Bob Griese is in the Hall of Fame for being an effective "ball-control" passer. He was on two Super Bowl winning teams, including the undefeated 1972 Dolphins. My question: Was he actually a good player?
I had an interesting reaction when I saw that he was a "ball-control" passer. It was the first time in a while that I remembered being a "game-managing" QB wasn't always an insult. Still, is it worthy enough to get a guy into the Hall of Fame?
Griese has 25,092 passing yards and a 77.1 passer rating. Yup, that's it.
I'm sure his supporters will say, "But he won two Super Bowls and played effectively for some great Dolphins teams in the early 1970s." To those people I say, have you seen the stats on the 1971-1973 Dolphins?
In 1971, the Dolphins were the No. 3 overall scoring defense and had more yards rushing than passing. In 1972, Griese only started five games, and the team had the No. 1 scoring defense and almost 3,000 rushing yards. In 1973, the Dolphins allowed just over 10 points per game. The team rushed for 2,500 yards, and Griese only passed for 1,422.
The Dolphins' success is in no way related to Griese's play. The team had an extraordinary defense and three incredible runners in their backfield in Larry Csonka, Mercury Morris and Jim Kiick. Griese rode their coattails all the way into the Hall of Fame, even though he doesn't deserve to be there.