Russell Wilson Has An Easier Path to Future Success Than RGIII

11/8/12 in NFL   |   Jnewman482   |   141 respect

More generally, quarterbacks who rely on their legs do not have a favorable history of stringing together continued success in the NFL, and Michael Vick is the prime example.November 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Easgles 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

He was able to lead the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles to moderate success, but he has only won two playoff games so far in his career, and it would be hard to argue that he has played well for the Eagles these past two seasons.

Now, this is not meant to pigeonhole Griffin as a running QB because he is more accurate than Vick, and he has a stronger arm. Vick had tremendous potential when he entered the league, but he clearly hasn’t made the most of it. RGIII, on the other hand, still has the opportunity to become elite.

More importantly, the most pressing issue for the Redskins QB is that defenses seem to be figuring out how to slow down the offense that Mike Shanahan created for him. It appeared that this might be the case when the Redskins scored just 12 points against the Steelers two weeks ago, and it was confirmed when they posted a mere 13 points against the Panthers last Sunday.

Ultimately, what this means is that Griffin is going to be forced to play in a more conventional offense unless Shanahan has a Plan B. Assuming the latter isn’t the case, Griffin certainly could excel in the conventional system. If he does, then there will be little to worry about in terms of his future outlook.

We just don’t know what will happen when that time comes—if he will be able to adjust, or if he will regress. When that time arrives could happen sooner rather than later though because the seat will probably start to heat up for Mike Shanahan if he can’t get this Washington team to at least .500.

As for Russell Wilson, he hasn’t been better than RGIII so far this season. But that’s in the short term. It’s the long term where Russell seems to be in a better situation to find success.

On the other hand, in the most immediate short term, Wilson played better than Griffin in Weeks 8 and 9. In those two games, he threw five touchdowns to one interception, and his team averaged 27 points. 

In fact, he has performed admirably in his last four games except versus San Francisco. Against the Patriots, he threw three TD strikes, one that ended up winning the game, and he did struggle mightily against the San Francisco 49ers, but the 49ers are first in the league in points allowed per game, so an inefficient performance shouldn’t be much of a surprise. 
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