Robert Griffin III: Did QB Lose Rookie of the Year Race Because of Injury?
The NFL isn't your cuddly Pop Warner team. If a player goes down with an injury, he might not get his starting spot back when the backup goes off.
If that can happen on your own team, what would the media do with the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award that was surely Robert Griffin III's last month?
Well, first, we'll talk about it to death. That's just what we do.
Then we'll decide that injuries are a part of the game. They derail Super Bowl seasons.
Thus, they can surely derail a ROY season.
But did it?
Numbers Never Lie
The argument was actually much closer than everyone thought prior to Griffin's injury.
Yes, Griffin is a mere half-point off the passer rating lead as it stands heading into Week 16. But that's not the entire story.
Both Russell Wilson and RG3 have accounted for 24 touchdowns. Griffin has six on the ground while Wilson has 21 through the air.
However, Griffin sets himself apart when it comes to turnovers and yardage. Griffin has only thrown four interceptions and lost two fumbles, while Wilson has committed a dozen turnovers.
But durability is an endearing quality in such a rough game. Griffin's free-wheeling style has cost him parts of two games and one start. He's been lucky that none of his injuries have been more traumatic, but the kid's resiliency is impressive.
Should We Punish Wilson For His Team?
Since we are so willing to hold a few missed snaps against RG3, we certainly can't give Wilson a pass because his team is well built.
Wilson hasn't been counted on to produce the yards that are required of Griffin. Marshawn Lynch and his defense gives him the ability to pick and choose his spots instead of pressing the issue.
That doesn't mean Wilson isn't capable. He may be. However, Griffin has put up about 500 more total yards in fewer games.
That's a big difference.
Where Are We Now?
We're in the middle of a legitimate ROY race. That's where.
The Seattle Seahawks have entered the Super Bowl contender conversation, and Wilson is a huge part of that. He's been on fire while Griffin has struggled to stay on the field. Although, when Griffin has been under center, he's been amazing.
There are some arguments for Andrew Luck to be included, but he doesn't measure up statistically. His 75.5 rating and 23 turnovers disqualify him from this discussion.
The sprint to the finish is here. Sit back and enjoy the show.
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