What Robert Griffin Can Learn from Aaron Rodgers

Lou Rom@louromliveContributor INovember 4, 2012

November 4, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is sacked by Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (92) in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Panthers won 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Robert Griffin III is often compared to Cam Newton. But the Washington Redskins star says he would rather be compared to the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers.

Why, you ask? Well, it's the ring, of course.

“I’d rather be compared to an Aaron Rodgers or a guy like that...someone who has won Super Bowls," RGIII told The Washington Times earlier this week.

Griffin has a long way to go to be compared to the reigning NFL MVP, but maybe not so long that it's ridiculous that he make such a statement.

While Griffin is lauded for his all-around game, his running ability and his toughness, it's his accuracy—even when on the run—that confounds the experts and draws the best comparison to Rodgers.

Griffin is completing an astounding 67 percent of his passes. While he's not finding the end zone as often as Rodgers does, his accuracy is nothing to be embarrassed about, with eight touchdowns against three interceptions going into Sunday's matchup against Newton.

To earn favorable comparisons to Rodgers, the Redskins star quarterback must do more than put up gaudy numbers—which he has yet to do. He must also win.

To do that, RGIII needs to find the end zone more often.

Griffin was accurate again Sunday at home against Carolina, completing 59 percent of his passes. However, he failed to score a touchdown, meaning he has one passing touchdown per game started this season.

Aaron Rodgers has 25 after his team's win on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Griffin has now gone four NFL weeks without a win. If he wants to be compared to Rodgers, he needs to win more, plain and simple.

Of course, Griffin never said he should be compared to Rodgers or that he merited such consideration. He merely said he hoped to some day be compared to Rodgers and other quarterback with a Lombardi Trophy in their trophy case.

He will be one of those quarterbacks some day. But right now, he is still the third-best quarterback in his division. Sorry, Michael Vick

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