Originally written September 12, 2012 on The Victory Formation:

Via The Victory Formation:

Tell me you don’t miss John Madden. We all do. We all miss his color commentary, we grew up with him saying the most obvious things while doodling on the telestrator. We also miss his over-the-top gushing over certain players *cough* Favre *cough* that he was known for. We don’t even get to enjoy him on his own video game anymore. We are left to little quotes here and there from appearances on radio shows.

During a recent visit on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Madden made a comparison that probably many didn’t expect with regards to Washington Redskins rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III:

“You know, the thing that he did that was so amazing was he reminded me — and I don’t mean to throw names around — but he reminded me of a Tim Tebow that can pass.”

So, he didn’t mean to throw a name around, but he did throw THE biggest name that divides NFL households. 

“You know, Tim Tebow, when he was playing for Denver last year, he would tend to freeze the defenses, because they weren’t sure if it was run or pass, if he was gonna hand off or run. I mean, he couldn’t pass like RGIII — [Griffin] can throw the ball — but he has a tendency to freeze the defense.”

If you didn’t actually hear the interview, you can just imagine how it sounded when Madden said it. It reads exactly the way he sounds. Oh, and he wasn’t done. Remember the over-the-top gushing we just talked about? Here it comes.

“It’s darn near an impossible task to open up and play the Saints in their place,” Madden said. “I mean, no one wins down there, so I didn’t expect him to do anything like he did. But I did want to see him, and I wanted to see what he had. And at some point, I have to admit that I said this, it just came out, I said RGIII’s the best player in the NFL today. That’s what I really thought. Those words did come out.”

Boom. There it is. Madden is already head over heels for RGIII. I guess we are somewhat lucky that he actually retired from the booth, because having to hear it every single week would get kinda nauseating.

(Listen to the interview here)

 

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11 Comments:
  • "Tell me you don’t miss John Madden. We all do." No we don't, at least, I don't. I don't miss his continual blabbering, his intrusive constant mouth, and his some of the ridiculous comments he used to make. Don't speak for everyone with these stupid "we all do" crapola statements. Now he's "adopted" a new player, and comparing him with Tebow. At least when I see an article by him I can close it out. Too bad I couldn't do that with his mouth when he was in the booth, but thank God for mute buttons on the remote.
  • Well GatorSad,

    Apparently you didn't close this article out. I'd also say you are in the tiny minority of people that don't respect John Madden and within the majority of people that don't read an article before spewing. I'm confident you didn't take the time to listen to the radio broadcast link. The comparison is actually quite good in the context of two QBs that "freeze" defenses and John's clear statement that Griffin can pass. Also remember this is in the context of rookies. What would have been "stupid" or "crapola" is if John had compared Griffin to other QBs like Moon or Cunningham that others would like. Unfortunately that would be a mistake because Griffin is unlike them in that he sets up as a QB and has quiet feet untill needed or planned. I think this Griffin kid has his head on straight and when it comes to playing the game he won't be a scrambler looking for a pass with the intention to run like Vick or Cunningham.
  • Obviously Madden is getting old.. Your comparing RG3 to a non-NFL QB? Tim Teblows? Pathetic.. C'mon man.. Teblows is barely a runner, maybe a better Te, or 2nd string back.. Def not a QB.. well, ok..maybe a 3rd string where he should have been all along.. There are FAR more QB's RG3 could have been compared to.. But you choose Teblows.. Cunningham, Moon, Newton even.. Get off Teblows nuts already.. he gets way more attention than Superbowl champs, and QB's that are far superior to him.. RG3 is in now ways a comparision to anythign about Teblows.. Check your Med Madden.. I love you, but I just lost some flavor..
  • RG III will be your standard black quarterback - run first think later. You cannot do that in the NFL, you will get killed. Don't jack with Madden - he has more football under his belt than any of you.
  • Are you saying tebow is a standard black qb too?
  • Amen!!!
  • I don't miss Madden one bit. He said some of the most ridiculous things ever. Like - I think the team that scores the most points will win. DUH!
  • Sure he did but he was also fun and infectious and added a lot to the game in all areas.
  • I missed him more as the Raiders coach than as a broadcaster until Tom Flores came along.
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