Michael Shipman looks at Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III’s week
With Week 1 of the National Football League (NFL) season in the books, two of the most talked about rookie quarterbacks have completed their first NFL career starts.
Both Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins had tremendous days Sunday afternoon. Luck completed 23 of 45 passes, throwing for 309 total yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Colts’ loss to the Bears in Chicago. Griffin completed 19 of 26 passes and threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns.
Griffin was the only one who could pull off a very convincing victory over the hosting Saints, who are also big talk in the NFL —for other unrelated reasons.
Looking at both players’ performances this past Sunday, it is clear that these two young, gifted quarterbacks are ready to take their play to the next level in the NFL. Luck had only one interception while Griffin had none.. Since Luck and Griffin III are both rookies, this was a huge plus to both teams. They both put up well over 300 yards and two touchdowns.
In short, these guys are ready for the NFL. They both have what ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit loves to say “the intangibles” that are needed to win games.
Unlike Russell Wilson or Brandon Weeden, Luck and Griffin are destined to become stars. Wilson surprised many during preseason earning him the start while Weeden replaced a lowly Colt McCoy in Cleveland.
The knives are still out for Luck. Critics and fans alike are looking for him to take over for former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who was released from the team in March. They are looking for him to take over immediately. Considering how catastrophic the Colts’ season was last year with the absence of Manning, it will be up to Luck to bring in a new era to this franchise.
It is also time for the Redskins to greet the dawning of a new era, and if Griffin III can continue to stay consistent for the rest of the season and keep earning wins for Washington, then they are certainly off on the right track.