2012 will turn out to be one of the most controversial Rookie of the Year voting debates we have ever witnessed, and don’t be fooled at the thought that this race is over. With all 3 rookie QB’s in the playoffs, performances in the upcoming weeks will play a big part in the decision. The biggest debate for all 3 QB’s will be the help that surrounds them and Andrew Luck seems to be the biggest beneficiary for this subjective debate because he took a 2-14 team and turned them around. I have actually blogged in a separate article (click here) why this is a complete falacy but don’t forget Andrew is also throwing to Reggie Wayne. Yeah, he’s pretty good and the fact that this same Indianapolis team had one of the best records in NFL history for the 10 years prior to them using 3 QB’s who aren’t even in the NFL 1 year later, I think this argument is quite a stretch to give him such a prestigious honor.
Of these 3 QB’s, only Andrew Luck has a WR who’s in the top 10, with Reggie Wayne coming in at #7. Believe it or not, niether Wilson nor Robert Griffin III have a WR in THE TOP 40! Considering their accomplishments with “no name” receivers, that definitely has to be considered as a counter to the Luck argument of “turning the Colts around.”
Getting back to facts however, here are some of the major statistical categories and how each of the QB’s faired, with red text indicating the best of the 3.
|Russell Wilson||Robert Griffin III||Andrew Luck|
|Touchdowns: 26 by air, 4 by land||Touchdowns: 20 by air, 7 by land||Touchdowns: 23 by air, 5 by land|
|Passing Yards: 3,118||3,200||4,364|
|Yards per Attempt: 7.93||Yards per Attempt: 8.14||6.98|
|Percentage of completions thrown 31-40 yards: 62.5%||Percentage of completions thrown 31-40 yards: 59.1%||Percentage of completions thrown 31-40 yards: 50.3%|
|Percentage of completions thrown 21-30 yards: 60.6%||Percentage of completions thrown 21-30 yards: 66.3%||Percentage of completions thrown 21-30 yards: 49.3%|
|Interceptions (10): 1 per 39 passes||Interceptions (5): 1 per 78.6 passes||Interceptions (18): 1 per 34.8 passes|
|Rating: 100||Rating: 102.4||Rating: 76.5|
|Sacks: 33||Sacks: 30||Sacks: 41|
|Completion Percentage: 64.1||Completion Percentage: 65.6%||Completion Percentage: 54.1|
|Wins: 11 (8-0 at home)||Wins: 10||Wins: 11|
In my mind this is clearly a 2 person race. What may sway the voters is the fact that if you trend statistics over the course of a season, Russell Wilson got progressively better while Andrew stayed steady and Robert Griffin III somewhat declined. Whatever the vote is, it will be interesting to say the least.