Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:49 PM
Look, I don't have anything against Griffin but to proclaim that "there's never been an athlete quite like him" in the NFL is absurd. Do you know how many guys playing in the NFL could have been Olympians if they chose to focus on an Olympic sport instead of the NFL? The answer is MANY of them are that caliber of athlete, so having Olympian caliber athleticism doesn't make you anything special in the NFL.
Second of all, we have yet to see RG3 compete in the NFL, so can we please pump the breaks on the hype just a little bit until we actually see him play? I don't care how good he looks in OTA's, that means NOTHING when it comes to performing in games. For all we know, the kid could end up being a total bust or at the very least a huge disappointment. I can easily see RG3 being the next Alex Smith... maybe we should start with seeing if he can be better than that?
Cam's success last year was so exceptional in large part BECAUSE of the long track record of spread-option QB's failing miserably at the NFL level. Now that Cam did what he did, everyone assumes that the league has somehow changed and now spread-option QB's can be successful, so everyone is looking for the next Cam while ignoring the fact that Cam is a HUGE exception thus far.
Let's be honest, the Skins would have been roasted for giving up what they gave up to draft RG3 in any year prior to last year, before Cam showed the league how well a spread-option QB could potentially translate. The thing that is overlooked in the discussion about Cam is that he wasn't always a spread-option QB... as a H.S. recruit he was thought of as a pocket passer, his mobility was a pleasant surprise.
I'm not even going to bother with direct comparisons to Cam until I actually see this kid play in a few games. Right now, there is no valid comparison to a player who just completed one of the greatest (if not the greatest) rookie seasons in the history of the NFL.
In addition to all the forces working against any rookie QB, RG3 has the misfortune of having been drafted by a VERY unstable organization and this alone could ruin his chances of being successful in the NFL.