RGIII Got Destroyed In An Anonymous Poll Of Coaches And GMs: ‘He Is Done’
ESPN Insider (sorry, cheapskates) put out their second annual edition of its "NFL QB Tier Rankings" today. By polling 35 league insiders -- including coaches, general managers and personnel directors -- ESPN came up with a ranking of the best quarterbacks in football today, 1-32. And the biggest news from the report is what has become of Robert Griffin III: The Washington QB was absolutely (and anonymously) roasted. His game, his skills and his personality were all put on blast -- and this is before 2015 training camp has even begun.
Respondents were asked to place QBs in Tiers 1-5. Tier 1 meant "quarterbacks can carry their teams week after week and contend for championships without as much help." Tier 4 meant "unproven starters or those who might not be expected to last in the lineup all season." Tier 5 was "used sparingly." Guess who got a Tier 5 vote?
“Five, and there’s no coming back,” one offensive coach said of Griffin. “He is done. The reason why is, the injury slowed his legs, and his ego will not allow him to hit rock bottom and actually grind his way back up the right way.”
And that's not all. Criticism of RGIII goes beyond his issues with getting rid of the ball, or his reliance on his legs, or accuracy or [insert any number of issues with RGII's game here]. Insiders are down on him for more personal reasons:
“Griffin sees himself like Peyton [Manning], in that light,” a personnel director said. “When he looks in the mirror, he is seeing things that everybody else is not seeing. That is why I was surprised when they gave him the fifth-year [option] and said it was an easy decision.”
"To get better in this league," a personnel director said, "you have to have a degree of humility."
RGIII did receive one Tier 2 vote from a guy giving him the benefit of the doubt coming back from injury, but it seems everyone else is soured on the one-time can't-miss prospect. Griffin ended up #28 overall, ahead of just Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, Matt Cassel and Geno Smith at his position.
If anything, this ranking is a step-up for Griffin: A ranking by Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit (recently best known for his terrible work "analyzing" women's sports on Twitter) put Griffin 31st in the league. According to Benoit, Griffin "doesn’t have any sense right now of basic quarterbacking fundamentals" and needs "leaps and bounds to go just to being an average NFL quarterback."
Good luck this year, Washington!
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