Move over Andrew Luck, RG3 Regains the Lead in Rookie of the Year Race

Lou Rom@louromliveContributor INovember 19, 2012

November 18, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs for a first down during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The ROY award was Robert Griffin III's on opening day and arguably for the first three weeks of the season. Then, it was Andrew Luck's after he led the Indianapolis Colts  to a four-game win streak while RG3 and the Washington Redskins were losing three out of four.

On Sunday, the trophy moved back to Washington after RG3 completed 14 of 15 passes and threw four touchdown passes against zero interceptions in a dominant win over the foundering Eagles—and Luck did not score 59 points.

In reality, it never should have left the nation's capitol.

RG3 has been consistently beating Luck in all the major categories other than passing yards, including completion percentage (by a huge margin), touchdown-to-Interception ratio and total QBR, among others. RG3 has thrown just three interceptions all year compared to Luck's 12. He has led his team in the air and on the ground. He has given long-suffering Washington fans something to cheer about.

What astounds me is that RG3 does all that he does and does all of it so well. 

He's not an average passer made better because he's a threat on the ground. And he's not an average runner who has a high yards per run because he rarely runs and catches defenses by surprise.

If RG3 were a pocket passer, he'd already be among the most accurate in the league. If he were a running back, he'd already be among the most dangerous in the league. If they gave out awards for football IQ, he'd also be a top contender.

RG3 is a part young Michael Vick and part veteran Joe Montana. 

He's dangerous, no matter how you pick your poison. 

He is, no doubt, the rookie of the year. And that is unlikely to change between now and January. 

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