Those who saw that Robert Griffin III is one of the best rookie quarterbacks ever have some pretty powerful statistical evidence to back up that claim.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland posted an article on whether RG3 or Andrew Luck should be the rookie of the year in the NFL. One of the areas he looked at was the numbers and those far and away favor Griffin.
Griffin has substantial margins over Luck in completion percentage (67.5 to 56.8), yards per attempt (8.2-7.1) and touchdown to interception ratio (4:1 – 1:1). Barnwell calls these “truly staggering” differences.
In fact, Griffin’s statistics are not just better than Luck’s, they are better than those of almost any rookie quarterback ever. Using a metric developed by pro-football-reference.com that weights quarterback statistics to see how they perform compared to others in his era, Barnwell concluded that RG3’s performance so far this year is historically great. Only Ben Roethlisberger and Dan Marino have had rookie statistical performances comparable to that of Griffin. That is some pretty good company.
The stats are just one part of the article, go give it a read to see who Barnwell thinks should end up with the ROY award. You’ll probably agree with his conclusion.