Hey guys. I wrote this blog for StatSheet.com after I got tired of hearing average fans make the comparison. I was able to get Bram Weinstein to retweet it and JSteelzextreme so some of you may have already seen it ... but here it is:
Robert Griffin III is the most explosive runner at quarterback to come out of college since Michael Vick in 2001. That, however, is where the comparisons end. When it comes to the primary job of a QB, throwing the football, comparing Griffin III to Vick is like comparing apples to oranges. But I'll do it anyways, because others have felt the need to make the comparison.
For the purpose of this exercise I am not going to factor in rushing statistics. They are both electric runners with world-class speed who have the ability to put an offense on their back using just their legs. This, however, is about the quarterback position, where the goal is still, and will always be, to get the offense down the field using your arm.
As a freshman, Michael Vick was able to use his skills to lead Virginia Tech to a National Championship appearance vs. Florida State. No small feat for a freshman quarterback. He finished the season with 2065 yards passing, 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He completed 58% of his passes.
In Vickís second and final year, he regressed, completing just 54% of his passes for 1234 yards, 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
As a freshman, Robert Griffin III completed 59.9% of his passes for 2091 yards, 15 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. After a knee injury in 2009 derailed his season, Griffin returned in 2010 to throw for 3501 yards, 22 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, while completing 67% of his passes.
Before moving on to Griffin IIIís final season at Baylor, letís compare his first two years to Vickís only two years at Virginia Tech. Some things stand out:
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