In a season full of tough weeks, this last one has been among the toughest for Redskins second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III. It started Sunday with this inexplicable interception against the Eagles:
A throw Griffin would later explain was a consequence of his receivers not being able to get open.
(Funny story: Turns out, RG3 reportedly called the wrong pass protection on the play.)
And now, a year after Griffin led the Redskins to seven straight wins and a division title, there's already talk that the organization gave up way too much to draft him in April 2012.
On Thursday, NFL Films' Greg Cosell, who probably watches more game film than anyone not employed by an NFL team, said that Buccaneers rookie Mike Glennon, who replaced Josh Freeman in Week 4, is already farther along in his development than Griffin.
“Mike Glennon is so far more advanced than RG3 playing NFL quarterback that it's not even close,” Cosell said during an appearance on 98.7 The Fan in Tampa Bay. ”They shouldn't even be in the same discussion.”
What Cosell sees on film matches up with Football Outsiders' advanced metrics. FO ranks Glennon 15th in total value among all quarterbacks; RG3 is 29th, just ahead of Matt Schaub and Christian Ponder.
In seven starts, Glennon has thrown for over 1,500 yards, with 11 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. Griffin, meanwhile, has made 10 starts, thrown for 2,714 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He's also rushed for 345 yards on 66 attempts (5.2 YPC).
“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,” Cosell continued. ... “When your quarterback makes difficult anticipation throws, everything about your offense tends to look better.”
And when your quarterback heaves an off-balance arm-punt into the end zone that's intercepted, the offense tends to look noticeably worse.