|RGIII and Luck in the running for ROTY|
|Written by Chris Jennings, Daily Vidette Sports Columnist|
|Wednesday, 05 December 2012 23:32|
It’s been a season of excitement for the NFL Draft Class of 2012. Week in and week out, at least one member of the class is posting eye-opening statistics. However, despite terrific play by rookies all around the league, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award will, just like the last two years, go to a quarterback. But who will it be?
Robert Griffin III, aka RG3, is the media darling and fan-favorite; he’s a quick, agile and thoroughly exciting player. He can put his head down and run, or he can fling the ball 60 yards for a touchdown. He reminds me of Michael Vick in his prime, before he became a jailbird, and he is easily the best quarterback the Redskins have had in years.
Then there is Andrew Luck, the ugly duckling of the race who has led the Colts to an impressive 8-4 record thus far. Considering the Colts were a laughable 2-14 last year, it’s easy to see how much of an impact Luck has had on the team. Luck is not flashy like RG3; he’s a gritty pocket quarterback and a true game manager.
So who wins the award? Well, a case can be made for both.
RG3 currently has a 104.4 passer rating, 23 total touchdowns (17 passing) compared to 4 interceptions and a 67.1 completion percentage, which puts him at the top of each of those three categories amongst rookie quarterbacks. Oh, and he’s also ran for 714 yards.
That’s some pretty good stuff, especially when you take into consideration that RG3 doesn’t have a legitimate No. 1 receiver and Luck has the always reliable Reggie Wayne.
As for Luck, his numbers are equally impressive for a rookie QB. He is fourth in the league with 3,596 passing yards, throws an average of 300 yards per game and has 22 total touchdowns (17 passing).
But, Luck has had his share of struggles too. He’s thrown a league-high 16 interceptions and has one of the worst passer ratings amongst starting quarterbacks at 76.1. He also has a paltry 55.1 completion percentage which, in regard to quarterbacks with 200+ pass attempts, only the Jets Mark Sanchez is worse. Yes, his completion percentage is New York Jets-quarterback bad.
It should also be noted that both players have trouble holding onto the ball, as they’ve fumbled it a total of 19 times (10 for RG3, nine for Luck) this season.
Breaking it down like this makes everything a bit clearer. RG3, while he hasn’t attempted nearly as many passes (325 compared to Luck’s 503), is the more statistically-sound and efficient quarterback. Combine that with his favorable spotlight in the media and you have yourself a probable Rookie of the Year winner.
There is always the off-chance that a player like Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin, RG3’s teammate Alfred Morris or Seattle’s Russell Wilson will have strong finishes to the season and snatch the award away from both of these two, but that’s highly unlikely.
Right now it’s a two-man race, and my bet is on RG3 — last year’s Heisman, this year’s ROTY.