The Washington Redskins beat the Indianapolis Colts 30-17 today in early action. Luck was 14/23-151-1 TD and Griffin, III went 11/17-74-1 TD.
Well, you have to know one rookie would come out on top and the other wouldn’t when they play each other. SOMEONE has to win…unless esoteric overtime rules kicked in with “scabs” officiating.
Fortunately, only the latter was true as there is no way that I know of to score 13 points on a single play, overtime or not, so we were spared that at least.
Andrew Luck had statistically a better day if you look at raw numbers and metrics, but it was a third quarterback who made the biggest splash of all.
Redskins’ backup Rex Grossman went a perfect 8-for-8 for 127 yards and 2 TDs. Now, I won’t break out the Euclidian-like calculation for QB rating, but if that’s not something that generates a perfect rating, I don’t know what would.
He threw one TD pass to Josh Morgan and the other to recent waiver-wire pickup WR Dezmon Briscoe, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I suppose since he knows there’s just no way he’ll beat out the second overall pick in the draft to be the starting quarterback, the pressure was all off. This had to be a pleasant surprise for Mike Shanahan & Co. due to RG3’s speed and elusiveness combined with his somewhat smaller frane than say a Cam Newton. While he’s not nearly as small as the oft-injured Michael Vick, you don’t want a guy like him taking the pounding that a Tim Tebow did last season.
He’s not designed nor drafted for either. He’s going to extend plays with his mobility, run at times when it’s open and he’s probably going to move the chains, and I hope to sweet lordy above that he learns to slide better than Newton.
There’s always the chance that any QB, running or not, will take a blind shot from a 300-pound-plus defender and get injured. Getting hit is still part of the game, even for quarterbacks.
Grossman’s play just gave Shanahan, and more importantly his teammates, the confidence in him that they’ll need should he ever be called upon with the game on the line.
His was the kind of play that uplifts everyone and should serve as a living example to the younger players that if you buy into “The System,” do the hard work required and then some, you can go out there and execute your plays.
It will help the overall team confidence and maturity as much as anything RG3 did today.