Russell Wilson Has An Easier Path to Future Success Than RGIII

11/8/12 in NFL   |   Jnewman482   |   134 respect

Oct 28, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks off the field after losing to the Detroit Lions 28-24 at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRERobert Griffin III was the talk of the NFL as soon as the 2012 season started, but Russell Wilson has quietly been building himself up to have a fairly decent rookie campaign.

He may have a stud running back in Marshawn Lynch and one of the best defenses in the league to help him out, but Wilson has proven to be better than the third-round pick the Seattle Seahawks took him with.

There was a lot of hype surrounding the former Wisconsin quarterback before the season started, and part of that can be attributed to Bill Simmons who ranked Wilson as his No. 1 QB and predicted he would lead Seattle to the Super Bowl. However, despite high expectations and Wilson’s abysmal play in the first few games of the year, it looks as though he might just end up being a franchise quarterback after all. 

Right now, he is only in the middle of the pack in terms of Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), ranked 15th overall, but that’s not bad considering this is his first year in the league. More importantly, what actually matters is winning, and we all know that Wilson got lucky in that Green Bay game, but right now his team is 5-4 and would have the sixth seed in the playoffs in the NFC if the season were over today.

August 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA;  Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.  Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIREAs for RGIII, he is 10th in QBR, but he is on a team that is injury-riddled on the defensive side of the ball, and his top wideout, Pierre Garcon, has been out for the majority of the year thus far with a foot issue.

But let’s take a closer look at Griffin, who caught the NFL by surprise in September. In nine games, he has thrown eight touchdown passes and run for six more scores. He has two fumbles, just three interceptions, an impressive completion rate of 65.6 percent, and he has thrown for an average of 221.4 yards a game.

However, in his last two games, Griffin completed an average of just 53.5 percent of his passes, and after averaging 267.5 passing yards per game in his first four outings, he has averaged 208 yards per game in his most recent four contests.

Now, there are still seven games left for RGIII to get his numbers back up, and he has a bye week to recoup, but when you look at how he has slowed down so quickly and you start thinking about the future…it just seems like we may have prematurely gotten our hopes up. It’s still completely possible, but it might not be a guarantee that he is actually going to become the superstar we thought he already was after seeing him dominate NFL defenses in his first few games. 
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