The Andrew Luck – Robert Griffin III debate may be over even if we don’t want it to be. Jim Irsay tweeted (I wish he’d quit doing that) that RGIII declined a request for a private workout with the Colts. What does that mean? Is he pulling a John Elway or an Eli, basically telling the Colts he doesn’t want to play for them? Or is he just seeing the writing on the wall? Who cares? It’s an interesting story at best.
I have been teetering on this decision for a couple of weeks and I have come to the conclusion that it would be a mistake if the Colts passed on Luck. Although RGIII had that incredible Pro Day he is still a spread offense quarterback, in my humble opinion. Also (in my opinion), there will never be a run and gun quarterback that wins a superbowl. Not Cam Newton, not Michael Vick, not Robert Griffin III. I may be wrong, but I doubt it.
They say RGIII is just as accurate as Luck. I don’t believe it. The more you look at it the more you see that Griffins’ receivers made catches for Griffin, including the Pro Day workout. Luck had no receivers who would go out and bring anything down that he threw thier way, he had a tight end. He throws receivers open, meaning when he passes, he passes to get his receiver open, which is huge in the NFL. He anticipates. He’s dead on the money, almost every time. You can’t teach that. “The difference between college and the NFL is, in college receivers are always open, in the NFL they’re never open.” I don’t remember who said that, but, advantage Luck.
RGIII is more athletic. Again, who gives a rats’ butt? All you need is a little speed on defense and you take away that aspect of his game. As bad as the Colts defense was through the years, they never really had problems with running qbs, they had problems with running backs, any running back. Luck has plenty of speed on the run. He’s big, and runs when he has to. So the run is not complicating his decision when he drops back to pass, it’s a last resort.
I read some of the comments from fans about the fact that RGIII declined the private workout with the Colts. One in particular caught my attention. “He probably realizes that the Redskins are much further along in the rebuilding than the Colts are.” How long have th Redskins been rebuilding? It seems like since the “Hogs”, John Riggins and Mark Rypien were tearing up the field. It seems to me RGIII is trying to win over the fans in Washington. He most likely realizes the Colts will go with Luck and the “competition” for the first pick is essentially over, even if Mr. Irsay can’t seem to keep his big tweeter shut. So, to not alienate the fans of DC he is going all Redskins. Not a bad move if you think about it.
I am now officially on board with Andrew Luck. I will be patient, I will be a dedicated fan of the Indianapolis Colts. I believe Andrew is the answer to the future of the Colts. Now, Mr. Irsay, go out and get him what he needs to thrive in the NFL and bring us back to what we have come to expect from the Colts as fans. Only this time do it with a defense too. And to RGIII, get used to mediocrity.
About the Author
Written by Rich Marchione
I have lived in Indiana most of my life with the exception a stint in the Marine Corps in the early 80's. I currently live in Anderson, IN, where the Colts camp out for the summer. I have followed the Colts since the Jeff George days. Back then you had to go to the game to watch them because they weren't very good and around Indiana basketball was king, so they were never on television. Then Peyton showed up and the rest was history. Now he's gone and we start a new era. I am excited about all the new changes and will be following them closely. I am married to Cynthia Marchione, I have one daughter, Kaylee and three step-children, Jason, Autumn and Nikki. I also have eight grandchildren.