- By Daniel Trawick
Prior to the 2012 NFL season, all of the talk was about Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III after being picked 1 and 2, respectively. Little to no talk was made about Russell Wilson, especially at the time when the Seattle Seahawks spent starters money on Matt Flynn. Wilson took the job in the preseason and hasn’t looked back one bit.
Every one of their teams are fighting for playoff spots, which has come as a surprise to many as well. It is coming down to a tough race for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award that will probably be decided the final week of the season.
Let’s take a look at each player and their statistics:
|CMP||ATT||%||Yards||TD||INT||QB Rating||Rush Yards||Rush TD||Wins – Losses|
|Andrew Luck (1)||308||564||54.6||3,978||20||18||75.5||233||5||9 and 5|
|Robert Griffin III (2)||233||351||66.4||2,902||18||4||104.2||748||6||8 and 6|
|Russell Wilson (75)||222||353||62.9||2,697||21||9||95.5||402||3||9 and 5|
Looking at the numbers, it’s easy to see who’s having the best overall season and that is RG3. He has 1000 less passing yards than Luck, but that’s with over 200 less attempts. He has 2 less touchdowns, but also 14 less interceptions and is almost 30% points higher in QB rating, which places him 2nd in the league only to Aaron Rodgers. Not to mention RG3 has over 700 yards rushing and has changed the perception of a losing franchise. RG3 has the Redskins fighting for a division title when nearly everyone picked them to finish dead last.
Taking a look at the overall impact, Luck has revitalized the Colts only 1 season of no Peyton Manning. He has passed for almost 4,000 yards in his rookie season, but he has thrown the ball too much for my liking as a rookie as well. The Colts have no running attack and Luck had to carry to team all season, but his statistics aren’t that good at all. Luck is 31st in QB Rating only ahead of Brandon Weeden, Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassell and John Skelton, which isn’t good company to keep this season.
It is also very easy to say that Luck is most deserving for the turnaround the Colts have had after winning only 2 games last season. I look deeper into last season without Manning and consider it a team that had nothing to play for, but Andrew Luck. I honestly think they tanked last season to get Luck and were fine with letting Manning leave so they didn’t have to pay him the money owed. I refuse to believe that 1 player can have that much of an impact on the entire team as far as talent goes.
Luck has definitely guided the franchise back to playing winning football, but under all circumstances involved I don’t feel he should be considered for ROY.
The last QB apart of the race is the last of the 3 taken in the draft (3rd round), but has definitely demanded to be taken serious in this league. Russell Wilson has put up pretty solid statistics this season for a team that was expected to make a playoff push regardless. The Seahawks went out and spent the money to bring Flynn in as starting QB, but Wilson didn’t get the memo. He took the job from Flynn and hasn’t faltered this season despite having mediocre WR production for most of the year.
The Seahawks inserted Wilson into a typical winning format, great defense and great running game. Yet, Wilson has been a game manager and is leading the Seahawks with leadership. When you watch him play it’s hard to identify that he is a rookie who was picked in the 3rd round of the draft behind 5 other QB’s.
Each of the 3 top rookie QB’s this season have made an argument for the award, but only 1 of them can receive the honor. My pick for the 2012-13 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year goes to the only player who is being mentioned for NFL MVP at the same time, at least in my eyes.
Robert Griffin III