WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – You may remember nearly setting your television on fire a few weeks back, at the sight of Ron Jaworski mouthing the words “RGIII is the 13th best quarterback in the NFL” on ESPN, or something to that effect.
To add insult to injury, he even had the Redskins’ franchise quarterback ranked behind other young starters in the league, including San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, and Indy’s Andrew Luck.
Prepare to be incensed again.
Former Giants’ running back Tiki Barber, who currently hosts a radio show with Dana Jacobson and Brandon Tierney, agrees with the ranking because he too has hangups about that whole injury thing.
“RGIII hits the bottom, only because of the injury issue,” Barber said on 106.7 The Fan, when asked by the Junkies to rank the four QBs above.
“If he hadn’t torn his ACL again, because remember he tore it at Baylor, if he hadn’t torn his ACL again at the end of last season, and kind of in an unsmart way. He knew he was ailing, the coach knew he was ailing, and they just kept pushing through and jeopardized what could be a very promising career. So that puts him at the bottom.”
Ahead of Griffin is Luck, who Barber praised for his “traditionalist” passing style, then Kaepernick, who Barber lauded for his “physicality” and “ability to make every single throw,” with Wilson rounding out his top three, knocked down a peg for being “short for a quarterback.” Ironic.
Now, let’s just wave a magic wand and pretend RGIII was never hurt in the Redskins playoff loss to Seattle last year, and was entering the 2013 NFL season with a fully healthy body, with no catastrophic knee injuries in his past.
Where would Barber rank RGIII then?
“He’s at the top,” Barber said. “Absolutely, because he’s not that running quarterback that even Kaepernick is. He wants to throw the ball. He’s able to use it as a great asset. He’s a passing quarterback. From the very beginning, remember the deep throw to Pierre Garcon to start the season. The ball was perfect. You see it when you see a guy make the hard throw and he makes the hard throw in perfect fashion, that’s the quarterback that you want. And RGIII does that.”
Former Redskins’ safety Matt Bowen didn’t have nearly as much trouble coming to a conclusion on the matter.