Glennon ‘More Advanced Than RGIII’ Theory Pretty Flimsy
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Bucs’ rookie quarterback Mike Glennon is already more advanced than Robert Griffin III, Greg Cosell of NFL Films told Tampa’s 98.7 The Fan on Thursday.
“I think they (the Bucs) are getting really quality quarterback play from Mike Glennon, who is without question the best rookie quarterback in this class,” Greg Cosell said in his weekly appearance on Fan Interference this Thursday.
“Mike Glennon is so far more advanced than RG3 playing NFL quarterback that it’s not even close,” Cosell said. ”They shouldn’t even be in the same discussion.”
Okay, so RGIII is clearly having a down year. Having your knee ripped to shreds only ten months prior can do that to a guy.
So, just for the purpose of the most-direct comparison, since Glennon has only played 7 games, let’s have a look at his 2013 statistics, against RGIII’s first seven games last season — about as close as we’re going to come to apples-to-apples on this one.
Through 7 games in 2012, Griffin threw for 1,601 yards, 7 touchdowns and a 70.49 completion percentage, with 3 interceptions.
Through 7 games as the starter in 2013, Glennon, comparatively, threw for 1,535 yards, 11 touchdowns, while completing 62.1 percent.
But Griffin also contributed 468 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground (to Glennon’s 48 yards and 0 rushing touchdowns), but we all know there’s nothing ‘advanced’ about a quarterback picking up first downs and points with his feet, and just all-around doing whatever he can to help his team win, so strike that part from the record.
After all, only 17 of the league’s quarterbacks have more than 100 rushing yards through 2013 thus far, only eight, or 25% of the league, have more than 200 rushing yards per game (or in other words, 6 with three years’ experience or less are running for 23+ yards per game, and accounting for four 1st-place teams, and two 2nd-place teams throughout the NFL).
But none of this seems real, and this is an irrelevant topic anyways, seeing as how the debate consists of two last-place quarterbacks. Plus there’s no way anyone will ever agree upon the terms for comparison, so let’s just call the winner Cam Newton and call it a day.
Listen to/read the piece that started it all, here.