While most debate as to who will be better in their careers, it should seem asinine to side with either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III at this point.(Adam Hunger/Reuters Pictures)
Four years ago this summer, the debate around the NBA was who would be the best of the two; Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley? Four years to this present day, the question has been answered. But it only took two season for that answer to come to fruition. Now we face with the next “great” debate. RG3 or Andrew Luck? Who will have the better career?
Rob Riggle said it best in Step Brother, “Slow down Speed Racer.” No one, and I mean no one, can predict how these players careers will pan out. Between Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley it may have been a no brainer. Derrick Rose was staying home to play professional basketball around a solid support group. Beasley, who had previous issues off the court, went to Miami the last place a troubled 19 year should begin his career.
A few days back I read a post on Football Outsiders as well as hearing the banter that led me to say this,” Stop it.” The article was posted four months old, keyword, “Four months.” This is a situation where the media has decided to throw us another bone and make us argue amongst one another when it really is moot at this point. Now if you want to predict this season, the answer will be without a doubt Robert Griffin. Luck is on a team that is still transitioning from the 12- year Peyton Era and the defense has a ton of work to do. Griffin has weapons, a solid defense and a veteran coach who is willing to run the offense through his abilities. So with those factors, the vibe that I receive from Indianapolis, is that Luck has a bit of leeway this season.
We’re now living in a football era where rookie quarterbacks come into the league and produce at a high level right away. Those expectations, as well, should be invalid. No one saw Cam Newton doing what he did last season (with that Panthers fans have to ecstatic that Luck stayed in Palo Alto in 2011). No one saw Andy Dalton leading the Bengals to the postseason. To say this time next season that Luck and RG3 will have a bit of pressure (for RG3 in a starving football city 2 times the pressure this year) is fair. At this time next season, acquisitions will have been made and both will have had a full season of experience under their belt.
So four years from now when the next big debate (most likely produced by ESPN) comes to fruition, don’t join the craze. Analyze the two players respective games. Don’t compare. Like chasing someone on a treadmill, you’ll get no where.
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