Super Bowl rings with the Giants, but he doesn't take kindly to bulletin board fodder for an opponent to chew on during game week.
Griffin will run to your side, Jason. You can count on it.
Catch him if you can.
Joe Versage is an NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He previously covered the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens as a television beat reporter. Follow him on Twitter at: @JoeVersage Takip et: @JoeVersage