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Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill have had similar production their first two seasons. The question that remains: which is the better player?
The second tier of sophomore quarterbacks consists of the Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III and the Miami Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill.
Both have had inconsistent seasons from a team standpoint, although Tannehill has the Dolphins still in competition for a wild-card spot in the playoffs. RG3 and the Redskins have already been eliminated from playoff contention after a slow start wrecked the 2013 season.
Here is a look at each player’s career record:
Tannehill: 13-15 (No playoff appearances), 8-6 at home
Griffin III: 13-15 (0-1 playoff record), 7-7 at home
It is tough to give the nod to either of these players due to their record. Tannehill has a slightly better record at home, but Griffin III made a playoff appearance in his rookie season.
The Pick: Tied
From an individual standpoint, both Tannehill and Griffin III are very close. Tannehill didn’t have much reliability in his receiving corps this season and free-agent signee Mike Wallace has failed to make the impact that most expected him to.
Griffin III had a solid all-around offense last season, but both his offensive line and receiving corps have virtually regressed. On the bright side, Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed has emerged as a potential weapon in the future after taking veteran Fred Davis’ starting spot.
In 2013, Griffin III has experienced a slight dip in production, especially on the ground. RG3 was extremely dangerous running the ball last season, but, because of the ACL injury, it seems as if he has limited his scrambling attempts in order to protect the knee.
This season, Griffin III has passed for 3,039 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has rushed for 460 yards and zero touchdowns, which is a dip from his 815 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground last year. His completion percentage is currently 60.9 percent, which is slightly worse than his 65.6 effort in 2012.
Tannehill has continued to progress as a passer this year. In 2013, he has completed 62.1 percent of his passes (improved from his 58.3 percentage in 2012) for 3,115 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has matched his interception number from last year, throwing 13 this season.
Here is a look at their career numbers through 28 games:
Griffin III: 63.2 completion percentage, 6,239 passing yards, 42 total touchdowns (seven rushing), 16 interceptions
Tannehill: 60.1 completion percentage, 6,409 passing yards, 32 total touchdowns (three rushing), 26 interceptions
While both players have put up solid numbers, I am giving the edge to Griffin III. Although I didn’t include this on the statistical breakdown, he has 1,275 rushing yards compared to Tannehill’s 375.
The Pick: Griffin III
Intangible wise, Tannehill and Griffin III are two different types of players.
They are both extremely athletic, but Tannehill has developed as more of a pocket passer while Griffin III is more of a dual-threat player, despite a limited impact on the ground this season.
Both have strong arms and have comparable accuracy. They both seem to make risky throws (Tannehill more than RG3), which has resulted in shaky completion percentages and a high amount of turnovers for both this year.
Tannehill and Griffin III have both shown the ability to escape pressure in the pocket, although Griffin III makes bigger plays while evading defenders.
From a size standpoint, Tannehill is 6’4”, 222 pounds while RG3 stands at 6’2”, 217 pounds.
The Pick: Griffin III due to his dual-threat ability
Overall, both players are pretty even. I am giving the edge to RG3 due to his performance the last two seasons and because he has made a playoff appearance, even though Tannehill is knocking on the door.
The Pick: Griffin III