TMQ blurb on rookie QBs

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TMQ blurb on rookie QBs

Postby cvillehog » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:38 pm

Young Guns Report: Of the five rookie starting quarterbacks, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden and Russell Wilson all lost, combining for two touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. Wilson looked sharp, patient with the drip-drip-drip style of contemporary NFL passing. Twice in the closing seconds, Wilson hit Seattle receivers in the end zone for what would have been the winning points had the passes been held.

Then there was RGIII. Not only did he have the second-best passing yardage ever for a rookie quarterback starting opening day, trailing only Cam Newton last season, he threw accurately. He made good decisions on the run in the Mike/Kyle Shanahan bootleg offense. On a third down from the New Orleans 27 in the fourth quarter, Griffin spun to avoid a sack and immediately threw the ball away. That allowed the Skins to kick a field goal on the next snap; a sack would have put them out of range. Griffin "saw the field." On the second-quarter touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson, Griffin read safety blitz and motioned Robinson to run to the spot the safety would vacate. That's a five-year veteran play.

Griffin's best down in a stellar first outing may have been a quiet one. Skins leading 40-32 with 2:22 remaining, Washington faced second-and-13 on its own 17, the Sinners with one timeout. Standard "safe" strategy would be to rush to force New Orleans to expend the timeout, then pass on third down if the rush failed. But a play-fake on second down was a lot more likely to succeed than an expected pass on third. Kyle Shanahan sent in a play-action to backup tight end Logan Paulson, whose catch for a first down put the endgame into Washington's control. The pass was perfect, in the face of physical and mental pressure. RGIII was cool as a cucumber -- whatever that means.


Full article (mostly not about this) is here: http://espn.go.com/espn/playbook/story/ ... powerhouse

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Postby Deadskins » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:05 pm

Stats of the Week No. 7: At 10-30, New Orleans has the league's worst opening-day record, except for the recent expansion teams.

Good. let's hope that's all it was, and they stomp the rest on the NFC East.
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