Thursday, October 4, 2012

RG3 Player of the Month

 Robert Griffin III
Griffin, above, had a very impressive September. (Photo: Keith Allison)
This morning, the NFL announced that Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is the Offensive Rookie of the Month for the month of September. This is Griffin second award of this kind as he was Offensive Rookie of the Week in week one.

Griffin was nothing short of sensational in September. His fabulous month was capped off by a game winning two-minute drill drive against the Buccaneers this past Sunday.

In the month of September, Griffin completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 1,070 yards and four touchdowns. He threw just one interception and his longest pass was an 88 yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon during the Redskins week one upset of the New Orleans Saints.

Griffin has been just as productive on the ground. He has rushed 41 times for 234 yards and four touchdowns. He averages just under 6 yards per carry and his longest run was for 19 yards. When running the ball, Griffin has created 16 first downs for the Redskins offense.

Overall, Griffin has a quarterback rating of 103.2. That is almost unheard of for a rookie quarterback.

When compared to the rest of the NFL, Griffin ranks near the top in almost all quarterback categories.

His completion percentage of 69.5 percent ranks tied for second with Matt Ryan. He is twelth in the NFL for total pass yards with 1,070. His yards per attempt average of 8.63 puts him at third overall. Griffins 88 yard pass to Garcon is the longest thrown by any quarterback this season. His quarterback rating of 103.2 ranks him fourth and his pass yards per game average of 268 ranks him 14th.

When it comes to running the ball, Robert Griffin III ranks ahead of Cam Newton (167) and Michael Vick (130) in total rush yards (all three quarterbacks have at least 25 carries). He holds the third best yard per carry average of any quarterback or running back. Griffin is tied for first with Arian Foster and fellow Redskins Alfred Morris in rushing touchdowns with four.

Simply put, Robert Griffin III has got to be the leading Rookie of the Year candidate. His numbers are near the top in most categories at the quarterback position. I have a feeling this won't be the last time Griffin receives and All-Rookie award.

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